Thursday, June 28, 2018

The Splendid Sampler II: The Fabrics For My Blocks

Whether you're a novice or seasoned quilter, choosing fabrics for your quilting projects can sometimes become a daunting task.

Should I use solids, prints, or both?

What theme or style of fabrics should I use?

What colors should I choose?

How many prints do I want to work with?

I love working with prints over solids.

I love designing scrappy quilts.

I prefer not to use solids if I can help it: I'd rather find a small or subtle print to use in place of them.

I believe the number 1 reason why I prefer working with prints over solids is because they invoke visual interest.

I'm using dry cleaner hangers to hang my fabrics on so that I can work with them easier and so that they don't wrinkle.

For the Splendid Sampler 2 Block-of-the-Week, I've chosen to use an older fabric collection by Sweetwater for Moda called Hometown. I've had a fat quarter bundle of this collection in my stash for several years and was waiting for the perfect project to use it with.

As I'm cutting into the fabrics, I'm realizing that I'd like to incorporate some additional prints to add a bit more depth. So I've chosen to integrate some prints from another, older collection from my stash called Circa 1934 by Cosmo Cricket for Moda.

I've also decided to check out a few of my local quilt shops, soon, for a few extra additions. Adding in more prints by other fabric designers will help diversify the look of my quilt, adding even more interest for a unique, scrappy finish.

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