My Quilts and (Many!) Works in Progress
That's a difficult choice, Ali - all of those combos look pretty good to me. If pressed, I think that my vote would go for the second pic. Or maybe the first.
I'll say the same to you as I said to Hazel: whichever one you are drawn to is the correct one .... but I like your first choice. It is a very "busy" quilt and the plain outer red seems to calm it all down a little, gives the eye somewhere to rest.
PS: "I have taken Hazel's advice..."Thank you! That's made me feel warm all evening - so good to be able to give a little back after all these months of learning from the Gang of Four!
Definitely first or second for me, but I think Bilbo's right really - whatever works for you is the right one.