Thursday, July 5, 2012

in the Summertime

Summer compels me to seek out those beachy bright colors that belong on sun umbrellas, bathing suits and flip flops.  This dotty goodness is a bundle that arrived from Mad About Patchwork earlier this week.  It's destined to be the very first brand-spanken-unwashed fabrics I cut up and quilt in their sexy just-manufactured glossy sheen.  Lecien color basics, you are so lucky.  Oh, yes.

Lecien color basics

So, I had thought to make something small scale with this bundle, maybe like my Pezzy rainbow tote, but the scale of the dots suggested otherwise.  And, if we're going bigger, doesn't that bright happy bundle remind you of my Beach Riot blanket?

Beach Riot Finished!

Yep, I thought so.  This simple patchwork picnic blanket is a practical fellow I whipped up last summer.  It's been washed a good many times by now, having been pulled out for trips to the shore, picnics on the lawn, birthday table coverings, camping and so much more.  Eminently practical, I say, to go batting-free and binding-free for something like this.

pulling fabrics to match!

So, to make another I'll need some more fabric.   I spread out the Lecien polka dots on my table and began pulling fabrics with the same seriously bright vibe.  It got a little crazy in there, so I also pulled some prints with white backgrounds for a wee bit of visual space.  We make small allowances around here.

a Picnic Quilt bundle

Here's where I ended up.  I'm thinking that the 10 polka dots will serve as a visual anchor of sorts in the finished quilt.  At least, they made achieving that bright summery color scheme pretty much a no-brainer.  I really enjoyed combining a new purchase with notes from my stash.  Pretty much the best of both worlds - the high of new fabrics and the satisfaction of working from fabrics on hand.

it feels like summer!

The finished selection is probably a little heavy on the warm side?   Ah well, it definitely feels like summer!  Even the projects I can't show you just yet have been oozing that summery vibe.  I've been working with gingham and ric rac.  First time with the ric rac and I am smitten, SMITTEN I tell ya.  No one in my house truly understands the fabulousness that is ric rac.  It's shockingly adorable.  Really, unresistable.  And I could go on, but I'll stop.

p.s. I heart ric rac

23 comments:

  1. Definitely summery! The perfect indulgence with your unwashed pretties. I can't wait to see what else you've been working on!

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  2. Thanks Rachel. I now have ANOTHER quilt added on my long To Make list ;)

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  3. Oooh, liking that pile of goodness, and yes, ricrac rocks!

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  4. love that pile of summery goodness! Can't wait to see the finished blanket.

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  5. polka dots and picnic blankets ... a terrific combination! Can't wait to see it.

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  6. I got a big stash of ric rac from a crafter's garage sale a while back and have no idea what to do with it. So do tell!

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    1. First off - make sure it's colorfast! Cheap craft ric rac is not meant to be washed, so it's not colorfast. Mine is from the fabric store, so I expect it to be =)

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  7. What a great bundle! You can never go wrong with polka dots! I'll be watching out for the progress posts =D

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  8. Polka Dots and Lecien fabric both these are my favourite they lovely and summer think they will be fantastic.

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  9. You go, girl! Cut into that unwashed fabric! Do it! I loved your last post. Its like you were rebelling and finding out it wasn't as bad as you had always thought.

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  10. We have those Lecien dots in the shop and they are so bright and SO soft. I love em. I love everything you put with them. I REALLY need to make a picnic quilt. Yesterday for the 4th festivities we had to pull H's off his bed, which is just sad.

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    1. Oh, girl, it's the easiest thing! I know you'll be glad you did and you'll whip it out so often. I think my friends sometimes are shocked to see good fabric used this way (or I am?) but it really has held up so well to washing. And the fabrics don't fade like a cheaper one would!

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  11. Gorgeous, gorgeous fabric! Can't wait to see your quilt. And that ric rac is simply delicious!!!!

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  12. It is freezing here at the moment so I love your splash of summer to remind me its just around the corner!! I forgot how cute ric rac is, too cute. I am inspired now to make a couple of polka dot dresses with ric rac trim ready for the warmer months for my girls (after handstitched class! ooohhh a handstitched hexaganal pattern on the pockets. Ahh stop!). soooo cute,right internet shopping here I come!

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  13. Loving your summer brights! And very eager to see the project with gingham and ric rac! Napkins?

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  14. Very Good Choices, that is one nice looking Pile O' Fabric ;)

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  15. I love all the bright colours and the polka dots. They are gorgeous. I love polka dots and checks and would agree they are very summery.

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  16. what an exciting mix of colour! lovely!

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  17. lol. Had a little giggle when I noticed the "P.S. I (heart) ric rac" written in the corner of the ric rac picture!

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  18. I also have been collecting ric rac. And also have no idea what I will do with it, like Jenny above! I look forward to seeing what you've done with yours.

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  19. Oh, oh, I love ric rac too, so where online do you get the wide stuff? Help, I'm ric rac deprived!

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    1. Well, I bought mine at Hancocks. Sorry! If you have a local fabric chain shop, check with the packaged bias tape.

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  20. i love the colors you pick. they are perfect every single time. they are always such happy colors.

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