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...
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.
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 Maize, Citrus Small Stripe Citrus, Citrus Small Stripe Aqua, Bungalow Stripes Lavender, Terra Australis Blue, Calendar Vanilla Splash.
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?
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.
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!