Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Can you make an Ugly Swoon Block?

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Hi Everyone,

When I was in the Swoon Class, taught by Camille Roskelley, a week ago, she mentioned that there was a contest to see who could make the ugliest Swoon Block, well...they couldn't decide on one. So, I guess you can't make an ugly one, until today!! Here's the link to the Flickr Contest for Ugly Swoon Block. Here's a look at some other Swoon Blocks, on Pinterest.

I'm pretty sure that I've made the first ugly swoon block (the one on the left)


swoon block by denise clason
Do you see how pretty the swoon block is on the right?
Well, I'm just saying...there is no comparison with the one on the left!
I wanted to try to incorporate some grey into the quilt, (my first attempt) and you can see it didn't work very well. I think I needed to use a different green, something with more contrast. So you can see...this block really, does, look "muddy."

It's the same with just about anything, decorating, photography, fabric, etc. Contrast is what "makes it" or "breaks it." Can you relate?

Lesson learned! It's too bad it took me 2 hours to really figure it out...I kept saying, it will be fine, it will be fine. Well, I should've paid attention before I got so far. I could've switched out one of the colors, probably the grey. But, NOOOO, I had to finish it before I could really see that it wasn't working.

What would you do with a, now, Orphan block? I don't have pets. So.... Should I have a giveaway???

You tell me, and I'll decide and let you know!

A little Pouty,

Denise

16 comments :

  1. It's really not ugly, just very "neutral." And yes, I've made that mistake as well - not enough contrast. Hmm, how about a hot mat for the table?

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    1. Thanks Laura, it is very neutral, and you don't see the pretty shapes of the block, so, I'll most likely make a new one to takes it's place...now, to figure out what to do with this one???

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  2. What is an ugly swoon block? Made with ugly fabrics or just an ugly block?
    By pat adney

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    1. If you notice in my picture, you'll see that the block looks "muddy." I used two colors that were the same color value (medium) and so you don't notice the pretty shapes of the block. I should have more of a contrast between the two colors to make it really pop!

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    2. I get it now-I would probably tear it apart and change one of the colors to a lighter or darker shade-maybe a rosy pink where the green is...but that's just me-I am too scotch to just throw it away...and I am no stranger to a seam ripper!

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  3. This looks interesting. Do you have a pattern or from trail and error? Would be interested in trying out with my scraps.
    By Jocelyn Orr-Thompson

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  4. The green and gold pieces could have been switched up and would have looked a lot better. Maybe you can tear out and redo? Or, the hot pad or mat is a good idea too.

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    1. yes, I could've switched the colors, but didn't think about it until it was too late. I got lucky, my niece saw the block and loves it. So, she took it home today and will frame it for their grey bedroom. it will be perfect for that!

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  5. I know the size of these blocks are BIG...so a floor cushion for the family room would be good.

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    1. Great idea, yes, they are big enough for a floor cushion!

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  6. I supppose it might be possible, but we need to remember, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and some of the ugliest things are the most cherished.
    By Jennifer Collard

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    1. I agree, I like the block, just not next to the other blocks I've made. My niece actually loves it and will be framing it for their bedroom.

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  7. This is such a nice and fun block that I don't think it is possible to make an ugly one. What do the rest of you quilters think?
    By Sandra Darlington

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    1. I only said it was ugly, because it is not as pretty as the other blocks I've made. It doesn't fit with the look I'm going for.

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  8. Denise, I to have done this. The fabrics look great together but there is no contrast so no pop of the pattern.
    By Jennifer Houlden

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    1. Yes, I've done this before, haven't learned yet. The colors actually look really good together, just not flattering in this block.

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