Sunday, October 26, 2008

I need some opinions please...

I saw these Vintage Snowmen and just fell in love with them. I love how they remind me of 50's designs. They are very small too, only 5x7 in size for the stitchery. Homestead Hearth has them as a BOM and I almost did it that way, but I know I'd want to work faster so I just ordered the pattern and background fabric instead. I just rec'd my pattern order from Colonial Crafts and after reading through all the instructions I can't make up my mind about how to get these done.

I think I am already going to enlarge the design a bit. The whole quilt finishes as is at 28 x 42" and that's pretty small, I want it to be a throw for the back of the rocker. I'm thinking 8 x 10 or so each for the stitchery parts plus sashing, etc.

The pictures of the quilt are so dark and small that it's really hard to see them clearly, but reading the directions I realized they have tons of colors in the design. One for the hat, then another for the brim, and another for the squiggle, etc., etc. Now I don't mind doing colors, you know that, but we are talking about a 5 x 7 stitchery here! I knew they were red and greens, but not so many colors.

Now here's the part I need opinions on, okay? I'm not really into doing so many colors. They call for using DMC floss and I've fallen in love with using #8 perle cotton, so lots of colors is harder to in the perle cotton. I could do them in just a few colors...dark red, olive greens, tan, etc., to match the fabrics OR I was even thinking they might look very nicely done like the ones by Kathy Schmitz. Darlene just did quite a few and I love the dark muslin and black thread design so much. But what would these look like done in that coloration? Better than the red/green combo? I do love the fabric choices though and I will go to my LQS to pick out some lovely colors for the sashing and borders.

I could do them all in red?? Nope...oh well, if you feel like giving me some input, I'd love to have some. I might have to just buy the colors in DMC and do one of the small blocks to see how I like it. Okay..share away. Thanks ladies!

10 comments:

Country Log Cabin Quilter said...

I really like the looks of Darlene's blocks. I think you could do that and it would be striking. However, I'm sure it will look great no matter which way you decide to go. I'll be looking for what you decide!

Crazy for Primitive Quilts and Gardens said...

I tend to like stitchery in more simple colors.... I think if you pick out a few favorite perle cotton and just do your own thing, you will like it. Solid in one color would be great too. The blocks are adorable! Play a little :o) If you do one and don't like it for the quilt, make a pillow or a giftie for someone.

MARCIE said...

Hi Judy, that is a really darling pattern. I would stick with the red and green and not all the variations. You can't see them from where I am looking. Use your pearle if you prefer it. You often change things to your own preference, so go for it!

Nancy Anne said...

Judy - I'm doing the Kathy Schmitz set, too. Instead of doing mine all in black, I've chosen one color appropriate for that month's picture and I then use it very, very sparingly and do the rest in black. It looks quite striking. You might consider something like that for your cute snowmen.

Quilt Hollow said...

Can you just make the snowmen all one color and use your green & red for accents?

Darlene said...

This is interesting, Judy. I've been thinking about ordering that set, too. :-) You've received a ton of wonderful suggestions. I have a tendency to enjoy stitching with just one color so my first thought was for you to use a blue (DMC 930 is a great blue) and maybe accent with green and red. HMMMM! And, if they are too small then play with enlarging them just a bit. I can't wait to see what you decide to do.

Christine said...

I took a stitchery class from Kathy Schmitz 2 weeks ago, and for her new stitchey patterns she uses a Sulky 12w cotton thread.....I would probably do a red....cuz I'm lazy and don't like to channge colors! I too, saw that pattern and think it's darling.
Christine

Wendy said...

That is a super cute stitchery, I love the reds and greens but if you want something easy I would do it all in red. I'm doing a christmas stitchery using size 12 perle cotton in a variegated red. Something to think about.

Quilts And Pieces said...

Probably too late now, but I"m doing my redwork lately with Aurofil 28 wt and do I LOVE it! I love the pearl cotton too, but it is hard to find that size here in my area, and I can get the Aurofil. Plus in the long run I think it is cheaper as you can do a whole quilt with one spool!

Ginger Patches said...

I don't know how I've missed all these great posts by you :( I just love those snowmen! I just got an e-mail from colonial crafts that I get a discount all month for my birthday and I think that this will be what I use it for!!