There are so many fabrics I want to work with and turn into quilts. I do think - more than anything - the fabrics determine the design of the quilt. Like so many quilters, I have a constant love affair with fabrics - and my budget doesn't allow me to keep up with everything that I crush on. However, a good compromise are the precuts that several companies are doing. For example, there is a collection, Catnip by Gingiber, that has caught my eye despite the name of this collection.
Look at these variations on black and white and beige. I love the variation in scale as well as the designs. These four charm packs and a jelly roll (42 strips of 2.5" fabrics in the same collection) will make something terrific.
|Catnip by Gingiber|
Another collection I love is Fragile by Zen Chic. This collection is mostly black and white with a pop of bright yellow and a touch of turquoise. I used this collection to make a baby quilt for Cristina's new little nephew Helios - look at it here. I have already started making blocks. These to the left are 8.5" x 14.5" A layout could be subway-tile style or a straight stack. A neutral background could be used sparingly to calm down the bright yellow and dotted prints.
|Fragile by Zen Chic|
The third collection of fabrics is also by Zen Chic, German designer Brigitte Heitland. Obviously, I love her eye for design and scale. This fabric line is Modern Background *Luster* and is one I used for my stepdaughter Julie's guest room quilt - see it in this blog post from last August. Apparently I am not finished handling these fabrics. In this line its her tasteful use of both the gold and silver metallics as well as the white/grey/beige/grey/blacks.
|Modern Backgrounds *Luster* by Zen Chic|
|There is enough of these peppered shot cottons to make a full-size Trip Around the World.|
These are 9.5" blocks in the wonderful collection Aubade by Janet Clare, another favorite designer. I fell in love with this collection while I was working on a quilt for Cristina. These blocks could go onto a white, eggshell, or grey background - see the shelf of neutrals below.
So much pretty fabric. Can't wait to dive into one of these.
Stay tuned for Part Two - Spring and Summer Plans: Bags/Purses