My Button Dilemma

Thank you all for weighing in on the color combo you prefer for the center of my Dresden Neighborhood mini quilt. The green outer circle/red inner circle got the most votes but my twin sister Diane — who is not even a quilter — suggested that I audition the buttons I have in mind for this quilt before making a final decision. Now why didn’t I think of that? Her suggestion was echoed by my friend Arden, who is a quilter, so I’m going to do just that.

First let me show you the leading button candidates:

Aren’t they beautiful? They are both vintage but I’m pretty sure the red one is older. I love the scalloped shape of the red button but the green button also appeals to me because its center design is reminiscent of a Churn Dash quilt block. Both buttons measure 7/8″ in diameter.

Let’s take a look at the buttons in place on the quilt top. (Nothing is sewn down; the circles are just plunked down in the middle with a button on top.) Behind Door #1:

Behind Door #2:

And finally, the contenders side by side:

Oh, what a dilemma! I love them both but I am leaning toward one. How about you?




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23 Responses to My Button Dilemma

  1. Nancy Stanley says:

    Red button for sure!!

  2. Catherine Wilson says:

    My eyes keep drifting towards the red bottom center. Both are beautiful, but I favor the red center. Beautiful work!!

  3. Joan says:

    I’m voting for the red button. Love that!

  4. Jean says:

    Contrary to my first comment I’m leaning towards the green button.

  5. Naomi says:

    I am firmly behind door #2.
    Best wishes.

  6. Diane says:

    Well, who knew that my suggestion to Dawn to audition the buttons (echoed by Arden) in the last post would result in me changing my vote from the red center to the green center with the darling red vintage button? I can’t explain it really, but perhaps those of you who are experienced with colors and patterns in quilts can help. Just wonderful, Dawn!

  7. Patricia says:

    Well, I am amazed. After looking at each for a long period of time, I am changing my mind about the red center and switching to the green center with the darling red button.

  8. Vickie Rooks says:

    Love both buttons! Treasures just special little treasures. I like the green button, red circle and green ring. But of course whichever combination will be stunning!

  9. Pam says:

    The “red” button!

  10. Deborah Cagle says:

    I like door #2!

  11. Sandi says:

    I still love the red center, now with the green button!! Hugs,

  12. Clara says:

    The red button would be my pick for the center. I love the “scallops” on the button. It’s been fun watching the neighborhood come together.

  13. Jay says:

    Red button center is the winner for me. Good luck choosing!

  14. DAWN L. SHARAFI says:

    First I loved the first one best, then I saw the 2nd one and I loved that one best. I know this is really helpful! :))

  15. LindaLinda says:

    Instinctive reaction – red button!

  16. Tam G says:

    Red. No doubt for me.

  17. Lisa D. says:

    Door #2! The red button is so much livelier!

  18. Can you do both? I love both of them, and would hate to eliminate either of them!

  19. Sandy Pruss says:

    I like the red button in the middle best! It just makes the red outer circle pop and draws my eyes to the red doors. Seems several people agree with me. 🙂

  20. Kitty says:

    I like the red button best. It makes the whole quilt sparkle.

  21. Arden says:

    I still like the red center but the red button is way cuter and calms the green center.

  22. Colleen C. says:

    I seldom am one to follow the crowd, but I am firmly in the camp of Door #2. It just sings!

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