Monday, December 22, 2014

enter Mobius

You know, I don't think I do a lot of random fabric shopping.  Of course that's relative, but when I think of how often I sew and how much I use my fabric...  well I don't very often buy fabric on a whim.  But last time I was doing some shopping, replenishing my supply of that Sweetwater text print and buying some Christmas surprises for Aria, I came across two very striking stripes at The Intrepid Thread...

Mobius Stripe palettes

These are Mobius stripes from Jeni Baker's Geometric Bliss collection.  On left is the Cool color palette and on right is the Warm one.  I couldn't figure out which color palette I liked most, though I tried at first to settle on just one!  I love the soft, cool, pastel-like tones. They're unusual for me, but feel so right at this time of year.  I love them for their wide, bold, color-outside-the-lines personality and for those cute, black flower-blobs too.  I just felt so drawn to these, and I had to have them both.

Mobius Stripe palettes

Okay, so if I was going to go all crazy-like and buy a multicolor print (TWO multicolor prints) for no reason, I'd better go ahead and think of a reason.  Oh, I know... a quilt!  Bet you didn't see that coming.  Into my bag went a mishmash of stripes also from The Intrepid Thread.  I'm thinking an all stripes and solids quilt!  Maybe I can use both mobius stripe prints in the same work, but keep the color palettes divided somehow.  Hmm....

From left: Bungalow Stripes MaizeCitrus Small Stripe Citrus, Citrus Small Stripe Aqua, Bungalow Stripes LavenderTerra Australis Blue, Calendar Vanilla Splash.

Mobius Stripe palettes

At home I've used each mobius stripe print as a color guide, pulling stripes from my stash to accompany the new stripes from The Intrepid Thread.  Pretty, right?

Mobius Stripe palettes

Now I think I like the warm palette more, but I don't know...  Still thinking I'll try to use them both together, but as distinct entities in one quilt. 

Mobius Stripe palettes

I'll add in Kona solids, like these new colors charm squares and various solids from my scrap drawers. Maybe it'll turn into something rather interesting.  I have a feeling this one is going to be good! 

It's actually such a treat to make a quilt "for no reason".  Not for a pattern.  Not for a class.  Not for a friend or relative or even my kids.  This one is just for the process.  Hurray!

16 comments:

  1. Have you thought of making a quilt top using the warm colors and a separate one using the cool colors and then assembing them as two sided quilt. Whatever your mood is just put that side up.

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  2. Why not a two-sided quilt? One side is cool, and the other side is warm? [Lots of work but you can change your mood by flipping it.]

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  3. once you pulled all those other stripes, it really started looking like you. i'm certain you'll come up with something brilliant!

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  4. Lovely fabrics and colors. I know you will make something amazing.

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  5. I love the stripes! I'm really drawn to the cool colors along with those you've added to round them out. I'm sure you'll come up with a unique design with both color ways. Merry Christmas! A present to yourself.

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    1. Oh, you're right! A present to myself =) Fabric and time to sew are some of the best presents!

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  6. I like your idea. Hurry up and get it done! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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  7. I love reading your blog for a lot of reasons but mostly to see your fantastic color combos. Thanks for your warmth and inspiration.

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  8. That Mobious Stripe was one of the first things to catch mt eye in that collection...I love the colors and the scale of them! It will be fun to see how you turn them into something just for fun :)

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    1. Hi Rachel! Looks most beautiful, fun and interesting! I wonder how the green is missing again as so often. Looking for to see what pattern your create. Merry Christmas! x Teje

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  9. I love that print too! Can't wait to see what you make!

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  10. Don't know why my comment appeared like reply. x Teje

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    1. I knew what you meant =) Both of the prints have a really pale mint green that I'm enjoying. I do love my greens!

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  11. Good eye! Those colors are beautiful! :) Have fun, and Merry Christmas!

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  12. I love the colors in that Geometric Bliss fabric (both colorways, although I'm more drawn to the cool jewel tone one). What I haven't been able to decide is if I like the scale. I'm sure you'll turn it into something lovely... looking forward to it!

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  13. I love the mobious stripes, and I can hardly wait to see what you come up. Unfortunately, for me, those multicolored stripes are always hard to work up. I love them, but it's hard to find the right inspiration.

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