The Perfect Pull
There isn't a hard and defined rule as to which fabrics you choose for your improv project, but here are some helpful tips for picking your prints!
Low volumes are the supporting actors of quilting, and they help brighter colors and prints pop without creating too harsh of contrast.
They can vary in shade and pattern but should remain "less busy".
These can be a mix of favorite prints or solids that you would like to feature. You can pull them from the same color family or from complementary colors.
Be mindful of tints, tones and shades.
These are the "glue" of the quilt. You'll learn more about using them to frame your piecing in class, but until then, think of these as sashing or as background.
I prefer to work with a handful of creams or whites, but you want them to have just slight variation from one another.
While this is a great opportunity to use those wovens that you've had stashed, denim, or some leftover linens, you can also include simple geometric patterns like grids or minimal plaids.
Additionally, batiks/hand-dyed fabrics or even prints that appear woven can be great choices.