This past summer I received a little fat-eighth bundle of the Rubies collection from Michael Oakshott of Oakshott Cottons. I've been petting and ogling them until I decided the perfect use for these pretties.(Oakshott will be offering free shipping from Oct 3rd until the 10th if that just makes them even more tempting.)
These fabrics are nothing short of gorgeous. Shot cottons are created by using different thread colors in the warp and the weft during the weaving process. All of these are created with Ruby red thread one direction and a different colored thread going the other direction including yellows, greens, purples, etc. As a result the colors have so much depth and movement for 'solids'. And they feel like silk.
The color was even more spectacular than I've remembered it in recent years.
We always end at one of my favorite spots, Cascade Springs.
Or this. Oh well.I try to remind myself that it captures our 'reality'/personality with a more inspiring backdrop than the messy family room at home.
Seeing all of this vibrant color provided the perfect inspiration for that stack of Rubies.
I pulled out my copy of Pretty in Patchwork: Holidays compiled by John Adams. (I love this book!) and used Amanda's Modern Maples pattern. The blocks come together so quickly! I love it.natural, but it might be darker.) I'm so antsy to keep going on this one! Then I'll have a permanent reminder of my favorite season.