If you are a selvedge person, have I got the fabric for you!
Most quilters have probably heard plenty about the Cotton + Steel collections, which are a new group of designer collections from RJR fabrics. They had huge hype leading up to Spring Market a few months ago and basically dominated social media during the Market. I am going to be brutally honest: when I first saw the collections, I wasn’t too excited. I’m not a novelty print quilter, and most of what I saw were things like horses, arrows, buttons, cats and lions….and then I saw their basics collections: dots, crosses, grids…Sold! the top fabric in the photo above is a panel of sorts consisting of blocks of different colors with polka dots, then that border with the tiny blue stars on gray. I think it is a fun idea, and has lots of potential.
I picked up some prints on my trip to the West Coast last week. The top four and bottom one in the photo above are Cotton + Steel. You know I cannot resist a pretty blue, but if its geometric or floral, it’s mine. These created the start of a palette and I added the other three prints because they coordinate and are just really pretty! Those three are from Cloud9 fabrics, which I don’t usually buy (organic=expensive), but the shops in Portland didn’t charge as much for them as I have seen elsewhere and they are just really pretty!
My process for shopping for fabric is usually “collecting”. I don’t buy random fabric just because I like it. Typically, I am creating a group. I don’t shop for specific projects when I am ready to make them, but rather collect a group fabrics over time, then assign them to a project. I might start with a print or fabric range I really like and build from there until I have enough to make something. I feel like this gives my quilts more interest, more variety, and, to me, they are definitely more fun to make.
This is the palette I have built: aqua, navy, goose-turd green, pinkish coral, gray. It is one that I will have sitting on my cutting table just so I can look at it. But I have a feeling it won’t sit for long. It might be cutting in front of some of my other planned projects!