Hi there. Hope you all had a wonderful 3 day weekend, if where you live it actually WAS a 3 day weekend! Here in the US it was "Labor Day Weekend", an occasion that for a lot of folks signifies kids going back to school, days getting shorter, fall approaching, and summer's last fling-often celebrated with a backyard barbecue. The holiday itself is supposed to honor the working man/woman and their contributions to our country, with the reward of a 3 day holiday.
Ok, all that being said, for me the start of September and with it, Labor Day, is a time when I switch gears and want to launch myself full on into Fall, a glorious season. So, this week, I pulled out a cache of fabrics I have been hoarding and adding to for some time now. I have a pattern in mind, which I will reveal soon.
Let's take a look at these fabrics, shall we? So often I get comments from people saying "I really don't care for Civil War Reproduction fabrics, but I really like those", "I dislike Civil War Repros, but those are really pretty", "I am not at all a CW fan, but I love the fabrics you picked". Friends, it is all about your color palette, not so much a genre of fabric. Don't get trapped into a rigid mind set of thinking you abhor "modern" fabrics, reproduction prints, "brights", batiks, etc etc. It's all good. And believe me, you can achieve a very modern looking quilt using Civil War inspired prints.
What I like about Civil War Reproduction fabrics is that they are often small scale prints, which allows me to use them as pure color. Some people are under the impression that CW fabrics are dull or muted or boring. They can be, but there is also a wonderful selection of beautiful vibrant colors, as I show in the photo above.
The fabrics above are mostly designed by Julie Hendrickson (Sampler II for Windham) and Renee Nanneman (Pumpkin Spice for Andover). Both collections are still available at the Fatquartershop.com For my project I also pulled quite a lot of additional pieces from my stash. More is more, don't you know?
To my eye, this color palette says Fall and Halloween, just the colors I want to use in my next seasonal quilt project!