Friday, October 5, 2012

Hexamania - Background Decisions


We've made some good progress on our Grandmother's Flower Garden Flowers and it's time to start thinking about backgrounds. You could make more hexagons from a background fabric of your choice and add them to the flowers, you could applique the flowers on to squares and piece the squares, you could put your flowers together with no background, or you could use diamonds to piece the flowers together. It's up to you and what kind of look you want for your quilt.

Judy is going with a row of hexagons in Kona Snow around each flower for her 1930's Reproduction Flower.

Carol (that's me writing the post) needs your help!

I'm doing the brights and I feel like I have many options with the background and I'm not too sure about which one to choose. When I started doing the brights flowers I was pretty sure that I wanted to use Kona White. But when I auditioned the flowers on it I was not so sure. So I put the flowers on some different backgrounds to see what they look like... and I thought I could use your help. What do you think would work? I would most probably do a row of hexagons in the background fabric around the flowers. Do you think Kona White would still work?

Bright Flowers on Kona White



I'm also in love with Grays. This is Kona Ash.


Kona - Coal


Kona - Natural



What do you think of the flowers all together? Maybe just a few hexagons in white/natural/coal so I won't need sunglasses when I look at them? :)


What do you think? Would really appreciate your help! 



23 comments:

Danyle MacDonald said...

coal

Anonymous said...

I like the idea of a path of coal separating the flowers.

Mary Van Dijk

Cathi said...

The black really makes the flowers pop! Very striking. My second choice would be the coal.

Eleanor said...

I kind of like the Kona Amethyst color. The flowers would stand out.

Wanda said...

I think coal looks the best.

Anonymous said...

Carol, I would use the Kona Coal. I think this will make your colours pop.. Marion

Sew Sisters Quilt Shop said...

Thank You all for your comments :) looks like Kona Coal is the favorite so far... :)

Angie said...

Black is my favorite, but I lean to brights and contrast. I agree with the Coal choices, too, as it helps blend.

Trish said...

Another vote for Kona Coal.

Anonymous said...

I like the coal and the ash but have you thought of a lilac or purple?

Susa Shone said...

Bright colours have to go on black!

Anonymous said...

Brights on black - a must!

Nat at Made in Home said...

I am totally partial to Kona Ash in general, so this is obviously my preferred option!

ELIZABETH CROSS said...

I think the black is most effective.

Rebecca said...

I really like the black - it makes the flowers just pop right out of the background and makes it much more striking visually than the other colours

SuperMomNoCape said...

I'm going to add my vote for Kona Coal are well.

The black would be very dramatic but I think might be difficult to live with day to day whereas the coal still give you that pop while at the same time being easier to live with.

ritainalaska said...

coal! a path of coal is just right.

Christine said...

I like your hexagons side by side and I also
Ike them on the coal background.

felicity said...

Another vote for Coal here! But must it be a solid? What about a black and white small polka dot? I love b/w with brights!

Anonymous said...

OMG Felicity I suggested a black and white polka dot too! We are separated by time and place but still think alike! BFF! Judy

offquilter said...

Hey Carol, i like them side by side, it's graphic and a bit crazy. Visually though, it might be a bit jarring for most ;-)

I recently put brights on Kona Natural, and also on Kona Charcoal, and both quilts have a nice modern vibe. the dark grey is cool and urban, while the natural gives a fresh, happy feeling. What kind of feeling do you want for this piece - what is its "mood"?

Kem

Magnolia said...

The coal makes the background fabric the focus, not the beautiful flowers. I would go with ash or natural.

Anonymous said...

I like the black or coal!