For this quilt, I wanted to use some of the Jason Yenter Floragraphix fabrics, which I'd purchased at bargain prices some time ago. I'd wanted to use it for ages, but none of the previous projects seemed quite right.
Although I have quite a few fabrics from the collection, the two main ones I wanted to work around are these ........
The top fabric will be used for the large patches and the leaf fabric for the side setting triangles. The pattern needs five fabrics in all, so I chose three more to co-ordinate. How nice to take all the fabrics from one collection and know the colours will work beautifully together! My focus then, is to get all the patterns to blend well together.
I did the colouring-in mock ups using only the 3 main colours - red/green/white - changing only the colour combinations of the 4 patches and sashings. It's amazing how different each one looks, considering all the colours are the same.
Totally confused (as usual) I made up sample 4 patches in four different combinations stuck them on my design wall.
What I was looking for was a very 'blended' effect.
Take a look through a block viewer to check out the results............
Ok, enough messing around - make a decision!
Having finally decided on the red/white combo, I then set about choosing a sashing colour. I got it down to six which I like (sigh). All this fabric choosing can take me days but it's time to move on. I'll decide on the sashings and cornerstones later.
ONE OF THESE IS NOT LIKE THE OTHER.............
You would think, by now, I'd have a clue. Yes, disaster has struck! All the 4 patches sewn, pressed, fanned and trimmed and time to sew them onto the large square. I cut my 7 x 4 1/2" strips and happily sewed away and ended up one strip short! Uh Oh. 8 orphan 4 patches and no fabric left. Re-doing the maths, the 7 strips should have been enough - what went wrong?
After tearing, truing and slicing off bits for mock-ups my main fabric ended up a tad shorter than 42" wide. What to do???
A shift in attitude turns a disaster into a challenge. There were lots of options once I gave it some thought. I could use a different fabric from the collection and scatter the 8 'creative' blocks throughout the quilt to add interest (similar to what I did when I ran short of blue in Project 2). Or I could unpick half the 4 patches and add them to a different fabric - it would all blend in quite nicely - the beauty of having lots of fabrics from the one collection. Or I could make a new set of 4 patches, set them with a different fabric and make the quilt bigger!
I did, however, have a piece of the focus fabric in a different colourway - all greens.
I sewed the 8 orphan 4 patches to this fabric, then stuck them discreetly amongst the red/green blocks on the design wall. They blended in beautifully and were barely noticeable.
I could get away with this I think
Hang on! Only last week I did a workshop which involved colouring in on fabric. Hmmmmm. It's worth a shot!
Ok, so the colours aren't an exact match, but I think I'll get away with it. Shhhhh - don't mention it and nobody will notice.
The coloured in blocks mixed in with the original blocks - I've coloured red, purple and pink bits - can you pick them out?
Many thanks to Helen Stubbings, for teaching me fabric colouring (and back-stitch) - the timing was perfect!
You can visit Helen's website HERE