Friday, April 18, 2008

Working with Solids

Every time I go to JoAnn's, I'm drawn to the bolt of Kona Cotton in Charcoal. I've always been partial to the color grey and especially liked that tone. I took it as a sign and started thinking of potential projects. I recently bought the "Slide Show" pattern by Atkinson Designs and was contemplating making it as a birthday gift for my cousin's son's upcoming first birthday. They live in Manhattan so I thought she'd appreciate something a little more modern and sophisticated. I was also inspired by this quilt on the Purl Bee website and the idea of using blue and orange as a color palette for a young boy. So I grabbed the bolt of charcoal and grabbed a few blues and oranges to see if they "popped" enough off of the darker fabric. I included some stone colored solids to lighten it up a bit.




I'm anxious to see how this one turns out. I go back and forth between really liking it and thinking it's not appropriate for a 1-year old. What do you think?


I really went off the grid and grabbed random items from all around the department, instead of sticking to a collection like I normally do. I guess that's how the "real" quilters do it. : )

I think I'll stick to collections for a while.

12 comments:

  1. I think the colors you've chosen are splendid! High contrast is great for babies, and the complementary blue-orange combo fits that bill for sure, as do the dark charcoal and white. I can't wait to see how it comes together. :)

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  2. Really love the colors. And I also am drawn to that dark gray Kona cotton... I might be using it in the sashing of a large quilt I'm working on.

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  3. welcome to the blog world! I like your blog...and I'm an Atkinson Design follower as well. Her patterns are easy, well written and look HARD! I think your colors are great. My son asked for an orange quilt when he was 9 ...and I grudgingly made it. It was the BEST colors study I have done. I will send you a picture...be sure to put your sunglasses on!

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  4. I could not send e-mail...no address! You can see Drew's ORANGE quilt on my blog: http://bzyqltr.blogspot.com Look in the archives: Oct 15,2006

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  5. I love this quilt! I've been collecting some blues and oranges to make a Posti quilt (the colors of the Finnish postal service are blue and orange). Very modern, very hip, totally cool for a 1 year old! Collections, schmollections. Don't be afraid!

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  6. I love love love brights, and love your color choices! You definitely have an eye for color. Perfect for a little boy quilt, too.

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  7. I like quilts for kids to have some longevity and I think the grey really adds to that. I think it looks a little more sophisticated that way.

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  8. So this is what these are going to be!! This is going to be so beautiful! The contrast is perfect for a young child. What an amazing present :-)

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  9. So this is what these are going to be!! This is going to be so beautiful! The contrast is perfect for a young child. What an amazing present :-)

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  10. Love these colors - hope you will share the finished quilt someday!

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  11. that quilt will be amazing and perfect for a one year old! it looks like you can match fabrics with the best of them. you did great.

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  12. This quilt is probably done and received by now, but I'll still thrown in my two-cents... LOVE IT! GREAT color combo! Did you ever post completed pics?

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