Star Light Star Dark QAL – Fabric Choices

I decided to participate in QuiltyHabit’s Star Light Star Dark QAL. The design appealed to me, patchwork, stars, and no light constant background fabric. I make a lot of quilts with light background fabrics, so it is good to branch out.

I didn’t have any set colors in mind I simply went to my stash and started to see what colors had a wide range of values. First it was clear I have a range of oranges. I pulled out everything I thought would work laid them out. Next up was Blue. I had a lot of blue and some good new blue fabrics from a recent scrap box purchase. It was getting late and I was tired so I snapped a quick picture and went to bed.


The next morning I went hunting for a third color. I really wanted to use yellow but I just didn’t have enough light yellows and I wanted to use from my stash and not purchase new fabrics. The scrap box was a green-teal-blue mix and it offered some good dark and light teal pieces. So I tried teal. I added from my stash too.

Then I proceeded to take a cell phone picture, convert it to greyscale, rearrange, and eliminate fabrics. I did this over and over for each color. Probably 5-8 times per color. Here a some early selection pics:

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I was a bit worried about the blue and teal looking the same and made some moves from the blue stack to the teal stack. At the end I arrived at 6-8 light and dark of each color way. Excited for the next step.


I am linking up with QuiltyHabit.


4 thoughts on “Star Light Star Dark QAL – Fabric Choices”

  1. You have a beautiful selection, Elizabeth. I loved reading about your process (thank you for writing about it!). It can really be drawn out but in the end hopefully you find something you love. You’re going to have lots of great contrast within your blocks, and you have some great focal prints that you could feature in the stars, if you so choose!

    1. Thank you Jess! I know it will be equaling challenging arranging the fabrics. Really excited about this quilt.

  2. Lovely choices! Thanks for showing your selections. I’m working on my choices, but haven’t play with grey scale yet.. That may make all the difference.

    1. Thank you and good luck to you. It was hard but the greyscale really helped me narrow it down.

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