Monday, February 6, 2012

Asking Advice from the Experts...That Means You.

Ok. The pieces are cut. I think I'm going to go with this barn wood fabric that arrived while we were away  delivering mares to Texas. It was a fast, but good, trip as we were able to spend some time with the cutest niece and nephews and a very cool BIL.

Can you believe that I was surrounded by quilt shops and didn't even peek inside one of them? I know. I'm a sad excuse for a quilter. How many demerits does that earn me? I knew if I even got a wiff of fabric, I would end up bringing some home and honestly, I already have a problem. Its called a stash and it is really beginning to take over. Besides, I had a box waiting for me when I came home. ;)

DH was quite interested in something he spotted on the side of the road and he made me scale the fence and take a photo. Generally scaling a fence line is breaking one of the cardinal rules of being a Texan, but in this case the owners are fine with it. So he made me pose on the side of the road in the biting, cold , windy morning with the sun in my eyes in traveling-in-the-ranch-truck clothes.

I tried to tell him that he needs to take 10 or 12 pictures in order to get anything decent, but he was having none of that. One click and I had better hop that barbwire pronto or I may lose my ride. :)
 Makes for an awful picture, but the deer skull is cool. Its made out of metal and a lot of work went into it. DH welds and really appreciates the skill it took to make something like this accurately. Yes, we are rednecks. Jeff Foxworthy would be proud.

We stopped to grab a bite to eat at the last little town before hitting the ranch. This murial is right next to the little place we ate and I thought of y'all when I saw it. I can't paint my way out of a bucket so I am pretty impressed with people who can wield a paintbrush and make it look like this. Yes, the sky really is that blue out here.

Now, I am ready to sew this top together. I like the gray tone in this fabric and wish I had an entire bolt. I don't have any gray in the squares so I think it stands out enough. I really like the richness of it, but I wondered if it was too dark so on a whim, I flipped it over and I like the backside too. It looks more washed out. So tell me, which one should I choose?
The difference is more subtle in the photos for some reason. Light?


Or dark? The right side is actually darker than this.

Here's half and half. LOL.


I'm leaning towards the dark...or not. Sigh. I am so indecisive and its ridiculous. This is not rocket science however, your input would be greatly appreciated. Looking at the photos, there doesn't seem to be that big of a difference.  I'm playing with the thought of adding black piping to the star to define it more. I hope it works or I'll have an awful lot of black piping lying around! I'm actually kind of excited about adding the piping. Alas, it'll have to wait until another trip to town. I plan to hitch a ride if DH has to run in for anything.

21 comments:

yorkie mom said...

I like the dark. Love the quilt. That sculpture is sooo cool!

Doniene said...

Karin, your hubby sounds like mine-always in a hurry! Cool deer skull! I'm leaning toward the dark - black piping would add a great dimension. Looking forward to the finished product. Where in Texas? You know if you get close to us, you need to let me know - want to meet you in person!

Deanna said...

Dark. The quilt is beautiful.

Denise :) said...

Definitely the dark...the center just sort of fades into the light. I LOVE the deer scull and antlers! I worked at an ornamental iron shop for years and can well appreciate the time and skill this took! I shared your pic with my former iron workers! :)

BunkHouseQuilts said...

I like the dark side. It's going to look fabulous which ever one you choose. I can appreciate the iron art. You look great also!! I just think you are lucky that hubby stopped long enough for a photo!!

Cow Pies & Mud Pies said...

LOVE the dark! That is just beautiful! I can't paint either, but girl, what you are doing with scissors, thread and material is just as beautiful!!

Sallie said...

I like the dar, too.

NaomiG said...

Dark, for sure!! It totally pops the colors! And, I LOVE the idea of black piping. :-) That/Those deer skull/antlers is/are awesome!! Haha, sorry, the grammar of that sentence was giving me the twitches, so I went with all of the above. :-)

Susan said...

The dark one for sure! The star fades into the lighter one. The picture of you with the skull looks great...even in your work clothes :o)

Karin said...

I would go for the dark too and the black piping sounds good to me. Great pic of you with the skull!

Anonymous said...

I like the dark one too. Really enjoy your blog, I am in the mid west. linda

Erin @ Why Not Sew? Quilts said...

It is subtle. I like the darker one better though! Oh, it's going to be awesome!

agent713 said...

I guess it's unanimous. The dark side is where it's at. Love the idea of black piping too.

That deer skull is cool. I'd definitely stop to take a picture of it.

laverne said...

Love the dark fabric!That is gonna be a beautiful quilt-I would love to learn to sew and quilt some day.Were ya"ll selling some mares or taking them to a stud?Would love to read more about your horses and mares!

JMF said...

I think the dark too. The black piping will really set it off I love that idea. I have been lacking in the blog area lately going to try and post today. Love the skull I'll post our buffalo skull we just got home. Not that big tho:) Can you tell me the name of the quilt pattern I just love it.
Julie

Staci said...

I really think your quilt is just wonderful. I love all the variety in your prints. The barn wood fabric is a great choice, either dark or light. And you know I am not help when it comes to choosing!
That photos from your road trip are so much fun. Isn't it great when you spot something interesting?

Belinda said...

Ok, I didn't read any of the other comments before giving you my little ole opinion...I think it's cute and I vote for the darker!!!

Now I'm gonna click "publish comment"
and then go back and read what everyone else thought!!

theona said...

I had to cover each side at a time to make a decision because I liked both of them as well. I concluded that the dark side does make the star stand out more and I think that the black piping will definitely make it pop. As always, beautiful work! Wish I had half of your energy!

Denise :) said...

Just wanted to drop by and wish you a Happy Valentine's Day! :)

codice sconto said...

Different type of square look really colorful and amazing.In this fabrics look some extra ordinary work.

codice sconto

quiltmom said...

I really like the dark too- it just seems to hold the color for me.
It sounds like a very busy trip and what a nice sculpture that you stood by.
Sometimes the best way for me not to add to the stash is to stay away from the stores- I also need to stay away from the on line fabric sites or I can be tempted too LOL. One way that does help me not spend money is to go and play for a while in my stash. It doesn't always work but it does work for me.
I will look forward to see your decision about your quilt.
Regards,
Anna

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