Another thing I have learned is that contrast within the pieced blocks and the focal print blocks is important if you want the quilt to appear more dimensional. Compare this one where there is a lot of contrast:
with this one where there isn't
The bright blue in the pieced blocks is too close to the value of the lime green in the focal fabric, so some of the dimension is lost.
Well, my mother has a good friend who is our Church Deacon's wife and they are expecting their first grandchild in January. She asked me if I would make a biblical themed quilt that she can give to her friend, so naturally I started looking for Noah's Ark fabric. I don't know the baby's gender, so I kept the quilt gender neutral.
I found Noah's Ark fabric and then picked fabrics for the pieced blocks.
I agonized over the green fabric because I wasn't sure if I should go darker. In the end I stuck with my first green choice that matched the both lime and medium greens in the ark bodies. Now that it is done, I wish I had paid attention to my instinct to go a little darker, but it is cute and will hopefully be used a lot by a healthy little baby boy or girl :)
The other reason this is a "go to" pattern is that if I quilt it myself, the back doesn't have to be pieced. As usual, I will probably take this to be quilted, so I'll have to add some fabric to the backing width. Here is the fabric for the backing.
So do you have a "go to" pattern? If so, what is it? I'd love to know!