Thanks to Cheryl, the Naptime Quilter, for restarting Workshop in Progress. I very much enjoyed last year's Workshop posts, both in the receiving of feedback from other quilters and the giving suggestions and expressing opinions on others' works. In the absence of working together IRL, it's a great way to be able to help out, and to get opinions when you are nervous about committing yourself to a direction that you aren't entirely sure about.
You may have seen the quilt in the photo above in the Fall Blogger's Quilt Festival lineup. It was one of my favourite quilts, made by Rebecca at Chasing Cottons. I bought the pattern as soon as I saw it, because curved piecing was on my quilting bucket list, and I figured I would damn well be an expert by the time I completed all the curves in this pattern. Well, friends, the time has come.
The pattern calls for 20 FQs. I bought a set of eight FQs from Liz Scott's Sugar Pop line. Jennifer and I had been talking about how nice orange and purple could look together, and when I saw this set I knew the time was right to jump in. This set has purple, orange and pink.
I went to my stash to find more fabric to add to make up the required amount of fabric, and here's where I need your help. I pulled more pinks, magentas, purples and oranges, but I want to make sure that I have a good range of values. I think having a range of lights through darks is really important when the colours are as close together as these are. So, what do you think? The Sugar Pops themselves don't have a huge range of values, so I was particularly looking for darker fabrics.
Here's what I came up with.
Here's the whole range. There are 21 different fabrics here, so one would be eliminated.
So what do you think - do these fabrics play nicely together? Do you think I have enough different values to avoid having this quilt look too same-y? If not, what direction should I go in? Do you feel like there is too much purple, orange or pink? Sing out!