The gray fabric is not as dark in reality. I am still looking for a backing. Moda has a navy blue with red stars on it that coordinates, I am thinking that may be more of a patriotic look though. But finding navy fabric is much harder than I thought. I may have to go up to Quilts etc. to see what they have. I want to have all the pieces in place so when I do get to the putting it all together part, I will have every thing I need. Which means I also need to decide what to use for binding and get it made. I almost always do my binding while I am cutting out all the other fabrics. I love having it all ready to go when it comes time to attach it to the quilt.