Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Chosing Fabric for a Quilt Top


This quilt was a gift for a baby girl whose nursery included deep purple and bright lime accent wall. I got to make it for her grandmother, without ever having seen the room.
  1. Find a focus fabric that includes as many of the colors you need as you can find. It should also be appropriate for the recipient. (The flowered border fabric would be okay for a baby's room but even better when she loves Princesses.) Polka dot fabrics add some whimsy and movement.
  2.  Select fabrics that include the major colors in the focus fabric in a variety of large, medium, and small scale. Choose a simple design. In this case half square triangles that combine the fabrics. The diagonal setting of the blocks made it look a lot more quilty, than a jumbled random order. In this case I added orange polka dots because of the orange flowers, and also make some blocks with the focus fabrics. Some of the actual blocks didn't look all that good, but work well in the quilt.
  3. A narrow inner border pulled out the green from the focus fabric to frame the diagonal rows. And contained them like a frame. The binding and back were the deep purple solid cotton(Kona).  The dark pink bar at the bottom, is just to prevent identity theft of personal information (the baby's name and birth date  from an online photo. The lettering was done in a dark chocolate brown to stand out from the outer border.

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