Thursday, August 27, 2009

Define "bright"

This is a swatch sample of the Moda "Tranquility" line by Sandy Gervais. There's orange, bright green, teal, lime, aqua, rust. There's squiggles, dots, large flowers and pop geometrics. In person the fabrics are more vivid than on this sample card.

I ask you, would you call these colors "bright"?

Evidently, my husband doesn't. I got the idea to use my charm packs I bought yesterday, in combination with fabrics from my stash, to make him a "half a quilt" for his side of the bed using the pattern I showed yesterday. He says he's tired of brown and wants stuff with some color. (This from the man who wanted the walls painted white when we moved in, and bought a brown leather couch. But, I digress...) I've started making his applique cat quilt (more on this later) but in the meantime I thought I'd knock out another narrow quilt for him to use until the special cat quilt is done. Admittedly, there are some brown fabrics in this charm pack, but the majority have the colors I listed. And, I'm using a blue border and orange squares in the blocks. I figured that would fulfill his "bright" criteria.

Au contraire.

I could have picked up some Amy Butler or Kaffe Fassett or Alexander Henry, but I'm the one making it and I liked these prints. They were whimsical and fun, and - I thought - plenty colorful.

Shows you what I know.


paula, the quilter said...

Those remind me of the "Sonnet" collection by April Cornell. But the Sonnet collection isn't very bright, tho.

The Calico Cat said...

I think that they are "bright" for that style of fabric... If that makes sense...

They are not bright within the full spectrum of colors, but for MODA some of them are fairly bright.

It's like country bright instead of city bright.