The sky is the limit!
The original quilt has about 28 different fabrics -- large & small scale prints, plaids & solids. Some occur repeatedly, some only once. But I think the important thing here is the fabrics' values -- their relative lightness & darkness -- rather than the print or color of the fabrics. You can be as wild or as controlled as you want. This QAL might be an opportunity to use up some of your long held fabrics -- you know, those cuts that are a little old & don't quite go with anything but that you just can't bring yourself to get rid of. It is also a great project for re-purposed fabric, either from thrifted or family clothing. LeeAnn & Sujata used thrifted clothing for their fabric palettes: LeeAnn's top gives a salute to the Bold Improvisation quilt, then she added that awesome barkcloth border. Sujata went completely over the top with an all bright floral top with a subtle grouping of the prints.
LeeAnn's Tennessee Lightnin':
Sujata's Painted Zigzag:
As for me, I'm trying to turn my back on my inner Fabric Worrier -- she always makes this process too hard! I'm going to jazz up those Laura Ashley with pinks & oranges, a plaid or 2, some crazy stripe-y prints. I've cut some triangles & am VERY excited to get going on this one!
Before I decided to go with the florals & was fussing over what fabrics to use, I saw, at the bottom of the shelf, some Elvis prints from long, long ago. Folded among them were music prints in red, black & white. I was packing for my trip north & decided to grab Elvis by the horns, so to speak, & cut some triangles to sew while I was away from home.
And how about light green & linen lightning -- a Modern take on the Streak of Lightning? Quite a few of these pieces are fat quarters -- the small amount of fabric may prove interesting. Hmmm.
Another possibility, my collected & hoarded black birds & brights. I love this grouping & don't often see them because they are tucked away. They have been long awaiting the perfect project, maybe this is the one!
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