Monday, July 29, 2013

More Shopping

I have been spreading the wealth all over recently -- a few fat quarters from here, a few fat quarters from there... every shop has its own speciality. Early last week I was in Newmarket at The Quilt Store to fill in the rest of my fabric palette for BFF, which I'll show soon. Then on Friday I went up to Quilter's Cupboard in Uxbridge because I needed some very light traditional-style blues for my Hourglass quilt. Here they are already washed and cut:


I did not want to buy fabric for the Hourglass quilt, but I ran out of lights before I used up all the darks. Plus, the whole thing had so much gold and brown that it was starting to feel syrupy, so I thought the light blue would perk it up. It looks nice with this old dusty pink floral I had:


The vast majority of the fabrics in this quilt are busy, high contrast fabrics, and I am starting to realize that these low contrast lights are going to end up being very important in the final assembly. Here's a variety of lights with the same dusty pink floral:


Isn't it interesting how the two, almost solid, blue fabrics stand out? Even though the middle one on the bottom is almost white:


It will be interesting to see how it all comes out in the end. Despite my best efforts to predict, I think it will still be a surprise! This batch brings the Hourglass Ticker up to 353, so I'm on a roll. :)

10 comments:

  1. I love how fabric can look so different when you change up what's next to it! Always very fascinating.:)

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    1. I know Audrey, it never gets boring, does it? Thanks for dropping by!

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  2. you certainly enjoyed spreading your wealth around! Lucky to have so many shops locally that you can visit. The blocks look lovely, seen to remember reading somewhere you have to do about 900, best of luck!

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    1. "Local" may be a stretch, because they were both about a 45 minute drive. But the weather has been excellent this week, so it is nice to drive out of town and admire the scenery. Especially when there is a quilt store at the end of the road!

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  3. I'm sure the fabric quest adds to the fun. I like variety in projects - planning, adapting, adjusting, transforming - and still a surprise in how it comes together. It's looking really interesting.

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    1. Thanks, Jillian. Since this post, I've been thinking that even more adjustments will be needed on this project. The refinements never end! I've heard that architects will keep working on the plan even after the foundations are laid, adjusting the roof line, etc., so this is probably something similar. It keeps it interesting!

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  4. Once we get an idea in our minds it is hard to stop buying supplies. Your soft blues are so pleasing. The hourglass quilt is going to be lovely as well. I'm excited to see it all put together.

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    1. Thanks very much, Connie! Sometimes I think the final outcome will be a complete surprise, lol.

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  5. 353 Hour Glasses , wow that's a lot!! I really like your choice of fabrics and you are right that the pale blue adds a bit of sparkle to the mix.

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    1. Well, it's a start, lol! Thanks, Rachael!

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