|The Chosen Colorway|
First concern: I don't want the finished quilt to look too juvenile, which could happen if the colors are all too bright and pure. Yet I don't want it to be sombre and dreary, either. Solution: the background is going to be the darkest, inkyest purple that I can find, like if the Amish wore purple, this is the purple they would wear. But the geese are going to be lighter/brighter so they kind of glow and float against the dark background.
Second concern: If I'm not excited enough about the design, I am much, MUCH less likely to actually get the quilt finished -- EVER -- let alone in time for the Quillow Ceremony in June. The piecing of this quilt is just as straightforward if I'm working with three solid color fabrics as it is if I'm playing with tints and shades...
So here's where I am with the design right now:
|Now I Am Starting to Get Excited!|
So, how do I pull this off in real life? Well, looking at my Kona Solids color chart, I selected Kona Midnight Purple for that background fabric:
|Kona Solid in Midnight Purple, on Amazon here|
|Gelato Ombre in Chartreuse|
|Gelato Ombre in Olive Garden|
|Evening Ombres in Ocean|
|Gelato Ombre in Ocean Blue|
And yes, I know I could just select seven different blue fabrics and seven different shades of the yellow-green to achieve a similar effect, but I like the effect of the colors gradually deepening WITHIN each patch rather than each patch being slightly darker than the patch before.
As I've lamented to y'all before, my nearest "local" source for a decent selection of high quality quilting cottons is an hour and a half round trip, or worse if I time it so that I get stuck in rush hour. I know I have seen a few ombre fabrics there in the past, but I don't remember it being an extensive collection so it's really hit or miss that they'll have what I'm looking for.
Well, I do have a bit of a shopping list accumulated:
- I need to find and purchases a replacement green fabric for the leaves on my remaining Frankenwhiggish Rose applique blocks. I need a tattoo on my forehead that says "ATTENTION FABRIC SHOP: PLEASE SELL ME TWICE AS MUCH FABRIC AS I THINK I NEED BECAUSE IT'S ALWAYS DISCONTINUED BY THE TIME I RUN OUT!"
I Did Not Buy Enough of This Fabric Back in 2014, and Now I Am Punished!
- I need the blue inner border/binding fabric, Kona Solid in Denim or something similar, for my pineapple log cabin quilt
I've Been Joining These Blocks Into Rows Intermittently...
...But I Haven't Yet Purchased the Blue Inner Border Fabric
- I need a backing fabric for my pineapple log cabin quilt, too.
So that probably warrants a journey down to Sew Much Fun, don't you think? Today and tomorrow it's their End of the Month/End of the Bolt Sale, 25% off any regular priced fabric if I buy whatever's left on the bolt. The dark purple and the pineapple quilt backing are each going to be over 10 yards of fabric, and check out this photo from their shop that they just posted on their Facebook page a few minutes ago:
|This Fabric Is Waiting for ME at Sew Much Fun!|
But first, I'm linking up with:
- · Midweek Makers at
- · Needle and Thread Thursday at