Thursday, 27 March 2014

Penny Patch - Part 2

So I started my Penny Patch and was all gung-ho and inspired. I ordered fabric, I chopped and I stitched, but as I started putting it on my wall (yeah, I made a design wall just for this project, it's very flimsy though) I realised it was too busy. I had so much orange, so much blue, I loved those colours, but it just needed to be toned down a little. I needed to up the low volume component.


Yowser! It hurts my eyes, just to look at all that colour!!  Not really, It's kind of fantabulous, but definitely doesn't have that soft vintage vibe I was aiming for...

But I was shocked when I went to my stash and discovered that I actually have very little genuine low volume. I have lots of prints on white, mostly black or bright colour, but they were not going to work on this. I needed super low volume. White on white type low volume. This is genuinely a surprise because I am a HUGE fan of Vow Volume (so much so I just signed up for the third round of the Low Volume Swap). But a layer cake will not solve my Penny Patch crisis.  So I shopped.

Come on, you knew it was coming!!

I grabbed a bunch of grey and brown and white and cream on white.

 
How yummy is that!!!  I almost want to keep it just the way it is and never touch it.

I also got some blue  on white and cream. And a tiny piece of orange on white. I don't know how much of these I'll use, but I'm glad I grabbed them. They all have a nice softness to them, which for me is definitley the appeal of low volume. Hopefully they will add that softness to the colour that I'm aiming for.
 
 
 
So time for more cutting and piecing and hopefully I can have this sewn together in the next... I want to say week, but I work 5 days a week, and then I have plans next weekend, and I'm working on my Harry Potter quilt, and I have to  actually spend time with my husband at some point... so it might be three or four weeks before I get a chance to get to it...

And this is why it's hard to show you guys projects properly!! Anyone feel like paying me to stay home and sew??? Not to give you the makes, of course, I want these for myself, just pay me to potter around my house :-) No takers?? What a surprise! Lol.

So I'll be back with this as soon as I make some kind of progress! :-)

E xx

P.S. Can you see I got the fancy thingamajig for the camera!! So ecited to have real photos again.  I'm like a kid in a candy store looking at my photo cards :-D E xx


14 comments:

  1. Noooooo?!!! Fabric shopping? Not you!!! Hahaha. I totally understand. I love the 'adding to my stash' part of quilt making because in my books, every quilt deserves some new fabric (and who is to know which fabric will be just right? Must buy many and audition.) Cannot WAIT to see your pics.

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    1. I know. Completely unexpected, right! lol. As much as I wan tto work fom my stash and use my fabric instead of hoard it, I also want to make things that I'm happy with, so if I need to buy, well then that is just what i have to do! Besides, look at htose pretty creams! Who could resist ???

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  2. If you need to do any more shopping, there's a Low Volume bundle at Pink Castle fabrics (I'll innocently leave the link right here: http://www.pinkcastlefabrics.com/collections/precuts-collection-scrappy-fat-sixteeth-bundles/products/low-volume-scrappy-16th-pack) :D

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    1. lol. I always need to do more shopping! Thanks for the link. I may pop over and give my credit card a little excersize ;-)
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  3. I'm sure someone will step forward to pay you to potter. Then see if they would like to pay me too please.

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    1. I'll keep putting the offer out there! Sooner or later, someone will take me up on it, I'm sure.
      E xx

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  4. Oh low volumes, how I love them! I tend to get them here and there as I shop for other things, but I've been forcing myself to stop because I had "so many". Well except that now I've been burning through them on my latest projects and finding I'm suddenly out of my faves. That's an excuse to buy more, right??

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    1. I am always so jealous of your low volume stash! You must buy it in 6 metre pieces! I think i've been conciously not buying LV because I knew I loved it, so I thought I had heaps. I have lots of black and grey, but very little genuine LV. And I am now giving myself permission to buy it whenever and wherever I see it :-)
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  5. Now that's a stack of low-vol! I was surprised at how many of the prints i actually removed from my penny patch too and replaced with lov-vols. Can't wait to see yours come together, love your fabrics!

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    1. I know. I think we all looked at Rachel's and it felt so colourful that it seemed right to get lots of bold beautiful coours, but actually the colours are more muted and spread throughout a low volume field... I may be over thinking this.
      The problem is that I have cut up all my colours, so now I have enough fabric to make a quadrouple king size quilt! lol. I might have to make two or three penny patches just to use all this blue and orange fabric. :-)
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  6. Oh I know exactly how you feel! I've been stocking up on LVs recently too. You've picked beautiful choices and I can't wait to see your Penny Patch!

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    1. I have a sneaky discount code and I am going to try to get a great big bundle of LV to love on :-)
      I do love this colour scheme, but I admit that I completely stole it from Rachel. She gave me permission! I swear :-P
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  7. I'm such a sucker for low volume with colour in it ... your sampler is going to look fabulous with this colour range :)

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    1. I know, me too. I love that my low volume stash is starting to grow. Just looking at it makes me happy.
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