Have you signed up for the Summer Sampler 2016 yet? You still have a few days to get pre-sale pricing ($19.99 pricing ends Sunday night).
If you have signed up, have you picked your fabric yet? I love choosing fabric, and have wanted to start sharing some of my fabric pulls here with a new category (Color My Quilt, you can click on the categories in the right hand sidebar) and on Instagram with the hashtag #colormyquilt. If you are IG, I would love you to use the hashtag and tag me (@swimbikequilt). Picking fabric is my favorite part of quilting, so I might as well celebrate it since it happens at the very beginning.
I started with some great screen prints from Karen Lewis’ collection, Blueberry Park.
After an initial pull, I always like to add something unexpected. Lately, that seems to be citrus yellow. I went through my fabric and scrap bin and pulled similar colors.
Some of the blocks in this Sampler are a little complicated, so I chose solids and small prints that are either color + white, or color + a darker color in the same hue.
Lately, I have started cutting a small swatch of every fabric that I think I might want to use. I arrange the swatches in rainbow order as well as randomly, and edit as I go. I find it easier to do this than to arrange and rearrange fat quarters and scraps. Of course I can add or delete fabrics as I go along, but this helps me see if there is a balance of color, shade, etc.
note: we suggest at least 20 fqs for the quilt along. Obviously more is okay, too