What are you working on today? I’m working on a 4 patch quilt. Yeah, I know it’s a simple design but sometimes ‘simple’ is just what the doctor ordered!
I’ve had these charm packs in my stash for a few weeks now and I couldn’t decide what to do with them. I’m not one of those people who likes to buy fabric just because it’s pretty. Well, I do, but I mostly resist the urge because I really don’t have any place to store it. So when I buy it, I try to use it as fast as possible… so I can buy more!
This is the Rue 1800 collection by 3 Sisters for Moda. I got it from Missouri Star Quilt Company at the beginning of March. Thank goodness I thought to order 2 packs otherwise this would be just a small quilt.
When I first ordered this fabric I had planned to use it the way I usually do. I’d match up lights and darks to be squares with a lot of color and contrast. But then I saw this quilt on another blog and it kinda changed my way of looking at things.
The way she combined her colors and prints makes her quilt look very charming and romantic. In fact, she named her pattern “Romantic Floral Lap Quilt.” Instead of high-contrast light-to-dark she matched up her fabrics tone for tone so rather than have a lot of in-your-face patches you still have the patchiness but there’s a softness that makes this quilt look very snuggly and inviting.
And this Rue 1800 charm pack is actually perfect for this project. There aren’t a lot of different base tones so there’s a lot of leeway for matching tone-to-tone and still getting those contrasting prints in there.
Anyway, my daughter picked up a book for me that talks all about the color wheel and how different choices, like tone and shade, can completely change the look of your quilt blocks. I’ll have to share it with you sometime.
In the meantime… other than face masks, what’s on your sewing table today?