Monday, June 1, 2015

Vignette

Do you subscribe to the Hawthorne Threads newsletter?   I do.  They include beautiful photographs of new fabric collections that make me feel almost like I'm getting to see the pretties in person.  Sometimes a photo collage sticks with me and I find myself thinking of the fabrics again and again, weeks later.  Then I begin to plot how I could get my sticky hands on it!  And that's exactly what happened with Vignette by Laura Gunn.

photo collage from Hawthorne Threads

I couldn't get these happy, vibrant colors and flowers out of my head, so last week I contacted Michael Miller to request a selection of my favorites.  They sent some yardage with the promise that I'd make and share a Vignette quilt.

 getting started with Vignette by Laura Gunn

Don't mind if I do!

getting started with Vignette by Laura Gunn

These fabrics are a garden in full bloom.  The colors are radiantly saturated, with a full spectrum of flowery shades.  But I have to admit that the fabrics threw me off a bit when they arrived.  In the past I have avoided Laura Gunn fabrics because they have such a strong painterly quality.  I'm drawn to them in isolation but find I don't feel comfortable mixing them with the rest of my stash.  I think they would mix well with batiks and solids, but not so much with the prints I tend to collect. 

I had originally planned to make a modern improv style quilt with these fabrics, but in person that idea didn't fit.  After brainstorming with my Patchwork Pinterest board, this pin inspired a Kansas Dugout-style quilt constructed without any y-seams. 

getting started with Vignette by Laura Gunn

Here we are so far.  The Kona Aqua background was inspired by my favorite photo in the original Vignette fabrics photo collage.  I'm trying to capture what I love about those photos in my quilt.  I see cream, aqua and clusters of color.  Hopefully, I'm on the right track...

19 comments:

  1. Oh you are definitely on the right track here. Those fabrics are really wonderful. I agree that the Hawthorne Theeads newsletter is wonderful. Lots of inspiration there.

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  2. I like this piece very much! I especially love the Kona aqua! Hawthorne Threads is a favorite - it's only 25 mintues from my house, but there is no retail offerred ... sometimes I just want to go to the warehouse and beg to be allowed in!

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  3. Hawthorne Threads is one of my favorite shops. I, too, love the introduction to new fabrics from their newsletters.

    The design on the board looks a good fit for Vignette. I like the round shape and the aqua background you chose. Interesting that the collection includes that orange fabric. Such a strong color and not one I that usually tempts me. Looking forward to the completed quilt top.

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  5. I love this quilt pattern and your use of Aqua as a background. What size are your blocks? Are the corners stitch and flip? I've been considering this quilt for my recycled shirts, but the link she referred too was more than I wanted to take on.

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  6. The Aqua was a perfect choice! Bravo! Looking good!

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  7. Agree.
    The aqua is such a great compliment to these colorful prints.
    Oh my, that one fabric, white aqua and dark red.... flowers bottom of photo 2 --- stunning!

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  8. Yes,certainly a gorgeous fabric range... the colours are great with your aqua! Loving the pattern you have chosen too... looking forward to seeing more!

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  9. Oh yes! Definitely on the right track!

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  10. It's coming along wonderfully! I agree with you about lines like this - sometimes it's hard to pair them up with other fabrics - but they are so gorgeous on their own! And I'm jealous - you just contacted Michael Miller to request a selection of your favorites? I'd be willing to make and share a quilt, too!!! LOL!

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  11. Oh my, I think I am smitten.

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  12. I also have this fabric haunting me. lol When I get some, I plan on making ANOTHER colorblock quilt. I think aqua would be perfect for the sashing! Yours looks wonderful so far!

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    1. You know, I thought (after the fact) that Colorbrick would have been a good choice. Do it, do it!

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  13. I love this fabric line, and the pattern you used. I am trying to figure out what pattern to use to accentuate the amazing colors in the line. You did a wonderful job with this tutorial. Thanks for sharing it.

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  14. What a coincidence! I completed a Kansas Dugout quilt using Vignette fabric last month and gifted it to my mother on Mother's Day (I even blogged about it, something I hardly ever do anymore. I was lucky to learn the Y-Seam technique from Rita at Sewtopia - but can appreciate the simplicity of not having to do the y-seams! I love your version with the aqua. The vignette fabric is so beautiful, I'm hanging on to my scraps for something special.

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