09 Mar

What Do You Think?

This is a low priority project that I’ve kept setting aside and I finally decided to just do. Ultimately, it should be a quilt for the guest bed we don’t have.

Funny aside: the extra bed we’ve previously had was on loan from the Army as you can borrow basic furniture when living overseas. They don’t loan furniture here in Hawai’i since it is part of the US. However, being stationed in Hawai’i is considered an overseas tour (technically one must go over a sea to get here) and we did what’s called a Consecutive Overseas Tour to get from Germany to here. Go figure.

Anyway, my intention above was to make scrappy mushrooms and piece them as a fairy ring into a scrappy, strippy background. Everything was to be from my stash. Looking at it now, I’m thinking that maybe the ‘shrooms get a little lost and I fully accept that I may have gone overboard on the scrappy background. My solution would be to continue piecing the background strips and then overdye the whole quilt top in a dark green to knock everything back a bit and even out the color. Then I’d add in the fairy ring. This is the same construction I was originally planning, just with the addition of a trip through a bucket of dye before adding the ‘shrooms. My concern with the dye is that the seams will hold more dye and call attention to themselves. I’d be doing a scrunchy type dyeing so complete uniformity is not necessary though.

Before I laid the strips out on my bed, I was concerned that I didn’t have enough strips to finish the top (now unfounded), so I went back to one of my first sketches. What if the ‘shrooms were in a line and the strips were only on one side? I’d have to go buy new fabric for the other side (white blanket in the photo), but maybe then I wouldn’t need to dye the strips — especially if I used them for only about 1/3 of the top instead of the half that it looks like here.

Does anyone have a preference or two cents to add?

16 thoughts on “What Do You Think?

  1. I like your idea, it would be groovy with the ‘right’ fabric and with your sense of colour I’m sure you will come up with some thing fantastic.

    I wonder if also putting a thin strip of fabric between the scrappy side and the mushrooms might help them stand out more.


  2. Claire beat me to the punch! I was going to suggest the same thing! Great minds think alike. I was thinking of how Pam Rupert does the thin black around features in her quilts that make them pop. I do like the idea of the fairy ring and would be striking. Another idea would be to make some of the mushrooms larger in scale, more like the wider grass green strip.

  3. I also thought of the strip thing, which I think would help, but also like the idea of overdyeing the pieced background. I don’t think it would even have to be a real dark green, just a green that would knock out the white and subdue the reds in the pieced areas. And I really love those mushroom blocks. They are super.

  4. I am here to say why not applique the ‘shrooms onto a plain strip…. sigh ,not an original thought in my body clearly!

  5. Can I add myself to the “great minds” club? I like the scrappy look and also think the mushrooms would benefit from a separating strip (sewn, not appliqued). How about turning the scrappy strips the other direction for the other half/third/two-thirds? Vertical instead of horizontal…

  6. I like the fairy ring idea and framing it would probably make it stand out a little more (I think I’d choose black or dark brown or maybe dark green).

    And if I had any idea how, I’d dye the scrappy background as you had planned.

    And then I’d be annoyed with myself for ladling on so much extra work and fuss.

  7. yeesh, hard decision. love the mushrooms by the way. I love the arc in the top pic – have to admit I’m partial to that layout, figuring out how to make that work… good luck!

  8. I like Dorothee’s idea of framing the fairy ring. If I were overdyeing it I’d probably got for a turquoise or golden yellow – using one of the pure colors. Using a mixed green is going to behave unpredictably with all the various fabrics. Yellow would make the whole thing more but an overdye of light turquoise might be very interesting. Personally, I’d be inclined to do the framing of the fairy ring rather than the dyeing. JMHO, which isn’t even worth 2 cents!

  9. i would place small groups of mushrooms on the quilt, not making a straight row or a circle.
    though i like the idea of the fairy circle…
    you’re the artist – whatever you do it will be the right choice! 🙂

    the quilt looks great already and the shrooms will definitely be the cherry on top (ha! i remembered! *g*)!

  10. It’s been said already. LOL. I, too, like the fairy ring look. And I, too, thought framing with a narrow strip of dark(er) fab would make the mushrooms pop. I’m not a dye person, so will leave that to you. At any rate, you hve a wonderfully creative approach to quilting. Love your blog.

  11. You know I love scrappy quilts so I wouldn’t over dye it. I would add a green strip to the ground side of the mushroom strip, maybe as wide as 1.5 or 2″ to just give them a base to be growing out of and then they will separate from the strip piecing.

  12. The mushrooms are lost in the scrappy background. How about scrunch dyeing some green pieces and then cutting both the dyed fabric and scrappy BG into curved pieces? Stitch the fairy ring of mushrooms, framed w/ narrow bias strips, between the curved pieces?

  13. I love the mushrooms as a curvy line across the strips. I would be tempted to set them off with edges, and maybe overdye the background if the edging didn’t set them out enough.

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