My stash is not that big (no, no fabric hoarder here), but to start something new... well, I do have some to work with from my trips to the US, and some from here.
Started with a stack of 10"x10" fabric samples from folkloric costumes, samples of a curtain manufacturer. Yes bright. Yes happy. But with all the stripes, I needed a uni fabric with that. Nothing in my stash but black in uni. Not a happy combination.
This fabric from Akonye Kena has a great story. The fabric is made in Uganda and is the result of the work of Richard Kennair, who does not belief in the traditional ways of charity, but help the people in Uganda to help themselves by learning them to make and sell products locally and in the US, all under fair trade guidelines. I love this fabric. That's why I took the whole stack... However, for my purpose, I needed something brighter. Something more intense.
And just before I thought I would have to make a trip to my LQS, I found my box with Kaufman Kona uni fabric. I stocked some of their rolls in Houston in 2012 during sample spree. And these colors were just what I needed: a happy and bright New Classic Palette, with a uni Snow white with it. Love it for making a happy quilt!
Look at this! I can't wipe a smile of my face when I see this. And the sun shining in my quilt room, nothing can make me more happy...
Oh, eeeehhh...., design, I should have a design or something. Just the fabric won't do it. Well, thought about something, something like this. I do have patterns, but this time I didn't want a pattern. I want a happy quilt, fun and simple, bright enough to cheer me up. Ideas popping up, but definitely nothing difficult. Here we go, this is the design. ;-)
Numbered the fabric. And then found out that it was all medium, some dark. That way the colors would become dull, because of all the colors shouting. And when everybody shouts, nobody stands out. So time for some light fabrics in there. Had another New Bright Palette roll (thank you Robert Kaufman for sample spree!), picture on the side btw, don't know why.
These are the leftovers of the rolls to be used in other quilts. Apparently I am not a big fan of pink. Lot of pink going back in the box. Maybe I need to make a pink quilt once. Just to get my pink issue settled. I have more issues than Vogue, I think!;-)
So this is what I ended up with. Renumbering again, making sure that work order remains the same as planned. And with the lights in, the medium and dark ones are happier.
Here is the end result of playing with fabric and sorting out strips and color.
Next steps in next blog.;-) Finally quilting again!!!!
Have fun quilting,