Ready for more of the American Patchwork & Quilting Quilt-Along? (Click here if you missed last week’s post—there’s still time to join in the fun. We’re working on a quilt pattern you can find in the February 2014 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine on-sale now at quilt shops, newsstands, and digitally at allpeoplequilt.com/getdigital.)
To pick up where I left off last week, I chose a palette of taupes for my version of Tone It Down and then mixed in some brushed cottons to add variety to the mix. Once I’d pulled all the potential fabrics from my stash, I spread them out on a cutting mat to get a feel for the range of colors and to see if anything popped out too much. Remember, my self-imposed rule was to keep contrast to a minimum and use only what I had.
I sorted into “lights” and “darks” which was no small task given the drab tone of my entire selection. Here’s what I felt could work as my “darks.”
And here is my selection of “lights.”
Now it didn’t take long for me to notice that there are way more darks than lights, which speaks to a continuing problem in my stash saga. When fabric shopping (or as I like to call it, researching) I’m almost always attracted to rich, saturated colors in fabrics—the darker and richer the better—leaving me with a paltry number of lights in the mix. Note to self: buy more lights when stash building to round out the assortment of fabrics on hand. (Whew, I feel like I’ll be on a mission now to help myself build a better stash! Don’t you love it when a project designed to use your stash leads you to begin replacement therapy right away? Tough work, but someone’s got to do it. I’m in!)
Okay, back to the project at hand. Here are the few fabrics I kicked out of the mix.
What got them tossed out? Looking at the photo from dark to light, here are my reasons:
- Too dark and thus too much contrast.
- Too minty and bold, stood out like a sore thumb.
- This one looked like it should work, but in the end was too light to be a dark, and too dark to be a light. Stuck in the middle, this one stood out too much in the pile.
- Way too light and bright.
Once I put it all together, here’s my final fabric palette.
I’m ready to piece a block together and my plan is this: Two fabrics per block, contrast kept to a minimum without getting too mushy. My challenge? I’m not sure I can do it using only these fabrics. But, I’m excited at the prospect of trying. That’s the fun of the quilt-along…trying something new and seeing whether or not it works. If it does, great! If it doesn’t….well, there could be some great patchwork pillows for my son and husband in this mix. Stay tuned…
P. S. If you decide to join in—don’t forget to share! We’re so excited to see what everyone’s making as they quilt along! We created a hashtag you can use on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Simply hashtag any uploaded photos to your own social media sites with #APQquiltalong. That will make it easy for all of us to see what everyone is working on! I’ll be back to share my progress with you soon.
Now, check out these other Quilt Along participant’s blogs:
- Amy Ellis of Amy’s Creative Side, amyscreativeside.com. Amy’s planning to make a guy-worthy quilt, with a scrappy mix of blue, green, and gray fabrics.
- Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs, bunnyhillblog.com. A rich, vintage look in hues of beige, purple, and rusty brown is what Anne is seeking.
- Camille Roskelley of Thimble Blossoms, camilleroskelley.typepad.com. A scrappy, cheerful assortment of Bonnie and Camille prints ups the contrast.
- Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie’s Quilt Co., lavieenrosie.typepad.com. Carrie adds a French twist, working in a scrappy three-color palette of French General fabrics.
- Jane Davidson of Quilt Jane, quiltjane.blogspot.com. Jane’s version is all about text-ure—text prints mixed with solid-color wovens.
- Kimberly Jolly of Fat Quarter Shop, fatquartershop.blogspot.com. The big blocks pop when separated by colorful sashing on Kimberly’s quilt.
- Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings, lisabongean.com. Lisa turns up the volume with black backgrounds and cream and tan print patchwork.
- Lissa Alexander, modalissa.blogspot.com. Lissa shares her experience and tips about the process of making the featured version of Tone It Down.
- Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life, www.aquiltinglife.com A fan of primary colors and American Jane prints? Sherri’s version might be just what inspires you!
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