Barn door quilt-a-long: my fabric choices

I loved Carolyn Friedlander’s line Architextures. It’s getting hard to find, but her new line Botanics is most certainly the next big thing. It started popping up here and there after Quilt Market and now it’s just hitting shelves. I got mine from Fat Quarter Shop when they were offering 25% off on black friday.

I gotta tell ya, I was sorely tempted by the beautiful stack of fat quarters. It’s just so pretty! But I’ve been quilting long enough to know that, for me, fat quarters are never enough. It makes more economical sense to force myself to choose my favorites and buy half yards.

All that to say, Botanics is my starting point for my next barn door quilt. I ordered most of the whites, grays, blues, and greens and a little orange. From there, I decided to incorporate what’s left of my Architextures stash (leftover from the fat quarter stack I purchased to make these airplane pillows). Then I went nuts and grabbed any similar shades from my stash, and landed here:


Botanics + stash coordinates

Low volumes

Low volumes


Light blues

Dark blues

Dark blues





My initial plan is to not have a plan. Ha! Seriously though. I am going to start the first few rows and then see how it develops. When I made my first version I definitely planned each fabric selection very specifically before I started sewing.

They alternate with quite mathematical precision!


This time it’s a bit more complex because I’m planning to use quite a few more fabrics, so I’m just going to take it one row at a time. Eventually a more specific plan will form, I promise.

The pattern works outward from the middle. The first row we sew will be the hourglass row at the center. From there we’ll sew both the adjoining rows and work out until we have completed the central X of the design. From there we add the top and bottom borders and we’re done! It really does come together quite quickly. The trickiest part is lining up the triangles but we’ll worry about that next year.

I’m so excited to see what you guys are thinking about using for your fabrics! Please do not hesitate to ask questions. I love talking about this stuff. If you’re on Flickr please upload your fabric stacks here! If you’re not on Flickr you should consider joining, especially if you don’t have a blog. We’re all going to want to see your quilt!

Linking up with Lee for WIP Wednesday. It’s an official WIP once you’ve got fabric and a pattern… right?

Oh, and if you’re new around here, you can always catch up on everything Barn door quilt-a-long related by clicking its tab at the top of the screen!

47 thoughts on “Barn door quilt-a-long: my fabric choices

  1. I’m always surprised by how far I can make a FQ go! I find I’m either working off the same dang FQ cut forever, or I buy yards and yards and yards of something. I *did* buy the Botanics FQ stack and I am currently letting it “cure” in my stash. So, you know, it is properly aged when I get to it.

    I’m thinking there might be pastel-ish-es and lots of white Memoir in mine. Gotta sew sew sew so I can join right in!

  2. I love the fabric too – I also got 1/2 yards of all of it with FQS 25% of sale :-)….+ I got the wide 108 in orange and blue for quilt backings.
    I will say I might have to go back for more botanics too….I love it so much.

    and yes I agree its becomes a wip now 🙂

  3. I agree about the half yards vs. fat quarters. I think. lol. actually, I’ve been buying regular quarter yard cuts lately, but mostly for penny patch or other strip quilts where I need only a bit, but want it long. anywho. I love your pull! such great colors and pattern picks. I mostly missed out on architextures and am feeling the squeeze of the fabriholics fast as you mention botanics. yikes! i’ll survive, I will. (mild hyperventilating – at least inside.) with the number of great fabrics you picked, you might only get one strip of each. I’m excited to see how it plays out in contrast to your mathematically placed version. =) I realized after looking at your original again, that I probably selected too many different fabrics since I’m going to go the easy route and do the math thing. that’s okay, I can always put some back. looks like we have a fun group of some of my favorite quilters ready to quilt-along in january. yay!

  4. Oooh nice fabric choices, that’s going to be gorgeous! 😀
    And yes. Once you have a plan and some fabric, it TOTALLY counts as a WIP!

  5. Gorgeous fabrics!

    I’m still turning this one over in my head. If I try to downsize it and use jelly roll strips, I’ve got some options already, which run in three different directions. I’ve got a Jelly Roll of Tula Pink’s Plume line, one I put together based on a quilt made by……… Ashley at Film in the Fridge (had to think about that! using Tufted Tweets from Laurie Wisbrun), and one from a Studio E line of fabric that I don’t know the name of. Kind of oranges and teals and purples. Dunno.

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