|Shimmer Radiance by Deborah Edwards of Northcott|
|Natures Pearl fabric by Maria Kalinowski for Kanvas Studio|
I bought them with a particular design in mind. I designed it in a much softer color palette for a project I can't share yet, and decided to challenge myself to give it a totally different feeling with stronger, darker colors. It actually looked pretty good in Civil War reproduction blues, and in a particular group of reds. I rather like the suggestion of plaid in the background.
|Starlight Plaid in repro blues|
|Starlight plaid in reds|
The catch is that I couldn't find what I had in mind at the quilt shop. I must be the pickiest fabric shopper ever, because with a choice of over 10,000 bolts of fabric at Quilting Connection I wasn't satisfied. Sigh. I just find it hard to change course when I have the perfect combo in my head.
However, change course I did! How about a "guy quilt" in steely greys with just a pop of color in the stars? That's when those two gorgeous fabrics above jumped on to my cart. I chose three more greys to play with them, brought them home and promptly began to doubt my choices. There may not be enough value contrast between my first two fabrics for the design to pop.
Last night I stayed up late sewing some test blocks, hoping I was wrong. While I sewed I had the sinking feeling that I was right. I put the blocks up on the wall and went to bed mulling over options. I liked the greys, but the blue wasn't working for the stars. I went to sleep stumped about what to do about the stars.
I like my grey plaid background, but the star points fade away. I still love that blue. I so badly want it to work, but I think it will have to wait for a different quilt.
So what do you think about those stars? I could use the same fabric as the lightest grey in the background, but would that make the quilt too dull, so very monochromatic? Or creamy yellow stars? Maybe I could find a red that would work, but it might be a challenge to find a value that isn't too close to the darker greys, with the same trouble the blue is having. I thought it was vibrant enough that it would work anyway, but clearly value still counts.
So, it needs simmering. I'm off to work on something completely different now!