Wednesday, July 17, 2013

sunrise, succulents, ...standstill.

Like Cari, I've had a particular color palette fixed in the back of my mind for quite some time now.  It all started with a quilt that Emily posted to the Made With Pink Castle Fabrics! flickr group back in May.  Then, just the other week Design Seeds' fresh hues (do you Design Seed?!) reeled me back in with a stunning shot of succulents.  I mean c'mon, just try and tell me these two are not destined to be together in every single way:

1.  Untitled (by Mary Notarthomas).  2.  Morning quilt (by emmmylizzzy)

{Incidentally, the fresh hues photo took me on a quick trip to Pinterest and tumblr before sending me right back to a flickr photo taken many moons ago.  Perhaps I should go a little easier on it in spite of all those unbearable (and wildly confusing) changes?  Meh.  Jury's still out.}

The jury is also perplexed as to what should become of this alluring, lingering color scheme.  Though apparently uncomplicated, this whole two-colors-that-aren't-next-to-one-another-on-the-color-wheel bit is relatively uncharted territory for yours truly.  Good thing there's still a potential for gradients involved...  


~fifty fabrics, unlimited possibilities?!

...And good thing I've been stockpiling purple prints for years? ;)  So... any design thoughts for me?  One idea—in keeping with the natural inspiration behind these hues—is to mimic those succulents by taking a some sort of "floral" approach.  Another option?  Piece an array of outdoorsy lanterns for Jess of Quilty Habit's Lantern-a-long.  Of course that task would be doubly challenging, asin case you weren't already awareI have a thing about symmetry (particularly its mandatory presence in most everything I undertake), and her gorgeous lanterns come in all shapes and sizes (as they should! I'm the neurotic one here!) ;)  Perhaps the time has come to sew outside my comfort zone, a bit.  Just last week I was reading about how Julianna of Sewing Under Rainbow made that a goal for 2013, and my gosh I think we can all applaud that brilliant decision!

What do you think?

Linking up with Lee of freshly pieced!

P.S.  If mixing, matching and mosaic-building is your kind of thing, too, be sure to check out Rachel of Stitched in Color's {clashy bright} contest, sponsored by Marmalade Fabrics ;)  {You can see my ode to an unexpected color here.}  Entries are due by midnight on July 18, so you've got a teensy bit of time to try your hand at one (or even two!) custom clashy creations.  Go on, have at it!

P.P.S.  Added bonus?  Looks like there's lots of sales activity over at Marmalade ;)  (Everybody wins!)

22 comments:

  1. Love. Like a lot. Like eleventy billion lot. That is such a gorgeous colour palette. I have no idea what you could make with it but I think my stash needs to align itself into a palette just like that.

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    1. Oh wait. I do have a suggestion but you may not thank me for it. Looks like some fiddly piecing but... have you seen Shape Moth's Dahlia? It's stunning - reminds me of those succulents. http://shape-moth.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/free-small-dahlia-block-templates.html

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  2. You know what I see? Triangle quilt. I never tried it but you can, lol. You have plenty of fabrics to mix them up.

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  3. Funny, I thought something like a dahlia which Kristy mentioned! Or maybe some AMH Feathers? I have a soft spot for those and think this colour palette would be stunning!

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  4. When I have fabrics I'm dying to use I try to remember what pattern or technique I've been waiting to try. Are there any quilt alongs you've been considering? Do you have any books or magazines you've been waiting to dive into?

    I actually keep a little list of ideas. But then I'm a total list freak. :)

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  5. I love this palette! What about Sarah Fielke's Hanging Lantern's pattern - it's kind of that that spiky but organic feeling of succulents and might tick your symmetry box a little more than the Lantern Along quilt.

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  6. The colors are fantastic! I definitely need to venture more into the purples and blues.

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  7. What a gorgeous stack! I like Kristy's idea as well, but they would look gorgeous as feathers!
    If it were my stack, i'd be doing Sarah Fielke's Bangles quilt. It would give you your symmetry and keep to the succulentish look!

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  8. Gosh that would make a terrific color palette in a quilt very eye popping! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. I absolutely adore that stack! The succulent photo is gorgeous. My mind went straight to folded fabric blocks - I think they're called Suffolk somethings? I really don't think you can go wrong though, it's a stunning pull.

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  10. Your posts always get me to thinking and in such a creative way! I oh-so-love that color combo, but throw in some yummy grays and what a delicious quilt it would make!!

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  11. wow, that first photo is simply amazing, seriously. I love it! It is so inspiring, and yes I have a color scheme board I often go to for inspiration. Colors are always what grabs me at first to take a closer look when shopping for fabrics. I have no idea what you should do but it is bound to be amazing!

    I am stopping by from the WIP hop, my post is here if you have time to stop by :) http://domesticdeficitdisorder.blogspot.com/2013/07/wip-july-17th-edition.html

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  12. Just gorgeous. What about a triangle quilt that has a random-ish gradation from one side to the other, like fractured bits of glass? Sort of like this: http://www.behance.net/gallery/Geometric-Serigraphs/4289757

    One other thought: your succulents photo has just a tiny bit of yellow and pink in it too. I think just a small amount added to the purple and blue could look really killer. I'm kind of just thinking aloud... I want this color scheme now too!

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  13. You know I'm totally behind your lanterns ;) I saw that quilt on flickr too - omgosh, it's amazing. Your FABRIC PULL is amazing. Anything you make would be great with that! Coming in second place would be a bangles quilt or an AMH feather quilt, as people stated above :)

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  14. Oooh I love the gradient going through pale instead of working its way through the color wheel (aqua -> blue -> purple -> magenta) and that inspiration photo is phenomenal!!
    Generally once I have a color palette, I surf flickr favorites until I find something that grabs hold of my brain and demands to be made. I can't wait to see what you make with this!

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  15. Love your fabric pull and your inspiration photos. I find that the fabric always tells you what it wants to be in the end. :) (I say that, and I still have a couple of piles saved that are continuing to be stubbornly silent.) I'm obsessed with this pattern: http://www.pinkchalkfabrics.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=11438 It would be so cool in a selective palette, and you've got such a variance in values that it would add lots of interest to the wheel wedges...Now you've got ME thinking... :)

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  16. These colors are oh so pretty together!

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  17. Lovely stack! I like the idea of using it for AMH Feathers or a triangle quilt with a lot of negative space. Looking forward to seeing what you make with it!

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  18. Oh, now you are going to have me dreaming about this palette, too... :) Love your fabric pull. As for what to make, at first I was thinking Dresden Plates to pick up on the shapes of the succulents, but Kristy's suggestion to try the Modern Dahlia seems even better. Otherwise, I'm sure you could come up with a succulent-inspired pattern of your own, a la your gemstone patterns, which would be awesome.

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  19. Wow...What a great color palette! I want you to pick a pattern so you use all the fabrics in the stack.

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  20. The colors in the quilt are beautiful! And they match the photo so well too!

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  21. The colors are amazing and the possibilities are endless! I think the Lantern pattern could really showcase the different fabrics with a grey solid for the background. Thanks for the intro to Design Seeds - what an interesting site.

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