I've been trying for months to figure out just what I wanted to do with Melody Miller's awesome-giant-bee-featuring Ruby Star Spring, and I finally decided that a new Mod Mosaic quilt was the way to go.
The Mod Sampler Quilt-Along was the first quilt-along I ever did on my blog. To date, there are more than 450 members and 1,000 photos in the Mod Sampler Flickr Pool. I've been overwhelmed by the response to this pattern, and it's been so much fun to see so many different versions of this quilt popping up around blogland!
I'm leading the activity (a Charm Square Swap and associated fun) at the May meeting of the Portland Modern Quilt Guildand have written this post mainly for the PMQG peeps who wanted additional information on cutting charm squares. It's general information though, so hopefully others will also find it useful!
I already know that I want to use a white for the sashing on my Scrappy Paintbox Quilt. I liked the way it looked on my first Paintbox Quilt and I think it's the best way to show off all the beautiful colors.
I have no foolproof formula for picking out fabrics. I just encourage you to know what you like and seek that out. I suspect that part of the reason people have trouble choosing fabric is a lack of confidence. Most of us make decisions about colors and prints all the time. We decide what clothes to wear and how to decorate our homes. If you're feeling overwhelmed by your fabric options, stop to consider what you like. What colors have you painted your home? Do you wear mostly solid colors or prints? Know what you like and, if you're not finding it, look somewhere else. Nobody wants to spend hours working on a quilt with fabrics they don't really like!