The next step was choosing the fabrics I wanted to use. I knew that I wanted to use purple, red and gold (more about those colour choices in a later post). Most of these fabrics came out of the stash. I just played around with the arrangement until I found one that looked right to me.
Ahh, this is the one - a light centre section with a darker 'frame' and then the other colours sort of graduating out to the edge. Luckily I liked the lighter purple paisley design on the edge as that's the fabric I had the biggest piece of.
I cut a few strips of similar fabrics to stitch together so that I could do a sample of the quilting. So glad I did! I found that no matter what colour thread I used, none of the quilting showed up against the orange-y fabric. The design of the fabric was way too busy and the quilting just faded into the background. So I changed that fabric for a tone-on-tone with a similar value. It worked much better.