When Cindi and I were in Paducah, I spotted a beautiful pineapple quilt hanging in a vendor’s booth. It took my breath away, and Cindi, being the good and enabling friend every quilter should have, told me I HAD to buy the kit and pattern. So I did. I don’t normally buy the kits because they are usually so expensive, but I knew I would never be able to replicate the colors and fabrics on my own, from my own stash. They are too far out of my fabric comfort zone.
I mean, come on. These are the “dark” fabrics. Are they ugly or what? There is NO WAY I would have paid good money for these fabrics had I bought them individually.
That graphic one in the center is awful. That muddy pink with dark green lines looks like barf to me. And the yellowish-green one next to it? What were these people thinking when they put those fabrics together in a quilt kit?
On the other hand, the “light” fabrics aren’t too bad. I’m not particularly fond of the cross stitch-looking one on the right, but whatever.
I pressed them and cut them into strips, all the while thinking to myself that this quilt would turn out awful, and what was I thinking, spending such a large amount of money on these fabrics. But, I forged ahead anyway. I’m not going to use these fabrics for anything else, I might as well make the darn quilt.
But then, something happened. I stitched a block.
Then another. And another. And some magic started happening!
I’m falling in love with it again! Somehow all those ugly fabrics are made softer and mellower in this block. I don’t understand it, but I guess it’s a good lesson in color and fabric theory. Now I can’t stop making the blocks. People around here are just gonna have to eat PB&Js until I get this top together!
Oh my goodness – what a difference! I was starting to doubt your taste in color when you brought that fat quarter pack back to the hotel room while we were at the show. But jeez – those blocks are gorgeous! I can’t wait to see them all sewn together now.