I had a great comment yesterday asking about choosing fabrics. It really got me thinking about why and how I put together yesterday's stack. It all started because I wanted to start a quilt for a new baby due in February. The Mama-to-be likes green and yellow. I remembered the daisy print in my stash and thought it was perfect! Its called Daisy Path from Meadowsweet 2 by Sandi Henderson. It has the yellow and green and I love the addition of the aqua. That was my starting point and my color scheme. I headed to my stash.
These were from my stash. I was looking for anything that I thought might go with the daisy print.
From there I went to an online quilt shop and started searching for coordinates in my chosen colors. I use either the "shop by color category" or the search box depending on the website. For these, I searched for aqua, lime, green, yellow, mustard, taupe, brown, dot, stripe, etc. I open up a new window or tab for any fabric I have a gut reaction or interest in. I usually have 20-30 open (it drives my Husband nuts!) Then I start eliminating them by closing the window. I'm looking for a variety of scale, shapes and tones. If I have too many dots, I pick my favorite. If it starts to look heavy, I look for one with a lighter background.
I wanted a lot of yellow in the quilt. I looked for the deeper mustardy, orangey yellows. I loved the bottom two immediately. Then I looked for more leafy/organic shapes to compliment the original daisies. Between these four I had a good mix of scale and value.
The bottom green was an easy choice, it's also part of the Meadowsweet 2 collection. I knew it would coordinate nicely. I wanted at least one more great green print to add variety to the quilt top. I looked for something that was a looser pattern and overall much lighter.
The aqua in the daisy print was such a great grounding color for the yellow and greens, I wanted any fabric I chose to have a similar effect to the quilt top. I purposefully eliminated any lighter aqua prints. I looked for mid tone and small scale prints. Online, the quilt shop showed me the bottom check when I picked out the same print in yellow. Loved it! Then I went looking for something leafy and organic shaped. I was so excited to find the top right one.
I had the brown/taupe print on the bottom in my stash it's called Henna Garden and it's also from Meadowsweet 2. I bought it at the same time as the daisy print. I didn't want it to be the only brown print in the quilt, so I looked for something else to add. This is not an easy color to find. It's a warm brownish gray (which I really like btw!) I chose the top fabric because it was a similar color, it was smaller in scale than the Henna Garden, and it had a lighter background to bring some variety.
I rounded out the stack with some complimentary solids.
I don't alway buy this many fabrics for a single project. But it's for family and it's all colors I love anyway so I know I will use them. I splurged. ; )
**This is exactly the kind of discussion I hope to have on the forum. I'm adding a post over there with some general fabric buying questions. Come on over and tell us how you buy fabric. Online? In person? What size? For a project? For your stash?**