Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Fabric Angst

I think I have finally pushed myself over the edge!! Well, at least when it came to choosing the fabrics that I want to use for the Antebellum Album quilt. I literally spent a whole day trying to decide which fabrics to use and that was after spending an afternoon working it out with my quilty sister Cheryl. I do not know what has gotten into me and I just don't get why I am having so much trouble figuring this out!

I wanted to use red in my blocks because I have a lot of small scrappy pieces of red civil war fabrics and that means lots of scrappy variety. So, I finally decided on using red, gold and black for my blocks. I also have some red and black yardage that would work for borders and I thought that was my solution. Whew....decision made....again.

Not so fast!! I started making my block and it just looked so dark and dreary and pathetic looking sitting so crooked on my design wall and I just couldn't love it. :(

My next option was to use chrome yellow, green and black and I really like the way my block turned out. I am using fabrics from a fat quarter bundle and that is where the rub is for me. I don't usually choose my fabrics based on one line/designer. I had purchased this bundle with the intent of integrating it into my civil war stash to expand my scrappy options - not to use all of it in one quilt. I really like scrappy particularly with civil war fabrics. So, I guess this is where I am - I am making a totally colour and fabric coordinated civil war quilt. Well almost, I do have lots of black scraps as well as some green scraps. Coindicentally, some of those green fabrics also have chrome yellow accents.
Wandering Lover
Now that I have made my decision I will probably go all in and see if I can find some of the fabric used in the center of this block. I think it could make a nice border or backing.


belarmina said...
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belarmina said...

Ellen preciosos tus bloques.
Me encanta el verde

scraphappy said...

You should make it with the fabric you like best. No sense putting so much effort into a quilt if you find the colors dreary and dark. The green really pops!

Kate said...

I like the second color palette better, the chrome yellow really helps lighten up the block.

Barbara Brackman said...

The yellow is brilliant---figuratively and literally.

Cheryl said...

Hi Ellen

I think your being to hard on yourself. Quilts come in many shades, dark, light, bright but the one thing in common they all have is interest. Each would be unique and I like both of your choices.

Love sis