I need to make a sample for a new pattern. It's written, the design is featured in Northcott's Winter 2022 look book and it needs a cover quilt. Unfortunately, the fabric I designed it with will not be available for several months.
|Shiny Blossoms mocked up in Northcott's upcoming Dragonfly Dreams fabrics|
Since I designed it with a light background, I thought it would be an interesting exercise to make the sample with a darker background. I spent a couple of hours browsing the aisles of my local quit shop and came up with two possibilities.
Sometimes I can see clearly in my head what the quilt will look like in certain fabrics. This time the picture stayed fuzzy. None of the fabric combinations I pulled together made me excited to take it home. Still, I needed fabric for the test sample so I ended up buying a little bit of each combo to make sample blocks. I felt sure I'd know what to pick once I had blocks sewn.
Nope. I still don't know.
The center star and the checkerboard cornerstones in both blocks are actually the same light yellow with little speckles. The photo really washes out its colour and doesn't do it justice, but it's really quite pretty.
I love blues, so I was surprised when the blue version didn't immediately speak to me. I think the blue floral might be what's holding me back. I though a print would add interest and that the little yellow accents in the floral would go well with the yellow in the star, but I'm not sure this print fits with the rest of the fabrics. Also, my eye is drawn to the central star rather than to the whole block.
I really love the texture in the black background, and I feel the greys I chose emphasize the blossom shape more than the star. To my surprise, this block actually appeals to me a little bit more than the blue one. I'm just not sure I want a whole quilt of these fabrics. I'm also worried all that black without brighter colors will not appeal to customers if I use this quilt on the pattern cover.
One option would be to go ahead and make the black version to test the pattern, but use the Dragonfly Dreams mock-up on the cover. I'm not excited about that though. I like to have a finished quilt on the pattern cover to show consumers that it's possible to make the quilt. The few patterns I released with a mock-up on a cover (because I had difficulty getting a good photo) don't sell well. Then again, maybe that's just a coincidence. I have a few patterns I was excited about that have an actual finished quilt on the cover yet don't sell well at all, so maybe real quilt vs mockup wasn't the issue.
Another option is to go back to the shop and try to pull together another fabric combination.
What would you do? Ideas are welcome!