Gathering Mystery QAL – Color Theory

Hi friends!  I just wanted to pop in today to chat a bit out about fabric selection for our Gathering Mystery QAL starting this March!

As a quick reminder, here is the color palette we’re working with this year.  I’m working with prints from Sunday Supper by Sweetwater for Moda Fabrics.   For those interested, I was able to order another round of fabric so kits are back in stock in our shop for the time being.  We are still offering the payment plan, through the end of the week.

Ok – on to the color theory!  I am so incredibly in love with the color blue right now – especially this gorgeous Teal – and Gathering just happened to present the right opportunity to make to a single-colored quilt!

Choosing your Prints:

To make your own single-colored quilt, pick your favorite color and … 

  • Choose dark tones for prints #1 + #2
  • Choose medium tones for prints #3 – #6
  • Choose neutral tones for prints #7 + #8

If you prefer a two-tone quilt …

  • Switch out prints #4 and #5 for a second color
  • Switch out the neutral print #8 for something that is a good mix of both colors
  • Make sure print #7 is easily distinguishable from both colors

If you want to mix it up even more …

  • Replace print(s) #1 and/or #6 with a complimentary color


A few considerations:
  • The background color (aka fabric #9) I am using is my favorite white solid from Moda (#9900 98).  If solids aren’t your thing, replace it with a very low volume print.  It should be the lightest, least busy fabric in your quilt top.  I highly recommend something non-directional!
  • The binding print will be cut from print #3.
  • Think you’ll be wanting to add borders?  Prints #1 or #4 are excellent choices, but please note: borders are optional and are NOT included in the yardage requirements.
  • Don’t have quite enough fabric?  I base my fabric calculations on 40″ of usable fabric width + a little bit of wiggle room in the length, then rounded up to the nearest 1/8 yard segment.  As posted and with perfect cutting, you will have a bit of fabric left over.  You MIGHT be able to make things work with slightly less fabric than listed … but I would recommend having a back-up plan in place.

I’m happy to answer any other question you might have and I can’t wait to start seeing your fabric selections.  If you’re not already a member, please consider joining our wonderfully positive and supportive QAL group on Facebook, or share your photos on Instagram, making sure to tag me (@CorasQuilts) and use hashtag #GatheringQAL.