A few weeks ago I had an idea for a quilt using my extensive collection of reproduction fabrics from the V&A (made by Liberty). My inspiration for this quilt came from the Material Obsession books (which I had treated myself to after Christmas).
The design uses diamond papers to make a central star and then each row that is added to the outside is pieced in a different fabric. I divided my fabrics into light and dark shades and am alternating them each row.
The effect of this design on these fabrics is miraculous. I treasure these fabrics because my Mum purchased them for me last year when in London visiting my brother, they cost her quite a bit of money and because of their historical significance. Unfortunately, when viewed individually, some of the prints are not the most stunning! The colour pallet is limited and the designs are simple.
However, when viewed together and in the design I chose, it's quite eye-catching. Each time I change fabric I try to pick a fabric with at least one colour in common with the last. For example in the picture below you can see that the white and blue central diamonds lend their darker blue to the next row, then that fabric lends it's peach tones to the next, peach tones are repeated for the next fabric and then brown becomes the common colour.
I think when it's finished this will be a quilt to hang on the wall.