Monday, January 26, 2015

Design Wall Monday

This quilt top is done, but I put it back up on my design wall because I'm trying to decide if I like the corner units.

Red and White Quilt, Prairie Star - Judy Niemeyer quilt pattern

Since I've been teetering back and forth about the corners, I decided to put it up on the wall and look at it for a while and then make my decision. (I took the Reflecting Pool blocks down to sew them into rows and that opened up the wall to put this up and look at it again.)

I posted a picture of this on Facebook and the response has been very nice and complimentary. Most people are suggesting that I leave it as is while a few are saying to change it because it will drive me crazy if I don't. Jack likes it just as it is. Judy Niemeyer and I discussed the corners while I was piecing this top and she suggested pulling the fabrics from the center out to the corners so that's what I did. Even if I decide to change it, I'm really not sure what I would do. I don't hate it. It just seems "heavy" or "chunky". 

For those of you who are not familiar with the pattern, here is the original version.

Prairie Star - Judy Niemeyer quilt pattern

Looks completely different, doesn't? 

I'd been playing around with wanting to make a two-color, red and white quilt for a very long time and I'm happy that I chose this to be it. I like the original version too and I love the latest version, using Judy's Reclaimed West fabric so I may make another version of it down the road.

Prairie Star - Judy Niemeyer - Reclaimed West fabrics

It's not like I don't have other quilts to make though, so this may be quite a while down the road. My friend Kare made another version of this quilt that is AWESOME! I'll see if I can get a picture to show you. 

Anyway, no matter what I decide, this is coming off the wall later today so I can get back to completing the Reflecting Pool quilt. Here's what I took down to piece into rows.

Reflecting Pool - Kaffe Fassett

 The signature quilts I made for Paige and Allie are done and will be taken to school tomorrow. They are both being washed right now so I'll post a picture of them tomorrow. I've decided that they will be featured in my Tip Tuesday! post so be sure to stop back and check them out. 

What's on your design wall?

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Vroomans' Quilts said...

Look, look, look - it is stunning, but I do prefer the all white setting. But it is your quilt.

dq said...

Your red and white version is stunning!

Needled Mom said...

That is glorious!

Cathy said...

I love your version. It is absolutely fabulous and I love it just the way it is. However, people are right, if it's bugging you, you'll never be happy with it. So do what your heart tells you! *hugs*

Bonnie said...

OMG love the red and white version. I understand not being 100% happy with your corners. Have you thought of making one corner block and pinning it over the existing block to see if that does what you want it to do? You might be happier with the end result. Although, honestly. I think it is gorgeous.

Nann said...

I like the way the corners pull away from the center. But if they'll bother you forever (after all the work you put into this) then change them.

Reflecting Pool is lovely and calm. Nice juxtaposition to the red/white spikiness!

~Kris~ said...

If you are going to use the red and white quilt on a bed, why not lay it on the bed for a few days and see if you notice the corners. I think it is beautiful as is and love the contrast in the corners. Good luck with your decision.

Monica said...

I started this quilt a while ago, but it's been on the backburner because I wasn't sure about my fabrics either. It's actually similar to yours, red white and yellow.

I'll tell you, I would prefer it with the corners the same colour as the rest of the "fringe". The fringe is what attracted me to the quilt in the first place, and I really like the drama of the uninterrupted flow of points around the edge. I've actually gone and bought several more yards of fabric so that I can do that on mine.

Take it or leave it, that's my two cents!

Judy@Quilt Paradigm said...

SO beautiful! I agree with Nan, I think it is awesome how the corners pull away from the center. . . I also agree that if you don't like it now, you aren't going to like it later and you have put so much work into it. . .it would be a shame to look at it years from now and think "I wish I would have. . ."

Marj said...

Love your red and white version of the prairie star. It gives me inspiration to do something with the Dragon star pattern that I have had for years.