In which I show off my in-progress Mendocino Mod Times quilt. I wish I were a faster sewist, but I’m just not.
Anna Maria Horner is a very well loved fabric designer, and when I look at her prints I often wonder what on earth I’m missing. Because I don’t like her fabric. I look at this collection and I see garish on the left and bland on the far right. And the only print I really unabashedly love is the blue one second from the right on the top row, and I like the one just to its left and the purple versions just below. The rest? Meh.
And yet, I own these fabrics. In fat quarters only, I didn’t buy more, but I still own them, because when I see them in use… god are they fantastic. I think of, say, this quilt from Film in the Fridge. Or this diamonds quilt from from the blue chair, which uses both palettes from the Innocent Crush line. Or this disappearing nine-patch from A Little Red Ribbon. Or deconstructed down to a postage stamp quilt.
I love all those quilts (and several others besides, which I wish I would have marked as favourites on Flickr back when I’d seen them) even though none of the fabrics really speak to me on their own. I think AMH has a great sense for colours, even when I don’t like the way she’s put them together, because once they’re in use, they somehow turn into something better than they are on their own.
Another designer like that (for me, obviously) is Jay McCarroll, in particular his recent line Habitat. If you look at the swatches here, I’d be hard pressed to say I really like any of them. The green leaf print is fine, and the dots are fine. But put into use? Wow, is it ever a fun line. Look at this postage stamp/pixel quilt (which is helped of course by that gorgeous green and the pink binding) or this garden fence beginning or Oh, Fransson‘s Mod Sampler take on it. I’m doing my best not to buy fabric I don’t need right now, but the new quilts I’m seeing using this line makes me want to buy it for someday, just in case.
(I wish I knew how to make those mosaic things people often do for blogs, so I could have put the pictures in small at least directly on here, but I got bored trying to figure it out the one time I went looking for info. First world problems. Maybe someday.)
It’s getting to be an embarrassingly long time since I last posted. I’ve just not been in the mood to craft very much. Anyway,
I’m having a lot of issues with Windows Live Movie Maker, so I uploaded this directly to YouTube and used their editor, which is difficult and frustrating and didn’t let me put in a title card.
A mish-mash of fabrics for Fabric Friday. This was a sight-unseen grab-bag of “fresh” coloured fabrics I bought from Hawthorne Threads, which is one of my favourite places online to buy fabric. I’ve always liked the majority of what I’ve gotten in the scrap bundles (which are made of scrap pieces and bolt ends and random fat quarters and so on), but there’s not a print in this group that I actually care to use.
Most of it I don’t recognize, but the pink print on the far left is an Anna Maria Horner voile from the Little Folks line. The sunglasses are an Echino print, on a linen/cotton blend, which I don’t like working with. The one print I really like is the bird print next to the Echino, which is Starling from Alexander Henry (but I still can’t see myself using it). I like the colours in the Robert Kaufman print from Vera’s Garden (which is to the right of the Starling fabric), but again I can’t see myself using it. And the novelty camper vans are neat, but again not something I’m likely to use.
I’ve had this sitting around while I thought about what to do with it. I think I’m going to split this into two bundles and then when I hit my 50th Talk to Me Tuesday video (I just did #45, so 5 to 10 weeks away), I will do a give-away with two winners.
In which I talk about art that I’ve bought – two acrylic paintings on wood by Liese Chavez (and the cute illustration she included) – and a lovely bag I won in a giveaway from Sonnet of the Moon.