Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Good Fortune {My Fabric Choices}

For many, Black Friday means shopping, stampedes, and sales. For many quilters, it is the kick off of Bonnie Hunter's annual mystery quilt! This year the quilt is called "Good Fortune" and the colors are inspired by Bonnie's recent trip to China.

Bonnie's color palette has orange as the main color, with red, blue, and green as the accent colors. All of her colors are rich and saturated. If you remember back to my version of On Ringo Lake from last year, I actually used orange (and a lot of it!) in that quilt.

I definitely didn't have enough orange in my scraps to use as my main color in my version of Good Fortune. What to do? I considered trying to find a totally different color scheme to use like I did last year but there wasn't anything that really jumped out at me. Instead, I decided to find a color I could just simply swap out for the orange and this is where I landed:

Despite the fact that I used aqua in ORL last year, Drift Away, Donuts, AND my Magnolia mystery quilt, I still have scads and scads of aqua scraps! My goal is to keep my blues dark and my aquas light so that if the two colors end up next to one another that there will still be a lot of contrast between the two.

My fabrics will be very scrappy for the red, blue, and aqua, but I only have one background fabric (the creamy white dot) and one green fabric. I have a lot of this particular green left -- it was used in the piecing and backing of my Green in Blue quilt. I originally had 5 yards of the fabric and what I have left should be plenty for my planned half-size version of Good Fortune. I might need to get a little bit more of the white dot print for the background, but since it's a current fabric, I should have no issues getting more of it.

There have been some hints that it will be better for the background fabric to be scrappy -- or at the very least, use multiple fabrics. I am on the fence about this and will see what the clues have us do. I am wondering if there will be something like the neutral border on En Provence in this quilt. (Not an affiliate link!)

I am still planning to be at work all or most of the day Friday, but one of our LQS will have open sewing on Friday, so I am considering working a half day and heading over to the LQS in the afternoon.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


  1. I think that having the blues dark and the aquas light will provide a nice separation. It will be fun to see it come together for you! Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Sewing from stash can be hard, but it looks like the blues and teals from your stash are going to read differently. Hope you can get a start on Friday. We have family stuff on Friday and Saturday, so I won't get to make a start on the first clue till Sunday.

  3. Your color choices look good. The only question I would have is the background fabric. The dots are kind of spread out. Since we know Bonnie uses lots of 2, 2.5 and 3.5" pieces, the dots won't show up in every square.

  4. Your color choices are great. It's going to make a beautiful quilt. I am playing along too and since I am not fond of so much orange, I swapped it out for gold and swapped the red out for'll be interesting to see how it all turns out!

  5. Hi Alison,
    Do you have any idea what the problem may be on Moda Bake Shop? The link on your blog to your patterns on Moda Bake Shop does not work for me. Further, I receive an error message when I search for your Jingle Bell Rock quilt pattern on the Moda Bake Shop site. Thanks.


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