Most of the time when I design a new quilt, I already know what colour all parts will be. My foray into fern leaves left me unsure when the white didn't quite excite me as much as I thought. Thank you to everyone who posted suggestions. Did anyone notice I can't count in my last post? There were only 12 options, and not 13, as I reported. What a difference a new colour and a different orientation can make! I tried about 30 different options today and have narrowed the background colour to four. And yes, I did consider all suggestions made to me.When I've narrowed down to one or two I'm going to do more orientation tests and add all the fronds. Thanks to Catherine Hornstein who suggested I actually turn this on its side. So here are my 5 options:
My conclusions are as follows. I LOVE 1A and 1B. The reddish brown/deep purple fabric really sets off the green leaves. I find it elegant. 2 is soft, but too much like what I would normally do. I love 3A, 3B, and 3C as well. The multi-coloured fabric really sets off the fern leaves and adds a lot more interest. Of the 3's, 3B is my favorite, with that gold spot coming up from the lower right as though the sun were buoying the fern leaves. 4A and 4 B are pleasant to me too, but more pleasant in person than in a photograph, where the background looks brighter than it is. I do believe I've just settled on my two favorites. For colour, it is definitely ONE or THREE.