Saturday, January 8, 2011
I can take it....
I come to you asking for your opinions and suggestions. I always make a practice block before starting a big project and if Lollypops isn't a big project, I don't know what is. It was particularly important to make a sample or two to see if I even remembered how to applique since I've only done a few quilt labels in the last few years.
The bottom sample came first and is the fabric I bought for LPs. I wanted some color and no directional print. I like it OK but kept thinking and decided to try black after seeing some of the recent posts which blew me away.
The top sample is a Marcus Brothers deep, deep black with ginkgo leaves (can you see them). I fell in love with it when I saw it and bought the entire bolt. I simply had to have it all!!!! I love the contrast with the black (altho it certainly attracts lint!). What I don't love is the show through on the pieces. The bodies of the LPs still have freezer paper in them -- the heads don't. I've cut away the background on the orange one on the left and you can see the shadows. The others still have the background intact and you can see the seam allowances which I fear will be more pronounced with a lite batting.
So -- I'm stumped. I can always keep searching for the perfect background (I certainly need to keep practicing my circles when I look at these up close) or I'm open to your suggestions. This will be a work in progress for a long time and I would hate to be 1/2 through and decide I've made a big boo-boo. In the end, I'll choose one or the other (or another) and get started but decided to bare my blocks to you all for any suggestions. One of the things I admire about you all is that you provide constructive feedback and don't just say "it's lovely" and nothing else. So -- I can take it. Thanks a bundle.