The design is visible to you because of the values of the fabrics that were chosen. When I finally had a design that I liked I went to my stash with a copy of the design and a value finder. A value finder can be a very handy tool to have, especially if, like me, you are not a natural when it comes to understanding color and value. I used the value finder to help me find the fabrics in my stash that would fit the design. If I didn't have the color/value that I needed in my stash I went shopping for it later.
Try to keep an open mind when it comes to selecting fabrics. Always start with more choices than you will use. Once you place the fabrics together on a table, they will tell you who they want to "play with" and who they don't. Some of the fabrics that I thought would work at first didn't play well with their subsequent partners and had to be replaced with more compatible choices.
I used my EQ design program to audition some of the fabrics before cutting them up and placing them on my design wall. I scanned the fabrics into my computer as JPEG files. Then I loaded them into my EQ program to use as fabrics in the computer program.
When I had finally selected the fabrics that I thought would work for the
design I cut out the block pieces from all my choices and placed them on my design
wall to make sure they worked. I stared at these from near and far and changed what didn't work until the fabrics combined to give life to my design. In the end I was very pleased with my choices.