Playing with paint from someone else’s palette can be fun and exciting!
Do you ever think of fabric like paint? Fabric and paint share variety, richness and the ability to be blended together. The blending of the paint colors is easy, but fabric colors blend a bit differently. It is the eyes’ job and the brains’ job to make the fabric colors blend to tell the whole story. I think that makes blending color by playing with fabrics more complicated, but also more fun!
The internet has changed the way quilters play with color and choose fabrics. We can follow our favorite designers on Instagram and Facebook. We have the opportunity to see a vast arrange of inspiration, rather more than just what is in our own backyard. We now have access to whole lines of fabric that are sold together in tidy little bundles or color or texture. You are promised almost perfect results when using those little bundles of color together in one project, too.
Let me illustrate how the process has changed and what the results are ( Warning – This thought process is highly generalized and will fail to shock you) :
A Quilters Story
Long ago, in a land not so far away, Ma decided to use up the huge pile of scraps she had accumulated from dress scraps, flower sacks, and old shirts to make a beautiful new bed quilt. Every piece she used was special, thick with memories, and had a perfect place in the lovely new quilt. The quilt became a beloved family heirloom and it looked something like this.
Not so long ago, Sis decided she would make a quilt. But Sis worked in a very different way. She purchased an adorable little bundle of fabric from her Local Quilt Shop. Each piece she used was special because of work the artist who had designed it had put into it. With each step she celebrated her love for the designers style and how that style augmented her own style, and the style of her family.
She went to town cutting and sewing. Her fabric looked like this:
Her finished quilt was equally beautiful. It was made of fabrics that spoke to her of her love of beauty, and it matched her lifestyle and her personal aesthetic.
What do you think?
The two quilts are beautiful, but different. What is your preference? Do you like Scrappy Quilts? Do you mix lines of fabric?
P.S. This post was inspired by a beautiful stack of fabric curated by an adorable customer. I found it really inspiring and a fresh combination of colors.