This weekend I was playing with a lot of neutral fabrics and lots of texture. This pile is for a quilt for a friend. I started it a while ago and needed to add a few more fabrics. It’s been fun to look for neutrals with texture to make this one interesting.
I’ve got blocks pieced (I’m going with simple half-square triangles) and ready to start sewing into rows. Because of the really subtle shades in this quilt, I had to lay it out in the day with the natural light to really get it right. I tried one night (while watching MASH reruns on Netflix) and couldn’t do it well enough.
Update: you can see the finished quilt here!
Then, this gorgeous bundle arrived from Robert Kaufman. I’m teaching a class at a social media and creativity conference this week – using my tried-and-true table runner tutorial. Since we’ll have a wide variety of tastes there, I thought it would be fun to go with another neutral look that would appeal to a variety of people.
Since Denim is a huge trend this year – and I’m really loving anything indigo at the moment – I though it would be fun to play with denims, chambrays, and linens.
I’ve been eyeing Robert Kaufman’s denims and chambrays for while now, really wanting to make something with them, so I was SO excited when they were willing to sponsor this class! Above are a few of the textiles we’re sampling in the scrappy table runner. At the top are two of the Bradford Herringbone wovens in indigo and tan. Bottom right is the Essex yarn-dyed linen in flax (an old favorite) and indigo (a new favorite), and on the bottom left are two Chambray Union. The drape on both of these is amazing. They must make gorgeous garments. I’m going to need to buy some more and actually try sewing some clothes.
These two are called Raw and Very Refined. I especially love the texture on the top one.
This was a quick version of the table runner – and since I’m gearing this class for sewing-newbies, I didn’t do as much quilting as I usually do. But I kind of like the less-finished effect.
Such a fun way to play with shades and textures rather than dramatic color contrast. I really want to make something more with all these pretty shades.
If you’re looking for Robert Kaufman denims, linens, and chambrays, I’ve seen them at Fabricworm, Imagine Gnats shop, Fabric.com, or Hawthorne Threads. Essex Yarn Dyed linens found at Pink Castle Fabrics.