Let's talk about fabrics! Obviously, your biggest investment is going to be in the background fabric, should you opt to go with a single background fabric. Check out Sandi's post, here, for some wonderful examples of a DWR drawn in EQ7 using multiple background fabrics for the melons (or footballs) and centers. Now, just so we're clear...
THERE ARE NO WRONG CHOICES IN THIS QUILT ALONG!
Every coloring option is equally valid, whether you choose to go with a traditional palette and use off-white muslin for your centers and melons and feedsack reproductions for your arc centers and ends, or if you opt for a solid that coordinates with a favorite designer line.
Monochrome (also known as analogous), scrappy, or limited palette, is it all up to you. I encourage you to share your choices on the Grey Cat Quilts Projects flicker group. I would love to see them, and I would love to feature some of them here on the blog. Posting your photos to the flickr group will not automatically grant me permission to re-post your photos here. I will contact you and ask you for permission before posting.
I would like to start piecing next weekend, but don't worry! There will be plenty of time for anyone to join in at any point. I still have to buy fabrics - again.