About the fabrics . . . the background is a lovely gray "textured solid" by Andover called "Sidewalk" - my first use of this fabric, and I'm a fan. As the name suggests, it gives really great texture to this quilt - both in tactility and visually - especially used with such vivid solids as Kona Bright Periwinkle, Free Spirit Citrine, and Michael Miller Cotton Couture Mermaid and Charcoal. I loved this combo when I chose it for this quilt, and I love it still.
yonder star" from Alexander Henry - to me, it looked like marbles, which was perfect for obvious reasons. If budget allowed, I'd purchase several yards in every colorway - this print is just downright happy.
Warm & White. And I have no complaints. But Pellon kindly sent me a few of their batts to sample, and the Legacy Bamboo Blend I used in Chinese Checkers was like a quilting holiday. Since it was the first time using the bamboo batt and the textured solids, I'm really curious if the combo was what made it such a pleasure to quilt. But I'll definitely be trying the bamboo blend again. The finished quilt is super soft and just plain comfy.
When it came to quilting, I stuck with the marble theme and free-motion quilted organic circles using Aurifil 50wt #2600 (light gray). The gray was just the right shade to stand out but not overpower - exactly the look I was after.
The quilt was bound in more of the gray textured solid to leave the 'game boards' as the focus, and then taken out on the requisite photo shoot. The setting was near a small lake in our neighborhood, sleeping duck and all.