The Carly Quiltalong - Picking Fabrics From your Stash

I know we are all doing our own thing for the Carly Quilt Pattern - some people are making scrap quilts, some are using collections, and some are working from their stash. Today I am going to walk you through how I pull fabric from my stash.


The Carly Quiltalong - Kitchen Table Quilting


My original plan was to use a variety of spring-ish colored prints. I worked and reworked the fabrics and no matter what I did, they felt too sweet. I just couldn't quite figure out what I wanted to do with them.


The Carly Quiltalong - Kitchen Table Quilting


(You can view the video of me talking about this process below)



My solution was to start all over and I am so glad that I did. I have a ton of pink fabric in my stash and feel like I don't sew with it often enough + my favorite color is purple so I am going to really lean in on the combination.


The Carly Quiltalong - Kitchen Table Quilting


(Here is the video of me talking about that)



There are two things that I do to help me decide if I like the direction of my fabric pull:

  • As you pull fabrics from your stash, put your fabrics in rainbow order even if you aren't making the rainbow version of the quilt. For some reason, this will make it much easier for your brain to notice if a particular fabric just does not fit. You do not need every color of the rainbow in your fabric pull (see second photo below). 
  • Start to group fabrics A, B, C, and D together to decide what would work together in each block. Each block will have 4 different fabrics in it so you need to have groups of four that work well together. Blocks should have a variety of color, value, and scale so that you don't end up with all of your dark fabrics in one block, all of your larger scale prints in one block, etc. 
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    There will be one more blog post this week: we will discuss placement within the block so that we are ready to start cutting our fabric next week. Keep up the good work!

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