Sunday, 15 January 2012

too cold to snow?






New Forest Ponies
You just cannot have a warm day in winter with such beautiful clear skies,
but you can wrap up, go for a stroll and enjoy the sun.

I've just finished attaching the border to my flowering snowball quilt
Now I have a dilemma.
(the tiny squares joining the blocks are still holes)

Do I go with
my original concept of tonal greys,
or
grey and yellow
or 
multi coloured 
or
something else?

Quilting
machine narrow lines following the design
or
hand quilted in a lovely jewel colour??

Backing
???
Binding
???

Help
???

17 comments:

Simone said...

Gorgeous photos. As for the quilt - just go with your instincts. x

Cathy said...

I like the holes! The view through the tiny little windows was very pretty. Not practical for every day though, I know! I like the idea of the yellow, but that's because I always choose colour if there is an option. Whatever you choose I'm sure will finish it off perfectly. XX

KC'sCourt! said...

Stunning - the quilt is Stunning!
I would use the dark bit from the spotty edging matering to fill the gaps and bind in white or the spotty material again.
Its really stunning!
Julie xxxxxxxxx

Jenny at Red House said...

Hi I would say another colour could easily be introduced as an accent, it looks lovely jennyx

Little Island Quilting said...

I'd go for a selection of different greys or a cross hatch black and White. To quilt it, I would be tempted to do on circle, starting in the middle and just getting bigger and bigger.

Tammy said...

Would a pop of color be good, such as tomato red or cheddar? Hmmm.

Nicky said...

Inspired by the ponies - how about rich dark chocolate - the colour rather than the sweet!

Catherine said...

It looks fantastic Clare. Love your winter pics as well

Floss said...

I love your New Forest photos. It's cold here, too - a real shock to my boys, who have forgotten what gloves are for (apparantly). The quilt is looking lovely and I'll look forward to whatever you decide to do with it!

**Anne** said...

Winter sunshine is such a joy. Those ponies look gorgeous.
Anne xx

greenrabbitdesigns said...

As I'm not a quilter I wouldn't dream of giving you advice but it is looking gorgeous! :)
V x
P.S. The ponies are lovely.

Dolores said...

I love how calm this quilt is and introducing colour would change that; My vote is tonal greys.

dxx

Marg said...

I agree with Dolores. I have enough trouble thinking of how to quilt my own quilts, I don't think I can give you much in the way of suggestions, however I think it would be beautiful hand quilted.

Mary said...

Well, I know I would hand quilt it...but that is a longer task...

I was wondering...what if you go with a mustardy yellow and repeat that in the binding. I thought the border was brown {chocolate} but on my computer now it looks grey. Try auditioning a few fabrics...the right one will pop out at you.

It is gorgeous Clare! I love the simplicity of it....really stunning. How big is it? It looks like it is a good size.

Vintage Jane said...

What beautiful photos. I would stick with greys or add a bit of mustard for a colour pop!

Kelley said...

I would resist yellow myself because you know what they say about yellow snow and not eating it. I like the idea of the grey or the pop of color - a hot pink or bright turquoise would get my vote. Beautiful quilt! I am working on a hand pieced quilt similar to this but no little windows.

Deb said...

You are a quilting genius Clare, I love it. I do love your restrained use of colour. I'd probably put red or mustard, but that's me, I can't wait to see what you come up with :)