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27 Jan 2009 12:19 #31524

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A tubful!! I luv it!! :D I like the theory that the more different fabrics you use, the better they play together and if the values are right, it will work!


It's Not What You Gather, But What You Scatter
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Too many choices! 27 Jan 2009 11:36 #31521

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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. :P 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 :lol:

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Fabric selection 27 Jan 2009 09:47 #31514

I guess I just need to go for it. Once I decide on a focus fabric, the rest will just come naturally, I am sure. Would love to do it today but too much ice and snow.
Thanks for the advice.
Lois
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fabric selection 26 Jan 2009 20:32 #31484

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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.
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26 Jan 2009 14:24 #31472

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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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26 Jan 2009 10:57 #31456

It can be a bit overwhelming cant it :shock:

For my Red&White BOM I will just use the 4 R&W fabrics+ a charm pack..it will not end up as a full sized quilt :wink:

For my Batik BOM I have only bought the backgroud fabric and I will pick the rest from my stash and my some only if I need to.

BUT, I do think this is what I call a forgiving pattern, it will end up wonderful what ever fabrics you use :lol:

So just have fun picking the fabric!!!
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26 Jan 2009 10:18 #31455

I haven't picked out all my fabrics! I just picked the setting triangles which is a focus fabric and will go along with whatever strikes my fancy as the months go by! Relax, enjoy the ride. geneva
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Fabric Selection 26 Jan 2009 09:17 #31454

I haven't been able to get started yet, but decided to go ahead and select my fabrics., I am overwhelmed by the numbers of fabrics. Did anyone else have this problem and how did you deal with it. Lois
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