Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Fabric Play

I'm going to take a wee break from typing up Penny Sampler lessons to share with you some fabrics I've been arranging lately!  But first, some stashings.

Of all the colors in my stash I seem to go through yellow the fastest (or I buy it the least?).  And is anyone else noticing that their stash is mainly warm, golden yellows?  Yellows can be on the green side (which makes them cool) or on the orange side (which makes them warm).  I think it's not just me, because after doing some online shopping at my favorite stops, I found so many golden yellows up for grabs, and hardly any bright, pure yellows or cool yellows.

photo by FabricBubb

Enter Waterfront.  The Waterfront Domino Dot print comes in lots of great colors, but when I saw the yellow I knew it was a done deal.  Bright, cool yellows make oranges look like themselves.  Also, they just make me happy.  I like warm yellows too, don't get me wrong, but I want to be able to have both in my sewing palette.

stashings from Fabric Bubb

Here up against the Meyer Lemon Pearl Bracelet print, you can see that Starfruit Domino Dot is a decidedly cooler tone.  Just what I needed!  I also bought the peach, a color that my Jade Princess quilt showed me can be tough to find, and the purple, since it's more of a true purple than most of mine.

Also in my FabricBubb order was a classic black stripe for bindings and more white dimple dot minky for baby quilt backs!

favorites, restashed from Lark Cottons

While I was evaluating my stash, I decided to repurchase two favorite fabrics, which aren't so easy to find anymore.  Fortunately, Lark Cottons had both this Running Stitch print, which is the most perfect shade of turquoise, and Snaps in Cream, which I fell in love with in the making of my Dogwood Blossoms quilt.  

quilting

I love that the Snaps is a tiny stripe, but actually reads as gray.

feeling inspired

The other day something I wore sent me scurrying to my fabrics to pull together this color scheme - lots of red with touches of pink, navy, royal blue and turquoise (hello, Running Stitch!).  It's such a pleasure and privilege to have a stash so that I can work immediately to sort out color inspirations when the mood strikes.

the rejects

I thought you might also like to see some fabrics that I considered, but removed from my stack.   Both fabrics in the upper left corner had another secondary color that I didn't want  (green leaves in one and dark pinky/purple stripes in the other).  This is pretty typical for me.  Little unwelcome details bug me, when it comes to colors in fabrics, unless I'm going for a clashy, scrappy, carefree look.  I guess that's why I buy so many helpful fabrics with simple, one color + neutral color schemes.  In fact, all of the fabrics that I just stashed are "helpful fabrics".  I think they make choosing and coordinating fabrics from different collections immensely easier. 

Alrighty then, back to work for me!  Thanks for stopping by. Before you go, I wonder if you've also found it hard to find cool yellows?  And, any quilty ideas for my red/navy/pink/turquoise fabric stack?

25 comments:

  1. Love all those fabrics! Just used the Heather Bailey one for a headband...

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  2. Great colors! I bet anything you make would be pretty with those. I think I would do a nautical theme for those fabrics. Something with crisp geometry countered with more flowing elements. I would probably finish a quilt like that by turning it and adding a rope cord for the "binding", then quilting it. In fact I might add that to my list now...

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  3. I love those domino dots fabrics. I've been contemplating them since the line released last week. Also, I saw that Snaps print this weekend and I should have picked it up!

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  4. Such a pretty stack! I'm seeing them as a bunch of dresden's on all white... but that's probably because i just did a tutorial for a star dresden! With so many pretty fabrics i'm sure that anything would look great!
    As for yellows, mine definitely fall into the warmer/golden yellows!

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    1. Aha! It's not just me on the yellows. I do really like warm yellows, probably prefer them if I had to choose, but I find it odd that cool yellows are so rare lately.

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  5. When you buy helpful fabrics for your stash how much of each do you buy?

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    1. Usually a half yard. But, when I restocked those 2 favorite prints, I got a yard each.

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    2. What about solids? I have none to speak of and am about to buy for the penny sampler. I would like to buy some extra to have at hand. What do you recommend?

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    3. Oh, good point! I always buy a yard of a solid. Or more for Kona Snow or Kona Oyster or Kona White.

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  6. I'm good with cool yellows! I use blueish yellows all the time. I like to pair it with deep teal and brown.

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    1. Ah, yes, I've seen that in your work! See, and I always like it. Yep I definitely I need cool yellows.

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  7. What pretty fabrics. I was at Wegman's today and thought of your post from yesterday. They are having a book signing by the author of LLama LLama and the Bully Goat. I don't have kids but went and looked it up on Amazon. Looks like a cute book.

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  8. oh, how i love those domino dots (i've been stashing them from my local quilt shops lately)! it's funny, i adore yellow and i adore cooler yellows even more. so much so that i might have more of those in my stash than golden yellows. denyse schmidt really knows how to do greenish yellows right.

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  9. I love seeing your pretty fabrics and the way you pull them together. I don't have very much of a stash yet, but I sure do feel inspired looking at yours. I have a hard time matching up fabrics that aren't in a collection together. Ha.

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  10. I agree about the yellow. I have lots of what I would call gold or golden yellow, but almost zero cool yellow. I also have very little true red and true green.

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  11. Our son's favorite color is gold, so I have a growing stash of gold/golden yellow fabric at the moment. I've never been a big fan of yellow, though, so it's only a color I purchase when the project needs it.

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  12. I have a hard time finding yellows and they are definitely the smallest section of my stash along with green. That pearl bracelet yellow is one of my favorites and I do tend to like warmer yellows, but I bought some of this domino dot too for the same reason :)

    I love your fabric stack, I've always been a big fan of pink and red together :)

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  13. I've only come to like yellow (of any description) recently so my stash is quite low on all kinds. I love how you pull your fabrics together. I don't usually start in on my stash until I have a specific project in mind, but I may try to do it the other way around.

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  14. I immediately thought of this Flying Geese Gone Wild quilt when I saw your stack. I really love how it combines two different sized geese and has some whimsy in how they are arranged. (and apparently some of your colors are similar) I really want to do something like this with a nautical theme for my son some day. Happy stashing!!

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  15. http://filminthefridge.com/2012/09/07/flying-geese-gone-wild/

    Ooops!! Forgot the link!!

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  16. Thanks for all the lovely fabric pictures. I love seeing new fabrics in real pictures. You can guess the color better than most shop fotos show.

    Best wishes
    Susanne

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  17. Such beautiful fabrics! I think my favorite tool beyond the sewing basics of my machine and such is probably my organizational containers. I feel so much better and am more productive when things are orderly.

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    1. It really makes me more productive too. When I spent all that time sorting triangles for this quilt, I knew I had to be more proactive!

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  18. Love the fabrics...I tend to like gold rather than yellows. Yes, harder to find.

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