Friday, 6 September 2013

Your design & colour opinions


One thing I'd been meaning to do all summer was start on a new English paper piecing wall hanging, but as I spent every morning in front of the computer working, I couldn't justify taking time away from my children in the afternoon to do it (and the evenings have been dominated by hand-quilting my daughter's birthday gift...that's still ongoing). So now my children are back at school and I have had an afternoon to play around with some potential patterns. 

This is the design I've come up with. What do you think? Is it okay, or is the chequerboardish bit behind the rose too busy?


 I'd initially been thinking of doing the design in greens, pinks and golds....


But I'm wondering whether creams, golds and a little bit of duck egg might be nicer and blend together more harmoniously. 


Or maybe just gold (this photo sparkles a bit more as it was taken on a different day. When there was sun).


I would love your input. If you're finding it difficult to visualise how those black and white line drawings end up as a wall hanging, these are the last two that I've made using that process. This one is made from Oakshott rubies and hangs in our dining room. 



While this one now lives at my parents' house. 


I would so appreciate your input on both the design and colours. A new EPP project feels like the perfect thing now that September has begun. My children's holidays ended this week and my son returned to primary school, while my daughter went off for her first year at secondary school. I tried to write a post about the oddness of the latter, but I'm not sure my thoughts are in an ordered place quite yet. Maybe next week. 

Wishing you a lovely weekend, 
Florence x

18 comments:

  1. I like the contrast of the pink/green, but that duck egg fabric with gold spots is so lovely I'd probably choose that.

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  2. lovely design! i like the first one with the pink but the duck egg is my favourite!

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  3. Love the design. My favourite fabric combo is the golds and duck eggs.

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  4. I think if you use low contrast colours in that section it won't look too busy. My personal favourite colour combination is the duck egg blue one, but the gold would be a nice partner piece for the red...and that splash of pink is gorgeous... Ooh tricky decision... Duck egg blue.

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  5. think it will work out fine. Also like the duck egg, which room is it for, what is it to tone with? Jane

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  6. Love the combination with the duck egg blue, wonderful. The design is fantastic, I'm sure it will look stunning when it's done. I'll look forward to seeing it.

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  7. These wall hangings are stunning. I really like the duck egg, cream and gold--I think it has enough contrast to highlight the design but not too much so as to appear busy. I particularly love the ruby red version--the color choices have a really painterly effect.

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  8. I like the duck egg with the cream and golds. I'm sure which ever combination you choose it will be beautiful.
    Changes in your families routines are always difficult but I am sure it will all be fine.
    Looking forward to hearing you are feeling happier about it next week.

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  9. Hi, design is great and I would go for the golds and duck egg, it's soft. Can't wait to see it in progress. Where are you thinking this one is going to hang, do both colourways work?

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  10. I really like the duck egg option but then it is my favourite colour.

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  11. Florence I know the feeling of a much treasured child going off to high school,it's like sending them into a whole new world where you don't seem to have any control. All I can say is that it might be tricky at times, but keep chatting with her and make sure you are around to listen when she needs to talk - usually when you are driving the car or walking the dog!

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  12. I'm with everyone else - the duck egg/gold bunch is my favourite. Perhaps it's just the photo but the pink in the top one looks almost red, and it might turn out a bit Christmassy. x

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  13. Quack! Quack! Duck egg for me!

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  14. Another vote for the duck egg combination!

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  15. I can't believe your daughter is that age already. I have been reading your blog quite a while it seems!

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  16. I think all the colour choices will work wonderfully well for the design. However, if really depends on what you have visualized for the outcome of it. For the gold, green and pink choice - there will be elements (green and pink) that will 'pop' against a subdue background. As for the duckegg choice - the duckegg elements would be the first thing the eye will be drawn too before reading the rest of the pattern. And for the gold choice - the elements will blend together leaving the eyes to pick up subtle changes in tones hence making the design interesting and more contemplative. Hope this makes sense. So looking forward to seeing the outcome of this design

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  17. The second and third are my favorites love the tones and the textures

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  18. I'm amazed: a totally unanimous vote for duck egg! Thank you so much for all your wonderful input. x

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Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a message - it's always really lovely to hear from people.

I now tend to reply within the comments section, so please do check back if you've asked a question or wish to chat.

Florence x

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