Fabric 101 is my on going series where I share how I use fabric. It might be a tutorial, it might be how I work with fabric, or like today, it's how I audition.
My fabric line 'One for You, One for Me' from Moda is arriving in stores and I wanted to play with the scraps a bit to celebrate! I'm using up scrap squares and strips for two quilts that will go to two precious little girls in my family.
I shared the first part of the border audition the other day HERE. You can also find all the Fabric 101 posts on the RIGHT side bar in the category section.
To get started on border auditioning I put different fabrics on each side of the center. This way I can quickly take a photo and see two options.. Then I put up another set of options. Quickly Giving myself multiple options to consider.
When I'm doing this multiple option step I am really looking for my initial reactions to what I like, and what i know won't be a further option. I've got both inner and final border.
This is a SMALL quilt... and I am just using up scrap squares I had.. so this gives me many levels of challenges in my fabric options.
After that first series I narrowed it down to options I knew I wanted to expore in the final border auditions. That requires more putting up and taking down, but it's SO WORTH it.
The only way I can truly decide is to get as much border fabric on as many sides as the center as I can without cutting anything. Here I opened the yardage and pinned it to the wall.
My initial feeling was to use the daisy print. I needed a good inner border and same binding, to hold it together. If I use the Daisy, this is the option I'll go with.
For this auditon i had a piece that was not that large, but I felt it gives me enough of a feel of the color with this part auditioning.
I really liked the soft aqua on the initial audition the other day. But I tend to NOT do light borders on a strong center.. it's like framing a dark photo with a white frame.. I don't tend to go this way. But I wanted to see what it would look like.
The green had been speaking to me as well. I LOVE the coneflower green batik
I had some large pieces of the tossed flower so put those on the sides just for the audition as it was the intensity of color I am auditioning. If I use this option I'll do all coneflowers.
The Green/Navy combo is so exciting to me!
At my Facebook group I got a suggestion for the Orange as an inner border and binding. There are pops of orange in the prints, so that is a great one to look at.
I like it.. better than the green up above!
What about you..
WHICH WOULD YOU PICK?
After the full border audition, even at 3 sides, the green really spoke more to me.. it made me happy and I think it will make a little girl happy too!
Binding is ready ... and I went to find some fun backings. I don't have a lot of children's prints, but I found some with cake and icecream on it.. oh so yummy!
For the second quilt I dug into my scraps of my 'One for You, One for Me' fabric. I also added the yellow lemons from my 'Eat Your Fruits and Veggies'.. I'll use Green inner and binding.. and the tossed flowers in orange! The backing for this one is a print with chocolate candies on it!
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