Fabric Love – 2014 Sugar Block Club

I finally had a chance to photograph my fabric choices for the 2014 Sugar Block Club, with Amy Gibson of Stitchery Dickory Dock.  I started following Amy’s blog in 2011, before her immensely successful block-of-the-month with Craftsy, and the 2014 BOM club is a Christmas gift for me (you may realize, I bought a lot of fabric-y gifts for me this year.  That’s ok, I deserved them.)

Last year the Town had planted some flower beds with a combination of yellow, magenta, and lime plants and flowers, plus I do love purple, so I had been musing about doing a sampler quilt with purple and lime.  Yes, even before the colour of the year was named Radiant Orchid.  Imagine that, I am ahead of the curve (for a change).

So anyway, I am really looking forward to this BOM.  I hope to use each month’s block as a time for me to reflect on sticky problems in my life, without the pressure of sewing for anyone else.

I settled on a palette of purple with turquoise and lime, and low volume backgrounds which are cream/beige.  This is all stash fabric; I was a bit disappointed that more of the Alison Glass Sunprints didn’t make it in, but the colours just didn’t want to play nice.  I may add more accents of red-purple/pink/magenta or yellow, if the block that month seems to call for it.  I am planning to sash in brown–I have lots, and don’t seem to use it very much.

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Starting at the bottom, the Amy Butler passion lily was unearthed at my local chain, Fabricland, for $7/m — so I bought 3 metres.  I have cut off about 10″ to use in the piecing, and I will make this the bulk of the backing.

Greens:  Happy Thoughts in Leaf (Odds & Ends, Moda), Essential Dots in Chartreuse (Connecting Threads), Kate Spain Honey Honey Blossom in Light Green

Blues: Sunprints in Prussian and Teal, Garden (Free Spirit), and 2 fat quarters from a Fabric Lover’s bundle I won from Heather at Books and Quilts during the Sew Sisters Canada Blogathon in November.

Purples: Novella by Valori Wells, Journeys (Free Spirit), Sunprints in Eggplant and Dahlia, Anna Maria Horner True Colors Sealing Wax in Amethyst

Backgrounds (from the bottom):  the music print is from my LQS and is by Northcott, the next 5 are from a Timeless Treasures Villageware Toile from Andover bundle I won from Sew We Quilt back in May and the Sew Sisters bundle, and the top is Koi Ebb and Flow by Rashida Coleman-Hale (I love the colours in this one).

Whew, I’m exhausted.  Some of these are prewashed, so now I suppose I’ll have to go and wash the rest.  Any thoughts mixing washed and not-washed fabrics?

This was a new photo location for me, with a sheet thrown over a chair, because outside looks like this:

Ominous snow clouds January 26

Linking up to Sunday Stash with Sarah Quilts.

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7 comments

  1. Hi Lisa,
    Very pretty bundle of joy you have there!
    I always prewash my fabrics, even the FQs. The only exception are the little swatches I get with an order from my online quilt shop. I have no real experience with mixing washed not not washed fabrics. Washing fabric does not prevent bleeding with some pesky fabrics, I discovered a few weeks ago.
    Esther

    1. Yes, I have mixed some washed and unwashed, but I have discovered that even washed fabrics will shrink, so I think I will have to wash these as well. I even bought a pinking blade for my rotary cutter to trim the edges first.

  2. Love the color palette 🙂 I am using the same for a quilt of mine. Thank you for going through all of those fabrics, I need a few more lime ones and love the ones you have chosen.

  3. Gorgeous stack of fabrics you have there! I really like the purple, turquoise and lime combo!

  4. Gorgeous palette! That’s a beautiful Amy butler print too!

  5. Those fabrics look great! I just finished my first block. Sharing later this week. Cant wait to see yours:)

  6. Ooh I very much love that Koi Ebb and Flow. Evokes a much warmer climate than what you’re grappling with at the moment ; ) Stay warm!

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