Which inspires you first - the fabric or the design? Do you fall in love with a fabric and then have to figure out what to do with it, or do you canvass the shops with a design in hand?
I just bought a fat quarter collection that prompted me to ponder this thought. I was prowling Ebay in search of a Moda fabric from a couple of years ago when I came across a 34 piece fat quarter group of Moda's Morris Tapestry by Barbara Brackman. Now, I haven't been actively looking at the online stores because I was trying to cut down my fabric purchases. The only reason I was searching for the original Moda piece was because I didn't have enough in my stash to finish a project. But there they were, 34 lovelies just begging me to buy, beautiful blues and purples and greens, accented with a bit of aqua and gold.
But I couldn't splurge without a project in mind. I simply couldn't let myself buy more fabric to join the already burgeoning shelves in my sewing room without a plan in place. So I fired up EQ, downloaded the swatches from Moda (by the way, a GREAT thing, to be able to import images of all the fabrics in a collection) and started fiddling around.
I remembered a design from a Carrie Nelson book I have that I always thought was pretty but didn't like her choice of fabrics. So I grabbed that book, sketched out the blocks and started coloring in the patches. It didn't take long before I had a color scheme figured out. And here it is:
All these blues, purples and greens look so fresh after the autumn and Christmas colors in my last projects. Almost spring-like. Too bad that it's not spring! It's a strange combination of summer and early fall outside. It's still 100 degrees (103 two days ago) but leaves are starting to drop from sheer heat exhaustion and drought. The word from the weatherman is that our fall won't be as pretty because of the dryness of the summer. It hasn't rained at my house in 30 days. But in my sewing room, there will be flowers blooming.