Friday, May 24, 2013

Inspiration is Everywhere

Image from Starbucks

I was standing in line for coffee yesterday (as you do) and out of the corner of my eye I saw this display of coffee beans.  The colors on the packaging were so gorgeous together and I thought they would make a great quilt!  I brought a bag home with me, made a pot of coffee and started pulling fabrics.  What?  Doesn't everyone do that?  : D



The first color I saw and I kept looking at it, was the coral.  I don't have very much coral in my stash, but I started choosing anything that had a hint of that sherbety pinky-orange color.  I have a few new prints from Aneela Hoey's line, Posy, that were perfect.  Luckily I found a couple more that didn't quite match, but played nicely together.


Next I picked out some deep teals.  I was looking for really saturated tones and a variety of motifs.  Arrows, paisleys, fans and of course, pezzy!  

There are a lot of greens in my stash and they range from sour yellow-greens to serene blue-greens.  I was looking for something similar to the leaf in the lower right of the package.  Kind of a citron with a bit of an earthy edge to it.  What would you call that anyways?  Asparagus??



The aquas were easy because I have so many of them.  I held each one up to the teals to help narrow it down.  At the top of the coffee bag is this really pretty soft lemony yellow color.  I almost didn't include it, but I realized that as an accent it really helps the coral, teal and citron colors shine.


These colors are very fresh and summery and they would look good on a white background.  Look at how pretty they also look against the silvery gray of the package.  I added some grays and this pretty stack is as far as I've gotten.  Now I just need to decide what to make.  

42 comments:

  1. Love love love!!! coral and mustard are my favs at the moment. All the fabrics you pulled look incredible. There's inspiration everywhere if you're looking :)

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    1. Hey Lucy! Coral kind of snuck up on me. What other coral prints do you like? I feel like I need to beef up my stash a bit. ; )

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  2. Love the fresh colors. Good for you to notice the bag of coffee and take inspiration from it!

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  3. Gorgeous!!!! I am thinking a quilter designed that bag. ;)

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    1. Ha! Totally. If they don't already, Starbucks needs a quilter in the marketing department!! : )

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  4. This cracks me up, because I took a picture of the same coffee bag a few days ago :D! My sister thought I was crazy. It is such a pretty color combo! I love the fabrics you pulled. They are going to make a beautiful quilt.

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    1. LOL! Sister doesn't know what she's missing!! : ) I'd say the more pictures the better.

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  5. Those colors are great together! And I love Starbucks :) I think I might have to pick up a bag.

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  6. Gorgeous pull. You're like a human Palette Builder :)

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    1. Thank Karen! With a title like that, I think I need a cape. ; )

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  7. That color you're trying to name is chartreuse. :)

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    1. Thank you!! I couldn't not think of what to call it and trust me I was trying!

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  8. So much fun playing in the stash - almost as much as making the top

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  9. I do this all the time, too!! It's great to find inspiration in unexpected places! I love what you've done here, it's so pretty and Summery!

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  10. Such a pretty stack! how fun!

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  11. That's cool. I'm excited to see this finished!

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  12. I love that you did this! Beautiful fabric stacks, can't wait to see what you make with it. Although even if you don't make anything, pulling the fabrics looks like it was fun!!

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    1. It was fun!! Sometimes even when I don't feel like making anything, just playing with fabrics makes me smile.

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  13. such a pretty stack! Can't wait to see what this becomes.

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    1. I had to cut into it the next day. I'm Steam Punkin'!! : )

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  14. Ahhhh! Such beautiful fabrics... I just can't wait to see what you will create with them!!!

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  15. That is so funny!!! I was going to buy the same bag of coffee from Starbucks just because of that packaging!! I did not however because I enjoy bold coffee and it was not my kind of flavor :)
    CANT WAIT TO SEE what you do!

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    1. LOL!! Honestly, I'm more of a bold girl myself, but I could not resist.

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  16. Love these colors! Great inspiration, that makes me wanna go out and start looking at nice packaging!:)

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  17. Gorgeous stack! Can't wait to see what you do with it! My hubby thinks i'm crazy because i come home with random things just because they come in a cool package!

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  18. Now I need to go to Starbucks! That is a gorgeous collection of fabrics!

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  19. I took a picture to do exactly this!!!!! I was so bummed that we missed each other at Market. But I've got my fingers crossed for Sewing Summit :)

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    Ale

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    1. Me too. Now, I want to see your fabric stack!!!

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  20. Guh! This was such a fun post to read, from inspiration to the final pull! The fabrics actually make me ache to make something with them, and then I get all sad because of course they're yours not mine. lol I am really excited to see what you do with these. :) It'll be stunning for sure! And now I really want to do something like this myself!

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    1. Thanks Anne! You totally should!! I would love to see what you find. : )

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  21. Great inspiration. This stack of fabrics is really beautiful.

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  22. When you are buying fabrics for your stash, are you buying fat quarters? How much do you buy?

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  23. What a great idea! Thanks for walking through your inspiration with us!

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  24. THANK YOU for this post and for showing me this color scheme. I've been trying to tie in my favorite colors (coral and teal) with 7 other mystery colors for a crochet afghan I will make for myself that doesn't lean spring/Easter. This does so perfectly!!!

    I bought the last skeins I needed tonight and I am ready to go. (I went with with two tones of coral, two of teal, two of green, two of yellow, and a silver grey to tie in bringing it home.)

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    1. I'll be posting a finished pic on my blog Southern Notions (http://southernnotions.blogspot.com/) shortly. Thank you again. :)

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    2. Thank you for sharing Mae!! I'm excited to see your project. : )

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  25. OH MY! I can't believe you posted that bag of coffee. I was with a friend this week, in line at Starbucks and we saw the bags in a little basket by the register. She said those are my future daughter-in-law's colors. I said, you should buy a bag for a shower gift (of course she did). Then when I was asking about colors for a quilt for the newlyweds she pointed me back to the bag of coffee! Unlike you, I don't have that pretty and varied stash but I DO have a jelly roll of Kate Spain's Fandango and I think it will be a good representation of the colors. :) I also don't have time to gather fabrics from different places to come close to your bundle. I start cutting today!

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    1. That is funny!! I wonder how many people bought that coffee because of the pretty bag. Lucky newlyweds... in more ways than one. <3

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