.If you are taking the Mystery Quilt
2003 Workshop, please review this page as well as the general
information on fabric selection (see the "What's Stack-n-Whack®?" link on the menu bar).
Select your Main Print first. It should
have a lengthwise design repeat of at least 6" (8"
or longer is better). Look for a print with good contrast.
Choose light, medium, and dark fabrics
to go with the main print. It may help to look at the color registration
dots on the selvage of the main print. You don't need to match
the dots, but checking them may help you to notice colors in
the main print that you might have overlooked. These "hidden"
colors might serve as inspiration for the accent fabrics.
For this Mystery Quilt, you'll be safest
choosing mottled texture prints for the accent fabrics. Subtle
prints will work, but avoid "busy" prints which might
detract from the main print. Directional fabrics may be hard
Here is a lively combination. The medium
fabric position is a good place to use a bright accent color
"pulled" from the main print.
is the same main print with a different combination of accent
fabrics. The light fabric is the same, but two values of the
same hue (in this case, blue) have been used for the medium and
dark fabrics. This color scheme would be quieter than the one
a very bright combination featuring a Hoffman butterfly print.
The main print has a long repeat (about 24"). Prints on
this scale will yield a greater variety of blocks than shorter-repeat
||Lights can range
from white to pastels, bright yellows, tans, etc. Just be sure
the light fabric "reads" clearly as light against the
main fabric and the medium and dark fabrics.
combination is not for the timid! Geometrics are a nice alternative
to the usual florals and will work well in this quilt.
this Jane Sassaman leaf print, I've chosen the coordinating dot
print for the medium accent. The green print has medium blue
dots that vary in density across the width. To make sure the
fabric would contrast with the other accents, I've used a pale
yellow and a very dark blue.