When it came time to select a project for my Passion 48 challenge, I had two goals that were really important to me. First, I wanted to challenge myself to use mostly fabrics from my stash. Second, I wanted to select a quilt that would help me perfect quarter inch seams. Oh, and one more thing…I had to love this pattern since I would be spending one hour a week working on it for the entirety of 2013!
The pattern I finally decided on was Fabric Fusion by Bill Kerr and Weeks Ringle of Modern Quilt Studio that was featured in the February 2012 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting (see original quilt below). What intrigues me most about this quilt is the wide the eclectic combination of floral, traditional and modern prints that somehow work seamlessly together. I also love the clean lines and use of the skinny white sashing.
As a somewhat beginner/intermediate quilter, my fabric collection is not very eclectic (yet!). However, my stash did manage to surprise me! Ask anyone that knows me fairly well, and they will tell you that my favorite color palette is a combination of aqua, turquoise, and green. What I found when I started sorting through my stash was a large collection of prints in shades of pink, purple and eggplant. Has your fabric stash ever surprised you when you actually stand back and look at it?
I decided to start with one of my favorite prints from Tula Pink’s “Parisville” fabric line to help with my fabric selection. This print uses a red/pink and eggplant background, but I used the center dots in the eye drop shape to pull more colors from. Notice how I still managed to include some turquoise and green?! So far, the only fabric I will need to purchase will be the white sashing.
I can’t wait to start playing around with the placement of color and scale, but first will be lots of cutting, chain piecing and practicing my quarter inch seams. More on that to come!
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