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Thread: Turning Twenty - Fabric selection?

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    Junior Member Joan in AK's Avatar
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    I would like to do a quick and easy quilt and thought of Turning Twenty. I looked at pictures here and on Webshots and found a number of Turning Twenty quilts I liked. The pieces are big, but the key is fabric and color selection, which is where I don't do well. I know that there are several ways to do this: pick a 20 piece fat quarter bundle from a collection, pick a theme, focus fabric, or color scheme and go from there. I looked on line for 20 piece bundles. There were a few, but I didn't like the color. Most of the packs were of 5, 6, or 9 pieces, which if I bought several would mean a lot of repeats. Another idea is to buy 5 -1 yard pieces of a collection or scheme, which would give 20 fat quarters, but still a number of repeats. For those who have done this pattern, what do you think of it. how do you pick fabric, what do you think of fewer fabrics, more repeats?

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    You could use just three fabrics. The more you uses the scrapper it gets It really doesn't matter how many you use. It's a personal thing. Use your scrap box. It's just a new way of selling fat quarters.

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    What colors are you looking for? I made this one http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-19936-1.htm from a kit I purchased here. http://www.christaquilts.com/index.p...=index&cPath=3

    I see she no longer has this colorway but there are some other choices. Also check out the fat quarter bundles, there may be something there you like. And no, I'm not affiliated with this shop. :-D

    I don't think 5 colors would be enough for this quilt, you'd end up with really large areas of the same color. If you have a hard time choosing fabrics, I think the best bet would be to buy a collection of 20 fq's from one line. That way you know they will play nicely together.

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    For the Turning Twenty pattern I think the 20-piece fat quarter is really the best. It is probably more expensive than buying fabric by the yard, however, if you are putting lots of time into making a quilt you want it to be pleasing to you. So what is pleasing to you, more colors? It surely is a personal thing. Using your scrap box is a good way to use them and more economical, but not as much fun as going shopping for more. I have a quilt shop that has 20-piece bundles already put together so I can look and feel them before I decide to buy. Good luck with your decision.

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    TS, Yours was one of the Turning quilts I really liked. Also there was a homespun Turning Twenty posted recently. It was lovely.

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    You can always mix a bundle with some blenders. There are some really pretty tone on tone fabrics that come in many colors. If you found a FQ bundle you liked, you can look for some blenders to match (check out Fusions by Kaufman). Don't be afraid to mix collections! I've only made one quilt with only one collection. I like to mix it up.

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    I like to pick out my own fabrics. One of the ones I made I did it in Blues and Yellows. I had several fabrics that had both the blue and yellow in them and then several each that read blue or yellow (tone on tones, blenders etc) I think it came out looking really nice.
    My recommendation is pick out 2 or 3 colors that you want in your quilt and find a couple fabrics that have all the colors in it or at least two of the colors and then varying shades of your colors to blend with it.

    This is a quilt I made as a wedding gift for my eldest brother
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    I'm no help picking colors. I spend hours trying to figure what would work well.

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    Thanks for the suggestions. I was wondering about blenders and I really like Fusions.
    That is a lovely blue and yellow quilt. I did think of choosing a focus fabric or a few coordinated colors and going from there. but I have done that in the past for a couple of quilts and after the blocks were made, really did not like my color choices.

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    Little Hud, I'm with you on that one, and after I spend hours and make a few blocks, I don't always like what I pick. It could be that I need to put it away for a while and then look at the blocks again. It might look better.

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