fresh pack potential – peppered cottons quilt

by Dorie on April 6, 2014

Maybe you get this feeling: when you have a new pack of markers, or crayons, or pencils, and they’re all just so perfect-pointy-beautiful and ordered that it’s hard to break into them and use them as tools. That’s how I felt about this fabric stack.

It was a bundle of 25 different peppered cottons, similar to oakshott or shot cottons, but in a quilting weight, and really noticeable soft. I bought them because I’d long admired others’ stacks, and when Brenda shared that the manufacturer, studioE, was having a quilt contest, I thought I had just the thing.

But then my idea didn’t work. It just didn’t. And all the fabric looked somehow purple. So, I put it all in color order and put it in a pile next to my sewing machine to just sit for some time. While I was giving the fabric the cold shoulder, I realized that what I really liked best about those gorgeous fabrics was the way they looked when ordered up next to each other. So why not keep the order instead or trying to force the color idea I had planned?

That’s what I did. And there is SO MUCH color. I mostly kept the order of my pile, but I injected a couple lines of flying geese in out-of-order colors, just to keep things interesting. It brightens up my corner.

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

erin April 7, 2014 at 6:52 am

i’m pretty much in love with this. it is simple, but complex and so visually interesting. nice work, dorie!

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Dorie April 7, 2014 at 7:50 am

Thanks Erin!

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Jennifer April 7, 2014 at 9:53 am

Wow! That is gorgeous!

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Dorie April 7, 2014 at 11:03 pm

Thank you!

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mjb April 7, 2014 at 2:34 pm

Such a beautiful quilt

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Dorie April 7, 2014 at 11:03 pm

Thank you!

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Kris April 8, 2014 at 8:49 pm

I love everything about this!! The color placement is really nice and I like you picked a simple design to set off the awesome color palette! If you ever decide to let it go, you have my address, right? ;)

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Mary April 9, 2014 at 4:15 am

This quilt is so perfect, radiant, beautiful, one of a kind…
Congratulations!

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cauchy09 April 27, 2014 at 1:48 pm

such a lovely, clean design! yay!

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Annette Deardurff May 2, 2014 at 10:52 am

Love LOVE this quilt! Do you plan to release a pattern? I’d be very interested!!!! Thx.

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Dorie May 2, 2014 at 9:59 pm

Hey Annette,
Yes, I’m working on it!

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Beth May 19, 2014 at 12:50 pm

Dorie:
Stunning quilt. Just fabulous.
Where did you buy your peppered cottons?

Beth

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Dorie May 28, 2014 at 9:53 pm

I got them from Pink Castle Fabrics!

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