A fat eighth bundle of Barbara Brackman's Metropolitan Fair fell into my lap this week. I was so pleased to receive it and not just a little bit blown away by how gorgeous the colors in that line are. There are soft reds, mellow pinks, medium tone blues, yellowish greens, cocoa browns, silvery greys...These colors are inspirational, I am telling you.
I have a project that is hanging over my head from a wonderful class I took this summer at Buggy Barn. The pattern is by Red Crinoline Quilts, and is called Hill Country Baskets. The block is actually called "Cactus Basket" I think. Anyway, the class was awesome, the instructor inspirational, the project wonderful, and the kit that was included in the class price...not my cuppa tea.
I tried, people, really. I tried to embrace those burgundys, navys, forest greens and blackish browns. I tried. The fabrics are perfectly fine. Very fine. I've used them before, and I will use them again. But not right now. Just not what I am in the mood for these days.
Years ago, I had a quilting mentor who commented that I had been using a very dark palette over the past months. Was everything ok at home? she asked. What? Why? Turns out she had a theory that when a person immerses themselves in very dark murky colors it is indicative of their internal mood/state of mind. Dark colors = a dark mood.
Don't you just hate that when someone sees right through you? By golly, she was dead on. I was in a funk and wallowing in it, and had been for some time.
At this time in my life, I am struggling to make the best of several situations and am finding that I am so drawn to more cheerful, brighter colors in my surroundings, clothing, and quilting projects. My Hill Country Basket project has been weighing me down, and making me feel dreary, and I think it is because of the somber colors of the fabric.
So, when this bundle of Metropolitan Fair fabric arrived on my doorstep, I was energized. Super charged. I could see right away that this was what my Hill Country Basket quilt project needed. A shot in the arm. No. A complete overhaul!
I got up at dawn the next morning and started cutting into that gorgeous fabric bundle. I eliminated the dark forest greens, navy blues and blackish browns. I replaced them with the lighter silvery toned colors in the Metropolitan Fair collection and everything has changed. I can still use my backgrounds, my lattice fabric, and I believe even my setting triangle fabric and border from the original kit. But that addition of those lighter colors has changed everything. And for the better.
Hope to show you a couple of Hill Country Basket blocks next week. I am sweating over my Halloween 1904 project. Focusing, don't you know. But I may just have to multi-task and make a couple of basket blocks using my gorgeous new fabric!