Tuesday 8 January 2019

Almost Monochromatic

This is my chosen colour scheme. I know, I can't believe it either!

I was really hoping that my chosen fabric for my latest BOM 'Hold Onto Your Heart' would have arrived by now; I want to show it off and share my fabric colourscheme with you all. I have stepped out of my comfort zone and into a scheme that I never thought I would embrace. Not only that, but this is an extra special applique quilt and I expect it to be in my family for, well, forever. So I was full of fabric indecision. Originally I settled on a beautiful range by French General which looks like this:
I saw this range in real life a few months ago and I thought it was very special, it has a reproduction feel to it and the antique styling of the hues really appealed to me. Frankly, it's just beautiful and looks much more inviting in life than the screen image here allows. Unfortunately, when it came time for me to shop the range for Hold Onto Your Heart, it was all but sold out. I could only find bits and pieces but not enough for the whole top. I've learnt the hard way that mixing and matching  between ranges can be a hit and miss affair owing to the undertones and pigment hues and I didn't want to be trying to match up colours the whole time I was working. For me, I like to have all my fabrics 'at hand' when I start out, so I don't have to overthink the fabric process with each little step.
I absolutely fell in love with my polka dot colourings- both the orange and the purple based bright beauties really spoke to me. And if I were making 2 x Hold Onto Your Heart quilts, one of these would have to make the cut - they're gorgeous. In fact, it's hard for me to even look away from them right now as I type this. They hold huge potential to be good love stories, fabric wise.
However, I am mindful that I'm making 3 x Love Always quilts and two of those will be bright and bold beauties just like these two so I want Hold Onto Your Heart to really stand 'separate' from Love Always. And that's how I decided on the black and whites on beige theme which is the first quilt pic at the top of this post.

It's almost monochromatic, but not quite. The beige background gives this otherwise decidedly cool tones quilt a bit of a pulse - it's sophisticated but not cold and the more I look at it and think about it, the more it grows on me. I know that taking this step will be a huge act of perseverance and control - working with low contrast hues like this is not something I've even wanted to do before; but sometimes a certain design calls for you and you can't resist. At least that's what happened in my case. I would never have planned for a cool, black and white on beige quilt, but now that I'm about to start, I really can't wait. I'm hopping foot to foot for my fabrics to arrive so I can see how they shine in real life.

Fingers crossed that I won't be waiting too long now..


  1. Hello Esther I would be really interested to learn which fabric collections you have picked for the different colour ways of HOTYH, especially the monochrome colour way. We can't always get the same fabric collections here in the UK and even if we do its usually much later than say release dates in the US. Looking forward to doing this quilt

  2. Oh, WOW, Esther! Definitely a change from the colors you usually work with, but I think it's going to be absolutely magnificent when it's done. Your "nearly monochromatic" color scheme reminds me of the many award-winning, intricate masterpieces that we've seen from Japanese quiltmakers in recent decades, and I truly love the way that calm, soothing color schemes in taupes and grays works with highly complex piecing and applique designs. It creates an updated look and feel, a Modern rendition of traditional work, but whereas American "modern" quilters simplify the design and reduce the complexity of their quilts, Japanese quiltmakers have been INCREASING the level of detail and keeping their quilts fresh and modern by dialing down the volume of their color palette. Anyway, I can't wait to see your quilt begin to take shape in your chosen fabrics, which I hope will arrive to you TODAY!

  3. Personally, I think it's stunning! I love it! Beautiful, can hardly wait to see it!


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