When I first showed you my Crazy Patchwork, I talked about how co-ordinating fabrics to get the right combination, is not as easy as it looks. Some people are just naturally good at it, while others like me need more practise. Lots of you left comments saying that's why you buy fabric bundles, as it takes away all the hard work of figuring out the right combination of fabrics for each project.
Yesterday, I purchased a bundle of fat quarters, but only for the purposes of research:-) :-) I'm hoping that by analysing these fabrics, I'll be better able to choose fabric combinations that are pleasing to the eye. I'll be going back to the comments and re-reading in detail. I learnt so much just from reading your comments and thoughts on my crazy patchwork blocks.
- The Colorful Fabriholic - strong contrast and the extreme difference in value
- Sews N Bows - busyness of prints
- Seeing Art in a Different Way - practise with colours I do not like
- Crafty Tokyo Mama - the use, or not, of novelty prints in quilting
- Sheila Perl - light, dark and balancing fabrics
- Wonky Patchwork - the importance of the centre fabric
- Sandra Sews - similar colour saturation
16 fat quarters of Figures, by Zen Chick, for Moda Fabrics. As soon as I saw the bundle, I knew it was going to come home with me, even though I'd just popped into my local quilting store for a few small haberdashery items.
See the price and note how dedicated I am to improving my skills... LOL!!! Worth every cent!!! These fabrics are gorgeous.
I'm not sure what I'll make with them yet. Suggestions welcome!!! There's no way I can cut them into super tiny, irregular shaped pieces for crazy patchwork. Small pieces for zippered pouches, maybe.
That's the funny thing about quilting and patchwork. Already fabulous pieces of fabric are cut up into small pieces and sewn together to make even more fabulous fabric - possibly more fabulous than the original.
I already have yardage of the fabric on the right - Figures Linen Numbers. It's not linen fabric, though. There's just something that appeals about text fabric. Hopefully soon you'll see a garment made with this fabric. I have a pair of boys board shorts cut out, waiting to be sewn up.
Wish me luck with my research...