Friday, July 5, 2013

Call for Backup

I held auditions for the background of the tumbling blocks piece today in my living room.  This is going to be a wall hanging, something that will go on the wall behind my computer monitor that I'll stare at now and then (as one does).  Right now I have the string Dresden wall hanging in that spot, having reacquired it from my sister who had temporary custody for most of the past year.  She moved and I got it back. 

I'm curious as to which of these backgrounds you like best.  I could not make up my mind, so I took photos and then looked at them some more on the computer. That helped.

First, I was leaning toward combining four of the batiks, not necessarily in this configuration, but possibly string-pieced somehow, maybe even curved strings.  Once I saw the photo, though, I became lukewarm on that idea.

I hadn't seriously considered the darker blue background, but Norm kind of liked it.

The lady at the quilt store picked out this batik right off the bat.  Kind of looks like the piece is floating in a pool, which is an interesting effect.

Then we have this one.  The quilt shop lady pulled this bolt off the shelf and then went, "Eh, I don't know, it's kind of wild," and started to put it back, but I stopped her and said, "I like it; wild is good.  Whether I use it for this project or another, I'm going to get some of that."

And then we have a more olive green/blue piece.

And finally, a muted rusty-olive one.

Which, if any, appeals most to you?  I will tell you that I have made a choice and have the piece pinned in place on it.  Now I'm second-guessing myself a wee bit, though not enough to unpin it—yet.


  1. F is my first pick, then C. Enjoy it when it's done!

  2. I like both C and D equally.

  3. I like c with a border/sashing of d.

  4. I really like E. And it has nothing to do with how I sign my name ;).

    Also, go with your gut :D.

    xo -E

  5. I know I'm odd man out again, but I really love it in the first picture - kind of a batik ombre background! But it's pretty on any of them.

  6. I like D the best. It tickled my interest from the first picture with the ombre effect. My second choice would be E as I think that green is a little more calm in the long run than the jade. Unless you don't want calm in the long run...

  7. I like C, probably because blue always trumps anything else for me:)


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