Monday, December 29, 2014

Amish Baby: Is Black the New Pastel?

I know I said yesterday that I wasn't going to start any new projects until I finished my paper pieced pineapple log cabin quilt, but I may have lied.  I feel like taking a quick break and making a small, not-so-complicated "quickie" quilt.  So today I have been trying to design a baby quilt in EQ7 for a boy, and for some reason all of my favorite ideas are predominantly black.  And no, this is not for an Amish baby:

Storm At Sea Baby

See?  I tried it in so many different color combinations, but I didn't really love it until I used black.  Here's the other idea:

Fifty-Four Forty Or Fight Baby

Again, I was incredibly bored with this until the background was black.  I'm not sure what's up with that, but what do you think?  Is black too harsh and gloomy for a baby quilt no matter what, or is it okay as long as I use it with bright and cheerful colors? 

Naturally, there is not one single fabric in my stash that would work for either of these quilts.  Such a shame.  But the quilt shop is open tomorrow...

I'm linking up with Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts.  Happy New Year, everyone!

7 comments:

Barbara Sindlinger said...

Check with the parent of the baby to see how they feel about black. How about a nice dark gray?

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I like both of them but I have never used black in a baby quilt before - don't know what is felt about that color for that use

Camille Mendel said...

I love both of these quilts, especially the first one. I think that the overall feel and impact of a quilt is not in the individual colors but in how they work together and make you feel. I would be thrilled to receive either of these for a baby of mine. In fact that first one, has great movement and lovely secondary patterns. I say GO FOR IT.

Barb said...

Love your designs! Long ago I read a study that newborns see really high contrast like black and white. I think the black is fine. I am percolating in my brain a navy, pink and white quilt for my DGD and will probably use navy for the background.

Lorna McMahon said...

Both of your designs are very lovely. I must say I am drawn to the first one most. I hear you about the black. Like white, it really makes those colours pop! But grey is a nice alternative, too. Looks like you were having fun with the designing! and Happy New Year! Come on 2015!

Preeti Harris said...

I am a big fan of black. It really makes colors pop!!! White just gets dirty (specially with kids) and grey is so overused!!! I say go for it.

Naomi said...

Go for black! I don't think black is a bad colour for a baby quilt. I have a baby quilt I am quilting right now that is only off white and black.

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