I know a number of you who would like to join in the Eventide Sew Along that Thelma has started up are feeling a bit overwhelmed about your fabric selection. I don't blame you! I have given that subject a great deal of thought myself, and thought I would share some of my ideas with you. This is a super long post today!
This is the original Eventide quilt pictured on the pattern cover. Notice the predominantly light blue hourglass blocks that form a large star pattern, the red side inner borders, and the Ohio Star blocks.
The block is comprised of a dark fabric, which forms the star points, a center square, a light fabric that is the four corner squares and a segment of the quarter square triangles, and the tricky element "something else" that is a segment of the quarter square triangles and frames the center square. Here is a shot of a few more blocks in the original quilt:
If you study the entire original quilt, you can see that the designer (Carrie Nelson) chose not to use any darks as her star centers, and that her "something else" fabrics tend to be floral prints or a pastel tone on tone (blue or pink). Many of the center blocks completely blend in with the "something else" fabric that surrounds it. It is a really nice effect. Her quilt has a strong "light" feel to it. That was her choice and is lovely.
I wanted to give you some suggestions for pulling fabrics together for this quilt. Here are the dark/medium fabrics I selected for my version:
The majority of the fabrics are from a collection by Lecien called Antique Rose. I also added in some scraps that I had left over from a group called Dominique I by Sentimental Studios (from several years ago). They were similar in style, color and scale to the Lecien fabrics. I wanted a lot of variety and had around 15 dark/mediums.
The lights I pulled from my stash, and are predominantly creams. I had scads of them. Lots of variety. I made the decision to keep the center square of each Ohio Star block dark. Here you see my fabrics stacked up for the Ohio Stars. Are you wondering about the "something else?"
To be honest with you, I cut out a heck of a lot of fabrics to be potential "something elses". I had prints, I had pastels and I had tone on tones. Didn't really feel the love. Remember there are no rules here, and you all have the freedom to go in any direction you like as far as your fabric choices.
I decided I wanted to be a bit more structured in my choice of fabrics for this element of each hourglass unit. So, I picked out five tan background floral prints that each have red as the primary color in the floral. My thought was since the inner borders of the quilt are red and cream, emphasizing this red color in each of my Ohio Star blocks might be nice. The tan background also makes a good contrast with the cream which will show up in each hourglass unit and surrounds the center square.
Here are some finished blocks for my quilt:
This one below has that cool "blendy" effect that is so nice.
So how about some additional suggestions? You may even have some of these fabric collections in your stash. Remember, no rules, and you should definitely not fear to add in additional colors that go with your prints.
Park Avenue (3 Sisters for Moda). You have your light blues, which you would use for the large hourglass blocks. You have red, which you would use for the star points, center squares and the inner border units. You have olive, and brown which you would use for the star points and block centers. I would shop for additional fabrics that would add at least one or two more medium/dark colors to the mix. Maybe a deep rose and a rich dark tan. You could use the light tan floral prints for your "something else" fabrics. Use a big variety of creams from your stash for the lights (corner squares and hourglass units).
Antique Fair (Blackbird Designs for Moda). You have your blues for the large hour glass blocks. You have your red for the inner border and star points and centers. You have brown, a lovely sage green, and I would add in some deep pink as well for the medium/darks for the star points and centers. For "something else" I would be all over those cool checked fabrics. That geometrical element surrounding each star center would be outstanding. The light background florals you could use with the blues for the large hourglass blocks. Add in tons of creams from your stash for the lights.
Charlevoix (Minick and Simpson for Moda). Now this could be super fun. You have your light blues for the large hourglass units. Use some of the light background floral prints for those large hourglass units too. You have your red for the inner border, star points and star centers. The yellow, pink, darker blue are wonderful for your medium/darks for the Ohio Star blocks. I would go with whites for my lights in the corner squares and hourglass segments. See this close up of the yellow print?
See that touch of green? I would definitely pick up some additional greens to use with the other medium/darks. And for the "something else"? Well, I would go on a hunt for some polka dot fabrics on white backgrounds. Moda has a line of polka dots that would be perfect.
Now take a look at how these French General fabrics could work as well.
Light blues for the large hourglass blocks. Reds for the inner border, star centers and Ohio Star hourglass units. The dark blues and pinks are nice for the medium/darks, but I wanted more fabrics and colors, so I pulled some dark browns and rich tans from my stash. Here are two ideas for "something else":
You could use the florals for the large hourglass blocks and for "something else". Or, separate the ones with the tan background and just use those for the large hourglass blocks, and use the white backgrounds for "something else" surrounding the center squares. White tone on tones would be nice for the corner squares.
Or what do you think of this for the "something else" to surround the block centers? Plaids! That would add some interest. I'd add in a tan plaid too if I could find one.
Hope these ideas helped you and didn't make things more confusing! Just remember to play with the fabrics and pick up colors from your large medium/dark prints and you can't go wrong. My key advice is to have fun with it. And if you haven't started putting together a stash of creams, white and tans, I recommend you get started!