Friday, April 1, 2016

peach distraction

I adore peach.  And the funny thing is that I'm pretty sure in my youth I disdained it.  I think I used to associate it with all things dated, back before I knew that there is no such thing as a bad color (no such thing!).

peach with dusty colors (source)

Earlier this week I was craving something new, some patchwork I could throw around just for the fun of it that wouldn't require a design-wall, and I had so much trouble making up my mind.  A picnic quilt based on this blue/green stashed backing?  A brighter picnic quilt to match my home dec backing scraps?  Or should I start work on a new class project?  Or just reign myself in to those curtains I need to make?

peach distraction

I chose these fabrics for a maybe picnic quilt...

Then, before bed, it occurred to me to make a simple quilt from Kingwell's book Quilt Lovely with peach as the background color, instead of low volume.

peach distraction

Sold.  Settled.  Gathering new fabrics first thing in the morning!

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peach distraction

And cutting.  An chain piecing.  Blissfully distracted by peach.

22 comments:

  1. Beautiful, and a great idea. I am often overwhelmed when I walk into my sewing these days - can't settle on anything, and then I just turn around and walk out, nothing of significance accomplished. ugh. Can't wait to see your accomplishment!

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  2. Oh, so perfect for spring. I can't wait to see what this turns into.

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  3. Always intrigued by your fabric color combinations.....

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  4. I just love those little stacks :-). I'm wondering if you chose your colors based on that floral?

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    1. I didn't choose colors based on any one print, more collaboratively based on a number of prints I was drawn to. After I photographed the fabrics in this post I ended up eliminating the Bluebird birds (too large scale) and a pumpkin orange print. I've also added in some scraps that appealed to me! I guess I was heading towards dusty blues, aqua, golden yellow and misc. multi-colored florals in my fabric selections.

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  5. Oh this is going to be pretty! I am not particularly drawn to peach but wow! The block you made is so lovely. That's a great book, isn't it?

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  6. oh, pretty! i love how you used peach in jade princess. i bet it will be equally lovely here.

    funny that you thought of peach as being dated. i guess that shows our slight age difference! when i was in middle school (mid-eighties), peach was fresh and trendy. totally my color back then and that's what it still reminds me of. so in a way, to me it's dated because it's connected to a time in my life. and although it hasn't been my favorite for years and years, i do still like it. i think you're right about no bad color. (except i'm still not sold on marsala as a lead color!) jane brocket says it's all about context to her. i think you've hit on the reason in our youth so many of us don't like certain colors - they're dated, or were to our young selves. i used to hate all the colors that were "just before my time", those avocados and citrus and earthy tones of the late sixties/early seventies. now, of course, i adore them in their place! partially because they remind me of that time, which i no longer disdain.

    i love how you always get me thinking of color. =)

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    1. Thanks for sharing this perspective, Hydee. Yes, color is so much about context. Like you said, I used to dislike the colors that came before my time. My trendy youth was the 90's so I used to dislike neon colors and peach/green combos, etc. Once, when I was about 8 and leggings were what everyone wore, I told my mother I would never wear bluejeans in my life. HAHAHAHA! The naivete of the young.

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  7. Hi Rachel! Your photos are again so beautiful! Good decision - this is going to be enjoy for you to make and fun for the pic nics! I didn't like peach colour but it is now part of my new project. I shouldn't think new quilts now because busy summer season begans in the hotel, but two days ago I just had to put some charms on the design wall and now I can't stop playing with the colours and arrangements. x Teje

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  8. Just beautiful. I always love your fabric pulls. You have a gift. I'm like others with peach. Not a favorite but it looks lovely with what you've pulled and lately I've been drawn to it. As you said no color is a bad color. Can't wait to see the finished product. It will be fantastic!

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  9. Rachel, I love the pile.
    I have been making a bundle of orange peach blue and aqua. Not sure where I am going but my fabric mountain up stairs in the spare room.... lots of gems.
    Have fun with this.
    I am always working on many projects. Hey, I am a multitasker, I like it that way.
    Happy Week-end.

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  10. Peach. I love it too. Yup, the 1980s were all about peach and grey. But peach, especially (for me) mixed in with coral, apricot, mango...yumyumyumyumyum.

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  11. Peach! One of my favorite colors! Your work will be beautiful, as always!

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  12. Maybe you have to be of a certain age to appreciate peach. I didn't like it when I was young either. It was too orange and I didn't appreciate orange either. My son's favorite color is orange and I've come to appreciate it - now I see the pink in peach and I love it!

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  13. Peach is one of the very best colors! It's already looking perfectly peachy with your fabric pull Rachel and I can't wait to see the quilt top you create!

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  14. I enjoy your new peachy combos ~ ~ and am amused since I have a peach/raspberry something forming in my mind. I have not pulled any fabrics yet because I don't know where it's going, but I'm positive it will have peach and raspberry whatever it becomes!

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  15. Lovely, wish I had your fabric selection talent....😀😀 you are amazingly talented. Love and hugs Sue UK xx

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  16. So much fun to see all those colours together! It really helps if you take photo's like you explain in one of the answers. Peach reminds me to of the time my children were young, lots of peach back then, a happy time. I enjoyed reading your post and the comments. I'm curious how your quilt will look like.
    Groetjes
    Annemieke

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  17. Peach is so lovely and this quilt will be too, I know it :)

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