Monday, November 19, 2012

Sea of Stars Quilt Along: Fabric selection


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?

Sea of Stars - detail 3

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.


The other line that I keep thinking about is Joel Dewberry's latest, Notting Hill. Having seen the fun, vibrant prints in person at Sewing Summit, I know I will definitely be stashing some soon. This could be make a really great girlie quilt...


When you're thinking about the fabric for your Sea of Stars quilt, here's a few tips and pointers to think about:

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 :)



  1. Good Morning Elizabeth, Been waiting for this.. I am using Seven Wonders for a quilt for a male.. I am using Dark Grays and light ones.......

  2. Oh no, not another quilt along! I just can't say no ... at least its a good excuse to break my fabric buying ban :)

  3. Unfortunately I have no time for a quilt along right now. But I wanted to say that I love this pattern! Great job! :)

  4. This is a lovely pattern and I really like the different fabric versions you have drawn up! Just wondering if there is a list of fabric requirements somewhere so we know how much is needed? Thanks.

  5. I really love this quilt.. beautiful!

  6. I'm so glad I recently subscribed to your mailing list! This is the first I've heard of this quilt along and happen to have a fat quarter bundle of Madrona Road just waiting to be cut up! I immediately purchased your pattern this morning! Now just to print it off and gather some solids! I'm super excited! This is such a gorgeous pattern! Thanks so much for creating the quilt along!


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