Playing with Fabric Design

LeMoyne Stars – Star Garden, Mini Tumblers – “Tumbling Into Insanity”, Winter Wonderland

Yesterday was a day of strictly playing with Winter Wonderland.  I think I have most of it figured out now for what I will do with it.  Thank you for all your wonderful suggestions.

I started to play first thing in the morning and this was the first addition another strip of red.  (all strips are pinned and not all cut even)


then I decided to add more strips just my opinion and feeling but the embroidery is too big with nothing really dividing it up.


And more – I still wasn’t completely satisfied but I felt like I was on the right track.


Then I thought instead of the cream strip on the outside edge of the embroidery how about a white with a red print in it – (pinned in place)  I still wasn’t sure if this was what I wanted.


How about a brown with a red print in it.  (there is a red print in that, just can’t see it well in this photo.  I am linking to Sew Fresh Quilts today and Freshly Pieced.


I moved some blocks over to that side so I could see how I liked it – I like it.


If I use the brown which I am leaning towards I will need to order about a half yard of the fabric from the Crazy for Red’s design – I only have a jelly roll stripe and a fat quarter.  I think a half yard would be plenty for redoing all four sides.

So opinions?    I think it looks much better than it originally did when I first started to put it together.  Amazing how much you can change a look of something by playing a little.

I did manage to finally get one side of the binding done on the Tumbling into Insanity quilt – I guess I’m just not that much in a rush to finish this quilt – probably because I had just finished Granny’s Got Style a short while before this one and I’m still enjoying it.  Ready to tackle the second side.


More work done on the Lemoyne Stars and most likely I rolled it down again last night after I wrote this post.


Hope you are all having a great week – hot and dry here – things are really starting to dry up too much around here.

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21 comments… add one
  • Julierose Aug 5, 2015

    Oh I like the red sashings and especially the addition of the brown…coming nicely…hugs, Julierose
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  • Kathy Aug 5, 2015

    I like what you’ve done with your Winter Wonderland. I think that the narrow red between the embroidered blocks is especially fabulous … it adds some pop and definition without detracting from the embroidery. It’s gotten quite dry here, too … it’s raining right now, and I hope we get enough to make a difference.
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  • Vicki in MN Aug 5, 2015

    I am really liking the red in between the stitched pic’s. I was thinking it might need something like that before I saw your pic of adding it. Really brings it to life 🙂

  • Vicki W Aug 5, 2015

    Oh yes, that’s it!
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  • Sandra B Aug 5, 2015

    Love the narrow red sashing outlining each of the red work squares! I am not sure why, but it seems to make the embroidery pop…amazing how just that little change can make such a difference! And, it really pulls everything together. On the border options, I cannot decide…I like each one! I know that you will make the best choice….
    Some parts of central Virginia got rain yesterday…some of it very near to us…. but we only got a few drops! They are predicting a significant amount of rain for us for tomorrow night into Friday…sure hope we get it. All the recent area rains have bypassed us, and we are really dry.

  • swooze Aug 5, 2015

    Wow! Framing the center of Winter Wonderland really made a difference. Looking good! Still plugging away on my binding. Ran into a spot where I did not catch both edges of the binding fabric so had to unpick and will have to re-stitch it. Been a nice project to come home and unwind under!

  • Jan O Aug 5, 2015

    I really like the red lines you added to the embroidered center. I like your idea for a red-cream-red frame around the center, too. No offense, but I don’t like the brown you’re auditioning. It looks too heavy and seems to weigh down the overall effect.
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  • Delana Aug 5, 2015

    I’ve just recently found your blog, and I’m really enjoying reading about your quilting adventures. The Winter Wonderland quilt is beautiful. I really like the pop those red outlines give the embroidered piece. They really draw the eye away from the border and back to the focal point of the quilt.
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  • Liz Aug 5, 2015

    The brown really makes the center embroidery sing. Love it.

  • Deb Aug 5, 2015

    I really like it with the sashings!

  • Lisa Aug 5, 2015

    I also like the red strips that emphasize the embroidery….and the brown fabric helps to tie in the outside blocks.

  • audrey Aug 5, 2015

    The red strips add some definition for sure! Looks like you’re on the right track!

  • Doreen Aug 5, 2015

    Definitely the brown with the min red sashing strips. There’s so much in that center vying for attention that the fabrics you chose really make it a nice balance. Your color antennae are working very well!!! LOL!

  • Claudette Aug 5, 2015

    Love the red sashing between the blocks. Not sure about the brown. Maybe just a little lighter shade?

  • Lorna McMahon Aug 5, 2015

    I think you are on the right track, Karen. It was neat to see your progression in choosing the borders and I like the red strips dividing the red work. You have made great progress on quilting those stars and stitching the binding on the tumbler quilt!
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  • CarlaDean Aug 5, 2015

    When I first started looking at your pictures, I thought it was perfect as is. But by the time I got to your last picture, you had me won over. It’s beautiful!!

    I hope you got some rain today! We had a little bit, maybe enough to make my ferns happy for a little while. Hopefully we’ll get some more tonight.

  • Kathi Aug 5, 2015

    Love your update to Winter Wonderland.. I love that you ask but then do what suits you.. I am the same 🙂 I like the brown but I also like the beige with red in it on the left! lol So no help here!
    I also am happy to hear you are still working some on the binding of Tumbling… and your Lemoyne Star quilt needs a name but is looking fab..!!! Soon you will be seeing the top on it!!! Kathi
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  • Glenda Australia Aug 5, 2015

    Morning Karen just love the look of those soft stars on the frame, this is going to be a quilt many family members will be hinting at LOL or are you keeping this one. really like the square in a square blocks, what a great finish to this lovely lovely Xmas quilt. Cheers Glenda

  • Val Aug 5, 2015

    Love everything you’ve done up to the brown strip. The red borders with the tiny red print is brilliant, and the red between the blocks is terrific. But you lost me at the brown, it looks out of place to me but it could be that I am not seeing the true colour.

  • Mary Ann Aug 6, 2015

    I love that you are making the Winter Wonderland your own. The addition of the red makes each block shine on its own. Not sure about the brown, looks kind of dark but whatever you decide I know it will be beautiful.

  • Kate Aug 6, 2015

    Sometimes you have to play a bit to get that final layout to work for you. Your changes really made a difference with Winter Wonderland. It’s going to be gorgeous.
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