Have you been thinking about your fabrics for the Mystery Quilt that starts next month? I know I mentioned a few ideas in the post last week announcing the outline of how things will work. I was fairly certain I knew what I was going to do, but that evolved over the week while I was looking at my options. The easiest option would be to just grab one of my fabric bundles and use it. My favorite bundle that I picked up at market is this one called Desert Bloom. I adore the colors and the airiness of the prints. It's so pretty I almost don't want to unwrap it!
Then of course I could actually use a bundle that has been broken into already. These fabrics are from the Bread and Butter collection by American Jane. They are fun and definitely provide enough variety of light and dark choices. But I still can't bring myself to make a quilt from one fabric line. It just feels like cheating to me. Do you think it's cheating?
Then of course I could go with black and whites and use a bright green for the accent color. I know this would really be vibrant and look amazing. I've just finished a black and white quilt recently though so maybe not just yet.
Or how about all polka dots with a rich red background. Using a collection of fabrics with a solid background would be awesome! I'm really tempted. Really, really tempted. But then again...
Maybe I should use up this gorgeous batik I found on sale earlier this year. I could use it for the main fabric and the borders. The teal would be perfect for the accent and the cream for a background. If you are thinking of using three fabrics, this would totally be the way to go! Using the same fabric for the big pieces and the border would work really well. Again, I know I would love this, but I'm feeling the need to go scrappy. (I say that all the time don't I?)
And then I uncovered this in the yardage bin. I buy yardage of fabrics that are on super sale and that I happen to love. This fabric had an amazing color combination and I thought it could be the perfect backing for a future project. It turns out, that it might be the perfect border as well!
So I got to thinking, what if I use all creams and beige for the background fabrics? I have tons of scraps of these but this little bundle would ensure that I don't run out!
And now if I add some red scraps to use as some of the accent fabrics, what do you think? They do go really well with the red background in the floral, don't they?
So that just leaves the browns in the print to pick up. Oh these brown scraps might add nicely to the accent fabrics. So I could use reds and browns for the accents. And maybe throw in some more of the dark aquas as well. I am really starting to feel it now.
I think I've selected my fabrics for the Mystery Quilt...
Main Fabrics will be the dark aquas.
Accent Fabrics will be red and brown and aqua scraps.
Background fabrics will be creams and beige prints.
Border will be the red floral print if I have a border, if not, it will be a great backing!
So who's taking bets on me changing my mind again before we begin? I do really like this collection and it will work great, but so would any of the other options above. I hope this helps you make your fabric selections.
Now go fondle some more fabric choices, time's a ticking and July 1st will be here before we all know it!