Monday, March 10, 2014

Little Red Ridinghood will hang out with anyone

I was talking about this at today's sew in for the Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild. And the general reaction was, it's a good problem to have. But! That still means it's a problem.

I bought a yard and a half this super amazingly awesome Japanese fabric from Pink Castle Fabrics:

And I want to make a two person lap quilt that I can use when I read to my kid, cause currently, we are huddled under a baby quilt, and my feet get cold. It's a fairly large print, and needs a large block. So, somehow, I got stuck on the idea of 9.5x6.5" blocks, of which I think (if I did my math right) I can have 30.

I made this sketch, the idea being to stretch the fabric out with solids, and I thought pink, green and mustard would be an interesting contrast, but of course, when I went to buy fabric I bought *red*.

...Okay, I thought, how about something more log cabiny than stripey?

But that looks a bit evil, really, and the stripes aren't working for me, either. And then, as I was putting away some fabric, folding it on my ironing table, when my Red Ridinghood fabric now lives, I thought, Hey! It looks awesome with the Wee Wander trees! So, I bought another half yard of those...

And Friday night, I was cutting into my new Enchant fabrics, and I thought, wouldn't it be great, because they are just so adorable, if I could use those in this quilt too:

(the top one is also Wee Wander)
Leading to another sketch:
Which is sort of a progression from water to sky. The grey boxes will be the main print. And I was all about trying to track down that frog print from Heather Ross's most recent line, Briar Rose, for the blank row, but then I came to my senses.

But I was also cutting this fabric, it's an old Anna Maria Horner print, set them next to each other, and it is as if they were made for each other. Brown, pink, mustard, blue, red! Imagine those giant flowers sitting next to tiny Reds and wolves!

Then I went crazy and tried magenta, and... it still kind of works. There is enough pink and purple in the fabric. But not so crazy about the Salt Air waves.

Blue, of course, works.... So does green:

Catnap? This fairy tale print? Maybe not together, but separately, they'd do fine.

Picture Pie? The fish may be too lime, but those flowers and birds are cool.

And then I happened to lay it next to this particularly amazing 80s floral and my mind was blown. It works!

Not that I am going to go with that.... So, now I languish in a void of indecision. My design wall is packed with another quilt, so I can't play now. I kind of want to make all the possibilities, and yet, only come out with the best one.

So, what do you think?

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