While working on recent quilts I've been trying to decide how best to use my treasured Moody Blues designed by Geninne for Cloud 9 Fabrics which I bought from the US back in March. I've long thought a Flying Geese design suit well, however I don't have an organic white or low volume fabric which seemed to work just right. So they sat waiting.
On the weekend I decided it was time to make a start and see what happened. I cut windows in scrap paper to choose which size would work best, and searched through my organic fabrics for anything which may compliment, choosing three blues/navy and two orange/terracotta. I tentatively cut into some of the fabrics (below), hoping the way forward would become clearer as I started sewing.....
Then on Monday I had a quick look in Spotlight (similar to Joann in the US) for another item and discovered that their stock of Moody Blues had just arrived that day - brand new rolls, not bolts! It wasn't there on Saturday when I went looking!
Early this year I was dismayed to discovered that sometimes the base cloth used for Spotlight's Cloud 9 organic fabrics is different/coarser than the exact same print for Cloud 9's US market. I was keen to inspect Moody Blues closely - and was delighted to find the fabric is the same fine quality as that which I had bought from the US. In fact, the printing on Spotlight's stock is even slightly crisper (insert big smily face)! Plus the Spotlight fabrics are also a touch wider being a full 44" width after washing, not 42" like my US purchases. The selvedges have a clean finish on the Spotlight fabrics, unlike the US ones which have a lightly frayed/furry edge. Spotlight carry only half the prints from the full collection, each one beautiful!!!
Not only was the fabric as good as or better than, but one print came in a new colour way which isn't available on the US market!!! The red/orange seems to be specific to Spotlight only - the colour is deeper than I can catch in photos, a gorgeous rich variegated red-orange. Very excited, I bought half a metre of two prints and this new red.
This is really good news for us in Australia and New Zealand, as we can buy top quality organic fabric (thank you Cloud 9!) from an Australian retailer which has stores in many of our larger towns - a store which frequently has huge fabric sales too!
But now I'm left with a quandary - should I include the new red, which works so well, instead of the orange/terracotta? Should I try to use all these fabrics together? Or do I need to add some white/low volume to balance all the rich prints and colours? Stuck in indecision yet again?!?!
So while I wait to resolve my Moody Blues questions, I'm working with some delightful soft pink organic fabrics (First Light by Eloise Renouf for Cloud 9 Fabrics), making something very small and sweet. Working with beautiful fabrics just makes me very, very happy!
Sharing at WIP Wednesday.