Friday, September 24, 2010

Need Advise

Whenever I work on this quilt the Charles Frazier book Cold Mountain is in the back of my mind. The book is set during the civil war and the female main character, Ada, struggles with making her family farm work and support her. I have always thought of my bride as Ada, more of a widow than a bride. In the movie version of the book sheep are a very important aspect at the end of the story, showing that life goes on and happiness can return. So for my block 17 I have substituted the elephant with sheep. The advise I need is do you think the block is to plain? All of the blocks are so full of applique and this one has the most blank spaces.
Thank in advance for any opinions,
Cheri

12 comments:

  1. The whole block could have a backdrop consisting of and old fashioned, gambrel roofed, red barn something like this one: http://www.hometips.com/how-it-works/roof-gambrel.html
    I like the sheep!

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  2. Cheri, the block does look blank BUT so does the block with the elephant.... when viewed with all the other blocks and blanced with the dog block etc it all works. Now just because the block looks this way now does not mean you have to "fix or not fix" it now. Go on to the next block and see later how the blocks play together when there are more.

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  3. Cheri,

    this is too cute! I love the sheep and with the Cold ountain story, a wonderful addition! I love the block the way it is but if you want to fill in something else, why not go for two or three of the flowers that are featured in some of the other blocks? The bride also has flowers coming out of nowhere...

    Greetings from the Rhine,
    Britta

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  4. That is lovely with the sheep, and I like your Cold Mountain story. I suggest leave it as is,until you have finished the remeining blocks, with them all being so busy it might be quite restful to the eye to have the occasional plainer block.

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  5. I love your block as it is and enjoyed the reason behind replacing the elephant. Sue

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  6. I don't think it's plain Cheri, I loved doing the elephant block, I think next to the bride block that was my favourite. I like your sheep and it's a lovely place for some quilting which is quite limited on the rest of the blocks...
    Lizzie
    xxx

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  7. Hi Cheri,

    This is beautiful! I love the idea of the sheep and they look fabulous. It is a little less busy than some of the other blocks in the quilt, but maybe you should wait to see how it works with your other chicken and rooster is pretty sparse as well.

    When I put my bride together, I had a couple that were less busy, and with the proper placement it gave the eye a "place to rest" when taking the whole quilt in.

    Later, if you think it needs more, you could put a butterfly like the dog/cat block has or something like that. It is totally out of scale in that block, but I guess that is part of the charm of this quilt in a folk art style.

    Your work is just lovely!

    In stitches,
    Teresa :o)

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  8. Yikes...I just read what I just posted and should have proofed it better before posting...somehow the middle of one of my sentences in the first paragraph disappeared! I was TRYING to say is that the dog, cat, chicken, rooster block is also a little sparse and will balance very nicely with your horse/sheep one.

    Zeesh! Sorry, I had to fix that!!

    In stitches,
    Teresa :o)

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  9. I love the substitution of the sheep, and the reason behind it. I would let it stand as is...and it becomes a story behind the block as well as the quilt itself. It is a lovely block.
    Karen

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  10. I think this is one of the prettiest applique quilts out there. I need to get a few more things off my plate before I can start it..Love your block, I would not change it, but if you feel you might I would wait till you have more blocks together and see if you might want to do more to it.
    JAS

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  11. I like your block, I think it needs something as well, what about a hourse shoe, or fence.

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  12. Cheri, I think this is a wonderful block and fully agree with Teresa, you do need a little space here and there to give the eyes a rest. I love you colors and you can always add something else later if you would like a bit more on the block. Great job, don't worry, when they are all together, they look just lovely together.

    Cheers,
    Bobbie

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