What happens when Peggy isn't available? There are a few different things on which I rely. First I make use of all the money the fabric manufactures spend on the payroll of those people they have to coordinate their lines of fabric so they all match and you have any number of varities of color options. Then I just do the large print, small print, geometic, reads as solid and coordinating secondary color and I've got a great quilt colorwise.
Another way to utilize the money the fabric manufacturers spend is to buy a jelly roll, or a group of fat quarters, layer cakes or charm packs. These are available at all quilting stores and you can pick up a border from that fabric and if there are no solids in the pack then pick up something that reads as a solid to go with what you have chosen.
Recently I have been on a "jelly roll trip" and I purchased some jelly rolls and have been making those strips into some really great quilts. The profile picture is a jelly roll quilt. One of the pictures in my borders post is the left overs from a jelly roll quilt. I recently taught a class and we made use of a jelly roll for 3 quilts or some of the people used the blocks to make one large quilt. Here is a picture of the quilt Jacki made from that class. As you can see from these pictures that this is an awesome quilt.
|Jacki really stepped out of her box in putting |
this quilt together and did some unique things with
the sashing and cornerstones.
|Jacki's Jelly Roll Quilt|
Then again I may just find one got to have fabric that is a print and build around that fabric. Maybe it is a large floral print with a beige background. I'm going to try to find a small print that may have a beige small design with a background that coordinates with the main color of the first large floral print. Then I may go for a stripe with 2 or more colors of the large floral print and then I want to pick out a "read's as solid" that has the main color of the large floral print and then either a small print with one of the secondary colors in the large floral print. None of the fabrics should clash when placed side by side.
If I'm having trouble I will talk with the people who are working in the quilt shop. They are always helpful and will try to help you find what you are searching for, just remember their taste and your taste may be very different, so you have to be able to say, no I just don't really like that combination, or that fabric if it is something you really dont' like. DO NOT buy a fabric just because someone tells you it will be perfect with those other fabrics you have picked. If you don't like it chances are you will never change your mind and this may be destined to be a UFO. (Unfinished Object)
Pick a color palate that is pleasing to you!! Remember everyone has different taste in colors, but if you don't like it you will not have nearly as much fun piecing your top, and that is one of the main things quilting is all about, having FUN.
If God has blessed you with a discerning eye for color, thank Him! If He has blessed you with great friends who share wonderful ideal, thank Him!