Tuesday, May 22, 2012

color, fabric

If you had this waiting for you on your kitchen table, wouldn't you be eager to get out of bed?  I was!  I literally woke up this morning and thought, QUILT!

 goodmorning Quilts!

Last night I pulled strip scraps for two quilts I"ll be making for a friend.  I'm excited because they're going to be easy quilts and each twin-sized, so I'm counting on them to put a good dent in my overflowing strip scrap bins.  I tend to use strips the least for sure. 

I heart cutting

Both quilts are to be full of neutrals - brown, black, gray and white - with some colors thrown in to suite each child.  For the girl's quilt we settled on peachy pinks and limey greens.  I added in a dark fuschia pink and a dark green with lime accents to add some dark, contrasting values.

The boy quilt is neutrals plus orange and aqua.  My friend was digging the dark orange prints.  Wish I had more! Aqua I have a plenty, but the only darker tone I could find to mix with the aqua was this prized Cathedrals scrap from Anna Maria Horner's Good Folks collection.  I'll use it, but I really want more dark blues in that color.  And this isn't the first time I've picked through my (too large) stack of blues in hopes of finding something that matches that particular print.  I just can never find anything.  The closest Kona color is actually Kona Turquoise, but the Good Folks print has just a touch more of green.  It's like a vibrant dark turquoise?  If you happen to know of a simple, modern fabric that features that color, do let me know!

Cathedrals 

I spent the morning cutting and then began combing the websites of my fabric store sponsors (shameless plug - buttons at right!) for fabrics to match that Cathedrals print. And because I never order just one thing, I also was on the lookout for dark orange, any oranges (I go through orange and yellow like water), lemon yellow and mostly black prints.  Oh yes, and I do need more light gray and fuschia as well... You know how it goes.  (But, really, I need these colors!)

I found a lot of goodies at Lark Cottons, including the Anna Maria pastry voiles in marine and magenta on sale for $9 a yard.  Ever since finishing my Loop de doo skirt in the saffron pastry voile, I've been thinking I'd like to buy up the pastry voile in other colors for future skirts and tops.  The colors are so vibrant, so "me"!

my shopping cart at Lark Cottons


So, from top left that's Ta Dot in Teal, Pastry Voile in Marine, Running Stitch in Turquoise, Half Moon Ovals and on the next line Running Stitch in Creamsicle, Spot Taffy, Pastry Voile in Magenta and Punctuation Stripe in Yellow.  The only one I'm hesitating with is the Punctuation stripe.  Does anyone who has owned it know if it's more of a lemon yellow or golden yellow?  A golden yellow is more orange and a lemon yellow is more cool, clear, pure.  Somehow I only ever buy golden yellows.  It's a problem.



And because I was covering all my bases, I also ended up with a cart at Pink Castle Fabrics (on Etsy and here).  More great basics to keep me in color.

So, I guess this is the story about how my quilt that is partially designed to help me use strip scraps also brought on a fabric shopping spree?  I trust you fully understand.

P.S.  For those of you who wonder, I buy 1/2 yards in most anything I buy.  I will buy 1.5 yard cuts of the pastry voiles, just since I'll be making clothes with them.  When it comes to making quilt backs, sometimes I buy new yardage and other times I just piece together what I have.  That's my system!  I rarely buy fat quarters since they tend to be too limiting for binding, backing, etc.

24 comments:

  1. thank you for showing me the lark cotton shop. I didn't know that fabulous shop ;) and I'm really looking forward to your quilts!
    happy piecing!

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  2. I can surely appreciate the info on the yardage. FQs really are not enough for the kind of quilting I like to do. Good luck with your color hunt.

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    1. Thanks, Suzanne. Yes, 1/2 yards are nearly always enough. If I want more after using a 1/2 yard, then I know to buy a yard.

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  3. Estou com inveja de você...Brincadeira.E sou apaixonada por sucatas mais que em tecidos.Sou viciada em hexágonos,então não posso ver nem um pedacinho de retalho que já fico nervosa para começar.Aproveite e depois mostre o seu sucesso,beiko.

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  4. haha, I buy half yards too! I just hit the order button the fabric for my medallion quilt. Why I would pick the only two colors in my closet that I have the least of? Who knows. Can't wait to get started!

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  5. Youpicked some lovelies in your spree today. I totally understand how starting a project from stash might drive you towards new purchases, too!

    I also buy half yards, as a rule. I recently picked up some pastry voile for a top, too!

    The colors for both quilts are fun. I bet your friend will love them! You're so sweet to use some of your special AMH!

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  6. What a wonderful project! I'm sure they'll turn out beautifully! I should do something like this with my scraps. I'm running out of room for them!

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    1. I'll be sure to share more how to's as we go along!

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  7. Great looking project, such an awesome blend of colours =D


    I'm hosting a new swap over at my blog if anyone is interested please pop over for a look =D

    http://ibescheraldine.blogspot.co.uk/p/goodie-bag-swap.html

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  8. Oh, I feel much better knowing that I am not alone! I always thought scrap quilts were intended to help prune our stash, but somehow, I always end up with MORE fabric. You've chosen beautiful prints and I know the resulting quilts will be amazing. So its a small price to pay for amazing, isn't it? :)

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  9. I have the yellow punctuation stripe and it's definitely warmer tending to gold. The white stripe is also more of a cream than true or brilliant white, if that makes a difference to you.

    I should buy FQs but instead I always buy half yards too. I'm always terrified of running out if I only have a FQ, even if I don't actually need much of it for a quilt.

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  10. The punctuation stripe is definitely golden. It's one of my go to dark yellows.

    I would rather have a linear quarter yard than a FQ, If I need a little piece of a fabric it's easier to cut off the end of a linear quarter. I prefer half yards. I really need to stop buying yards.

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  11. Hi Rachel, love your fabric choices. I have a bunch of leftovers of the oranges from Outfoxed (Lizzy House) If you want, I can send you some pieces!

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  12. Hooray! You've totally solved my scrap strips of neutral color problem. I can use up colored pieces all day long but those browns, cream, blacks, whites were perplexing me. Now I have an idea rattling around...and just what I needed! Thanks Rachel! looking forward to seeing more of your progress on these two quilts!

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  13. Love those colors together! And I agree, a FQ is just too limiting most of the time!

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  14. You are just like me, unless I just have to have the entire line of something, but can't afford it in 1/2 yards, then I buy FQs of it. Anyway, good luck on it all, I hope your colors come true.

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  15. i love to buy 1/2 yard cuts. i will get fq's sometimes but it isn't very often at all!

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  16. Ahem...I buy a yard or more every time. I think I will start doing like you, Rachel....it makes more sense.
    I can't wait to see what you come up with!

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    1. Oh, no! I would run out of space way too quick if I was buying larger cuts!

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  17. I fully understand the need for more fabric.

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  18. I love oranges and teals and yellows, and I find that whatever shade is in fashion is about the only shade you can find new. I buy most of my fabric secondhand anyways, and so my yardage choices are not always optional. I do buy fat quarters and even smaller pieces, because I get bored if my fabrics are all the same. But it's normal in a scappy quilt to find that there are things missing and go out and get them.

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  19. I also think the punctuation stripe is more golden than lemon. I was trying to match it with pearl cotton yesterday and ended up buying 3 different yellows just to make sure.

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  20. I appreciate your educational quilting tips.... Thanks

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