Designing a Quilt

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I picked up some amazing fabrics last weekend, knowing that I wanted to make a quilt with them, but having no idea what I wanted that quilt to look like.  Why do I do this to myself? Because I had a gift card for the store and everything was 15% off, that’s why.  The fabric I picked up was all from the Windham Fabrics Collage line.

The first print I decided on was the bird border print. I knew I had to make something with it.  My store had the print in purple, cream, and tan.  I ended up decided that I liked the tan the most.

collage bird print

From there, I started pulling other fabrics from the line.  They were all amazing, but I eventually edited myself down to pulling only the other neutral prints.  I’m still not sure what design this quilt will take on, but I love the idea of having a neutral quilt, with the only pops of color coming from the bird print.

collage-fabricsAnd yes, I do have lots of neutrals already in my stash.  I’m hoping to be able to incorporate a few of those into the quilt design, as well.

For now, I have 2 ideas about how the quilt might work.

  1. I could fussy cut the bird print for some sort of block centers, like with funky log cabins or economy blocks; or
  2. I could run the birds in one solid strip across the quilt (I have a yard and a half to work with).

I’m currently leaning toward that second concept.  I just can’t decide if I do that, what type of design the rest of the quilt will take on.  I suppose that means it’s time to head to Pinterest for a little inspiration, and to ask you for your ideas.  What would you do with these fabrics?

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  1. Daisy on January 29, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    I don’t know what I’d do, but I love your fabric choices! I’m leaning towards your second option though. I like that bird panel a lot.

  2. Lorna McMahon on January 29, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    Love your second idea for your design. Those are some great colours you chose for the birds and I like how this is coming together! I wanted to invite you to join in the new linky at Sew Fresh Quilts. Come on over and join in the party!

  3. Julie on January 29, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Hi Andrea, what cute fabrics! I’m sorry I didn’t find those sooner. I’m with Lorna above…your second idea, so that you keep that fabric together, rather than chop it up. But honestly, I can’t tell how big the piece and motifs really are. You could do a diagonal line through the quilt using that fabric as wide as you like. Then you could take some parts of it that are leftover & make blocks. Did you get the coffee mug fabs too? Dropping by from WIP: Julie @

    • Andrea on January 30, 2014 at 8:57 am

      Julie, I decided to skip the coffee mugs, as my local store didn’t have them with a neutral background. The birds are a pretty decent size. I can cut a nice 12.5″ strip out and have only about 1.5″ at the top and bottom of the design.

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