Pat Bravo (Art Gallery Fabrics) has a new basics fabric collection out, and it is perfection! As you may know, basics are my favorite to work with: prints with simple patterns, tone on tone, and small scales. Add to that Pat’s color sense, and Essentials has my name all over it!
The collection consists of prints in three color ways: pink, yellow and blue, but they still offer a good variety due to the variations in shade and scale of the prints. I decided to look through my stash and see what might pair well with these lovelies for future quilts…
The Essentials fabrics have a good range of values and I really like the light to medium ones with other “low volume” prints. This little group would make a wonderful quilt with my Gossamer pattern! You could add some bright pink, yellow, aqua and navy solids for pops of contrast. The fabrics shown above on the right are from the Paperie collection, another of my recent favorites (Art Gallery fabrics 2015).
On the other hand, I also pulled mostly the dark prints from Essentials and mixed them with other fabrics of similar colors (these are also by Pat Bravo, her previous collection called Dare). This group would work nicely with a solid white background in most any patchwork quilt design. I love how white makes that navy blue look so clear, and the mustard yellow adds just the right touch of brightness to keep it all interesting.
I recently bought a bundle of the Ombre solids by Vanessa Christensen (rather an impulsive buy…but I am not regretting it)…and it occurred to me that some of them are so perfect with the Essentials prints. Rather than flat solids, the ombre fabrics have a shifting range from selvage to selvage, and when you cut them and mix them up the effect is marvelous! I would love to see the Ombre solids and the Essentials in a Polka Dot Bikini quilt…using the Essentials prints in place of the polka dot fabrics and the Ombre colors as the solids. hmm.
Of course, you know a fabric collection is really useful when you can take the whole lot or just a few (and add some stash, solids or neutrals) and you have so many possibilities. That’s why I love Essentials 2: clear, perfect colors in easy-to-use prints. These basics will definitely be finding their way into some future quilts.
PSA: watch the Art Gallery Fabrics Facebook page…they very regularly offer A-mazing giveaways. I was actually lucky enough to win this bundle of Essentials 2 recently. Thumbs up!