Okay, I need opinions once again. I thought about the ideas that you all had from yesterday (thank you for pulling me out of my mini-meltdown with good ideas!), and decided to lay the blocks out again on Kona White and Charcoal. I also liked the idea of Navy as well, but I noticed that too many of the blocks have dark blue in them and it blended in too much. I thought the Charcoal provided a dark color with enough of a difference from the dark blues.

But, which to choose now? (Pretend you’re at the eye doctor.)

Better A?


Better A?

Better B?


Better B?

Here’s some important thoughts:

1. I’m not sold on the placement of the blocks. I’m not even sold on keeping all of these blocks in. Heck, I might add more blocks and turn it into a bigger quilt. I just kept them in the same placement as yesterday for consistency.

2. I’m still thinking about adding single 2 inch squares in the corner of the sashing. (Take a look at the picture in the Hip To Piece Squares banner–that’s what I’m describing.) I’m thinking about this, but not completely sold yet.

I’m determined to make this thing work. I’m going to finish it.

45 Thoughts on “better a? better b?

  1. Somehow if I would have to choose I would go with the first version, the black one. Not that the white one is not nice. I just like black.
    And I would not add that extra square at the corners.

  2. They’re totally different looks – but I like B better because it feels lighter and summery.

  3. Johanna on June 25, 2010 at 3:36 pm said:

    I love both versions- Somehow the white one is lighter and the black looks heavier, more like a quilt for winter days.
    And I really like the look with the extra squares in the corner but it can quickly be too much color.
    Just my opinion :)

  4. shelly on June 25, 2010 at 3:36 pm said:

    I like the dark sashing, I think it makes all the blocks look more unified. I would replace the one very light block in the center of your layout(with the green rings)it doesn’t have as much contrast between the two fabrics as the rest of your blocks. Just my opinion though, hope that’s helpful.

  5. I like it better with the black background. If you were to take out one block, I would take out the block in row 3, 3rd over (with the green rings)

  6. I like the dark one better, but I’m not sure if that might be because the white is showing up as a pale blue for me.

  7. Cathy A on June 25, 2010 at 3:50 pm said:

    I really like A. B is so-so. But I actually LIKE A. It really makes the colors pop and look cheery rather than just bright and somewhat disjointed.

  8. Definitely the charcoal. But, I will almost always choose a black sashing over a white one — just my style!
    As for the cornerstones, would really have to see them in action to make a good judgment call.

  9. I like both, but I think my fav is the darker…
    and the little squares in sashing sounds great!
    happy weekend!

  10. As someone who has a collection of scrappy 9-patch blocks myself, this was very interesting to me.
    It could be an artifact of looking at photos instead of the actual blocks, but it looks like that dark sashing makes the colors in the blocks seem brighter. The white sashing makes the colors in the blocks seem lighter. They both work, it just depends on the overall feeling you want for the quilt.

  11. Rachel on June 25, 2010 at 4:04 pm said:

    I vote b. If you want it to look more modern, then don’t do the little squares in the sashing. If you want it to look more scrappy/folksy, then add the squares in.

  12. oh i totally love option a. 😉

  13. Sara on June 25, 2010 at 4:12 pm said:

    A would make the colors pop nicely,but then so would white!! I think it’s a case of eenie,meenie,minee,mooo (or however you say that!)

  14. CHARCOAL! All the way! (If I holler louder, maybe my team will win?) :-)

  15. Courtney on June 25, 2010 at 4:37 pm said:

    Definitely A.

  16. I like A.. I am not crazy about B… something about the dark color pulls it all together!

  17. Of the two, definitely A! I agree that the darker color pulls it all together. Can’t wait to see the final!

  18. Bridget on June 25, 2010 at 6:14 pm said:

    They both look great, each having its own feel. As already commented the white looks light & airy, while the charcoal has a comfy cozy curl up next to the fire feel to it.
    Think I would lean more towards the Option A : )

  19. Delia on June 25, 2010 at 6:22 pm said:

    I like the dark background better too. It gives better contrast to the 9-patches. I think the quilt is going to turn out great!

  20. Jessie on June 25, 2010 at 9:05 pm said:

    I like the darker.

  21. Renea on June 25, 2010 at 11:01 pm said:

    A. I really like the darker background. Really makes the colors of the blocks jump out. Good luck.

  22. Definitely charcoal!

  23. A: all the way. I’d replace one block, the third row down, the third from the left; too washed out. I don’t think the 2″ squares would add anything to the nine patches, except confusion.

  24. Charcoal all the way, really makes the colors pop.

  25. Kate L on June 26, 2010 at 8:03 am said:

    I love A! The darker fabric just makes everything come together so well. It’s beautiful.

  26. joyce on June 26, 2010 at 10:36 am said:

    option A!! love it!

  27. The colors seem to fade on the light background – the bright colors should shine, so I like the dark background – I choose A!

  28. I was so certain that I’d like the white best, but I think the charcoal makes each block stand out. Some of the blocks blend into the white. Adding the corner squares may be too busy, but you’ll have to audition some and see what you think:) Looking good!

  29. I like A the best. Especially because the darker background pops out the colors in the squares much more than in B :) But I guess that’s been said before, lol.

  30. A. Definitely A. I’m always right. (Just thought you should reap the benefit of my brilliance.)

  31. Rachel on June 26, 2010 at 7:18 pm said:

    I vote for B.

  32. Well……we’re waiting????? lol What did you decide Sarah?

  33. I like B. The whole bright colours on dark, almost black just says 80’s stained glass windows quilt to me.

  34. i like b. the blocks don’t srand out enough on the dark background.

  35. just starting quilting and found your blog not too long ago. i like B (white) which seems summery and kind of traditional, but maybe make it less traditional with more random spacing of the blocks? maybe sash them unevenly with white so that they seems scattered? just a thought. good luck… looking forward to seeing the final product!

  36. Jonathan on June 27, 2010 at 4:23 pm said:

    Since both colors of sashing look good in different ways and for different blpcks, perhaps you could consider using both. An option could be to border each block in either white or charcoal, then alternate the placement to create a checkerboard, as in this quilt: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonniegottasing/4738092125/
    Another option could be to create a kind of woven/plaid look by placing the white in horizontal bands and the charcoal in vertical strips, as in these two quilts: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonniegottasing/4738090409
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonniegottasing/4738094695/
    Just some other ideas to explore beyond sashing and posts…

  37. Laura on June 27, 2010 at 4:54 pm said:

    Both are nice, but I like the charcoal better. Something about the white looks much more traditional/country to me, and not at all your style. There are a couple blocks that don’t have as much contrast as the others, so I might think about swapping those out. Whatever you do, I;m sure it will look great!

  38. beth on June 27, 2010 at 8:00 pm said:

    I love A – with the grey and feel like it gives the colors a pop that the white doesn’t.

  39. I love A. It looks awesome! Black is inspired.

  40. I don’t really like black in quilts, that’s just my personal taste, so I would definetely go with white. and i really like how it’s turning out, i don’t see why you don’t like it… keep the faith!

  41. Andrea on June 28, 2010 at 11:32 pm said:

    You are waaayyyy too hard on yourself! The whole point of this kind of quilt is to be random and scrappy. I think I like the darker sashing, but I’m going to throw out a different idea altogether. What about a medium grey for the sashing? If you lighten it up just a little, it may give it a more contemporary feel.

  42. I’m working on a nine patch as well with squares in the sashing, but mine is with ugly fabrics (no, really, UGLY!). I like the charcoal idea. But, I’m assuming you already finished it since it is now mid-September. So, which did you choose?
    Oh, and way to go stepping out of your comfort zone and going to a MQG. I haven’t yet. I’m not sure if I’m “modern” enough for one…But I sure can admire modern quilts from a distance :). Great blog!

  43. Have you thought about a very dark brown?

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