Marny here…choosing fabric is fun. And you think I would have known better than to make such a classic mistake. Let me share my tale.
Remember the 1 hue 4 fat quarter table runner tutorial from a couple of weeks ago? Jill hinted it could make a nice quilt with background added. Next thing I know I want to use the idea behind the table runner to make a simple visual statement in a toddler or baby quilt.
|The giraffe print is part of Ann Kelle's Urban Zoologie fabric for Robert Kaufman. Love it!|
|The dot is a Kensington for Quilting Treasures fabric.|
|Prewashing fabrics in a mild soap is required for baby quilts. Baby skin is too sensitive to expose to the fixatives and dyes used in fabric.|
|Good the washing process is complete! Warm fabric from the dryer is pressed.|
|Next it was cut into strips and arranged into piles. Note, the four fat quarters were the dot and the solid pink, orange and yellow.|
Here are the two problems.
- The dot, while very cute, did not work within the blocks on the giraffe background. The dot areas bled into the giraffes without an edge since they shared the common denominator of white in their backgrounds. This isn't always a bad thing but here it didn't work.
- AND, the giraffe print itself is too competitive with the blocks. The scale of the actual giraffes competes with the scales of the strips chosen and it seemed like blocks screamed "look at me" and giraffes screamed "no, look at me".
|A dark has made it into the mix.|
|Here are the strips cut and ready to make new blocks.|
I'll share more in my next post! Adding a dark value and using the dot in a new role lead to a cute and simple baby quilt, I am just sure of it!
Fingers crossed…till Tuesday…