Fabric Selection

Fabric Selection

Here are some general notes. Read this page in conjunction with the Yardage page.


The tone of fabrics (light, dark, medium) is way more important than the colour in this quilt. You need to get a tones that range from nearly black through to nearly white to clearly delineate the internal borders of the quilt.

I will only specify the tone of the fabric in your instructions; and all the drawings will be in monotone. Click for an example of my pattern instructions.

Some of the quilt blocks actually use tone for their effect. For example:

Flying Geese Tonal Tonal Block

A note on lights: You will need several very light fabrics to cope with the subtlety of the inner borders. For example, this border uses a background and three very light fabrics:

Flying Geese Border


Please select colours and fabrics you like. After all, you will be working with them for a whole year! Here’s some Colour Inspiration.

I’ve found an additional colour can be handy to:
* highlight part of a block
* give contrast (say, in four-patches)
* feature in the centre of blocks.

For a quilt in two colours, for example, blue and brown, you will need ‘cross-over fabrics’. That’s my name for fabrics that contain more than one colour to ‘cross-over’, or tie together, the colours. Some fabric you could use for a blue and brown quilt:



I’ll be making the quilt right alongside you, in fabrics from my stash. I have an overflowing, embarrassingly huge stash … so my quilt will be very scrappy!

Even if you’re not a scrap-aholic like me, it’s a good idea several fabrics of similar tone and colour, so that individual blocks don’t ‘run into’ each other when they’re side-by-side.


There are lots of small pieces in the quilt (I promise that nothing is smaller than 1/2″), so fabrics with large patterns will be wasted in all but a few blocks.