Curved piecing quilt with the Classic Curves Ruler by Color Girl Quilts, with art gallery fabrics
Classic Curves Ruler, Quilting Interest, Work in progress

Quilt in Progress: Choosing Fabrics

fabric palette for quilt, with art gallery fabrics, ten inch squares scrap quilt

This summer has been crazy! I don’t feel like I’ve had much time for sewing and definitely not as much time for working on patterns as I thought I would. It’s all good, though, because time with my family, and traveling are always worth it. The challenge of being a one-woman show at business and having a life, too (-:

I have managed to start a new quilt top, though, and I cannot wait to show you! I am working on the pattern for this little quilt that I made last winter. It was one of the first I did while testing and working on the design for my Classic Curves Ruler. I love it in blue and white, but I wanted to see if it looked as good in lots of colors and prints.Curved piecing quilt with the Classic Curves Ruler by Color Girl Quilts, with art gallery fabrics

For fabrics, I started with a fat quarter bundle of the new Art Gallery Fabrics collection called Soulful, designed by Maureen Cracknell. These prints established a basic color palette, but I added lots of other AGF prints from my stash to build out a variety of values, scale, and textures.

I noticed that the Soulful prints look great with many of the fabrics in the Sage collection by BariJ, which I didn’t expect. The Soulful prints don’t include much yellow or green, but I thought these colors would look great with all the purples and peaches. I used the green and mustard yellow prints from the Sage fabrics, as well as some of the florals since they are multi colored and pull the palette together.

Curved piecing quilt with the Classic Curves Ruler by Color Girl Quilts, with art gallery fabrics

All of the little orange peel shapes are from my stash, all indigo blue, or close to it. This is probably my favorite shade of blue, like ink. Not all of the fabrics are the exact same shade, but I like how the range gives the design some depth and interest. (not to mention I didn’t have enough of any one blue fabric, so a mix was a happy necessity).

“Low volume” prints make up the sashing strips. Some are really light and don’t really show up. Some are more peachy and form a contrasting cross shape at the intersections. Bright yellow corner squares pop but don’t take away from the curved design, which I want to be primary.

I enjoy using a lot of variety in my quilts, from the colors to the prints. Choosing fabrics is really a fun part of my process. I hope you like this little glimpse into it.

Sharon

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