Category Archives: Fabric palettes

Fabric palette No. 12

Nina With Freckles - Fabric palette 12 2015-07-21

My twelfth fabric palette, this time in creamy white, various grey hues, some intense red and an equally insisting mustard green. The flower print in the middle by Joel Dewberry was my starting point, but then it got quite challenging to be honest.

While Hawthorne Threads have an impressive selection of fabrics, in many cases something wasn’t quite fitting either in colour or pattern for the auditioned print to end up in this palette. I love demanding things from myself like this, though, or things would become too boring too quickly.

I don’t think I’ve seen a quilt yet in this colour scheme, so please do post a photo if you decide to go with it!

Fabric palette No. 11 – Cool florals

Nina With Freckles - Fabric palette 11 - Cool florals 2015-07-18

Hooray Saturday! I’m celebrating by making a quick fabric palette once again. By quick I mean that I will simply let you dig out the individual fabrics yourself, should you be interested in particular names, collections, designers, and manufacturers.

I’ve used Hawthorne Thread and their swatch pictures, so that’s where you can look them up. To aid the customer in finding fabrics, they do have this nifty colour tool, and since I found all the fabrics that way, you will too. There aren’t enough hours in the day for “perfect”, so this is where that something has got to give, hope you do understand :)

Fabric palette No. 10

NinaWithFreckles - Hawthorn Threads palette 10

I didn’t realise just how much I’ve missed making these fabric palettes, but I did. I feel all warm, fuzzy, and almost a bit teary-eyed, too, from having finished one for you to look at again.

This time, I challenged myself to use black and white in a way that wouldn’t be psychedelic at all. I’m not sure I have succeeded, but it was great fun to audition fabric after fabric. I nixed a lot before even downloading, and then another handful once seeing them lined up in Finder.

A funny thing is, when beginning to look at all the information for my list below, I hadn’t realised how many of these fabrics are by Hawthorne Threads. I just thought they looked fresh and interesting, and went well together with the rest. In fact, it is news to me as per this moment that they even design – and print – their own fabrics now.

Fabrics in the palette, currently available at Hawthorne Threads:

  1. Etched, Basketweave in Onyx by Hawthorne Threads.
  2. Blend, Espresso in Black by Fiona Stokes-Gilbert for Windham Fabrics.
  3. Isometry, Geometry in Onyx by Hawthorne Threads.
  4. Origami Oasis, Thicket in Black by Tamara Kate for Michael Miller Fabrics.
  5. Enchanted, Teardrop Bead in Shadow by Michelle Engel Bencsko for Cloud 9 Fabrics.
  6. Etched, Half Moon Dot in Onyx by Hawthorne Threads.
  7. Petite Paris, Eiffel Tower in Ebony by Michael Miller Fabrics.
  8. Zambezi, Fronds in Onyx by Hawthorne Threads.
  9. Mod Prints, Dressforms in Black by Michael Miller Fabrics.
  10. Sakura, Meander in Gray by Makower UK for Andover Fabrics.
  11. Etched, Vanes in Onyx by Hawthorne Threads.
  12. Opposites Attract, Big Floral in Black on White by Jacqueline Savage Mcfee for Camelot Cottons.
  13. Zambezi, Giraffe Tribe in Onyx by Hawthorne Threads.
  14. Sew Charming, Circles in Black by Bo Bunny for Riley Blake Designs.
  15. Dots, Honeycomb Dots On White in Black by Riley Blake Designs.
  16. Etched, Hills in Onyx by Hawthorne Threads.

What say you? Too crazy to look at?

Fabric palette #9

NinaWithFreckles - Hawthorn Threads palette 9

Since I’m about to partake in the Spoonflower design challenge, I thought it a good idea to look at fabrics again. Maureen Cracknell’s Luminous Field in Glow was the starting point this time. It is safe to say that a palette has never been this slow to assemble before, because I wanted to bring out all the colours found. I actually had to take a break because the scrolling and auditioning became so laborious.

The last piece found was Anna Maria Horner’s Echinacea and I was particularly pleased about it, because the red in Luminous Field is a tricky one. The only suitable red otherwise found is the one in Morning Keepsake, which I found when looking in the mustard section. All this I tell you because it was a Huge Undertaking to create this palette for your enjoyment. Huge. Which is also evident by all the text in this post, as I’m usually just posting the palette with links.

Here they are:

  1. Detour, Arrows in Blue by Bo Bunny for Riley Blake Designs.
  2. Fox Field, Baby Geo in Dusk by Tula Pink for Westminster / Free Spirit.
  3. Rapture, Hypnotic Paramour in Rose by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics.
  4. Oval Elements in Sapphire by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics.
  5. Dots, Medium Dots Tone on Tone in Green by Riley Blake Designs.
  6. Wild and Free, Luminous Field in Glow by Maureen Cracknell for Art Gallery Fabrics.
  7. Gramercy, Commute in Taxi by Leah Duncan for Art Gallery Fabrics.
  8. Heirloom, Marquis in Amethyst by Joel Dewberry for Westminster / Free Spirit.
  9. Lilly Belle, Rattan Bleu in Blush by Bari J. Ackerman for Art Gallery Fabrics.
  10. Dowry, Lineage in Taffy by Anna Maria Horner for Westminster / Free Spirit.
  11. Pretty Potent Flannel, Echinacea in Boost by Anna Maria Horner for Westminster / Free Spirit (or you can use cotton).
  12. Spot on Pearlized, Medium Spot in Peach by Robert Kaufman Fabrics.
  13. Alhambra II, Cashmere Cameo in Night by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics.
  14. Botanics, Line Scratch in Blue by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman Fabrics.
  15. Winged, Plumage in Apricot by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics.
  16. Wild and Free, Morning Keepsake in Sun by Maureen Cracknell for Art Gallery Fabrics.

Whilst working on this fabric palette I thought to myself that it was my wackiest one so far, that it would look really weird and that nobody would like it. I added – and deleted again – more candidates than ever before, and for some strange reason felt guilty about it, almost like I was saying no to an actual person. It’s not like I couldn’t use them in some other project *eyeroll*

Have you ever had this happen when you audition fabrics for your quilts or other projects? Do you get emotionally attached to them somehow? I seem to be doing a fine job of it…

Fabric palette #8

NinaWithFreckles - Hawthorn Threads palette 8

It’s been quite some time since my last fabric palette, so here’s one in blues and greens. This time I’m featuring some fabrics from Hawthorne Threads.

Fabrics in the palette:

  1. Calico in Forest by dear Stella.
  2. Confetti Dots in Mint by dear Stella.
  3. Botanics, Line Scratch in Blue by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman.
  4. Oh Clementine, Crosshatch in Sky by Allison Harris for Windham Fabrics.
  5. Sunday Morning, Mosaic in Green by dear Stella.
  6. Painter’s Canvas in Green Tea by Laura Gunn for Michael Miller Fabrics.
  7. Oval Elements in Vintage Blue by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics.
  8. Color Weave in Soft Light Green by P & B Textiles.
  9. Mika, Orb in Turquoise by dear Stella.

Next time I think something more in the season is in order, but this was such a bright palette to make. Enjoy!

Fabric Spot fabrics finally arrived

The Fabric Spot fabrics that I won in the Stitched in Color challenge finally arrived a few weeks ago, but I haven’t had a chance to blog about them until now.

I got to pick two fabrics that weren’t part of the original palette, since they were not available at the time, and upon receiving them I was surprised to see how well they match each other. Here they are!

NWF Stitched in Color contest Fabric Spot fabrics 2014-10-17

Aren’t they lovely? I have no idea how to use them yet, but I think I’ll use all the palette fabrics in the same project to build upon the original idea. The pair of nature-themed fabrics would be gorgeous to use as starting point for something larger, using the colours of the roses.

What do you think? Have some ideas for these? Happy Friday and a lovely weekend!

My snail palette won!

I can’t believe it, I am so humbled and grateful! My first palette, the one with the snails, lots of yellow and blue in various hues, won the Unabashedly Yellow challenge sponsored by Canadian Fabric Spot.

I was about to wrap up my Monday and then Rachel’s email announced its existence in my inbox, so I headed over to her blog and found this:

NWF Unabashedly Yellow prize 2014-07-14

My cheerful little palette got over 24 % of the votes, which I still have a hard time believing, because there were so many other fantastic palettes in the challenge.

I’m still stepping outside of my comfort zone and have never participated in a challenge like this before. What a lovely end to a nice Monday!

Another one for the Stitched in Color fabric palette contest

One is allowed to enter with two palettes in the Stitched in Color contest and I’m still as happy to window shop for fabrics in the Fabric Spot webshop, so here’s my second contribution (the first one’s here)!

NWF Stitched in Color fabric palette contest 2014-07-09

I don’t have anything in my home of mustard yellow (apart from the Dijon in the fridge of course), but combined this way it really is a delicious hue, don’t you think?

Stitched in Color fabric palette contest

Ah, my favourite! Fabric palettes! Window shopping is almost as good as shopping for real when it comes to fabrics, so I eagerly dug out my foundation print from the Fabric Spot webshop upon reading of Rachel Hauser’s challenge over at Stitched in Color.

The theme is “Unabashedly Yellow” and what do you think? I’d love to win this bundle is what I think!

NWF Stitched in Color fabric palette contest 2014-07-08

My starting point were the snails, I love those snails! Recently I saw them on someone’s blog or in a webshop and thought I’d love to get a yard of it.

As for the fabrics in general, I think only two are from the same line, numbers 11 and 12 down in the right corner. It still amazes me what one can do when carefully combining single patterns from different lines. Hope you enjoyed my contribution, wish me luck!