How Do I Decide?

New patterns are usually exciting! However, sometimes I feel myself stuck on the fabrics in the pattern itself. Maybe I like them but it's not quite the look I'm looking for in my quilt. And then I see all the fabrics out there and wonder to myself, how do I decide? That's when mockups get fun!

So to help you a bit, I've put together three ideas for the Jewelry Box Quilt. Maybe you'll like these or may one will spark an idea for your own fabric combination. Regardless, here are some examples to get you started.

First up is one that makes me want to pack up a picnic basket and go outdoors! This classic red and blue combo along with the big and small floral prints give us a vintage vibe. For this mockup, I used the following fabrics...

Strawberry and Rhubarb by Fig Tree and Co.

Moda Fabrics

(Note: This is an older fabric that is harder to find but you could still use the same color scheme as shown. Or if you search a bit on google, you might just find some quilt shops that have these still around.)

Fabric 1: Dogwood

Fabric 2: Strawberry Eyelet

Fabric 3: Essex Slate (Robert Kaufman)

Fabric 4: Sand Dollar (Riley Blake Confetti Cotton)

Next up, I'm thinking of a spring flower garden! These bright pink and blue fabrics with large print flowers are bold yet the calming lilac evens it all out. These fabrics are...

Arcadia by Pippa Shaw

Riley Blake Fabrics

Fabric 1: Fuchsia Rudbeckia

Fabric 2: Blue Rudbeckia

Fabric 3: Lilac Snowdrops

Fabric 4: Sand Dollar (Riley Blake Confetti Cotton)

And in the last example, we're going patriotic! On a side note, Quilts for Kids donates red, white, and blue crib size quilts to babies who are born while their Daddy is deployed. A great reason to make this version!

American Dream by Dani Mogstad

Riley Blake Fabrics

Fabric 1: Red Stars

Fabric 2: Dusk Burst

Fabric 3: Off White Plaid

Fabric 4: Blueberry Buckle (Basic Grunge, Moda)

I hope these inspire you! Honestly, I could spend all day long creating quilt mockups. They're so much fun. And all the fabric collections at our fingertips make for a huge quilter's playground.

Have fun deciding on your fabrics. In the end, if you like the fabrics you have chosen, you've never made a bad choice! Just have fun and enjoy the creating.

Your friend,

Beth Ann

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