Welcome to the Paradise Lane Sew-along (SAL)!!! I'm so happy you're joining us and I can't wait to see your quilt!
Together, we'll be making a Small Throw quilt top over the next seven weeks. Feel free to work ahead or behind; these blog posts will always be here for reference.
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Optional Instagram Post for a chance to win prizes!
Each week of the sew-along, there is also a chance for you to win prizes! Each Monday, I'll post a picture that includes that week's prompt. To enter, simply post your picture using #paradiselanesal before the following Sunday to be entered to win!
Make sure your account is public so that I can see your post! This week's prompt will also be at the bottom of this blog post :). Good luck!!
Week 1 is all about the fabric!
To make the Small Throw quilt top, you'll need:
- 10 Fat Quarters or 1/4 yards
- 2 1/4 yards for the background
I decided to try something new with my fabric pull and use a darker background fabric. Also, my fabric pull is fairly monochromatic. I'm both nervous and excited to see how this quilt looks when it's finished.
There are a few different ways that I go about selecting fabrics for a quilt.
- Choosing a print I love and building around it
- Building from a single color
- Selecting a palette from a picture
One rule of thumb I always go by is to make sure I have enough contrast in every fabric pull! That contrast will help draw the eye and create movement within the quilt.
Choosing a print and building around it
This fabric pull was inspired by the top print! I just love it. The second print I grabbed was the middle print with the oranges and began building from there with pink, yellow and orange colors. There is a lot of contrast here with prints and colors, but I went a step further with the deep purple solid.
Building from a single color
That was the option I selected for this fabric pull. When I dug out my stash, I noticed I had a lot of blues (a color I don't typically use) and decided to go with it! I looked to make sure I had contrast in blue hues as well as adding a couple of prints. Then, for a bit of extra pop, I added a mustard-yellow to make that color found in the Rifle print pop!
Selecting a palette from a picture
The Paradise Lane cover quilt was inspired by a picture! Here's the picture that inspired the pull:
I loved these hues and built from there with pinks, purples, and a touch of yellow. I wanted the quilt to have a brighter feel than the picture so I added Valentine, Mango, and Azalea to the mix; then Ochre and Caramel for a bit of contrast.
Do you enjoy selecting fabrics, or do you find it difficult? I'd love to know!
Optional Instagram Post and this week's prize!
Post a picture using #paradiselanesal before midnight on Sunday, June 6, 2021, of your fabric pull to be entered to win this week's prize!
For those who like to work ahead, next week we will cutting our fabric and mixing and matching our blocks!