This little quilt goes great with the Russian Sage from our garden. Whoever advised looking to nature for color inspiration was absolutely right. Seeing these photos side by side sure validates my fabric choices.
But, what actually inspired this color combination was a scrap of funky paisley that I found in my scrap bag. It's a vintage print, I'm guessing from the 1950's. I deliberately paired it with green and lavender fabrics of similar value and really like the result--a low contrast blending of understated colors.
A reader asked me if I use patterns for my quilts. No, I generally take a traditional block and scale it to the size I want. In this case, I only had enough paisley to use as the center of four Variable Star blocks, so the quilt ended up being 10" x 10", just a tiny little color study.