Soul Blossoms on my design wall …

Pardon the hasty, not great picture. I’m working on a Soul Blossom quilt for the shop where I work. (That fabric isn’t moving – I’m not sure why. Well, I kind of am. It’s cool decorator fabric, or even apparel, but trickier for a quilt.)

Anyway, I’m trying to do something with it and I’m not sure if it’s a hot mama or a hot mess. Up close it’s hard to tell.

Opinions welcome. (Keep in mind the white sashing will be wider and more uniform – my wall is too small to really spread it out. That should help.)

It’s snowing here. Boo.

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    April 26, 2011 at 9:26 am

    I really like the fabric with the white sashing…not so sure about the shade of blue for the intersections, though. It seems a little off.<br /><br />Mary<br />http://www.quiltgenius.com

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    April 26, 2011 at 9:26 am

    I like it.

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    April 26, 2011 at 9:27 am

    I really like it! When I first saw the pic my only thought was wider sashing, but then I saw that you&#39;ve already planned that! I might agree with the previous comment about the intersections– maybe a solid instead?

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    Candace McClintick
    April 26, 2011 at 9:31 am

    OH! I love it!!

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    April 26, 2011 at 9:36 am

    I like the colors. I agree that wider sashing would work better – gives more space for the eyes to rest. Also, instead of the blue print squares, perhaps a solid color?

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    April 26, 2011 at 9:42 am

    I agree with previous commenters about the little blue squares – something solid would help calm the loud patterns of the big squares a little bit, I think. The shade of blue doesn&#39;t seem right, either. I like the idea of blue there, though, since the main fabrics have lots of warm colors in them.

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    April 26, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Not really a fan of her fabrics…they just don&#39;t do it for me other than the moon dots or whatever they are called…I think whatever you do with it will be perfect tho.

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    April 26, 2011 at 9:56 am

    I was just going to cut up my soul blossoms today. It is a hard collection to work with- so busy. It definitely needs white to break it up. I kind of liked your blue intersections but maybe if you used the pink dots instead they would go better?

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    The Riebeek Family
    April 26, 2011 at 9:56 am

    I think it&#39;s Hot Hot! Love the fabric designs and colors!

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    April 26, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Hot Mama. For sure.

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    April 26, 2011 at 10:06 am

    I think i&#39;ts fab but I&#39;m a fan too!

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    April 26, 2011 at 10:06 am

    I love it too. I agree with everyone else though, a solid for the intersections, the blue dots are just one too many patterns. I think they take away from the sour blossom prints, which are beautiful.

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    April 26, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Love the fabric too but I too agree with some others in that the sashing would look better a bit wider and the little blue square seem off a bit. Maybe a yellow or bright pink would work!

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    April 26, 2011 at 10:16 am

    It&#39;s quite busy, but I love it! I like the blue setting squares – I think those combined with the white sashing bring lines of calmness into the quilt. The blue makes me think of sky – the whole effect is something like a ton of flowers on a trellis with sky peeking through. 😀

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    April 26, 2011 at 10:17 am

    I love it! I think it looks great. What size are the squares? I think the larger size really shows off the great prints.

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    ~The Bargain Babe
    April 26, 2011 at 10:19 am

    It&#39;s going to make a great, cheerful quilt top! I like using large squares for the pattern. Like someone else mentioned though, I&#39;m not a fan of the blue/polka dot intersection squares though. Maybe just a solid color for those pieces? To tone down all the other patterns going on?

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    April 26, 2011 at 10:25 am

    I think it rocks!

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    April 26, 2011 at 10:26 am

    I have many pieces of Amy Butler but have yet to make a quilt. I like the pattern you are using. I think the white or off white will add interest. I look forward to your blogs each time and thank you for sharing.

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    The Tulip Patch
    April 26, 2011 at 10:34 am

    I DO like the quilt you are making. I think the white helps it and I think the cornerstones all from the same (calm) fabric helps, too. Put anything on point and it looks better, too. I agree w/ your assessment…I never buy prints like this for a quilt. It&#39;s very girly and flamboyant and I am just not..plus so many large scale prints together scares me. I think you did a great job

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    April 26, 2011 at 10:36 am

    Love it! Yes I agree with all the other comments, solid corner stones between the sashing 🙂 I&#39;m doing a pattern with line right now too! I&#39;ve narrowed the fabrics down to just the blue/greens with loads of white too!

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    April 26, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Just love the large, bright prints! I could see an aqua setting square – small print or solid. It is so fun to look at!!!<br /><br />http://bbonnieblue.blogspot.com/

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    April 26, 2011 at 10:53 am

    I LOVE it!

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    April 26, 2011 at 10:53 am

    I really like this! I&#39;m sure after that quilt is displayed the fabric will be running out the door!;

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    Nanette Merrill and daughters
    April 26, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Beautiful, really pretty.

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    April 26, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Hot mama! I think setting them on point and the white sashing will help calm it down a lot. And the cornerstones really unify everything. Well done! This will go in my faves for sure!

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    April 26, 2011 at 11:12 am

    Don&#39;t change a thing!!! Wonderful!

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    April 26, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Personally, I really LIKE the blue dots as corner stones.

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    Catskill Quilter
    April 26, 2011 at 11:35 am

    I think you have a winner! I like the way you have balanced the reds by spacing them; that leads the eye all over the quilt&#39;s surface! Love those cut dotted squares at the corners of the sashing!

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    Kelly O.
    April 26, 2011 at 11:50 am

    I think it&#39;s good the way it is…

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    April 26, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Keep the blue dots, they are perfect! It is very Material Obsession, I like it!

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    April 26, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    love it!

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    Emily {Creative Chicks}
    April 26, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    I love it with the blue polka dot intersections. I can see that the polka dot color appears to be the same as the green/teal color in the other fabrics, thus bringing it out a bit.<br /><br />While for me personally it&#39;s not my go-to color palette I can definitely see how it would appeal to others. My guess is my teenage nieces would squeal over it!

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    April 26, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    I think it&#39;s perfect. But then again, I enjoy a hot mess.

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    April 26, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    i apologize if my suggestion has already been made…but what about some solids mixed in with the large blocks to try and tone down all the pattern in this collection?

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    April 26, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    definitely hot mama. The scale of AB prints is sometimes overwhelming, but your use of white sashing with uniform blue squares (LOVE that blue) gives the design a grounding that it requires to hold the large prints from exhausting the eye.<br />HoT MaMa!!!!!<br />I&#39;m interested to see your binding choices–keep us informed!!

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    April 26, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    I made a dress for my granddaughter with this fabric. I used 2 1/2 inch strips for the skirt. Turned out really cute. I used a chartreuse green stripe for the bodice and hem. I think this quilt will be great with the white sashing.

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    April 26, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    I agree with the others – The cornerstones seem a little…much? Perhaps a dark solid cornerstone? A jewel tone, maybe? <br /><br />Otherwise, I think the white sashing will break it up nicely! Soul Blossoms has been the stuff of angst for me. I can put bits and pieces of it in a quilt, but I&#39;ve never done the whole sha-bang. <br /><br />So far, I&#39;m liking it!<br /><br />Happy Quilting!

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    Beth J
    April 26, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    I think it is just right. I really like the polka dot blue, I think it gives the right amount of pop. I agree with your reasoning for the slow moving fabric, I myself have stopped myself from buying some, because I just didn&#39;t know what I would do with it. But now seeing your quilt I wish I had bought it!!

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    April 26, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    Absolutely love the colours together!!! These are all fresh and bright colours…. :-)<br /><br />Greetings Debbie<br />http://www.handwerkenzo.blogspot.com/

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    April 26, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Looks great! I love that fabric collection, you made it sing!

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    April 26, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    As a beginner with know technical knowledge or fancy schmancy fabric knowing I think the cornerstones really brings out a 3-dimension quality in this quilt and I actually think it is the lighter blue dots that does it. I would keep them just as they are. If you lean back and squinch your eyes you see more the effect. I would stay with quite narrow sashing. Slightly wider but not to much. Let it

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    Lauren P
    April 26, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    I love your quilt!

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    April 26, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    I like it. I&#39;d like to see what you do with the sashing….

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    DJ Rose
    April 26, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    I think what&#39;s throwing me off is the randomness, but there are two squares that are repeated in their row. It kinda makes the eye want to find other patterns but there aren&#39;t any.<br /><br />But I do like this fab. It is tricky though.

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    April 26, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    I have to say – I like August Fields by Amy Butler – but the soul blossoms haven&#39;t been my favorite as a collection. But I&#39;m v. impressed w/that quilt layout – as others have said, I like the white sashing. When i see this quilt – i see summer!! <br /><br />as far as the cornerstones – I&#39;d prob. go w/that tealish color it is in many of the blocks. <br /><br />~Laura

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    April 26, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    I think it would be cool as a fabric bulletin board! In a young girls room.

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    April 26, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    I wonder what a darker sashing would do – chocolate? forest or fatigue green? I think the soul blossom colors are hard to decorate with.

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    Simply Sandy
    April 26, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    I love this! And I actually like the blue dot fabric at the cornerstones. Love the way it is set on point!

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    Megan And Tim
    April 26, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    LOVE quilts like this. So great for a fun throw to brighten a room.

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    Crafty Girls Workshop
    April 26, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    I LOVE it! Just LOVE it!

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    April 26, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    I LOVE those little blue polka dot squares that go in the corners of the sashing. LOVE!

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    April 26, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    I think it looks really pretty. You have a nice balance of the colors and your simple design really shows off the fabric. I like the dots in the cornerstones.

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    Live a Colorful Life
    April 26, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    I really like it, and the white sashing is great. I&#39;m still trying to decide about the cornerstones. It&#39;s funny that some people find them &quot;off&quot; since they are part of the line. Whatever you end up doing will be great, and the fabric will probably now fly out the door!

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    Miki Willa
    April 26, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    I really like this fabric, and I think you have used it well. The wider sashing will really show off the patterns. I don&#39;t know why the line isn&#39;t selling well. There are some really cool patterns in there.

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    April 26, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    I like it! I think that the white sashing combined with the soft blue squares provides a balance to the bright busy blocks.

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    April 26, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    I love it! And I really love the corners! They add dimension and creativity!!! Keep them!!

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    Chic Mama
    April 26, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    I think I&#39;m in love! Send to moi&#39; ASAP! Kapeesh!? No seriously- that is amazing!

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    April 26, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Just beautiful!

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    April 26, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    I like it. I think you&#39;ve done a really smart thing with the fabrics here, because they are such &quot;talkative&quot; prints, they grab attention which may be why shoppers are having a hard time figuring out what to do with them. That said, by making them a feature you&#39;re kind of basking in their vibrant, loud nature, instead of trying to suppress it.<br /><br />GREAT! 🙂

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    April 26, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    I think Its great. I&#39;d love something like this to take out on picnics. I think it&#39;s a happy quilt. I like theblue squares too.

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    April 26, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    I really like it, and I vote to keep the blue print for the cornerstones,

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    April 26, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    I must admit that I didn&#39;t purchase any Soul Blossoms because I wasn&#39;t quite sure what to make with it, but I think this looks gorgeous and I like the blue cornerstones just the way they are 🙂

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    Anna Zbacnik
    April 26, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Right away I thought I liked this quilt. It looks very bright and fun. I would agree with the comments about the blue dots–although I think the blue dots could be a great binding or backing.

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    April 26, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    The white sashing will look good, but have you considered a light gray sashing? I think the squares will look more jewel-like with gray surrounding them. I don&#39;t think you want dark sashing… But really I think it will look great! I can&#39;t wait to see what you do.

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    April 26, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    funny to read a few of the comments – i was going to say i LOVE the polka dot squares at the intersections! :)<br />you&#39;re brave to ask opinions from quilters!! 😉

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    April 26, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    I really love it!<br />LOVE!!!!

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    April 27, 2011 at 9:00 am

    i really like it! i&#39;ve thought about this fabric for a quilt since it came out. elaine&#39;s quilt shop in slc made a great display with it! i agree with another comment, white sashing would work wonders.

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    April 27, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Oh Me OH My!!!! I love the narrow sashing. I love the blue dot as the corner stones. The beauty of Amy&#39;s soul blossom line is the vibrant spectacular nature of it. It is LOUD and IN YOUR FACE! I think highlighting that is beautiful! I love what you have done! I would keep it just like it is!

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    April 27, 2011 at 9:54 am

    I agree that it looks fun, and maybe something different at the intersections, besides blue. I can think of a few people who would love this!

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    April 27, 2011 at 10:55 am

    i think it&#39;s bright, fun and fantastic! I like the blue squares because they are restful for the eye in all that brightness. You go with the wider sashing and I say it&#39;s a winner!

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    April 27, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Wow. Hasty photo or not ~ it&#39;s beautiful. I wish I could give you ideas/opinions, but I&#39;m still really too much a novice to do that yet. I love all the great colors though.

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    April 30, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    oh, i love soul blossoms, and i&#39;m working out a quilt top for 2 charm packs of it right now! i&#39;m planning to pair mine with either dark grey or possibly navy blue…

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