Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Jade + Peach

Have you met Emma Lamb?  Her progressively peachy blog is one of my color muses.  I set aside her "making everyday beautiful" posts for just the right moment, like a bit of chocolate to be savored in good time. 

In May Emma highlighted Jade & Peach, presenting a fantastic collage of images that immediately sent me to the fabric cabinet to ponder.  But alas, "Jade & Peach" seemed sorely lacking in my stash.  Indeed, Emma's perfect Jade doesn't even exist on the Kona color card.  GASP!

Not to be outdone by practicalities, I zeroed in on the image above with all my creative energies.  Something about this space, so splashy white, so punky peach, so quietly yellow, is perfectly balanced in it's chic black and white allure (room and photo by Fjeldborg).  I really couldn't get it out of my head... so naturally, a quilt must be made.  It must be made!  It must.

Let me tell you, it's not easy to find peach fabric!  I know that peach and forest green are often equated with all that is outdated, but you couldn't convince me that the room above is anything but glorious!  Luckily, my friend Alice at Fresh Modern Fabrics had the time to help me track down some peach.  We referenced the Kona color card, the common language of quilters, as in, "no, not like Kona Ice Peach, it's really Kona Peach I'm after" and "does that print tend more towards Kona Melon?".  Ah, good times.   Wait, did that sound sarcastic?  I'm serious. 

Ta da!  I love it!  Lizzy House' Swiss Chard Pearl Bracelet is the only fabric I've found that gets at that jade - not too blue, not too green.   We figured after all that work that we ought to share the bundle with others.  Alice has a limited stock of Jade Princess bundles now available at Fresh Modern Fabrics!

Jade Princess fabrics

And today I've had the pleasure of cutting into it.   I've begun a new quilt that's mostly peach and cream with black, white and gray, a sprinkle of yellow and a dash of jade.  My latest favorite basic, Comma Chalk Periods, is serving as a background fabric.  Wish I could buy a bolt of that stuff.


Here's my first block! It's not quite perfect, as I forgot a key construction technique in my haste, but I think it's darn pretty. Looking forward to making lots more dogwood blossom blocks, using this applique approach - quick and easy!  I've always said I'd like to make a whole quilt of the dogwood blossom, which was the center of my Modern Medallion quilt.  But that reverse applique approach was definitely time-consuming.  So when I realized that we could make this user-friendly version as a practice project during the applique theme of the Penny Sampler class, I sure did the happy dance!  Looking forward to sharing more as the month continues.

Thanks again to Emma Lamb and Alice at Fresh Modern Fabrics, for your help along the way!


  1. That room is gorgeous.. and so is that bundle! Can't wait to see your quilt when it is finished.

  2. I am seriously in love with that colour palette - the dogwood blossom looks great too!

  3. Wow, thanks for giving us a very new and inspiring color matching! I normally avoid peach like the plague...but this has totally changed my mind, it's gorgeous!

  4. I love your fresh approach to peach. You've managed to completely remove all hints of the 80s from that color and turn it into something fresh and modern. Maybe there is hope for mauve after all. LOL

  5. So cute! Love the color pallet too! Can't wait to see the blossoms of your quilt unfold.

  6. Love the color combinations of peach, off-white, grey and jade. It is going to be a beautiful quilt.

  7. I think you hit that inspiration palette spot on with your bundle! I love working from a photo. So I'm dying to know, what construction technique did you omit?

  8. Omg, omg, omg, omg, OMG!!! I so need these fabrics in my life! Thank you so much dearest Rachel, I am so honoured, ecxited, inspired and happy all at the same time! I've been tinkering with delicious jade & peach ideas myself but really must do something with these fabrics too. I can't get enough of these colours right now and will be getting some lovely paints mixed in these shades soon too. So much fun! Thank you again my dear friend :) xxx

  9. Oooh I love those colors. You are so good at that!

  10. That bundle is so beautiful. I find that I don't use a lot of greens and that is partly because I don't like lime green very much and there aren't very many non-lime green fabrics out there.

  11. OK, I bought the bundle (you help me spend money SO well!) Is the dog wood appliqué raw edge? Thanks!

    1. =) No, the dogwood applique is not raw edge. We're going to do all turned under machine applique in the Penny Sampler for durable, machine washable projects.


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