>I’ve been in the process of designing something for my Fandango jelly roll. I got the “craving” for a jelly roll after seeing Aneela’s quilt at Comfort Stitching. I’ve been wanting to do something with flying geese for a while, and the other night while perusing the Fresh Modern Quilts Flickr group, I found myself being drawn to stacked coins quilts, too.
I designed a geese and coins quilt that could be made with a jelly roll and some background fabric. I really love the problem-solving that comes with pre-cut fabrics — how many 4½” strips can you get from a jelly roll? It’s fun to play with the math and try different ideas, maybe a border or make it taller and thinner or wider and shorter? There seem to be two types of quilters: those who love the math and geometry of it, and those who hate it. I am definitely the former! As such, I have a hard time playing around with color — I always try to make it mathematical in some way. For example, my Fandango jelly roll has 18 blue/aqua strips, 13 red-orange/pink strips, 3 yellow strips, 3 mostly cream strips, and 3 brown strips. A pre-cut is like a puzzle to me, and it’s so fun to solve! Does anyone else do this? Or am I just crazy? 🙂
OK, so this is where I need your help:
Now that I’ve counted the colors/values, I need to decide how I want to play the color values in the quilt. I could do columns of geese in particular colorways, and have the coins be a mash-up of sorts, like this:
Or, I could make all my geese be my cooler colors, and have the coins be warmer tones:
I could also have warm-colored geese and cool-colored coins. (“Warm geese and cool coins” has a ring to it, no?) Or I could do a kind of gradient from cool to warm across, like this cool stacked coins quilt … The possibilities go on, those are just the ones I made up in inDesign last night. I’m also hoping to avoid using white sashing, because I think the prints on creamy backgrounds will get lost, and also because I don’t have much experience playing with different background/sashing colors. I really want to try using a darker background, possibly with a different texture to it. I ordered a few small cuts of quilters linen, moda crossweave and kaffe shot cotton so I could see and feel the textures and test some different colors. (I’m not telling yet which colors I got, because I want unbiased advice!)
What would you do, color-wise? What color/type of background fabric would you use? Any other thoughts/advice/questions?