The way I decided on my colors was to decide on the focus fabric, a Kaffe Fassett fabric with a brown background, and having fuchsia, purple, green, a teal in it. I then pulled every fabric from my stash having those colors, then held them up with the focus fabric to see if they played well. I have some very funky (and not exactly matching) pieces pulled that I think will add some interest, also. I have so many fabrics selected that I had to put them in a plastic tub to keep them all together
lois, i agree with margo re values. remember that the contrasts in values are going to help make those stars pop out or recede depending on where you decide to put them. what you might want to do is photocopy/enlarge a section and colour using pencils to see the effect you like. good luck.
Lois, if you are uncomfortable working with lots of different fabrics, this quilt would be absolutely wonderful worked up with just a few. The fewer fabrics you use, however, the more careful you will want to be when choosing the value of those fabrics. By value, I mean the lightness and darkness of them. You want a definite value difference to show contrast between the background and the other pieces so all the effort you will be putting into this quilt will show!!! So, you can choose either your background or your piecing fabric then choose the other to provide the contrast! There are already lots of different blocks posted on the SHOW & TELL link (on the top purple bar) that you can look at to help you decide if you want the background to be the light value or the dark value, then choose what you want to work with for the other! Good luck!
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