I don't know about you, but there's a certain amount of guilt that comes along when I take time for quilting (or any hobby). There are just so many things to do and people to see and kids to watch, laundry, cleaning, cooking, work . . . I could go on forever!
If you've ever felt that guilt or you just need a little justification to quilt today, check out this New York Times article.
I know it's time for Spring Break but I just can't stop thinking of this Holiday Break fabric from Michael Miller. I want to jump right in with those reindeer and hang out at the pool with Santa.
My favorite part is the camper trailer. It's so retro!
As soon as I saw this print, I knew that I wanted to make a quilt for next year's winter break.
Since the holiday theme is so obvious, I decided to group the fabric with non-Christmas prints. Barcelona City Map in Lime by Zen Chic was just right for me. I imagine it's the map to a community of vacationing reindeer. (Maybe I have too much time on my hands!)
Then I added Domino Dot in Clementine from Violet Craft's Waterfront Park collection. It's just the perfect shade of red-orange. You know that's my favorite color!
Next I added Carolyn Friedlander's Architextures Hatch in Lake to balance the bold lime and clementine. And finally, I wanted to add a little more grey to the mix so I chose Tile Pile in gray from Michael Miller's new Petal Pinwheels collection. The gray is a spot-on match to the background of Winter Break.
By the way Petal Pinwheels is the featured fabric collection for the 4th annual MQG members fabric challenge. Check out the Modern Quilt Guild blog for more details.
So now that I've chosen the fabric for my winter break quilt, I need a pattern or at least an idea of how I can mix these prints into a fun and functional quilt for next January.
Any ideas? Pattern suggestions? Comments?
This brings up a good question: does the pattern or the fabric come first when designing a quilt? Most of the time, the fabric comes first for me.
What about you? What inspires you? The quilt pattern or the fabric? I'm interested in what you think.
Happy Spring everyone!
P.S. I've made this bundle available just in case anyone is interested in putting together your own winter break quilt. You'll find it here at Marmalade Fabrics.
We've nearly traveled all around the color wheel in the past year. We added greys and black last month. This month we're covering white/neutral solids and low volume print bundles. Next month is the last month and in April we'll come full-circle.
In April we'll begin our 2nd journey around the color wheel with all new colors and prints starting with yellow once again.
Since Rober Kaufman offers so many solid colors, it won't be difficult to avoid duplicates from last year.
All the prints will be new as well so if you've been subscribing, feel free to continue the journey.
If you don't choose to subscribe, no worries. You may purchase the bundles individually and past bundles are still available.
The monthly bundles are available in solids and/or prints with your choice of 1/2 yards or fat quarters. You'll find bundles for all budgets.
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