Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Inventory project fabric pull

While I was still working out what direction to take for my inventory quilt, I sorted through my stack of quilts for a trunk show.  With Inventory Quilts on the brain, this one particularly caught my eye.

Milky Way has samples of most of the bright blues I had in my scrap bins in 2018.  You can see in the progress picture below that the background is also scrappy, using up most of the white on white fabrics I owned. 

I suppose it is actually a record of my past inventory of white on white, because I have none of those left after making this quilt.

Milky Way is also an example of mixing up the color placement from what is suggested in the pattern.  It uses all the cutting numbers and sizes, and the assembly instructions from my pattern Magnitudes, but throws all the color into the stars instead of in the block backgrounds, and matches the sashing to the block background to make it disappear.

How does this relate to my inventory project?  I decided to flip the color placement.  Where there is a single background color in the Sparkling Trail pattern, I am going to build the inventory quilt version's background from multiple fabrics.  The stars are going to use neutrals this time around.

Also, I'm using blues! My bin of blues is still larger than all the other colours' bins, so it seems a good one to inventory.

This does not represent the entire fabric selection in the blue bin.  When I started sifting through the collection, I realized two things.  First, I have way too many blues to shoehorn into this project.  Second, not all blues play well side by side.  I know, it's shocking!  There are bright blues and grey-blues and turquoisy blues that look blue when you put them with turquoise and turquoise when you put them with blues and... Well. You get the idea.

In the end I decided to narrow the inventory focus even more and just use the brightest blues.  I like how it's turning out.  Of course, it's blue.  How could I go wrong?


  1. You can't go wrong with blue, you are right! I have more blue than anything else, too, but have been trying (unsuccessfully) to diminish that stash. Ah well, there's always tomorrow... I'm excited to see how this quilt comes together with your modified background choice!

  2. That quilt just shouts, "Look at my beautiful self!" The strong contrast between the blues and whites, and your fantastic quilting just makes my heart sing! Looks like you really do have a lot of different blues. I'm sure you'll make the right choices! ---"Love"

  3. I love how you quilted it with the diagonal lines mixed with swirls. Brilliant.

  4. I am in love with your Milky Way quilt. I had to go check it out on its original post... such a beautiful use of leftover/scrap fabrics!
    I can't wait to see how this next one will look when you're finished!

  5. I'm always amazed at how drastically color placement can change a pattern. You certainly have a thing for blues. I'm right there with you! :-)

  6. Yes, with the blues, it will be perfect! The star quilt is so charming--love it!


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