So Many Choices
July 17, 2011 § 16 Comments
Sometimes I get completely overwhelmed by the fabric selection process when designing a new quilt. In fact, I was feeling a little bit of that yesterday as I stood in front of my fabric stash trying to pull fabrics for my Hexalong with Lynne quilt.
So, today, I thought I’d break down my fabric selection process into a series of steps to see if that “block” could be broken, maybe you’d like to see it too?
First, whenever I start a new project, I like to find some type of inspiration for it. Sometimes it’s fabric, sometimes not. In this instance, you already know my focus fabric is my primary inspiration.
Oh, yes, there she is, the big, beautiful hydrangea. Yep, still love her!
Yes, I do love this flower. BUT, where do I go from here? Should I be very literal and select fabrics with only pinks, greens and creams? Should I buy a new bunch of fabrics by Holly Holderman and stick to her line only? Perhaps, but not today … today I’m not feeling like following the rules, I want to branch out.
So, I went looking for a second piece of inspiration and found this piece of paper craft on flickr.
This is from Renee, aka, PlayingWithBrushes and it just sends my heart all aflutter. See her big blown open roses? So very much like my big pink flowers … but she’s added lots of text and bits of blue and sweet old fashioned ladies. Oh, yes, this will do perfectly. Renee sells this in fabric form on Spoonflower – and I just ordered 4 of her FQ’s to add to this quilt.
Now, back to my fabric shelf.
Let’s look for some text …
French text, Italian text, text about math … Yes, indeed, text is covered!
Now, how about something blue … and maybe another floral or two?
And since this is developing into such a sweet and romantic quilt, how about some pastries in the mix:
O.K. NOW I’m feeling it. Fabric block has been broken and I’m ready to roll.
Here is a mosaic of the fabrics I’ve pulled so far in a bit of a mash-up.
I didn’t have any old-fashioned ladies in my stash, so if you know of any, in addition to Renee’s, in fabric form, please let me know. I’m also on the lookout for fabric with forget-me-nots … any ideas? Kerry Dear’s original “Candied Hexagons” used 27 different fabrics – that sounds just about right to me, too.
If you ever get stuck in your fabric selection process like I do, go out and find yourself another piece of inspiration and break through those blocks.