Welcome to the first post of the Sea of Stars Quilt Along! If you've already got the pattern, then the next step to take is to pick your fabrics. Oh, how I love fabric. Fabric selection is definitely one of my favorite parts of the quilting process. So, let's talk fabric, shall we?
For my quilt, I used some Michael Miller Cotton Couture solids mixed with charms of Liberty of London's Bloomsbury Gardens. When I started thinking about this quilt along, I started to think about what fabrics I would pick for my next Sea of Stars quilt.
Near the top of my list is using Madrona Road, which is quite possibly my favorite fabric line of 2012. I happen to have some in my stash, and I think it would work really nicely with this pattern.
Another line I'm thinking about using is Mama Said Sew. I love the contrast in the colors here, and I've got a fat quarter bundle that is screaming to get used. I love the classic feel of the red, black, and grey in this line, and the text prints in this line are just fantastic.
1) I'd recommend sticking with small to medium scale prints, if you're using prints. Large scale prints will really get lost in this pattern, since the pieces are fairly small.
2) When selecting your fabrics for the lattice of your quilt (shown in light gray on my quilt), if you use a directional print, order some extra yardage, as you may need to use more fabric to ensure that your directional print is uniform throughout. Solids are great for the lattice, but a using a print would be a great way to make your quilt unique.
3) Don't be afraid to use more color on this one! Use a bright contrasting color for your lattice, for instance, or for your star frames fabric.
If you don't have fabric in your stash for this quilt, let me help you out with that. The wonderful folks at Fat Quarter Shop are celebrating the start of this quilt along with coupon code SeaofStars, which will give you 10% off your supplies for the quilt along! Once you start getting your fabrics together, hop on over to the Stitching with Don't Call Me Betsy to share a photo of your fabrics and to join the discussion. Make sure to grab a button, too! Happy sewing :)