Choosing fabrics for the next quilt!

Frequently, I hear quilters say “I hate choosing fabrics” or “I’m not really good at putting fabrics together” for a quilt. For some, it’s the hardest part of quilting. Not so for me. I think it’s the part I love the most, actually. I’ve been thinking ahead to the next project, and since I’m going to be near the quilt shop tomorrow, I thought I’d play a little today in case I need to buy more fabric while I’m out. After I pulled out these fabrics from my stash:

Choosing Fabrics

I decided I definitely didn’t NEED to go shopping. 😦 Bummer. I guess my stash is quite big enough! I’m keeping the quilt design under wraps for the moment, but to give you an idea of the thought process behind the fabric choices, I’ll tell you this much. There’s a garden with a low wall around it, a fountain and flowers. My process for choosing fabrics is similar to Jinny Beyer’s Color Confidence method, although I was developing my technique before I was introduced to hers. Basically, color blending is the key. Any colors can be used together successfully in a quilt, if they are blended together. Obviously, there will be MANY fabrics in this quilt, and the more fabrics you choose, the easier it is to blend them together for a beautiful and successful color scheme.

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