Monday, January 14, 2013

Fabric Play

Hello!  I am SO HAPPY to be back at my desk this morning typing away to you for my daily post.  It's a gorgeous day in South Carolina.  I. love. home.

We're restarting our homeschool, doing laundry and just generally adapting to the regular flow, so I decided to give myself a fun assignment - fabric playtime!  Remember this picture?

turquoise, coral, tangerine and curry

Still running high on inspiration (I can practically taste this color scheme!), I joyfully put together a collection of fabrics from my stash:

Fabric Playtime

At first the oranges I pulled from my stash were too true orange. I wanted a softer, creamier orange.  The solid shown at left is Kona Papaya, which is exactly right. I think the teal-ish color on the Disney ride had slightly more of a blue tone, but I like this collection of teals, which are related to Kona Candy Green, according to my Kona color card.  And then I finished with flashes of coral.

Do you love it?  I LOVE it!  Like, it's living on my table so that I can look at it all day.  Is this what fabric playtime is supposed to feel like?  I definitely want to do this more often!

loving the vintage feel

That Orange Bouquet print from Flea Market Fancy is the same I featured in my Modern Medallion quilt.  It's prettiness always charms me.  I tried to choose other prints with a somewhat vintage flair as well, to match the tone of Orange Bouquet.  The coral Dotted Leaf print is from Chicopee and you can see a white and orange Madrona Road print there in the bottom left corner. 

les Amis in teal

I just got this new print, Les Amis in Teal, from Pink Chalk Fabrics.  The scale and style are so lovely (also comes in coral, chocolate and olive).  It sits beside a hard-to-find Cosmo Cricket crosshatch and below another Flea Market Fancy print, Posie in Turquoise, which happens to carry the whole color scheme.  Find!

add some low volume.  Need to make quilt!

The trouble is I don't think I can play fabrics without desperately wanting to sew them pronto. See, just add some low volume prints and wouldn't it make a shining, happy little big quilt?  Sigh.

True confession: By now I already have a pattern in mind.

But... so many other things to finish first.  Hmm.

35 comments:

  1. I so totally agree. These would make one amazing quilt for sure.

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  2. I see something amazing in your future. I have seen several other teal, coral and mustard combinations recently in different settings and think it is a great combination that I myslef would like ot do something with -- can't wait to see what the outcome is for your project.

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  3. Gorgeous fabrics and LOVE them all together!

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  4. That's a great translation of colors from the photo to fabric. Thumbs up and welcome home.

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  5. This is great! Thanks for sharing the inspiration, palette, and beautiful fabs - can't wait to see what you make :-)

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  6. Rachel-truly one of the things I think you are masterful at is fabric combinations. Another home run here! This is so pretty and fresh. There is an aisle in Target that has a bunch of these colors together right now, and it has literally made me stop in my tracks to stare. I even remarked to my husband -"there's a quilt there" - he is used to me doing this by now wherever we go!

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  7. It's all so pretty. I need some sorbet pronto <3

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  8. Do it!! That will be stunning. They are such perfect picks from your original photo. It will look amazing. Please,,please do it!
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    1. I will. I've been finishing things today! Maybe I should always leave tempting fabric out on the table.

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  9. Really lovely combination of colours! I just want to reach out and touch them!

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  10. I love these colors and the prints you've chosen to tell the story. I really am looking forward to more.

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  11. I've always love seeing how you've combine colours and prints together and these are looking fabulous!! Look forward to seeing your quilt, it'll be gorgeous for sure!!

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  12. i adore that color scheme, and the fabrics you pulled are absolutely perfect. can't wait to see what you have planned! (and now i'm itching for some of that teal les amis... the pattern is very dogwood-esque, which i'm quite fond of.)

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    1. I have no need to buy it in any of the other colors. Or so I am telling myself!

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  13. Beautiful colors...and don't we love to play with them :)

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  14. Absolutely gorgeous! I loved the photo and now, the fabrics you pulled are just divine. It really is hard to not play immediately. Like you, I have a list of things I need to do before starting new stuff.

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  15. Hi Rachel. Love love love your fabric choices...Thise will definitely make a winning quilt. As I started to read your blog update 2 words jumped out at me South Carolina...I live in South Carolina Also. We have been haveing such wonderful weather here the past few days.
    conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  16. Your color choices are awesome, fun and irresistible!

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  17. your fabric is yummy index to play with my fabric when I get back to town .

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  18. What a great combo of fabrics - your inspiration was terrific, but what you pulled together is fabulous!! I can hardly wait to see what you make with it!!

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  19. I love the cheery collection! Curious minds (or maybe just mine) want to know: how do you store your fabrics so you can pull them together so quickly?

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    1. Oh, sure! I store them by color on a shelf. The shelf has glass doors so that I can see them all the time =). You can find a picture in this post: http://www.stitchedincolor.com/2012/06/sewing-room.html

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  20. I love the inspiration photo and how you used it to pull those fabrics. I can't wait to see the quilt pattern you choose for them. Please keep us updated.

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  21. nice fabric choice, I'm curious what you will make with it.

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  22. LOVE these colors!! Can't wait to see what you'll make!

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  23. That's my favorite ride at Disney! My husband and I go to Animal Kingdom just to ride that. I love that you saw a quilt init. The fabrics are super together! Can't wait to see what you make with them.

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  24. What a lovely happy pile of fabric! Welcome back!

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  25. Inspiration rocks period.
    I just checked my stats, and I have alot of hits from your handstitched camp/premium site, just wondering if you've mentioned my blog?

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  26. Perfect! Love them all and can't wait to see what you make!

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  27. This is such a fun bundle and it really does speak carnival or amusement park to me. :) I also have a hard time building bundles and not wanting to cut into them immediately.

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