Choosing fabrics for quilts is never much of a struggle for me. Stop laughing! I know what you’re thinking . . that I should struggle a bit more!
I know what I like. I know what I like to use. I don’t worry a whole lot about what others might think about my choices. Getting to that point . . not being callous about the feelings of others but not worrying about what they think, whether it be about the color of my hair, the lack of polish on my nails, the age of the car I drive and so many things . . right up to the fabric I use in my quilts . . is probably the single thing I can pinpoint that had the most to do with my happiness and feelings of self-worth. But, that’s another blog post for another day . . or maybe not. For years, I would go to the quilt shop and let the ladies in the shop have more input in my fabric choices than my own choices. They always chose nice colors and the quilts were pretty. But I love the quilts I make now using the colors/fabrics I choose.
For the fabrics for the Road to Round Rock top, my suggestion is to start with the three main colors. In the first example, and in my own quilt, it will be green. Three greens, a light, medium and dark, are needed. Start with whatever fabrics you’re using . . it might boil down to finding three fabrics that are the same color but in light, medium and dark. These were the first choice.
I also added a different light green just to see if it would look any better but I think my first choice is what I’ll use.
Next, I chose my background.
Next decision was what accent fabric I would use. My preference was a rust but I didn’t have anything that really worked. Using the pink definitely takes it out of the masculine realm.
The final choice would be the darkest fabric.
The more I look at the choices, the more I dislike that print for the background. Why can’t I use a print? Why is it so hard for me?
I think I like this combination better. Since there’s so little of the background fabric used, I may force myself to use the print but maybe I won’t. Why do I have to use what I am not comfortable using? I don’t have to do it but some day, I really should learn to use prints.