Wednesday 29 February 2012

Forget Me Not: Part 1 is launched

Joining the mystery

Forget Me Not: Part 1 is launched. You can download Part 1 over at my wesbite or in my BOM Yahoo Group. You won't get my blocks anywhere else. There will be no repeats with this pattern. So if you're joining us, join up!

Esther’s Free BOM

Forget Me Not: Descisions, Descisions...

this is still an elegant option and I did think seriously about beige / taupe

Today I've been making much ado about fabrics (again).

Like most quilters, I know what I instinctively love and believe in following your strongest colour feelings. With Forget Me Not however, I've really had to double think all my choices and potential options.

With so much energy being invested in the applique, I want to be sure, really sure, that the block background fabric enhances and highlights the floral applique.

Love the red background but it fights with the foliage for attention!
Some fabrics drain colour away from the floral/foliage pallette I will be using, others harmonise too well, which means that the applique won't stand out.

The floral and foliage fabrics are assorted scraps and stash fabrics that I know I will be fussy cutting and using in small amounts for colour realism. I dont know exactly which applique fabrics I will definitely use, that will depend on the individual flower pattern, but the colours below are a good indication.

Dusty pink is so romantic and maybe a bit too complimentary
I want a striking contrast
I lined them up against the potential backgrounds I had chosen.

Then to confuse myself even more, I consulted colour theory. Apparently an excellent background for floaral applique is dark block colours as they draw the eye to colour (of the applique).

That made sense. So I tried out my colours on a dark red background I had my heart set on. And it did stand out, but it was also fighting for attention. Red as a background option, gone.

Here's my Forget Me Not Background
1. Spring
Yes I went for the provincial charming yellow, it's a little differnt from my usual choice, but I really love it's vividness, it feels alive already. Flower colours across the yellow from the Curio range really stand out nicely. I'm happy with this choice.

Yes. love it, it glows!

And... yes, I will be making 2 x quilts at the same time. I have 2 DDs you see, and of course I want to create all of my block floral patterns. I simply couldn't chose just the one per month like you will have to!

My second choice is below.
I couldnt part with my polka dots, well my DD couldnt, but the red block background didnt work with the flowers, so I went with polka dot frames, a dark block background and...just to make a statement, have gone for dark plain borders and sashing also. The polka dot frames will stand out with bright applique being the focus. Perfect. Well, it;s my DDs choice and now I'm sticking to it.

They both decided that there was too much red in my life...and you know, they may be right about that!

With the dark block background, the flowers are really going to stand out. And so are the polka dots!

OK, now I'm set!
Have you chosen the background yet?

WOW: Ready for Forget Me Not??

WOW = WIPs On Wednesday

A whole week since my last post? It's flown by! Just as I was getting into the swing of this whole new mystery, I stopped for a few days to celebrate my DHs birthday. Of course, I am not complaining, I needed a break from my ooohing and aahhing over my selection of fabrics. Beige is the most versatile, but I love the red too, and the yellow just has a certain charm about it. We've already discussed this, I know...

This morning I have been going through my stash (above) and looking at prints (colours actually) to fussy cut to get colour grading in my applique. I was thinking that there is a lot of scope for colouring in certain applique parts in this mystery and I am very excited about it. I am so looking forward to sharing the pattern with you.

But enough about that, it is after all, a mystery. And all mysteries must start at the beginning.
And you will know what the beginning is just as soon as I have had my morning coffee and typed it up.

So I will also post a little later.

Anyone who has been thinking about joining in on this mystery, the time to join the Yahoo Group is now. This mystery will run for 12 months and there will be no repeats or catch ups.


Wednesday 22 February 2012

WOW: New Mystery BOM Button

WOW = WIPs On Wednesdays

Perhaps you've heard about my New Mystery Bom for the year?
If you're interested in joining in, why not grab my Mystery Bom Button?

Here's the code for a small one, 180px
Esther’s Free BOM
Here's the code for a large one, 250px
Esther’s Free BOM

Tuesday 21 February 2012

Shrove Tuesday

I don't indulge in pancakes very often,
so it makes Shrove Tuesday extra special

And I'm quite glad this delicious tart cherry syrup jam is almost finished,
so that I won't be tempted to eat it again for breakfast tomorrow

Because I am supposed to be eating healthily after my festive season of indulgences, but with my DH's birthday this week...well, I will try.

As for the new Mystery Quilt BOM

I feel somewhat behind because I am a bit stuck in my ways... and like to 'sit' with a fabric before deciding on it for certain. As the fabric has only just arrived, I dont feel certain enough yet.

So I have still not chosen my background hue. I think I've decided, but I will know for sure in the next few days. As for the quilt's name, all will be revealed when I share the button here later this week.

Friday 17 February 2012

New Mystery BOM Background Fabric

Who's going to be making the
New Mystery BOM for 2012?

The New Mystery Quilt 2012 is a  floral applique wall quilt. Being a Mystery I will not be revealing any more details other than the monthly released blocks. But here's some information that will help you choose the best background fabric for your own quilt based on your own taste.

Here are my three backgrounds. Of course, I have 3 and can't decide between them!


1. Springtime:
The first yellow is the block background
The second milky white fabric is a contrast trim
The brown is a frame
The print is sashing and borders

This fabric option would be perfect to light up a wall, is feminine and cheerful, it would be a real delight to make this background.

Yellow & Yellow Flower Print- Basic Grey Curio range by Moda
Milky White and Brown is my stash

2. Polka Dot & Rouenneries:
The first red print with Fleur De Lis is the block background
The second pearl Fleur De Lis fabric is a contrast trim
The turkey red tournesal is a frame
The polka 'dobby dot' print is sashing and borders

I like these reds so much, they really speak to me. Another consideration is that blues, pinks, white and greens come alive on this red background and any floral applique will be very striking. It will dominate and make a statement of my wall and I am drawn to that. It's very tempting. And most of you know, I do have a thing for reds.....

All the fabrics in this range are
Rouenneries Deux by French General for Moda

Note that the 'dobby dot' polka dot fabric is a heavier fabric than usual.
I was not aware of this heavier weight when I purchased it.

3. Classic Neutral:
The first beige print is the block background
The second dull brown is a contrast trim
The third print is a frame
The stripe print is sashing and borders

Neutral is not boring! If you want your wall quilt to blend into your surroundings, this range is classic, sophisticated and balances the floral applique beautifully. If I was making a wall quilt for our sitting room where we have chesterfield sofas, this would win hands down.

All the fabrics in this range are
Rouenneries Deux by French General for Moda

Except for the dull brown which is from my stash

Choosing your background colours: will depend on the wall where you will be hanging this quilt. You may want to go with colours that suit your home design. All three options below accommodate lots of styles. The yellow is very feminine and french provincial, the red is classic and opens a living space, and the neutral is a sophisticated formal look.

Personally I could use all three colours on my own walls, but whether you want a more provincial, more classic look, will depend on your own taste and surroundings.

If you are thinking, how will my florals work on these fabrics? The aim of the quilt design is to allow the flowers to shine through. These fabrics are the background - the floral applique is the feature of the quilt. If you opt for a dark background for applique blocks, your floral applique will be dramatic.

If you opt for a neutral background, you may decided to select floral applique fabrics in muted tones to match the tone of the quilt. In nature there are many floral variations, even within a species. You may for instance, create, say a rose in a striking pink, a soft cream or a deep red. These are choices you will make as you create your floral blocks.

All three options listed above could work and work very well in my living area where the quilt is going to hang. I am torn between which one to opt for. The reds are very predictable for me and I do love them, but I also am taken by the idea of a glowing quilt that the first yellow option would allow. Then of course, classic, monochromatic sophisticated beige, where all emphasis would be on the flowers. But can I resist colour to allow it to work at it's best?

You will decide on your own background based on your own taste, and colour preferences.

You now have a good idea of what the background is going to do on this quilt top - and how your fabric choices will direct that. And how your own own fabric selection must 'zing' in the combination above of: background, trim, frame and borders / sashing.

As for me, I am still deciding...

Thursday 16 February 2012

Fabrics Have Arrived!

My Fabrics have finally arrived, here is the mix of two ordered lots. There are still a few bits to arrive but this is the general theme. This stack consists of the fabrics I have chosen to go with. I just wanted to give you a quick peek as I am very excited that they are finally here.

In the next post I will go through each fabric, why I chose it and the pallette in more detail. This way you will get a feel for the base fabrics and the contrasts, which will allow you to select your own fabrics.

All fabrics requirements for the entire quilt will be listed in Month 1, so you will be able to plan your fabric from the first block.

More to come soon...

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