I’ve been trying to get ahold of my sewing room. I have been doing a little every now and then and am happy. I’ve made a STRONG commitment that every little thing will get attention before I am truly calling it done. One of the things that is on the forefront of my brain is tackling my scraps. I used them often and with the release of Bonnie Hunter’s new book String Frenzy, more than ever I feel like my scraps need to get in control.
I gathered my scraps, bought a couple tubs and started in on sorting….What a mess!!
Here are my tubs…one is for what I call “brights” and the other “Civil War-ish tones”. I really think better terms might be “white based” and “cream based”. Keep reading…I’ll explain.
Here are the white based fabrics….
If you were to pick a background fabric to go with them, you would not use tans. You would use white, snow white, egg shell…those types of background colors.
This is the “cream based” tote. Look. Creams and tans are already in the box and they looks PERFECT with these colors. If white were thrown in there, it would really stick out.
So I grabbed a handful of scraps…these need to get sorted.
In a minute or so I had two piles. The white based on the left and the cream based on the right. Notice a couple that are questionable.
This regularly happens. When it does, I grab a piece of white and a piece of tan and see which way I’d rather have them go. There is no wrong or right. It’s simply personal preference. What do you prefer??
To “double check”, I throw my scraps into the bucket and give a look. Do the scraps I just added stick out?
I think they look good.
I’ve been complimented time and time again about my ability to select color. This is how I do it. Now, if I were to make my tulip fields quilt again, I would pick the “cream” bucket to sew from.
No fabrics that are white based would be allowed in this quilt.
If I were to make Bonnie Hunter’s quilt Xing from her new book, I would use the white based bucket of scraps.
As I was sorting I came across these pieces. ..notice the blue with the cream at the top of the picture? That looks great to me.
Now look at the bottom with the red and white. For me, I likely wouldn’t team the white with that red.
Look in the photo below. Doesn’t that red look better with a cream based background fabric??
I will readily admit that purple, yellows and reds can be tricky. If you’re sorting or selecting fabric for a quilt, grab a piece of tan background fabric and a piece of white background fabric and use that as your fabric selection guide. It’s what I do and so far, I think it has works every time.
I’m off…I have another tote of fabric scraps to sort. Oh my, I just love sorting scraps…it does my heart good. Oh the possibilities all in one tote!!