If you’re comfortable selecting your own fabric, please don’t listen to me. Most of you probably think I stink at choosing fabrics anyway! I had already mentioned that my original plan was to use this quilt as a mystery for a retreat in October, 2010. But then, I decided that the fabric choices are so important for achieving the desired look, that this design would not make a good mystery project.
I’m going to do something here that I will probably regret. I’m going to tell you approximately how much fabric you need for each color so you can start digging through your stash and see where you stand. Do not go buy fabric and do not start cutting yet! I have to finish the borders to be sure these amounts are correct. They’re close but they’re likely not exact yet. They shouldn’t be too much off but . . just don’t go buy this amount of fabric, ok?
This is the first one I made when I was still on the design wall. I’ll call it Quilt #1.
Here’s the second one I made to test the pattern. See what I do for you? 🙂 Let’s call it Quilt #2.
My recommendations for choosing fabrics:
Decide which colors you want to use for your “colored fabrics”. Sometimes it helps me to find a pretty print . . something that I really like. Then I use the dots on the selvage to help me choose similarly colored fabrics. Often, I don’t even use the printed fabric in the quilt but just as a guide to choosing colors that work nicely together. The four “colored fabrics” are the fabrics you use in the center of the quilt. In Quilt #1, the colors I used for the colored fabrics are lavender, aqua, green and pink. In Quilt #2, the colors I used for the colored fabrics are denim blue, goldish tan, olive green, and drab purple.
As of now, I’m going to say you’ll need about 3/4 yard of each of the four colors you want to use.
You’ll notice that the gold centers are much brighter in Quilt #1. Of course, you do not have to use gold. Use whatever you want but make sure it’s the right shade to go with the four colors you’re using. Where I’ve used gold, you’ll need about 1/2 yard. If you want to use gold in the flying geese border (I did), you’ll need an extra 9-1/4″ of fabric but really, you only need one 9-1/4″ square.
Now, decide if you want to use white, ecru, a light shade of anything for your background. For Quilt #1, I used a bright white. For Quilt #2, I used an ecru with an ecru vine design . . what I would call ecru on ecru. For the background, as of now, you’re going to need about 4 yards.
What I call the “border fabric” is where I’ve used purple in Quilt #1. What I call “accent fabric” is where I’ve used black in Quilt #1.
For Quilt #2, the accent fabric is black with a gold dot and the border fabric is a brown kinda tweedy looking fabric. For the border fabric, as of now, I’m saying you need 2-5/8 yard and for the accent fabric, you’ll need about 3 yard.
For binding, you’re going to need probably 11 binding strips. If you cut your binding at 2-1/2″, that means you need 27-1/2″ for binding.
That should give you something to think about! 🙂 I’ll get definite amounts for the yardage by Monday but I knew many of you were anxious to start digging through you stash.