The Art of Choosing: Supplementing a Fabric Line

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Art of Choosing is a series discussing fabric, color, and the fabric selection process! Here's what's been posted so far:

1. Recognizing a Fabric's Overall Color
2. Folding
3. Stash Storage
4. Organizing Your Stash by Color
5. Building a Well Rounded Stash
This Week: Supplementing a Fabric Line

Today we're starting the second half of this series: building different fabric combinations and color schemes! We'll start off easy and talk about supplementing a collection or single colorway from a collection!

For this exercise I'm using the pink/brown colorway from Park Slope by Erin McMorris. This scheme is similar to my Single Girl fabric scheme!

Before you start pulling fabrics, it's helpful to identify the main colors in the collection. In this colorway there is pink, orange, gold, plum and brown. The multi-colored prints in a line can be a great starting place as well!

As you're pulling fabrics, keep a few things in mind!

1. While pulling individual colors, be sure to grab a few Tone on Tone and Color + White prints!

2. When choosing prints with large and small accents, be thoughtful about the colors of those accents! Those accents shouldn't clash with the other colors in the scheme! In this case, you're working with a warm color palette, so avoid cool colors like blue and green!

3. Think about using a good mix of geometric and organic prints!

Here are a few examples of prints that I passed over when putting this stack together!

1. Aviary by Joel Dewberry - These accents are green!
2. Park Slope by Erin McMorris - While this fabric is Park Slope and does have pink, orange, yellow and plum, it also has green!
3. Red Letter Day by Lizzy House - These accents are gray, which would probably look off with the browns!
4. Midwest Modern by Amy Butler - The pink accents in this print are too light and more blue-toned than the other pinks used.
5. Bijoux by Heather Bailey - The gold and pink colors are great, but the blue doesn't fit!
6. Garden Party by Anna Maria Horner - Great orange and pink, but the blue throws it off!
7. Sugar Snap by Melissa Averinos - This one seems like a no-brainer at first, two great pinks, gold, orange and brown! But it has blue accents too!
8. Chocolate Lollipop by Anna Maria Horner - Another tricky one, the brown, pink and gold are right on, but the blue and green accents make it a no go!

Now I'll show you my choices!







Now put it all together in a giant fabric stack! Voila! It's that simple, I promise! :)


  1. >>>When choosing prints with large and small accents, be thoughtful about the colors of those accents! Those accents shouldn't clash with the other colors in the scheme<<< i would love to see some examples of ones that might be thought to work at first glance, but then dont...

  2. This was extremely helpful. I am a fabric idiot, but I don't want to use a prepackaged selection. Your series is like Fabric Selection for Dummies, and this dummy really appreciates it.

  3. Oh, yes, what Other-Jenny said would be very interesting!

  4. I am a new follower and am enjoying this series. If only I had a stash as large as yours to pull from!

    AnneMarie @ Gen X Quilters

  5. The oranges and golds - just heaven!

  6. I wish my fabric to be like yours! My stash is an absolut mess!
    Thank you for this great idea
    Hugs from Spain

  7. Thank you so much for this post, and the others in the series. I am so color challenged! I am trying to learn, and I think I have learned a lot from reading these.
    Thanks again for sharing your talents - what seems easy for you is kinda hard for some of us!
    Jacque in SC

  8. awesome! you're helping me look at fabric and colors much closer :)

  9. I too love this series because I can get in those color conundrums!

  10. this is all very good, than you

  11. I've never purchased fabric by "line"! I don't care who has made or designed the fabric, I just choose fabrics I like, without paying attention to the designer's name or the manufacturer—except when it comes to solids. I prefer Robert Kaufman's Kona Cotton solids over any others and I've bought them for over 20 years.


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