Sunday, January 1, 2012

Mixing it up


Happy 2012 to all of you! I hope that you are spending the dawn of this new year with those you love and cherish. I suspect that I am not alone in choosing a quiet evening at home in the company of my sewing machine. My hubby initiated himself in Pilates on Saturday morning and spent the rest of the day flat out on the couch after working muscles that he never knew he had. This left me to my own devices all day and I indulged in applique, hand stitching and machine sewing. What a great day! I did feed him meals and tucked him back in as I skipped back to my sewing cave.

So, now that the formalities have been dispensed with, I must ask your opinion on my current project. I finished off 20 red and white basket blocks for a special project. They were inspired by a tattered old small quilt I own. I wanted them to look chunky and a little primitive.


After consulting with Kathie and Linda, I decided to emphasize the red in this project. But I am torn between two setting choices. I don't have much in the way of design wall so you'll have to ignore the clutter and imagine the 20 blocks without distractions. This one (below) is my on-point version.


Or, do you prefer the straight setting which actually places the baskets at an angle? I am thinking of a narrow sashing (perhaps 1"?) with a very slightly wider outside border. The actual quilt would be 4 blocks wide by 5 blocks long.


I would love to hear your opinion on these settings or give me other ideas if you have them. Again, I wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year with loads and loads of time for quilting!

44 comments:

Janet O. said...

I so often see the setting in your first option used in vintage quilts. I guess because of that it has more of a primitive look to me than the second option. I'm no expert, that is just my initial reaction.

Kimme said...

Taryn love the first option. It just appeals more and as Janet said comes across as more primitive :-)

JoAnne said...

I like the first one, too.

Donna K from N.TX aka Quilting Bear Gal said...

The first one is my favorite, too. It catches the eye and would look pretty laid out on the bed. Love the red and white by the way.

Janet said...

Both versions look good to me but I'm rather partial to the on point setting. I love your beach photo.

merumo said...

Lovely new yrar's start! I'll put one vote for the option #1 I just don't like the baskets will be placed on angle. Otherwise, red and white quilts are on my list this year and will follow your progress.

Jen said...

I like the second option! I think it's easier on the eyes. Happy New Year!

liz said...

I can see the dilemma. I love on point, but I like the interest of having the sashing and the baskets all pointing in one direction. I'm glad it's your choice, not mine.

Susie said...

First one...............then make another and set like the second one.
I'm such a big help!

Judith said...

I would day THE fitst one, it just looks more antique! Happy new year! Love your photo

Kathie said...

I love the on point one, just mho. LOVE IT! Happy New year!
Kathie

Cathy said...

Love the on-point version. Happy New Year!

Maureen said...

Definitly the on-point version! I especially like that the baskets are not all "facing up."

PatchworkRose said...

Happy New Year Taryn.
I think I have to say I do like both with onpoint slightly my first choice.. Red and White quilts do look wonderful.
Love your beach photo. Have just been down there myself but it is very hot here at the moment. Even the water was warm.
Cheers
Lynne

Kate said...

Depends what era you are trying to emulate?? I see the on-point version as appearing more antique-y circa 1880's than the sashed version which to me looks "vintage" 30s or '40s. My personal preference... On-point. Either way they are super cute!!

Ann at Prairie Primrose said...

I really like the on point version!

Ruth said...

I would have to go with the on point also! Happy New Year!

Appalachian Quilts said...

I LOVE the top one! :)

Happy New Year!

sewprimitive karen said...

Agree with Kate, which era, but love the first one at any rate. Really darling baskets.

Ann in NJ said...

I love the first one.

The Civil War Quilter said...

Adorable! My vote is for "on-point."

SheilaS said...

I love the first block. Nymber 2 is BORING! I just discovered your site-love it! Happy New Year!

Vivian said...

Happy New Year and you are starting it off right!

If it's about emphasizing the red then the first one is the one! Plus I find it visually more interesting.

That doesn't make the second one bad, just not as much fun!

Sew Unique Creations said...

Both settings are awesome, but I love the on point setting the most!

Aunt Marti said...

I think it totally depends on your plan for the quilting -- option 1 has lots of lovely open space for fancy quilting!

Terrie Sandelin said...

I also did a red and white basket quilt (ahem . . . top) using that basket pattern. If you are interested in my lay out, you can see it here: http://terriesandelin.blogspot.com/2011/04/little-red-baskets-go.html As is, I actually like both of your sets. The on-point one leaves open the option for some fun quilting in the red squares.

O'Quilts said...

Taryn...sounds like a great New Year to me...The first one is so much more traditional in my opinion. I really love the red..great job and I spy some little T blocks in the corner..yeah for the red. Guess I will do more red myself this year.

Regina said...

I normally like sashing but I prefer #1 this time.

Sue said...

That's a tough one because they are both great settings. I guess it depends on whether you prefer the primitive look of the first one or a more traditional or formal look of the second one. The red and white is great either way! Love it.

Have a wonderful New Year!!
Sue

P.S. Those Pilates are hard work!

Lori said...

I love the first setting as I think the on point is a little predictable. As long as you are having fun with chunky blocks might as well have some fun with the setting. JMHO, of course. They are such cute blocks!!

Shakerwood said...

Looks like I am in the minority 'cause I like the second one better!

Barbara B said...

I like the second one better as it emphasizes the baskets. If you want the oldest looking, go with the first one.

Rita said...

I really like them both, but I think I like setting #2 better. In setting #1, I think the upside down baskets would bother me somewhat. Happy New Year. I truly enjoy your blog.

Janet said...

Looks like lots of people have opinions :0) I like the on point setting. I think it has a more antique look to it. Either way it will be wonderful!

Jan said...

The first version has more graphic punch, I think. Nice and folky, which sounds like the look you are going for. Love it!

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

Frankly I like the straight set, but I know whatever you do will be a winner.

Ann Marie said...

I liked the first one until I saw the second option. Now I'm back to the first one. I think I like that the best. It's a tough decision, but either way you go will be a good choice!

Sharon said...

I only read a few comments but I too, like the 1st one. It seems more graphic. Can't wait to see what you choose. Your tumbling blocks is going to be a great take along project.

Tracey said...

I, too, love the first setting. Regardless of what you choose, it's going to look great!

Tracey

Jill said...

I kept going back and forth, looking at each setting....then realized that it was the first setting that really drew me in. So, that's my pick.

Lucy said...

definitely the first setting! is has the wow factor :-)

Vesuviusmama said...

I don't know if you are still looking for opinions, but I definitely prefer the first setting.

Rose Marie said...

This is not going to help you .... I like both versions!

Barb said...

both settings are great, but my favorite is the first one -
these are too sweet! wee

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