Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl sent me a link to an on-line source for more of the same fabric. Thanks, Yvonne! As long as I was going to have to buy fabric anyway, I might as well get more of what I liked to supplement what I already had and make it work. It arrived yesterday.
Since the print background was white and my quilt top has darker ecru & ivory tones, I was debating whether to overdye the backing. A search for binding helped make the decision: white in the binding would coordinate with the back but look bad on the front, and vice versa. So I overdyed the backing print and I'm happy with the result. I have a black tiny text print for the binding. It started out with white so I threw that into the dye at the same time and now it's perfect.
Whoo-hoo! Perfect color combo!
I used bottled Rit dye in color Tan, 1/2 cup in a whole washer full of water. There were 6-1/4 yards total of cotton fabric. I was careful not to go too dark; I could always dye it again if it came out too light. The result is like a tea-dyed shade. You can see here how well it coordinates now with the print that inspired this collection:
Dilemma resolved. That's whoop-worthy, so I'm linking up with Whoop Whoop Friday over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict. Check out everyone else's whoop-worthy stories over there.