Why are there so many songs about rainbows?

September 7, 2011

So here’s what I have a hard time with. . . as a relatively new quilter – it’s hard for me to move away from fabric lines. You know what I’m talking about? Like if you buy the whole fabric line and put it in the quilt then you’ll know it will all work. You don’t have to worry about clashing and things turning out funky.

Where do I turn to. . . .well lets go the color wheel my fellow quilting peeps.

Color Wheel

One of my many projects besides making every quilt in Mrs. Fransson’s book is to make other quilts that I love and adore. I haven’t venture out in making my own pattern unless you count the Kona solid challenge (and lets face it – that wasn’t too original) One of the main reasons is that I’ve got too many things on my plate to try to figure a quilt out. . if you know what I mean. Maybe next year I’ll start being a contender, but since I’m a newbie I’ll just sit on the sidelines and cheer my fellow quilters on.

So back to the color wheel and moving away from entire fabric lines. . . .

I’ve added to my list of quilts that I must do is the (drum roll please):

Swim, Bike, Quilt

Yeah I really loved how Kate, Lee, and Faith quilts turned out. So of course I get super jealous and want one for myself!!! But if you don’t hang out with me in person and you only know me from this blog – then you don’t know that I way over tapped my budget on fabric in July and August. So I can’t just go out and buy fabric for this. . . . . I must shop my stash. And what do you know. . I’ve got tons and tons! Namely this awesome Art Gallery fabric that I bought from market in the spring.

Sample Spree shopping

(bottom two stacks)

But if you notice that it’s leaning more towards the girly-girly colors and I can’t have a super girltastic quilt.

1. I’m not a girly-girly and
2. My husband will roll his eyes and complain how much estrogen is flowing out of the quilt

So I’ve gotta look at the color wheel and shop my stash and come up with good pairs for each color any suggestions??? And my first attempt at moving away from a entire fabric line . . kind of scary.

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  • Reply Melinda September 7, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    You know, I did the exact opposite. I only started quilting in November, and I quickly had the tendency to use what I liked and ignore lines. I have only recently started purchasing specific lines, but even then I’m ornery about it! I purchased fat quarters of Heirloom by Joel Dewberry and purposely went through each pattern and picked the one I liked the best. I ended up with 5 of one colorway and 5 of another but so what? I like it!

  • Reply Katie B September 7, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    I agree–it’s intimidating! But you can do it. Just trust your instincts. Make it work! (sorry…just got done watching Project Runway.)

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