Pretty in Pink, part 1

As a kid, I’d never wear pink unless coerced. As a quilter, I’m learning to love pink. Deep fuschia prints and hot pink batiks? Yup, I will use them, usually juxtaposed alongside turquoise and orange.

But pale, soft pinks are a departure for me. I started a quilt in January using soft pink, lilac, blue and green, and I’m really loving it… hmm, where are those quilt blocks? I should dig those up… but that’s another story…

I ended up in Vancouver over the august long weekend, and of course, found a fabric store. I started picking out blues and greens, but discarded the pile once I laid eyes on the cutest mushroom cotton print! Somehow it spoke to me. Really. In hushed tones.

I pulled out the bolt (called mushroom march in coral, Arcadia, Sarah Watson for cloud nine), and on the same shelf found coordinating prints – some from Cloud Nine, one from Flea Market Fancy. In the shop, I tried to mix in pale blue and grey prints, but the fabrics in the shop did not quite work. So I bought the 4 pink prints from Spool of Thread, and made my way back to Toronto.

Shop your Stash! So I did, and found dozens of prints that could work. Blue, grey, yellow, more pink, lots of neutrals and some low volume prints… yummy.

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I am a little uncertain about the deeper pinks, but overall, I like this palette. The decision to use cream, beige and grey together surprised me… but maybe not… I’ve spent many years in educational institutions – and those colours are so practical, not so?

Well, my palette is chosen. what about a pattern?

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(Pink) Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend

Now that the madras plaid quilt is gone, I felt the need to comb through my very extensive stash. I’ve been collecting fabric for a very special quilt for about 18 months now. These are soft, delicate prints in pastel shades that are not quite my normal quirky, bright palette of colours.

IMG_2396But change is good, right? My last two purchases have gotten me to a point where I think I have enough to get a quilt going. I recently acquired the last few yards of a gorgeous soft pink and white diamond pattern from Michael Miller line  (“textured basics” by Patty Young). I’ve decided to use this in the backing, as it’s beautifully modern, and will offset whatever quilt top I end up creating. IMG_2387

After a visit to 3 Gals and a Quilt Shop in Huntsville, ON, a few weekends ago, I also picked up some delicate fat quarters in dark green, plum, lavender and blue-grey…. from Windham Fabrics and Henry Glass and Co. I also have prints from Northcott, Robert Kaufman, Free Spirit, Maywood Studios, as well as Kona Solids and textured basics from Northcott and Free Spirit.

I’ve gone ahead and separate the piles into 4 groups – whites, pinks, green/blues and neutrals… now to figure out a quilt pattern!

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Vienna Calling

I. Love. Vienna.

Ask me if I saw any old monuments or wonderful buildings. Nope. I went shopping on the MariaHilferStraße, a great shopping street that was close to the hotel. Up and down. For 6 hours. With ice cream pit stops (for energy). It was wonderful!

I found a great fabric store (komolka), and picked up a few fabrics. This (together with the traditional dirndl fabric I found in Reid last week) should satisfy my stash, I hope. My wallet is not so happy… purchasing fabric in euros is a bit difficult.

The basket below contains half metres of traditional dirndl fabric. The green edelweiss print is so quintessentially Austrian. I hope to include these fabrics in a future quilt.

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Here’s an odd collection of prints for various projects I have in my head, including a Richard Scarry inspired quilt (cars and trucks and things that go!) for Marco, who is almost three and has a serious need for speed 😉
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This is a great modern Italian print on heavy cotton. The shot below this photo provides more detail.
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Finally, this is the craziest fabric I’ve ever purchased. €26 per metre, and worth every cent, it’s 150cm wide and sewable – feels a bit like a leather. I’m not exactly sure what I’m going to do with it, but it’s just so cool.
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StashShots: Shopaholics R Me: Fabric Spot

Today’s post is brought to you by the letter G for Geek. I’m a bit geeky, and love anything that reminds me my school days – science labs, math equations, technical drawing, etc. So, imagine my joy when I discovered Fabric Spot at the Creativ Festival in April. I’ve been coveting Architextures for some time, and eagerly picked up a bunch of fat quarters. Not too sure if the dark print is from the same line… I think it is…

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Then I spotted it – from Rebeka Ginda’s Robotic line – a print called “the Lab”. An organic cotton with the cutest science lab drawings! Pricey? For sure, but had to have it. I think it works nicely with a pack of Noteworthy (Sweetwater for Moda) charm squares that I picked up at Hamel’s. I could mix these low volume prints with some solids for a cute baby quilt.
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StashShots:Shopaholics R Me: Around the World inspiration

I’ve raved in the past about my coveted African prints collection, and my constant struggle to cut into the fabric. I’ve since incorporated African prints into 2 quilts, and a star block that will eventually become a throw pillow. The colour is so vibrant, and the prints blend well with batik. This visit to Kallisti Quilts at Creativ Festival, I bought one blue African print, and a bundle of Japanese prints. No plans for them yet…

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StashShots: Shopaholics R Me: Solid Bundles

More stash shots. I discovered Hyggeligt at my first creativ festival, thanks to Sandra. I fell in love with their collection of Amy Butler and Kaffe Fassett. This year I added two new bundles of… wait for it… SOLIDS to my collection. I’m collecting Oakshot for a special quilt I’m planning, and can only afford Fat Eighths. The jewel tones are simply fabulous, and very masculine in feel.

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The second bundle I purchased was a Rowan Fat quarter bundle of woven solids. Such a soft, delicate palette, really pretty. Pickles clearly liked it, or at least the tag 😉

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She manages to clip off such straight strips… if I could get her to do this with fabric, I could give up my rotary cutter 😉

The Rowan bundle is so beautiful, I know I’m gonna wanna hoard it. I recently came across a color story in a recent copy of HGTV magazine which has me thinking “quilt!”. Check it out below, isn’t it scrumptious? And most of those colours are in the Rowan bundle…

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StashShots: Shopaholics R Me – Part 2

So, I’m no stranger to colour, that’s for sure. I have been promising myself that I will dutifully upload pix of my purchases from Creativ Festival 2013 in Mississauga. I started doing this so I don’t buy the same fabric twice, or so I can check to see what I’ve bought previously that might work with that new bolt of something wonderful that I’ve just found in the store, or just to jog my memory when I’m looking for fabric for a new project. It’s not fool proof, but it works so far. My blog is also my electronic stash 😉

I have a weakness for batik. The first batch I picked up in the FQ bin at Sew Sisters, and the second set below were half metres from Hamel’s. They are my favourite sources for affordable batik.

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The fat quarters below are from Sew Sisters – I’m slowly building a bin of fat quarters with patterned fabric that reads as a solid colour for a particular project. These have been squirreled away in that bin.
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These were some yummy jewel toned prints from log cabin yardage (I think)… or was it fabric spot?
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That’s it for now. Soon I will upload some shots of Rowan solids and oak shots that I snapped up!

Shopaholics R Me

on the way home from work on Friday, I stopped off at the Creativ Festival show, for a little retail therapy.

Here’s a quick snap of some of my loot from Sew Sister, Hamels, Fabric Spot, Kallisiti Quilts, log cabin yardage and Hyggelit. I will share some close ups soon from each of these retailers. it was a lousy day for photos, although I had everything piled up on the window sill ready to go, just in case a little sun peeped through. No luck today…

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A Visit to Sew Sisters

One of the reasons I love visiting Sew Sisters is all the interesting folks who pass through. This wonderful woman was kind enough to show me her patchwork quilt embellished with hand embroidery – she called it Memories, and many of the fabric bits had small emblems embroidered onto them to represent memories of her life. Truly inspiring!

I love talking with the staff, they are incredibly knowledgeable. As a newbie quilter, I sometimes feel like I should be following some sort of quilting path, and it’s helpful to know that I’m allowed to like everything, and can try different things. After chatting with Jeannie and Judy, I started browsing around, and on a whim, I did pick up several subtle prints to start a quilt for mum. This is a deviation for me, as I’m always drawn to bold bright, very modern, graphic prints. I started with two white prints with flower bunches that are so soft and pretty, and I have no idea what I’m going to do with them! I’m mixing in soft pastel pinks and lilacs, and blue and green for some contrast. My stash has yielded a pale pink and deep pink Kona solid that will compliment nicely, but NOTHING else from my stash fits the palette. Why am I not surprised? 😉

Here is a list of fabrics collected so far:

  • Rose bouquet ivory – French Hatbox by Tanya Whelan for FreeSpirit
  • Plum geometric – Molly’s Meadow Group fron Henry Glass & Co
  • Pale Lilac with scroll motif – unknown
  • Pink Geo Squares – Wellesly Collection by Ro Gregg for Northcott Fabrics
  • Bright Pink – Kona cotton by Robert Kaufman
  • Baby Pink – Kona cotton by Robert Kaufman
  • Floral Pink – Rhapsody in Bloom from Maywood Studio
  • Heavenly Peace – Carnation Evergreen – Verna Mosquera’s collection for FreeSpirit
  • Light Teal – Blooming colors – Benartex
  • Roses – white – Rhapsody in Bloom from Maywood Studio

I love those huge bunches of pink roses in the background. Now that I look at it, I think I will need another blue or green as well, and will have to source a taupe/grey to round things out, as there’s an awful lot of pink! The deep Kona pink reads almost fluorescent in this shot, I may have to rethink it, but it will stay for now. I’m well aware that the stash could read as two different quilt palettes (bottom vs top half), but I think that’s half the fun. Now to come up with a pattern to match it.

Here are some of the digital swatches for comparison: