When I first saw the sneak peeks of the Curiosities fabric collection from Art Gallery Fabrics last spring, I knew I would love it. Then, at quilt market in Minneapolis in May, I got to see it in person…Jeni Baker has arguably produced her best fabric collection yet (isn’t she one of those that just gets better with each one?) with Curiosities, inspired the little things that make us stop and wonder.
I was really lucky to win a giveaway that Art Gallery Fabrics did during Market and got a bundle of the Curiosities prints as my prize! This week I got them out and started thinking about what I might make with them…
The playful candy colors and sweet prints of the Curiosities fabrics play wonderfully with two other Art Gallery collections this season, Happy Home (by Caroline Hulse) and Sketchbook (by Sharon Holland). Putting all these together (and then some!) would make a great scrappy quilt for a girl of any age. I just love a quilt with lots of variety in the prints, and the grouping above would make an adorable Tipsy quilt, maybe with white and gray in the background rather than white and blue?
The Curiosities fabrics are pretty much the same intensity as far as value, so I will definitely need some neutrals to make the pretty colors pop. White is an obvious choice given the bright colors in the prints, but I also like them with a bit of beige or white on cream for a more subtle look. Several of the prints include a light tan color that complements the neutrals, and that shade of blue is perfect with any shade of white.
As I mentioned, I like a lot of prints in a quilt, but I am always drawn to tone-on-tone (or “blender”) prints when I am using busier fabrics as the focus. I pulled several coordinating fabrics from my stash that complement the prints in Curiosities, but almost read as solids. This is also a way you could make a great quilt with just a few of the focus prints from Curiosities (rather than busting the piggy bank for the whole collection).
I love these fabrics! I cannot wait to make something with them, but at the moment I am pretty swamped with school work and life…so I will have to be content with looking at them for now.
Have a great week!