When I was commissioned to make a set of placemats to match a wedding registry dinnerware set (Orange, Jade, and Cocoa Custom Placemat Order), I kicked off an obsession with the color orange! I stopped by Joann Fabrics on Saturday to pick up a few essentials (thread, some Kona solids), and I noticed they were having a really great deal on their fat quarters. Well, I couldn’t help myself and walked out with 12 beautiful orange fat quarters. I don’t have much orange left in my stash, but I pulled what I had to compliment as well.
I wanted to play heavily to the ombre / gradation effect of these fabrics, so I scoured around for a pattern that I wanted to use with these lovely’s. I came across the Blended Scraps Tutorial from she can quilt, and with Leanne’s description of using fat quarters for the process, I knew I had found the perfect design.
I spent Sunday afternoon cutting an initial series of 2″ by 18″ strips and started grouping by color value and sewing.
By the end of Sunday I had used each of the 20 fabrics once and started arranging them on my design wall. I woke up on Monday and dove right back into making blocks. I had only cut strips to use each fabric three times, which equates to about a third of the quilt top that I am aiming for.
There is one color grouping that has very little gradation, so I decided after taking the photo above to pull it out of the “light” groupings to keep the color variation a bit more pronounced. I do have a serious crush on orange, because I was so excited about cutting fabric that I got all of the remaining fabric cut and a serious amount of piecing completed as well!
The lighting in my sewing room has been a bit off today. It has been overcast and humid here, and I have been hoping to get a bit of rain (because we so desperately need it out here), but no luck on rain, yet.
In other project news, I received the fabric order for Space Age Tumbling Blocks on Monday as well. Once I get the Orange Crush top pieced, I think I’ll be glad to set aside the orange for a while to work with this fun fabric!