Evening in the Garden Quilts

Adventures in Fabric Art


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New Blue Pitcher

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I collect light blue ceramic pitchers, as well as fabric.  Of course, I don’t have nearly the tonnage of pitchers that I do fabric, and I display the pitchers mainly in my kitchen, but it is a collection. 

Last week I found a large pitcher at a downtown antique mall.  The one at the top of this post. I knew it wasn’t quite right, but I went ahead and bought it anyway. 

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I know that many people do not have a good color memory.  They can’t match a fabric without a swatch.  They wouldn’t dream of buying a random piece of fabric or can of paint and expecting it to fit into a given project.  I am not one of those people.  When I trust my instincts, I can pick the right bolt or paint sample out of a wall of them, take the cut or can home, and go right to work. (It’s good that I can do this, because I so often forget to take my scraps to the store with me and I’m usually too embarrassed to admit it.)

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So, I knew this pitcher didn’t quite go with my others. It’s a little darker blue. It’s much taller, but that’s good. It also has more curves. Most of mine are sleeker, but, again, that’s good. Variety. Also, it cost more than the ten dollars I usually pay for one. Still, I bought it. As you can see, it is a very nice pitcher. The clerk made me promise to put an armful of hydrangeas in it, and I think she’s right.

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It does stand out a little from the rest of my collection. However, as a quilter I know exactly how to handle that. What I need are more pitchers! If I get more of various sizes, shapes, and shades, this one will blend right in and feel perfectly at home. I’ve got this!

I hope you’re working on something useful like this.

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I’m linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.


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Design Wall Monday: Editing

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My design wall has gotten a workout these last few days.  I took a collection of leftover fabrics from a successful beach themed quilt from a couple years ago and set out to make a different one.  I considered them all to be neutral fabrics, and I made some contrasting rail fence blocks to go with them.  I felt I was on the right track when my DH observed, “That’s not very colorful.”

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Unfortunately, there wasn’t much contrast between the rails and the background.  Time to go more neutral.

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Hmmm.   More neutral.

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Hmmm.  Well.

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Here is my finished top.  Obviously, I have quite a pile of rejected patches.  They will need to become something.  This is why we’re never finished making quilts.

I hope you’re playing with fabric today.

I’m linking up with Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times.