All my life I have watched trends. You know, the fashionable items that we all have to have. From shirts to shoes, watches to cockoo clocks, furniture to cars, cigarettes to quinoa... we all get led by the nose to refresh our acquisitions. I remember overhearing my mom talking with a friend in the 1970's. She was saying that bell bottom pants were going out of style, "Thank Goodness," she said. I silently left the room and cried. I loved my bellbottoms and couldn't bear the thought that due to an influence out of my control they would no longer be available. I decided then and there that I would keep mine and wear them even if they weren't in fashion! Of course I eventually moved on to other fashions but that feeling that I would hold onto what I liked stuck.
Fashion changes our eye and this happens in patchwork as well. We see the new fabric, we must have it, we must Make! It is before our eyes, enticing us and then...it is gone. This constant refreshing of newness might mean that some valuable fabrics get left behind because they are slightly different or because some fabrics just don't look good on the shelf. For example,these Kaffe Folk Art flowers. On bolts in a bay of fabrics they don't stand out. But when they are pulled out and mixed up with fabrics they really enable other fabrics to work together. They give just the right amount of pallet stimulation needed to get the stash working brilliantly.
The background colour is available in black, hot pink, french blue, lime green, white and red...all gorgeous. It is what I think of as a sleeper as the potential is there but slow to wake up. Then Carolyn did this...
It is a fabric that we are really enjoying as a stash stimulator. It just keeps bringing bits together. The other hotter than hot fabric that we are loving at the moment is the Marquee stripe. Thing is, I have always loved stripes. There is an urban myth that they are hard to cut but really, what is easier? Cut along or cut across a stripe and It just works brilliantly in so many ways.
We go to great pains to make string quilts.
Cutting and cutting, sewing and sewing...all to give the effect of string piecing. Then along comes Marquee Stripe and the work is done for us. The stripe gives us a colour pallet that works and the visual, graphic excitement to make our quilts come to life. Those stripe blocks are all from the same fabric! I tell you this but I hate to as it should be kept a secret so that we can use it all up without sharing. Ugh. I hate that I can't keep a secret. times up. k