Flower Festival Mystery Quilt: fabric selection


This year I’m determined to learn to quilt. From straight-line quilting to free-motion quilting, I just want to finish a quilt top and not feel overwhelmed by the thought that the next thing that needs to be done is to quilt it. Moreover, after all the love and care I put into piecing, just quilt anything because I need that quilt finished doesn’t feel right. Hence my big goal for this year. I’m going to quilt.

And nothing seems more right to me to join the Flower Festival Mystery Quilt by Leah Day. I followed her video tutorials during 2016 (I already had so many projects on my table to actually sew them), and this year I’m taking the plunge.

As this quilt will be densely quilted, and as I need to see my stitches, I knew I needed solids. I’m not a fan of batiks, which would be another option. And I’d kept an eye on the Grunge collection by Basic Grey for Moda Fabrics for a long time, and it seemed the perfect fabric for this project. I’m not following the colour palette Leah Day is using, so here is my selection:

From top to bottom, all are fabrics from Grunge, by Basic Grey:

1. Ash
2. Peacoat
3. Bachelor
4. Boysenberry
5. Cream, for the background
6. Saxony, for block borders

The backing will be a light grey – 1000 Colours Collection (501), by Lecien-, the same I’m using in the Star-Sampler quilt-along.

(A picture of all the fabric together can be seen in the 2017 goals post).

For the batting, I’m using a 80/20 cotton-polyester mix; “Natural Blend” by Legacy.

I still have to decide which thread I’m going to use for the quilting, it looks like that some practice-sandwiches are in order!