Do you ever think about how your tastes and likes evolve? When I first started making quilts, I was a big fan of dark tones, prints by Thimbleberries, Debbie Mumm, etc. Now I look at a group of fabrics like these--
and I find inspiration! Things have changed, to be sure! I enjoy putting together a group like this, starting with 3 prints (number 1,3 and 5) purchased recently. Supplemented with some dots from my stash (number 2 and 4) and additional selections from the wonderful shelves at Bear Patch (numbers 6-10). I have come to learn that one of the most frequent challenges to many quilters is choosing colors and fabrics. As a quilt shop employee, I always try to encourage customers to trust their instincts and go with what feels good, to not be convinced that they have no ability to see the colors they like. To me, it's kind of like a game to see how many unrelated fabrics from various manufacturers I can pull together to create a unique look. When I brought home those first 3 fabrics, I really had no idea if I had anything that would fit with those colors, but with a little experimentation I think I have a good start to a fresh quilt. And there's a bonus in it, too--that little squiggly stripe on the bottom of the stack was from Bob's Bargain Bolts!