Well I think a slight rename may be in order. I’ve bought the fabric for my Roses for Rosa quilt and there’s not a flower in sight, let alone a rose! This seems to happen whenever I go fabric shopping. I know what I want and then come out with something different. In this case, there wasn’t any nice flowery fabric and I spotted this FQ bundle and loved the colours and the fairy princess theme:
These fabrics are for the coloured parts of the whirligig. In order to make them stand out, I decided to use a single plain fabric for the background part of all the whirligigs. I chose ivory because it’s a colour that works with all the colours in the FQ bundle and also because there was a piece about the right size on special offer! Here’s all the fabric together. The one at the back is for the backing.
I didn’t pick any fabric for the panels. I was going to quilt some flowers on them but given that there are no flowers in the fabric, I think it might look a bit odd to do that. I could do a different motif, but I’m going to put the whirligigs together and then see what I think.
Now the difficult part. The quilt is made up of 20 whirligig blocks in a 4 by 5 layout (see here for the design). That means I need to pick 4 fabrics from the 6 in the FQ bundle, and I don’t know which ones. There are:
- 2 spotty fabrics (1 bright pink, 1 mint green)
- 2 fabrics with fairy princesses and castles (1 pale pink, 1 pale blue)
- 2 fabrics with crowns and magic wands (1 pale pink, 1 pale yellow)
I also have (in my tiny stash) a pale yellow spotty fabric which would work with the other fabrics.
So here are the combos:
Now I like symmetry, so 2 spotty + 2 patterned seemed good (bottom middle). But the bright pink really sticks out against the pale tones of the other fabrics so I don’t think it’s an option. The next idea was 2 fairy princesses + 2 crowns (top left). But then 2 out of 4 fabrics would be pale pink so there would be lots of pink whirligigs next to each other which I’m not keen on. I could always do 2 patterned + 2 spotty, using my pale yellow fabric instead of the bright pink one?
I think my favourites are bottom left and bottom right. Although there are 2 lots of crown fabric in the bottom left, I think it’s ok because the pattern isn’t quite as bold as the fairy princesses pattern. I dunno – what to do…?!