I don’t buy that much fabric (still too much for the time I have to sew). But, when I do I often find my-self ordering from Mad About Patchwork, a Canadian online shop. Particularly, when I need to get some fabrics quickly for projects with a deadline. This was the case for my table runner in the book Set the Table! All fabrics came from there. The service is great and the shipping, for me who is in Canada, is so fast. Also, Pam, the shop owner, carries fabrics that will appeal particularly to modern quilters. She has a great selection of designer collections, great basic prints like Oval Elements by Art Gallery and Pearl Bracelet By Lizzy House for Andover. But most of all, she has a lot of basics like Kona cottons and Essex linen blends by Robert Kaufman and Kaffe Fassett’s shot cottons.
Recently, Pam generously offered to sponsor a giveaway on my blog. How fun is that! And I got to pick the fabrics. There is now a curated bundle of 16 fat eights available in her shop.
When she offered to pick some fabrics, I thought about a quilt I had sketched for one of our challenges at the Montreal Modern Quilt Guild. This year, we asked our members to do quilts on the theme: Modern Traditionalism. My idea was to use a simple traditional block and to play with scale. I picked the Shoo Fly block. You’ll find here and here two other modern interpretations of that block that I love.
Back to the fabrics. I wanted to use prints in a variety of colors. I like monochromatic prints or ones with only one color and white. I like geometric prints or ones that add texture, for example the ones in the Architextures collection by Carolyn Friedlander. I ended up picking prints in 5 different colors (3 for each) and one neutral print. I wanted to have a block that would contrast with the other ones. For this one, I chose a light grey Pearl Bracelet. Here is the complete list:
- Glimma Kulla Orange Nut
- Oval Elements Mustard
- Domino Dot Starfruit
- Oval Elements Beaujolais
- Architextures Cross Hatch Plum
- Carnaby Street King’s Road Fuschia
- Oval Elements Peacock
- Carnaby Street King’s Road Turquoise
- Pearl Bracelet Swiss Chard
- Pearl Bracelet Verbena
- Architextures Landscape Grass
- Architextures Topograph Grass
- Stile Newbury Blue
- Oval Elements Sapphire
- Architextures Blueprint Blue
- Pearl Bracelet Hi Ho Silver
Each of the Shoo Fly block in my quilt will be made out of one print. I’ll combined them with some Essex linen blend in black for the negative space. Here is a sketch of what the quilt will look like. I’m still unsure where I’ll position each of the prints, but it gives you an idea.
I hope you’ll appreciate my selection of fabrics. I tried to select some basic modern prints that would be a great addition to any stash!
If you would like to win this bundle courtesy of Mad About Patchwork, just leave a comment on this post! I would love to know which traditional quilt pattern you would love to reinterpret with a modern aesthetic. I’ll announce the winner in a week from now (Sept. 13 2013).
And the winner corresponds to comment 11 by pinkbrain:
Congratulations Jennifer! Maybe I’ll get the chance to see some churn dash blocks or some x and + blocks in those fabrics in the coming year.