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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Flying Blind November 8, 2013 at 5:14 pm

Looking good!
I am making a Gypsy Shawl from Jane Brockett’s book that I have coveted forever! And I am using my Dear Stella ‘Hadley’ fabric – sooooooo perfect!


Esther November 8, 2013 at 7:51 pm

I really love the fabrics you’ve picked. Well done!


Dorothy Griffiths November 9, 2013 at 5:43 am

What fabulous fabrics – love them, really enjoyed this post, thanks so much


Rachel at Stitched in Color November 9, 2013 at 6:43 am

I very much appreciate this simple pattern and do resonate with the joy of “just sewing”. No planning, no big deal. Nice!


Katy November 9, 2013 at 6:44 am

Looks like you’ve been having great fun! Hmm, quilt patterns don’t really do it for me, so no coveting here. I do covet finished quilts that other people do though ;)


CJ November 9, 2013 at 7:58 am

Wonderful fabric indeed. I always mix things with fabric ranges. It’s nice that way I think.


Kathyh November 9, 2013 at 1:03 pm

“It got me thinking too about fabrics & patterns & all sorts of other design & fabricy thoughts.”

After the new year, I switch offices and go back to working part-time – just 3 miles from my home. Freeing up time for fabricy thoughts little by little.


Fiona November 10, 2013 at 9:15 am

Love it. Really nice balance of colours, not fussy and still allows the patterns to be showcased.


Willit November 19, 2013 at 9:27 am

It’s great to see someone having so much fun just sewing.

It seems that I’ve come late to the game when it comes to colour wheel quilts, but that is one quilt design that I knew I wanted to make as soon as I saw it, I’ve just been waiting for the opportunity to make it for someone I knew would appreciate it. Now I have an arty friend who is having her first baby in January, so the time has come! :)

As far as fabric goes, I am yet to by designs from any particular line or designer, I buy what I like or what I think will look good for the project.


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