Frost Filigree - Fabric Pull
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Frost Filigree {Fabric Selection}

In January 2022, I spent several days doodling up a lot of different quilt designs. I did not love all of them, but I knew I wanted to make several of them. It’s time to turn one of those ideas into reality: Frost Filigree.

Frost Filigree

Frost Filigree – Original Design

Above is my original design. I love the red and white colorway, but while I could come up with 6 reds in my graphics program, those 6 colors don’t necessarily line up with real and available fabric. So, my goal this past weekend was to see if I could come up with 6 reds out of my Kona Cotton stash.

Dark to Light: Burgundy, Crimson, Ruby, Rich Red, Lipstick, Poppy

Darkest to Lightest: Burgundy, Crimson, Ruby, Rich Red, Lipstick, Poppy

I quickly learned there are not a huge number of red fabrics to work with, and I noticed in my first attempt at curating 6 different reds that most of what is available are mid-tone reds.

Darkest to Lightest: Burgundy, Crimson, Ruby, Lipstick, Poppy, Pimento

Darkest to Lightest: Burgundy, Crimson, Ruby, Lipstick, Poppy, Pimento

My next attempt seemed better, but I still wasn’t thrilled. I was happy with the darkest 3 fabrics, and at this point I realized the challenge was going to be selecting the lighter 3 fabrics.

Darkest to Lightest: Burgundy, Crimson, Ruby, Lipstick, Tomato, Chili

Darkest to Lightest: Burgundy, Crimson, Ruby, Lipstick, Tomato, Chili

My third attempt was better, but Lipstick and Tomato are quite close in value, which really bothered me. At this point, I photographed a few more bundles but I was starting to get pretty confused, so I stepped away and decided to sleep on it and try again another day.

Darkest to Lightest: Burgundy, Crimson, Ruby, Tomato, Chili, Carrot

Darkest to Lightest: Burgundy, Crimson, Ruby, Tomato, Chili, Carrot

The next day, I went back to the 3rd fabric pull and removed Lipstick. After auditioning every other red Kona Cotton fabric with the darker 5 fabrics, it became obvious that the best choice was going to be to continue to progress into orange. So I methodically tried out different oranges next to Chili and Carrot was the clear winner.

Frost Filigree - Fabric Pull

Frost Filigree – Fabric Pull

Here is a zoomed in photo of my selected Kona Cotton fabrics. Darkest to lightest, they are:

  • Burgundy
  • Crimson
  • Ruby
  • Tomato
  • Chili
  • Carrot
Frost Filigree - Fabric Pull in Grayscale

Frost Filigree – Fabric Pull in Grayscale

And after the fact (late on Sunday evening after the sun has gone down), I did a quick check of the values of my fabric pull by converting the photo to grayscale, and I am definitely happy with how even the steps are between the fabrics.

Frost Filigree - Fabric Pull Rendering

Frost Filigree – Fabric Pull Rendering

The last check was for me to use the fabric pull to update what I expect Frost Filigree to look like with my selected fabrics. While it’s a bit different than my original mockup, I do still like it. I suppose the next thing I need to do is to check my large yardage for a white or near white fabric and start cutting fabric!

I definitely felt like I could have made a successful red palette with only 5 fabrics, but needing 6 made this selection process a lot harder than I anticipated. I think trying to select 6 yellows would prove to be just as tricky.

8 thoughts on “Frost Filigree {Fabric Selection}

  1. Patty says:

    Looking forward to seeing this one progress. Fun color pull

  2. Red is a very hard color. I often find I don’t have very many shades of it, too. It is funny how that one can be so hard, and the pinks just don’t cut it. I think you did get to a great spot and that the orange was a perfect solution!

  3. Reds are hard! That’s partly because we give other names to some of the reds; you already know about burgundy at the dark end of the range. Lighter reds tend to be what we think of as coral to warm rose to pale ballet pink, all tints of the red family. If you have your pink fabrics stored separately from your reds, it’s easy to forget to look there for the lighter values you need in the red family. I do like your final selection, and your greyscale photo of it definitely confirms you have the right value steps.

  4. Vicki in MN says:

    Perfect picks!

  5. aquilterstable says:

    Enjoyed seeing your process and yay for finding a solution that works for you! Looking forward to seeing your design come together.

  6. Gretchen says:

    Your process was very thoughtful and time consuming ensuring that you got exactly what you were looking for. The extra time was well spent.

  7. Kate says:

    Three reds is easy to gradate, once you get past that, I think it’s so much harder. You picked an interesting color scheme. Looking forward to seeing this one progress.

  8. Elizabeth says:

    I enjoyed reading your puzzling out of the colors in your new quilt. Getting those steps to be so even is a huge success. I also “smallerized” my screen so I could step back and see the quilt from a perspective. It will certainly have a smoldering quality to it (hope the Frost doesn’t disappear!) Thank you for a nice read.

I really appreciate the time and thought you take to comment, and I look forward to conversing with you. :)