So - I decided about a month ago, to try and complete a quilt in two months, for my daughter's graduation (getting her MBA from Boston University!). I was inspired by the book, Adding Layers by Kathy Doughty.
Kathy is a master quilt designer - she has a keen eye for just the right mix of color and print, which I love.
In the book, I decided to make this quilt, called Follow the Sun. I chose it because of the (mostly) simple construction, and only 12 blocks to make. I simplified the center of the star blocks which, I realize, takes away from a big part of this quilt's cool factor - but I am on a time limit, so I decided to go for it. I started great, with an acid green and dark violet combo, and a blue (paperweight) print (Kaffe) for the middles of the stars. But I still needed a background (Kathy used the black/tan mini dot), and I found a plummy/white floral. I was set, right? NOT!!! I still didn't have something to be the sashing and outer borders.
So off I went, to my local fabric shops - we have lots of them in the western suburbs of Chicago, and I have visited many! How tough could it be? I KNEW what I wanted, a big splashy print, darkish in tone (NOT lots of which), perhaps printed in long horizontal bands of viney flowers, to use as borders. Easy. Nope.
I laid my "finished" block (I am falling out of love with my block, stay tuned) on various fabrics to try out. (these options are in no particular order)
Choice 1 - blue circle print. I like how it pulls the blues out of the paperweight print. But otherwise, it sort of sits there.
So, friends out there in blogland - thoughts? I do think I will redo my star middles with a different background square...I am also toying with using TWO different sashing fabrics. maybe one for the vertical and one for the horizontal, to hippy it up a little more.