Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Yellow Dilemma

I'd heard about yellow early in my quilting experience.

"Yellow is tricky," someone said.

"Be really careful with yellow," said another.

But a third said, "I think every quilt should have at least a little bit of yellow in it."

These baskets have been up on my wall for more than a week now. Prolly more than two weeks. And I've looked at them a lot. I do love them. This may be one quilt I never finish simply because I love having them up on the wall.

But that yellow. It reminds me of a crayon from the old 64-set when I was knee-high to a whatever; it was called chromium yellow. A pull-no-punches yellow. An in-your-face yellow before we knew the expression.

And here it is hanging on my wall in three of my precious blocks. Part of me thinks I should take the yellows out and replace them with something less sensational. Another part thinks it is just splendid where it is.

What do you think?


13 comments:

lj_cox said...

Since you asked.. ;)

Swap block B2 (second column second row) with block B3 (second column third row) to space out the yellow a bit more and separate the two purple and gray-teal blocks, and enjoy the glow. I think the yellow warms up the whole quilt.

Amy said...

Well, I actually LOVE the yellow and was wondering if you could add one more block with yellow. :-) One more might balance it out...or swapping like lj said might solve it too. I agree that the yellow has a nice glow. I adore the other colors you have too.

floribunda said...

yes, yellow! my friends tease me about using some form of yellow as sashing a lot of the time. If Freddy Moran said "red is a neutral", I guess I'd say "yellow is a neutral" -- although I almost never wear it.

Karen Dianne Lee said...

For me, if they bother me at first glance (maybe 2nd) they'll have to go. If they get in my head, they'll have to go. But personally, I dig the yellow. It makes me happy in the mix.

If you pull 'em down it'll be an entirely different quilty experience which is dandy, too, but just sayin'.

*karendianne./Living Life at LeeHaven

Little Mysteries said...

I like the yellow. I cant describe it well enough, other than it gives it a happy tone. Perhaps some small bits of yellows in the border ?
I really love your baskets.

Salem Stitcher said...

I love the yellow. I agree with lj cox though regarding switching the blocks in the second column. The colors are wonderful!

Jeanne said...

I love the yellow in the baskets. I might switch the yellow in the first row the bottom left corner.

Hedgehog said...

I love the yellow. :) I like the idea of including some yellow in every project - I might need to start to subscribe to that theory!

anne bebbington said...

No you always need a little YELLOW!!!!!!! in your life - what else do you think makes you appreciate all the more subtle colours - my daughter has a pair of rugby shorts in just the same shade - they always raise a laugh or should that be an eyebrow or two? :o)))

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

The yellow is life giving~ I'd leave it in, it adds interest and spark to the rest of the composition. It's great.

Melissa B. said...

Hey, I think they're gorgeous. I should introduce you to my SIL, who's a quilter, too! BTW, I'm featuring your recent "Greek" post at my place today. I found you thru Chez. Thanks!

paula, the quilter said...

Leave the yellow in, but swap it like lj said. That one move helps the eye flow better over the design.

Gretchen said...

I like the yellow--it adds pizazz to the quilt and makes the quilt "pop". I've had reservations adding unexpected colors to quilts but have always loved the result. Just go with it!