The fabric is a layer cake of Cherry Christmas by Aneela Hoey. I absolutely love this collection! Aneela's illustrations are so charming and her colors are fresh and festive. The solids are Jade and Red by FreeSpirit. Teal again? I know some of you are shaking your heads. While it is one of my favorite colors, it's also perfect for this project. I needed something that would contrast with each print - including my favorites with a white background. Taking clues from the colors in fabric, I looked at deeper shades of grey, red, green and aqua.
I liked the charcoal a lot, but I decided against it because that much dark grey would make the quilt feel dark and heavy.
The claret and moss are lovely and would give the quilt a pretty snow lodge, woodsy Christmas feel. We get sun instead of snow in the winter where I live. Once the leaves fall off the trees the quality of the light outside is cool and bright. In other words, I don't feel very woodsy at Christmastime, I feel bright and sunny.
Which brings me back to teal. I tried shades darker and lighter than the aqua background from fabric. Both teal and mist looked awesome and it was just a matter of choosing one. FreeSpirit's Jade is bright, happy, and wintery all at once. It makes the aqua, grey, green, red and white all shine.
It's kind of perfect.
UPDATE: Here is the cutting guide for making these blocks with layer cakes and charm packs.
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I love this fabric line and hope I can get some before it all completely disappears! I think the teal is great too :)ReplyDelete
Nice!!! love that Christmas fabric line, one of the best!ReplyDelete
Beautiful! I like the teal for how unconventionally Christmassy it is - actually I think that's part of my love for Cherry Christmas too! Can't wait to see more of this quilt :-)ReplyDelete
Love the design. I think the teal is great for the background.ReplyDelete
Yes, the teal is perfect! I can't wait to see it sewed up, it will be gorgeous!ReplyDelete
just wondering if you told us how to use layers and charm packs !!! or am i not looking in the right place thanks !!ReplyDelete