I think I've mentioned here before that I want to push myself to overcome some....what's the word?....fear...of incorporating Kaffe's fabrics into my pieces. I gravitate toward geometrics and bright, clean colors. I rarely - and I mean rarely - buy anything with brown in it and I avoid complicated color pairings because even though I like them in other people's quilts, for some reason my eye doesn't ever seem as pleased with what I do.
I own Material Obsession II by Sarah Fielke and Kathy Doughty which is one of my favorite quilting books ever. I absolutely love the designs and the use of color in this book. And the photography is beautiful - not over styled or fluffy.
Forgive me for the picture quality here.
This is my favorite quilt in the book. I love Sarah's use of color and the clever way she set the blocks. And the hand quilting - good Lord in heaven.
This block in particular intrigues me. I love the prints that she uses - all small-scale prints but not really in the same family in terms of style. And the mixture of the oranges with the browns and blues - the stripes and the teeny tiny squirrels - the art-deco curves and the reproduction-style floral.....
Blows. My. Mind.
But here's where I get tripped up.
Why does this work?
What about this combination of color works?
I've seriously been thinking about this since I bought this book over 2 years ago.
And this middle one.
I would never have thought to pair that millefore Fassett print with pink!!
But it works.
And lastly, this sucker puts me over the edge.
Turquoise, pink, rusty brown and yellow.
Who does this?
Who thinks - yes, this will look lovely?
I know who.
Sarah Freaking Fielke, that's who.
I'm planning on taking her Craftsy class because a good friend recommended it. And I'm going to continue to try and wrap my brain around the whys, hows and whats of what makes this quilt - and everything else that Fielke woman makes - so dang lovely.
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