I first saw a peek of the “Indelible” collection by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery Fabrics (Spring 2014) last winter in the run-up to spring market. It was pretty much love at first sight and fabric that I happily waited to buy. I am not disappointed! I would really like to start a project with it soon, so I decided to do some experimenting with mixing it with other fabrics in my stash.
One of the things that I look for in an ideal fabric collection: distinct color and value ranges. Although I don’t make quilts of only one designer collection, I always judge a collection by the potential it has to stand alone. I could never make a quilt with some collections because the colors are too “flat”, or all the prints consist of very similar value and color. While they may be beautiful, they aren’t practical for quilting, and require lots of blenders or solids to make an interesting patchwork.
“Indelible” consists of very nice, distinct color ways: gray (both light and dark), deep purple (I love this trend!), light blue and turquoise. All of these are nicely off-set by warm gold and peachy-orange. The one wish I have for “Indelible” is a couple of good “read as solid” prints. The closest we get to those are the grid prints (seen in orange above) and a print that resembles a map (shown in gray, below).
The fabric checks a few other boxes for hot trends, too: butterflies. Text. Lots of Text.
So the fun part? mixing it up a bit and imagining potential quilt projects.
First on the warm side: in the photo above, the fabrics on the left are “Indelible” and the oranges and golds on the right are bits from my stash. I really like the look of these colors with the gray (but let’s face it: I like gray with everything!). There is a good range of light value prints in the collection and I love them paired with my saturated blenders.
I get a totally new look and mood when I take the deep, cooler colors of “Indelible”, on the left above, and add more jewel tones and some light grays and blue from my stash. This little collection has a great variety of value from light to very dark…good potential patchwork here.
I really enjoy writing these fabric posts. My creative process when it comes to choosing fabric for a quilt is really very simple, mostly instinctive. But it is fun to think more about it and experiment with possibilities while I play with some of my favorite, beautiful fabrics.
Happy Fabric Friday!