Fabric Selection

Fabric Selection

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

Tone/Value

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

Colour

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:

Crossover

Variety

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.

Pattern

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.