Mystery Quilts: Other fabric requirements.
I order to make good choices it is important to have selected the feature fabrics first!
The other fabric are divide into 2 types:
Frame fabric. This fabric will be used to frame the feature fabrics to ensure they stand out. It need to be a contrasting fabric to all the others and is probably better if one solid color; for example: white, yellow, red, navy, black. You will need approximately 2 yards (queen) or 1 1/4 yards (single). This will be cut into 1 1/2" strip or 2 1/2 strip first border.
Background fabrics. These need to tone with your feature fabrics, however they need to be small scale prints or tone on tone, and most of them need to be less bright than the feature fabrics. This is a great way to use up lots of little bits. You will need approximately the equivalent of 6 yards (queen) or 3 1/2 yards (single) These will be cut into strips 2 1/2", 3 1/2" or 4 1/2"
Highly symmetrical quilt: my feature fabrics will be Japanese figures printed on a light fabric, therefore my background fabrics will be mainly navy, bottle green, black or burgundy red to pick up the colors in printed figures. My Frame fabric will be white. Pictured left to right : feature fabric, frame fabric, background fabrics.
Spontaneous quilt: my feature fabrics will be Australian animals with a green printed on a light fabric, therefore my background fabrics will be mainly yellows and green. My frame fabric will be brown. Pictured left to right : feature fabric, frame fabric, background fabrics.
A finished block showing how the background fabrics pick up the colors in the feature fabrics