A true story that I think will help you when choosing your fabrics….
In February 1994, my “Trafalgar Charm” quilt was featured in American Patchwork and Quilting magazine.
Trafalgar Charm as it appeared in American Patchwork and Quilting magazine.
In 1993, I had entered this quilt in 2 quilt shows. The first judge said on the evaluation that “the blue is too strong for the quilt.” Okay, I thought, not sure I agree but you were paid to judge the show… The second judge said on the evaluation, “Love the use of the blue!” Which judge did I believe? You got it, the second judge of course!
I’m telling you this story for one reason. You need to choose colors YOU LOVE! I always told my students when I was teaching, use your favorite fabric FIRST! If you do, you know your quilt will be your favorite. So let’s start there!
Choose your favorite color and start a palette. Here is my palette from “Mountain Blossoms”, one of my best loved quilts.
Mountain Blossoms Color Palette
I know these are separated into each block, but you will notice something when you study this chart. I used AT LEAST 8 DIFFERENT VISUAL TEXTURES. Do you remember in 2013 I did a blog on visual texture? That is okay if you don’t, here it is simply broken down… I use solid prints, ferns and vines, object prints, small florals, paisley and large floral, geometrics, stripes and plaids.
Different visual textures I use in my quilts.
Now look at one block combination for Mountain Blossoms.
This block will incorporate a small floral, vine, and a “plaid like” print
Here is the block:
Here is what a block would look like if you used the same visual texture!
Ho hum, boring…
Okay, now I’m going to offend about 1/2 of the people out there… Gulp! That is why I don’t exclusively use batiks.
Pretty Batik selection.
To me, they are the same visual texture. Don’t throw stones or write your congressman! It is my opinion only! If you LOVE them, use them. I HAVE incorporated them with some other textures when they suit the project.
Now, back to Josephine’s Garden…
Here was my inspiration fabric:
This fabric had all the colors I wanted to use.
I picked out colors from this fabric using my eye to incorporate different visual textures. I ALWAYS pick out more fabrics than I will use.
Here are some of the reds I chose from my stash.
Here are some of the teals I chose.
These are my brown and beige prints.
Now scan the piles and you will find I used all the visual textures I mentioned earlier. Now my fabrics are pulled and I’m ready to start! Well, ALMOST! I still need to decide the order of my prints and that is next week’s blog!
Still not too late to travel with us on the Handwork Adventure!
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35″ x 42″