Two things you should know:
- I don't shop for fabric that often. I shop when I find myself at a quilt shop and that's not nearly as often as you might think. When I travel, it happens sometimes. When Linda is here, we go to the Quilt Asylum. Other than that, I work out of my stash. But every now and then, the stash needs an injection of new fabric. I rarely have buyer's remorse after a shopping trip.
- I don't buy fabric for specific projects. If I have a quilt in the planning stage, I look for fabric that could work in it, but I don't shop for specific areas of a quilt. What I mean is that I don't look at a fabric and think: "I will use this fabric for that square."
In my last post I explained why I bought so much 'text' fabric—I like the visual texture. Why did I buy so much red?
I need to make a monochromatic quilt for the color book. That would be a quilt made from only one color. To do that you need many values of that one color: lights, mediums, and darks.
To be specific, I am talking about fabric that has only one color in it—no 'extra' colors added to a print. You can buy solids and tone-on-tone prints in values from light to dark in green, blue, purple, yellow, orange, etc.—and the colors are still recognizably those colors.
What happens to red when it gets light? It goes pink. Or orange. Very dark reds lean toward blue/red or orange/red. Making a truly red monochromatic quilt is kind of hard—so that's the one I'm going to make for the book.
I have not been able to build a light to dark, fire-engine-red stack of fabric in solids or tone-on-tone prints because there isn't enough value difference without a color change. I can do it with prints, but only if I accept that white can be added to red. Tell me this: Is that cheating?
I want this quilt to read 'red'. I am not going to use red and white fabric that has any 'extra', accent color. (That doesn't mean that I didn't buy any red/white fabric that didn't have other colors—I'm just not using them in this monochromatic project.)
The very lightest of the fabrics you see in my stack almost read more white than red and my plan is to use very few of them.
I love that stripe w/little dots on the right so I bought a yard of it. It might be used in the quilt, or not. It would be a great binding on this or another quilt.
The stack above is arranged in a lovely gradation from dark to light. Now, look at the same fabric stacked side-by-side, dark against light:
I know I'll want to use more fabric from my stash in this quilt—that's what I was thinking when I bought these fabrics. I have no idea what the quilt pattern will be. Probably it will be pieced because I don't have much time left to make another applique quilt. But this is a good start!