Sunday, February 22, 2009

Playing with orphan blocks

I really do love these basket blocks. The pattern is out of the Quilters Newsletter magazine you see below. They are needleturned applique with black perle cotton used for blanket stitch around the flowers.
These blocks have been neglected for long enough! Time to play Janet!!

Start by digging around in the scrap bin, there should be plenty there I can use.
Cut out the pieces for an alternate block. The green strips will tie it all together. Use same green for border?? Oh yeah then it will look like the background and also like the blocks are floating in a sea of green. I could be onto a good plan here.
Lots of browns out of the stash to form a diagonal stepping stones effect.
This is what you get.

Mmmm, do I like it? Um maybe. It's not always good to be green. Do I like it enough to carry on with it? Well lets just say I have my reservations. I think maybe I'd like the quilt to be lighter, less green, fresher. yes, no yes,no!

OK now I have another idea, what if...... oops run out of time so will mull on that plan overnight. If I like it, I'll carry on playing with blocks tomorrow.

19 comments:

May Britt said...

Your flowerbaskets are so cute.

Kathie said...

oh I love the green really brings out the flowers in mho
go for it!!!!
Kathie

Jennie said...

I really like that! The green looks perfect to me- so fresh and springy! ~ Jennie

Lurline said...

Gorgeous - I have that mag, too - your blocks are gorgeous! I'm not GREEN and know I don't use enough of it - stay with it!
Hugs - Lurline♥

ratherbquilting said...

It's gorgeous, but to have the baskets 'star in the show' more...maybe a lighter green with pink steppingstones instead of brown? I love those green blocks, too. You have great color sense!

Fiesta said...

Janet these are adorable. I love all the color choices.

AverettLadyNana said...

OH MY GOSH!!!
I am crazy about it. Love the colors of the fabrics and the prints. I'm a Scrappy Girl!

Anne said...

What a great way to attack the scrap pile! I love the quilt. But I do agree with "ratherbquilting" - I find the green a little heavy. Maybe something where a bit of lighter background shows through? Love the setting!

tami said...

I think it looks nice, but agree maybe something a little lighter for the alternating blocks so they don't overwhelm the flower basket blocks.

Karen said...

So sweet! and yes to the green. I love green!

Mary-Kay C said...

Much as I love green I have to agree with 2 other comments. Maybe a lighter green and pink stepping stones would be a better choice. The green and the brown take over your beautiful flower blocks.

Anne said...

Cute flower basket blocks. Can't wait to see what other idea you have.

belinda said...

OH...OH....I am 'in love' with
this!!!!! I had the same dilemma
with the green on a quilt of mine...I ended up using a lighter
green and am glad I did!!

Janet said...

I love your alternate blocks - they really suit your orphans. I can't wait to see what you do next!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Janet that is just so happy...I love green.

Carrie P. said...

Love those baskets blocks. I love the centers of the new blocks but I am just feeling the brown and green. Maybe something lighter? Only because the flowers are pastel and it seems like those two shades take away from the flower blocks.

Janet said...

The green is fresh and springy!

Darlene said...

Oh, I love this one - did you do the blanket stitch by hand? I'm quite smitten with the whole thing.

Carol said...

Love this quilt. Is it possible to get the directions for it?
Thanks