After a feast for my eyes and lots of reject fabric choices, I was so happy to find what I was looking for and I'm even more excited now that I have the fabric at home. I love the colors, the variety in design/pattern and the girly, yet not pukey pink overdoneness of the fabrics. I tend to buy fabric, then plan my design or pick a pattern after the fact. I know that is completely opposite of how one would usually begin a project, but that's how I roll. I tend to like "scrappy" looking quilts and stay away from "matchy-matchy" ones. This quilt will have a combination of browns, pinks, reds, greens and cream colors in a more "modern" quilt design.
I choose the brown background with roses as my base fabric and built my choices around that beautiful fabric. I found a large (70" x 120") cotton tablecloth at Tuesday Morning and will use that for curtains or throw pillows or maybe in part of her quilt "fussy cutting" to center on one of the bunches of roses. Buying a tablecloth this large ended up being a better $$ deal than buying off the bolt and the colors are perfect. And, as a bonus, depending on what type of curtain I make, I'll likely use the short ends that are already hemmed for me cutting down on my precious sewing time making the need for only one hem to be sewed. At the bottom right is a metal tray I display in my kitchen...the colors work so well...I may need to find something new for my kitchen!
Here are my scratchings for her quilt pattern based on a pattern I saw online. Graph paper is my friend! And, yes, I'm too cheap to actually purchase the quilt pattern. Besides, I apparently don't like boundaries and strict rules in my quilting creativity. It probably makes things a little more difficult for me, but that's part of the challenge and fun of quilting! Time to wash the fabric and begin cutting...ooohhh, I need a spare moment or two!