Week one of my Star-y Log Cabin e-course with Amanda was choosing fabric. Best homework ever! There’s nothing like picking fabrics for a quilt. It’s so much fun. When else do you get to choose a few dozen fabrics for one project?
The inspiration for this colour palette came from Denyse Schmidt’s new Greenfield Hills collection. All the darks have really grown on me and the dark navy combined with black is my favourite colourway of the group. I started by going through my stash and found the darkest and blackest navy fabrics that I had. This includes some old favourites from Tula Pink’s Neptune collection. (which I also used in my Double Wedding Ring Quilt)
I wanted to have something super contrasting to my dark navys, so I’ve chosen some variations of off-whites. Somehow this also includes a lot of my Japanese text prints. These are going to be a lot of fun as logs in my log cabin.
The hard part was choosing a centre fabric for my sawtooth stars. I’ve realized recently that I tend to gravitate towards fairly plain, tonal fabrics. I’d love to do more fussy cutting, but I hardly ever pick large scale or novelty prints that show off this technique properly. I need to change this. I’m going to try to add more bold prints to my stash this year. At the bottom of one of my boxes of fabric, I found a piece of City Limits. I made a wrap dress from this fabric a while ago. I think these cute buildings will make the perfect star centres in this quilt.
P.S. Early this week I found out about an incredible creative retreat called ‘The Makerie‘ in Colorado in April. After reading through the program, I just had to register. Yoga in the morning, crafting all day long, outdoor hikes, sleeping in cottages and delicious local organic meals. I’m heading down to Boulder with Katherine for three fun days and I’m so excited! There’s still space in the program for anyone else wanting a little pre-spring getaway. It’s going to be crazy, crafty fun.