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Born to Be Wild

on December 9, 2010

OK.  So I think I’ve figured out how to add the photos.

This 1st photo is of my focus fabric and the fabrics I pulled from my stash to audition.  These are the ones I chose.  Next time I will leave the ones that didn’t make the cut.  When choosing the fabrics, I try to pull colors that are in the focus fabric, but not “matchy, matchy”.  I think exact matches are fine, but does nothing to make the quilt “pop”.  IMHO it’s pretty, but has no life.  Muted may be the word I’m looking for.  I like my quilts to be bold and outgoing!  So maybe “shy” is better word.

Focus and fabric choices

If I were in a shop I would have my focus fabric and pull bolts off the shelf.  Some shops love this and others…not so much.  But it’s the only way I know to choose fabrics for a project.

So, the next step is to narrow the choices and calculate the amount of fabric needed.


This multi-blue will work great as my dark

This dark blue is a beautiful fabric.  It brings out the dark blue and light blue in the focus fabric.

The browns are not what I thought they would be





The light blue will work perfect.  It also has some dark in it.  Provide nice contrast with the dark blue choice.

The orange would have been great, except not enough fabric and I am trying to use only my stash for the piecing of my current projects.  (Note to self: gotta make more money so can buy more fabric.  hehe!)  I am going with a lighter orange.  It’s currently in the dryer.

Green will be the medium color and works great with jungle theme.


This one is the final fabric choice.  It has many greens, so should provide movement in the quilt.

There you have it, that’s how I work with color.  It’s my favorite step in the whole process.  It’s much more fun in a quilt shop, just because of all the choices.  If I ever overcome my fear of video, I will film a “day at the shop”.  Oooh, I like the sound of that.

Hate to stop, but I must go walk Freckles and then press fabric to prepare for next step.

Have a blessed day and God loves you!


One response to “Born to Be Wild

  1. ivoryspring says:

    Mary, thanks for visiting me and leaving the kind comment. I like your Safari project – lovely fabrics!

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