Thought I'd show you a little of my process on one of these projects that's been sitting for a few months because I couldn't decide how to finish.
I had a charm pack of this fabric collection from Tula Pink (can't remember the name right now). One day I was needing some instant gratification sewing, so I grabbed this charm pack (5" squares, one of each print in a collection of fabric). I thought this lime green complimented the bright colors, so I cut each block into four 2.5" squares and made these green crosses in the middle.
Total impulse sewing, I had no plan. It was fun sewing these little guys together though!
The obvious choice is then to sash them. I did have enough of this green, but I knew that such a huge dose of lime green would be overpowering.
I really liked this bright lilac solid, although I only had a small piece. So I merrily started sewing these blocks together, telling myself I'd just order more of the purple.
I got as far as the photo above and ran out of fabric. The whole thing was shoved into the corner and I turned my attention to something more pressing.
Now we are four months later, and I'm trying to finish up a few of these cute but pesky piles. So why didn't I just order more of the purple? Well, I had my finger on the purchase button a few times but for some reason I never did. One reason is that I've been making a real effort to use the fabric I have on hand. The other reason is that I had some niggling doubts about the purple.
Oh, it's a perfect shade for these fabrics. It looks really good with them. But honestly, I knew this quilt would turn out really. really. purple. I knew I wouldn't use such a purple quilt for a baby of mine, and not many other folks would either.
Time to get practical here! So I'm going to rip out that purple sashing and instead use a more neutral fabric that I have in my stash.
Here you see I'm trying out some Kona Snow (a creamy white). In the photo above is a light gray. Either one will work. I'm pretty sure I'll use Kona Snow. It's my go-to safe zone!
At this point, my prediction is that I'm not gonna love this quilt, either way. But I might surprise myself!
*Note* I have a feeling that some of you will cry, "Keep the Purple!". I hear you:) If enough of you say that you would honest to goodness buy a bright purple quilt for your baby, I might reconsider!