Tuesday, June 7, 2011

color choices for FWQ

I've been thinking quite a bit about color choices for my Farmer's Wife quilt.  My plan is to go scrappy, and use bits and pieces of my favorites.  But let me tell you, scrappy is really hard for me!

I adore scrappy quilts, but I have such hard time with them myself.  I am one to agonize over layout and colors, so giving up that control is so hard for me.  This quilt is a good challenge for me that way.

  I'm still planning on following the book's diagrams in terms of color inspiration, and hopefully that will result in balance in terms of color.  It has been fun raiding my stash for smaller prints, and it seems like the large ones would be lost in the block.  I'm realizing that I have a lot of multi-color fabrics, and I think I may need to do a little shopping for some tone-on-tone prints.  Good excuse to pick out some new fabric, right?

I'm also thinking ahead to the sashing.  I hope to use either the use natural crossweave by Moda (which I used in my Habitat bowtie quilt) or some sort of gray.  I am also incorporating creamy white fabrics in some of the backgrounds, like this solid from Pat Bravo and the dashed lines from Cosmo Cricket.  I need to find some more of creamy white prints, any suggestions?


xo Angela

my Farmer's Wife quilt-a-long page and posts can be found here.

15 comments:

  1. I'm with you. I have a real hard time doing random scrappiness. Something has to coordinate or it looks too jumbled to me. Your blocks are going to be wonderful, especially with all the white you're using!

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  2. I'm aiming to do scrappy too but I keep reining it in and getting more controlled over the colour - I wish I had the scrappy brain but my brain just doesn't allow it. This QAL is so much fun - my book arrived today and it's just so gorgeous - just the book! I'm wondering about aiming for the 50 block mini but we'll see!

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  3. Well, I think your choices look great so far. I think this is one of those quilts where looking at individual blocks by themselves may be a bit plain in the color department, but looking at it as an overall quilt and pattern they will be great. Did that make sense? :) I love what you've done so far and I guess seeing what happens with the quilt in the end is part of the fun!
    For the sashing on mine, I was thinking of using a gray quilters linen. I'm not sure yet, but I thought that might look good. ;) ~Jessica

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  4. I am the same - too much type A in my blood! I spend way too much time planning and coordinating to let random scrappiness take over. Definitely somethihg I need to work on. I love the way your blocks look so far. To take such traditional blocks and add in modern fun fabrics - it's going to be wonderful!

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  5. I love this combo! Scrappy is really hard for me too, even though I have so many that need to be eaten up and this would be such a great project for it. I'm almost thinking of going with the palette I used for my knitting needle clutch - red, cream, grey, brown and blue. Like Jessica I may use the charcoal linen too. This is all, of course, in my head! Hopefully I can start some before baby girl arrives!

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  6. I can't do total random scrappy either. There's a reason my quilt is limited to three colours! I always love other people's scrappy projects, but I just can't relinquish the control!

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  7. my book hasn't arrived yet so I haven't thought of fabrics. But, I better get thinking soon. I am not good with scrappy, either. I'd fear I would make a mish-mash of it all.

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  8. I wish I was doing this with you. I have the same problem going scrappy. Its a good challenge to let go with a quilt just as we let go and let God! When you pull the blocks together in the end I'm sure it'll be a beautiful arrangement. Its sometimes hard to see this early on, but it'll be a master piece. Think of it as Joseph's coat:D

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  9. This is going to be beautiful!!! I have some creams and tone on tones I'll send you! I'm struggling with scrappy too but it feels GOOD to challenge ourselves. Right? Right? ;)

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  10. i love this! your scraps really are the greatest.

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  11. Still waiting for my book, but I have done enough scrappy quilts for awhile and bought a rich red and two beige small prints to get started and then go from there. I am hoping the book gives me inspiration.
    I also talked a friend into participating. I am so ready and willllll get started as soon as I get my hands on that book

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  12. Love the colors you've picked!

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  13. Does "creamy white" encompass "off white, to a yellowish beighe?" i got a yard of this fabric when I dropped into Fabric Bliss in Denver, and I've been putting some into every quilt I'm working on. Love it!

    http://www.artgalleryfabrics.com/cgi-bin/fabricshop/gallery.cgi?func=show&file=13&Category=48&Page=1&v=1

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  14. Hi, I've just found you through Simplify and as I fell in love with this quilt along, my book is already on it's way home - well, I've just ordered it - and as soon as I get it I'll join you in this adorable project.
    I can't hardly wait!!

    PS- I fully understand your point of you about scraps... I'm the same!!!

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  15. Am I wrong to assume that all the colors of the quilt will blend in once the sashing is on? I'm going for scrappy and after I finish 145 blocks, brown sashing with cream square will pull it all together. I've always been a very BRIGHT doer.. this quilt, though I will use a few reproductions with small prints. New for me and challenging.

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