floating worlds & design ponderings…

by Nova on November 8, 2013

I love a bit of chain piecing, especially when  scrummy prints & colours are  involved.


The gorgeous gals from Umbrella prints kindly sent me some of their new collection ‘Floating World‘ to play with. The colours are really beautiful  & an interesting mix to inspire a quilt or smaller project.

I’m a girl of simple (if a tad eclectic)  taste & I haven’t met a Plain Spoken quilt (pattern from the Modern Quilt Workshop book) that I didn’t like yet & thought it would lend itself perfectly to the Floating World  prints allowing for a few additions from the stash too of course :) I really love to see what mixes of fabrics other crafters put with a designers range don’t you?

I didn’t want to add too much as I really want that incredible green of the  Bird in Paradise print to glow through but still remain balanced as a whole – the touch of rust colour being the ‘mustard on the plate‘ as my mother always says!

I’ve been popping the blocks  up randomly on the design wall as I iron them & I’m pretty happy so far.

plain spoken umbrella prints

I’m loving it  a little too much though  & it’s still growing! It started out at the Nap size quilt  but it’s  quickly outgrown that!

It’s been ages since I sat & just sewed sewed sewed & it feels  rather wonderful!  It got me thinking too about fabrics & patterns & all sorts of other design & fabricy thoughts. I do love a bit of pattern & fabric  matchmaking –    Have you coveted a quilt pattern (more than one  I am sure!!!), just waiting for that perfect fabric to come along? Or vice versa?  Are you a purist that likes to sew  ‘neat’ with a designers range or do you like to add a little sprinkle of something else from the stash?

Have a great weekend whatever crafty shenanigans you’re getting up to!



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