I have been experiencing all kinds of droughts lately...it's been over a month since my last post (blog drought), I haven't bought fabric in ages (stash drought), no sewing by hand or machine (quilting drought), haven't had a chance to check in on others blogs for fun and inspiration (quilting community drought)...you get the picture. But, the droughts aren't all my own. I am always looking for certain fabrics: turkey reds, poison greens, indigo blues, cadet blues, yellows, golds, cheddars, shirtings. In my opinion, there is a drought in many of these fabrics in the reproduction fabric world. Since I got back to some blog reading today I see that Quilt Market is taking place so let me place my order: all of the above and in abundance.
I like to make quilts that have blocks like this one and went to my LQS yesterday looking for some inspirational reds and greens. Nothing. I like to give my local shops the business if I can but my shops are letting me down. There are batiks, asian inspired, Kaffe (love them too) and other modern brights in all three of the shops in reasonable driving distance to where I live. Repro fabrics? Not so much. So, I went online and even then cannot find the selections that spoiled me in the past - lines like Colonies Pinks or Quaker Reds (bring them back, please!) or the Lancaster I, II and III collections. I sense I am out of the mainstream of quilting (for now) but am I really that out of touch? Did my husband talk to someone in power at the fabric manufacturers and is this just one big plot to drive me to my stash?
This quilt is one of my most recent acquisitions and its reds are still in fabulous shape. I want to make a reproduction of it so I can enjoy the fabric combinations and style without over-exposing my precious reds to the elements. You can see from my first photo in this post that I have some good turkey red prints but I am loathe to use them up. I have this desire to always keep a selection of my favorites on hand for that day when all the quilt stores are gone. Yes, I have an irrational fear of such a doomsday scenario. Plus, it is clear that I did not buy my favorites in sufficient quantity to make a quilt that is not scrappy.
The dearth of blues is what I am finding most surprising. I think I took blues for granted. After all, blue is supposed to be one of the all-time favorite quilt colors. Indigo has been around (and fashionable) for a few hundred years. I've been itching to make a blue and white basket quilt. I wouldn't mind using different blues but I do want them to be of a similar color/shade/hue; i.e., look essentially the same. I can't find them now that I want them. Note to self: cheddar has been fairly abundant lately - stock up while you can.
Relief from the sewing drought came this week in the form of this adorable design offered free to all on Cheri's blog. I adore her little primitive style projects she posts each month but never actually got around to trying one. Until this week when I was reminded, yet again, that it is wise to take the time to do what you love. So, I cleared some space and started following Cheri's excellent directions. I love the result. Who would have thought I would have difficulty NOT cutting off points? My version came out less spontaneous looking than Cheri's sample. I followed her lead and included an odd bit of color in the otherwise brown quilt.
P.S. This is my first post with the "new Blogger." It worked well so I have my fingers crossed that it continues to do so. I do like not having to load the photos one at a time and in backwards order. I would like to figure out how to stop centering the text, though.