Saturday, November 21, 2009

Mmmmm...

.....not sure! My background fabric for my Jacobs Coat quiltalong arrived yesterday. I ordered Kona cotton in Coal, however it's not as dark as I was hoping for. I think the citrus colours do look lovely on this grey, but I think I was after a darker grey to make the bright colours really jump out. Mmmm.


After a bit of thought I have decided to order the Kona cotton in Charcoal and compare the difference between the two once it arrives. You know how you get that feeling that you are just not quite as happy with something as you feel that you should be? Anyway, it's a relatively cheap fabric to buy, and I will put whichever grey I don't use in this quilt to good use in another one, so I have to wait another week or so before I can start. One day I should deal with my perfectionistic tendancies, but not this time!!!

On a brighter note I did take some photos of some gorgeous flowers in my garden the other day. Don't ask me what they are called, I'm a hopeless gardener, I think they are in the Protea family? Or maybe the Grevillea family?


 Anyway, they are particularly lovely and I like to call this photo Sun Worshippers!!!


Oooh it's raining as I'm typing this, it has cooled things down a little here which is so lovely. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. xo

27 comments:

SewCalGal said...

I love your design and I also love Kona Cotton. I've also used "charcoal" Kona Cotton in various projects, but you are correct to audition it with your fabrics. I can't tell from the photo. I did do a Kona Periwinkle with brights and love it, but I'm one of those that have been very happy with all my projects that I've used Kona Cotton. And they are a must when I select solids.

Can't wait to see your quilt come together and hear which fabric you select.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Janet said...

You're right it's a Protea, it's lovely. I love your JC but it's a big project so you have to be happy with the background so it's worth waiting for. I have a spare Kona fabric sampler card if you send me your snail mail. You'll find it invaluable.

Kathie said...

oh love the grey background but I agree with you, it should be a tadd darker.
going to be a beautiful quilt when your done!
Kathie

Bronwyn said...

Looking great though Cathy! I am still! waiting for my Stitch N Wash stuff ordered mid October (and they don't answer emails very quickly)- so I am very behind on this project. Do you understand how the finished blocks are put together, with the circles intertwined?

Andi said...

So stunning Cathy.
Gorgeous colours that really stand out with a darker background.
Love it!!

Stephanie said...

Stunny contrast but you must be happy with what you're working on. Wonder which shade of grey you'll choose. I do believe those are protea...one of the most unusual flowers!

Anne at Film and Thread said...

I love the colors that you chose for your Jacobs Coat and agree about the background. Have you considered a shot cotton? Someone in my quilting bee had us work with some and it is SO beautiful for a background fabric.

Quilts on Bastings said...

Beautiful flowers Cathy..
I agree with getting in the other grey fabric - if you go ahead with the one you already have you will be forever wondering if it could have been better.

Cardygirl said...

Love the proteas! Your JC looks good...I agree about needing to be a tad darker...too much work to not be happy! Enjoy the rain!

Jackie said...

Your version of Joseph's coat is going to be just beautiful! I am curious to see how it will look on the darker charcoal Kona. But I think that you are right the darker the background the more the colors will pop. Your flowers are just beautiful and they do look like sun worshippers.

Petit Debutant said...

i have a Kona Cotton colro chart and I just looked for you the Charcoal is about 2-3 shades darker than the coal. Pepper is the next color and it looks like a lighter shade of black. Charcoal is still gray though, very lovely and rich. i bought my color card for $15 from Hancocks of Paducah (online)

Hope this helps!
I think it will look lovely on Charcoal

Nedra said...

You could always use the first Kona cotton for the backing. That is what I always tell myself if I perchance buy too much of one thing, or don't like my first fabric choice. Those words always make me feel better!

YankeeQuilter said...

I saw the coal used with lime green, orange and teal and it looked great but I agree with you the darker Kona may be better with the citrus colors. I like using Kona for backgrounds where the applique can get heavy - the over-shots are beautiful but tend to be a bit lightweight and can streatch out of shape on large pieces.

paulette said...

I'm love your citrus petals- your quilt is going to be lovely!! And the flowers are spectacular- very different!
Paulette

Joanna said...

So I LOVE the coal! But if you're not happy with it now, chances are you never will be and it would it would just bug you every time you looked at it. So yes try the charcoal and make sure you show us all! We are all very nosey you know ;)

wishes, true and kind said...

I love your citrus colors for Joseph's coat. And they look lovely with the gray; however, I think it is well worth it to try the other gray if it's not just what you envisioned. It will be worth it in the long run and more fun to stitch if you get just what you are looking for. I'm still playing around with ideas, since I'm not close to starting yet. I have a few projects to finish on deadline first. I keep playing around with the idea of blue or green for a background color, but then keep coming back to gray. It certainly makes a nice neutral for colorful fabrics or when using a variety of different colors. I like some of the ones being done with a black background, but I don't think that's what I'm looking for in this quilt. A black background would like very pretty with solid colors for this pattern -- sort of an Amish look. I hope to get a lot of stitching done this weekend, so off I go! We'll see :)

Marls said...

You have to be happy with your choice Cathy as it is a big project we have undertaken. I absolutely love the citrus colours you have chosen. Personally I would go for a darker background to really make them zing,but remember no matter what we all suggest it is you that has to be happy.
I need to get a move on and get stitching instead of dreaming!!

RED PEPPER QUILTS said...

Either way it is going to be a fantastic and striking quilt.

Ritax

Allie said...

Your Jacobs Coat looks beautiful. I totally know what you mean when something just isn't what you had in your head. I think it is a great idea to order another color and just be sure. it is going to be so stunning!

Mama Spark said...

I love how this is coming out. You need to choose a background colour that you are happy with.

Rae Ann said...

Can't wait to see this quilt when you are done. You always such lovely projects! The flowers are heavenly to see, because ours have all died and it will be snowing again soon.

Amelia said...

I know if I am unsure about something(the unsure where someone says I like it, but you think - im not convinced), that unsure feeling eventually turns in to a - should have gone with my gut! Which turns out to be a big fat "Why did I do that?!?! What was I thinking!"

I would have to see it on a darker background, I personally wouldn't go black but thats just me (just had a little play with mine on black), love the petal colours!!! Snap on some of those orange fabrics! I personally would go for a very very dark grey backgound a shade or two shy of black.

Good luck can't wait to see your blocks!!!

Dee said...

Showed hubby your block and he said "That's crazy!" as in "That's a lot of work to put into something, but hey, if you're a chick and into that kind of stuff...great." LOL

The flowers really need to be a quilt! hint hint

Have a great week!

SHELL'S SHED said...

Definitely worth checking out the other fabric to be happy with your choice - especially for the work you put into your quilts. Thank you for posting the pictures of your beautiful bright flowers - in England it's cold, wet, gray and dull so it was so refreshing to see your sunny, happy flowers x Shell

Kelly said...

Lovely Protea's!! There is nothing worse, then not following your instinct, and then after all is said and done, you just don't love it..... Trust me on that, I do it all the time!! lol!

Jantine said...

If the color is right on the picture, honestly I think it is great. But comparing it might be a good idea!

Hi! My name is erica. Would you be my friend? said...

I love that Kona cotton is less expensive than the prints... Looking forward to seeing what the other one looks like. Sometimes I think I want to buy one of those color cards...maybe???

Nice flowers!