My quilty friends are the best. Holly, with help from Sarah S and Melissa, took my money to QuiltCon 2018 and shopped for me. Holly knows what I like before I even know what I like. Look at that terrific red print by Brooklyn Mojo. ( I have already ordered more of this fabric.) And for the past few weeks I've been looking at a collection by Moda called Catnip. Relax - no cats. Just a terrific selection of black and white prints. And Holly gets one (I have since bought more charm packs and one jelly roll of Catnip).
Yoshiko Jinzenji. Google her for some wonderful images of her Japanese minimalism. I took a class from her at QuiltCon 2015 - here's a link to that blog entry. Then I bought some of her fabric, which was all black and white. This panel that Holly just bought? Little bits of colors and design - all abstract and whimsical. So, what to do with this terrific yard? And I must confess that I have been hoarding the black and white fabrics. Sometimes pieces are just too beautiful to cut into.
And here comes my epiphany.
Sharon Pederson. I taught this method over 10 years ago - see the blog index for more on this method. I've been pondering what fabric to use on the front of this quilt. To use any of the jewel-toned solids from the crosses just seems too much. But a light fabric doesn't work for me either. The answer? this Yoshiko Jenzenji fabric. It will be perfect for the front sashing/border for the front of this quilt and perhaps even for the binding.