I looked at bromeliads online to see what the real flowers look like and decided I'd like to use orange-to-red for the flower itself and green for the "leaves." So I chose the fabrics for the center sections and stitched them. Those finished, I auditioned fabric for the leaves, stitched them; then fabrics for the circles, etc. That worked pretty well, until I needed to choose fabric for the vase. By then I was boxed in. I sensed that the fabric needed to be medium to dark but what color to use? Did I have a fabric that would work?
I auditioned several dozen fabrics (but only photographed some) until I finally came upon the one in the first photo, above. (Thank you, Janet.) It may not be "perfect" but I think it works. Please tell me you audition lots of fabrics before deciding which to use. I can't be the only one to do this, can I?
Some in the group have chosen to use the same or similar colors for all their blocks. But there are others, like me, who are using a broader range of colors. Which leaves me wondering how to choose fabrics and colors for the triangles when I don't know what fabrics I'll use for the rest of the blocks.
I think it will be time-consuming (a bear!) to cut and sew so many triangles after all the blocks are sewn, but if I begin before the quilt is finished, I wonder how I could distribute the colors evenly, unless I limit the colors for the sashing to a narrow range of colors that are not necessarily the colors in the quilt blocks.
I laid out the four blocks I've made.
I wasn't sure how well they would work together because of the colors I chose. I think they'll be okay. I think the sashing will give each of them enough space to shine. I know I'll need to somehow balance the backgrounds so I have another one or two medium ones like the one in the upper right. And I think I'll need to carefully choose the colors for the rest of the flowers, too. You can see how I tend toward red. But then maybe red will be the dominant color of this quilt....
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