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Old 03-01-2011, 08:17 PM
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Can someone give me advice on how to select fabric for a trip around the world quilt? I have a great deal of trouble with fabric selection, and I do best with information like....two dark, two light, and one medium. Or two contrast and three that sort of match.

I am planning on using five fabrics, unless someone tells me I would be happier with the pattern that calls for nine fabrics.

What about using five shades of the same color? Would that look good?

I am still looking at quilts made using this pattern, but would gladly look at more.
Thanks for any advice.
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Old 03-01-2011, 08:22 PM
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I did a Trip Around the World with 9 shades of purple and I love it! I have also made one with all bright fabrics. I even made one for a lady who purchased the fabrics. My thought through the whole process was YUCK! To my surprise it actually looked good when finished. It had black, yellow, pink, and even a flannel that was kind of goofy looking(fabrics that in my opinion clashed with each other).
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I always use 9 fabrics. But they might use only 3 colors.

Having said that, there are no quilt police and you can do what you like.
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If you can find one of Eleanor Burns videos, she tells how to pick the fabrics, and one or two that will be "transitional" if you want to get out of a color group and into another color. This looks like a really good tute on how to strip piece it: http://www.quiltville.com/tatw.shtml I hope this helps...
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Old 03-01-2011, 08:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Dina
Can someone give me advice on how to select fabric for a trip around the world quilt? I have a great deal of trouble with fabric selection, and I do best with information like....two dark, two light, and one medium. Or two contrast and three that sort of match.

I am planning on using five fabrics, unless someone tells me I would be happier with the pattern that calls for nine fabrics.

What about using five shades of the same color? Would that look good?

I am still looking at quilts made using this pattern, but would gladly look at more.
Thanks for any advice.
My Trip Around the World called for 13 different colors.
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Old 03-01-2011, 08:37 PM
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Here is mine. I used 7 different fabrics. I tried to have them relate to the fabric they were next to.
What I love about this pattern is the ability to add as many colors as you want. You really can't go wrong, with block size or colors.
I have another in the works, it is blues.
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I am working on a triple around the world, using nine different fabrics. I just bought a springy looking print and chose colors to go with that. Not sure how it will turn out but, since I love all the colors I chose I'm sure I will love it.
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Old 03-01-2011, 09:01 PM
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I use eight fabrics. Here is a pic of one of mine.

queen size with 3 in squares
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Originally Posted by Barb_MO
I use eight fabrics. Here is a pic of one of mine.
Oh, That is georgous! and exactly why I love the pattern. Hard to screw, up but when it is done well... its just beautiful.
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My Trip Around the World called for 13 different colors.[/quote]

Wow! That is most beautiful! I love the colors and the shades of each color morphing into the next. Thank you for sharing. :thumbup:
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