102: A request and some goodbyes

102: A request and some goodbyes

First off, I would like some of your thoughts on this project.  I have this Australian fabric that I bought at Quilt Market, just because I knew I would never see it again.  When I got home, I had these batik 2″ squares already cut out from a project a long time ago that needed something completely different.  They had become very forgotten and lonely over the years.  So decided to start making these 4-patches with some of the Australian fabrics to use them up.         Now I want to put these 4 pacthes together, and I can’t decide on the center setting squares.  I have pretty much decided on the green woven for the outside setting triangles.  But what do I do about the middle?  Please comment and help me figure out A, B, C, D, E, or F……What do you think?      

And now the goodbyes….ha, I hope you didn’t think I was leaving…You can’t get rid of me that easily.  These are the leaving parties.

These are going to Kevin at Mr. Feed Dog in a trade we arranged a long time ago ( I hope he didn’t forget!)    

And these are going to Judiwhom I met thru bloggin’.       

Both of these sets of ATC’s will be leaving our home to their new homes soon.   (ATC’s are Artist Trading Cards….and mine just happen to be Mini-quilts.)

    And last but not least, here is my finished TOP for the doll quilt swap….so it isn’t leaving yet, but it will be soon.  I have to quilt and bind it, and whip up a few little goodie extras to go with it.

I have a ton more to post, but I really want to get back to the studio.  Please let me know which fabric you think I should put in the center squares of my table-runner, and if you haven’t done so already sign up by commenting on post 101 for a free fabric giveaway.  

Later, gators.


  • Sherri Starr


    RE your Aussie Project….

    I think A and D have enough green to compliment the green border and tie it all together …Ialso see that B has green but it is very dark….I would use one of the prints that has the green in it…


    August 10, 2008 at 10:00 am
  • Candy/wizard/NY


    My vote’s on “E”!!


    August 10, 2008 at 10:27 am
  • Sarah Daneke


    Hi Scott
    I agree with Candy/Wizard I would go with ‘E’. The others seems to be
    ‘too busy’ and I think your 4 patches would get lost with them.

    August 10, 2008 at 3:33 pm
  • Terri


    Go with what draws you!!
    Definitely “E”.

    Another “Pickle” heard from.

    Terri / Keymar, MD

    August 10, 2008 at 4:56 pm
  • Judy


    I’d choose “A”. It looks like it would provide good contrast, and it has some green in it to go with the border.

    August 10, 2008 at 5:56 pm
  • Kathy


    I love fabric C–I am drawn to the pinks and reds in the blocks and I think the deeper color in C would set off the blocks. Is your piece going to stay table runner size? ‘Cause you could easily turn all those luscious fabrics into a larger quilt by shading your colors from the reds, through the brighter yellow to the browns and greens. Or set the 4 patches edge-to-edge and surround with fabric borders……I know –you just wanted comments on the single idea you were working on! So, I love fabric C!

    August 10, 2008 at 6:55 pm
  • I’d think A or E for the lighter contrast.

    You’ll have to decide if they are both too busy once you get them on the wall.

    Looks like a great project.

    August 10, 2008 at 7:30 pm
  • Mary in H. VA


    Ok i might go out on a limb here and choose C or E. You will know the minute you place the 4 patches up around them. if the 4 patches disappear don’t use that fabric. it doesn’t have to be a light or a dark for my tastes but its the constrasts and if it wahes the look out. i have seen quilts with the right amount of values however the effect seems washed to me because of placement issues. ie..you can’t see the stars for the lights around it. Oh brother i need coffee!
    i use handdyes and batiks alot so i look at it all slightly differently!
    Mary in H. Va

    August 10, 2008 at 8:10 pm
  • HelenMarie


    Why not use square-in-a-square as setting blocks? You could use 2 OR 3 OR 4 OR even as many as 5 fabrics (if you want to make it really scrappy).

    (can you tell I see chickens everywhere, especially when I’m trying to choose fabrics?)

    Love those Aussie fabrics. The real ones. Great stories, terrific visuals, and the colors are nothing if not subtle.

    Oh, I do like that idea of square in a square…I hadn’t thought of that! NICE!…Thanks a bunch! Check back later to see if I go with that idea!

    August 10, 2008 at 9:13 pm
  • Judy Royer


    go with E! You need something light!
    From the pickle barrel

    August 10, 2008 at 9:17 pm
  • Bonnie Hensley


    I’d go with ‘E’, as it would make the 4-patches stand out more and not get lost. (at least in my opinion!;) )

    Bonnie in Snohomish, WA

    August 10, 2008 at 10:48 pm
  • Jean in IL


    I like B or C for a dark contrast to the blocks, A for a light contrast. Try laying a few of them out on top of the different fabrics.
    A pickle pal,
    Jean in IL

    August 10, 2008 at 11:13 pm
  • Sandy D


    I would use “C” if I was looking for drama & “E” if looking for fresh and light. But that’s just me. Another Pickle.

    August 10, 2008 at 11:29 pm
  • jeanine hartman


    I am going for E, it is a little quieter, and more suttle. It might bring the colours togehter.
    jeanine in nb

    August 11, 2008 at 3:44 am
  • Hi again Scott 🙂
    I’m voting for E, as I think it has the most contrast with the 4Ps, so they’ll show up against it. Otherwise it will all blend in together and turn into mush. 😀


    August 11, 2008 at 6:47 am

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