Star Sampler Quilt Along: fabric selection

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Let’s start something new! Amanda of 3and3quarters is organising a quilt along featuring 12 different star designs. I love Amanda’s tutorials and videos, so the moment she announced she was planing a QAL I knew this would be on my table right away, despite all the other projects running along.

After working mostly monochrome with the Splendid Sampler™’s blocks, I wanted something completely different for this project. Also, I was decided not to use a set collection. And truth is, this is absolutely outside my comfort zone. It’s really comfortable to work with collections, and it’s really overwhelming to step outside them.

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So, talking fabric. My basic fabric to build this palette is this print from the Flow collection, by Brigitte Heitland (Zen Chic). I just love it! But I don’t see it as a part of any block, so in my head this fabric is intended for the binding. I don’t know how crazy it is to build a whole quilt’s colour scheme from the binding, but anyway… This fabric contains all the colours that should be on the quilt, so from this point forward it was all a matter of spending time in the quilt shop browsing through bolts and bolts of fabric and discussing it with the staff, which were of wonderful and invaluable help. Finally, most of the prints belong to different collections either by to Zen Chic, or to Cotton+Steel.

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From left to right, the fabrics are:

  1. Mochi, by Rashida Coleman-Hale, Cotton+Steel
  2. Mod Basics 3, Birch Fabrics (this fabric is made of organic cotton)
  3. Flow (teal), by Zen Chic, Moda Fabrics
  4. Macrame, by Rashida Coleman-Hale, Cotton+Steel
  5. For you, by Zen Chic, Moda Fabrics
  6. Cookie Book, by Kimberly Knight, Cotton+Steel
  7. Flow (orange), by Zen Chic, Moda Fabrics
  8. August, by Sarah Watts, Cotton+Steel*
  9. Melodies, by Sarah Campbell, Michael Miller Fabrics
  10. Mochi, by Rashida Coleman-Hale, Cotton+Steel
  11. XOXO (Cotton+Steel Basics), by Rashida Coleman-Hale, Cotton+Steel
  12. Homebody, by Kimberly Knight, Cotton+Steel
  13. Flow (graphite), by Zen Chic, Moda Fabrics (binding fabric)
  14. 1000 Colors Collection (pink 716), Lecien
  15. Painter’s Canvas (orange), Michael Miller Fabrics
  16. Cotton Couture (Isle), Michael Miller Fabrics

* When I picked this fabric, I didn’t notice it’s lawn. I found Cotton+Steel have some useful tips on working with lawn on their blog.

The background will be a light grey – Lecien 1000 Colours Collection (501)-.

The QAL is scheduled to begin next Thursday, 22th. Time enough to wash all the fabric and start starching… I have found it’s absolutely worth it, and it turns out, it’s basic when working with different fabric weights!

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