My dear friend, Debbie, works with me on all kinds of stuff, and very often I tap into her piecing talents. Debbie has been making Pins & Needles, the freebie pattern I designed to go along with both the Pin Money and Prairie Wovens, Dobbies & Chambray collections. (You can find and download the free pattern from the Marcus Fabrics website.)
Debbie brought the blocks over to the house so we could arrange them on the design wall, and I took a pictures of some of the blocks and thought I'd share them with you.
As you can see, I love pairing the wovens with the cottons, and I think it looks wonderful! The black woven really makes a striking frame for the lighter colors of the dusty pinks and purples.
There are eight colors in both collections: red, blue, green, black, brown, gold, pink & purple. I love playing with the color and fabric combinations, and one of my favorites is red, white & blue. The plaid just really adds an interesting pattern and texture.
I adore the color black. There was a time I didn't think it belonged anywhere, but black just really makes other colors pop. Now, I have a lot of black in my home...in furniture, tchotkes, picture frames, and oh yes....quilts. Lovin' the fabric combo and the gold woven. Do you like black fabric?
The dobby background fabric is absolutely luscious!!! Wait until you feel how soft it is. The simple difference between an ordinary woven and a dobby are the raised threads. The soft stripe and intermittent threads give so much interest to the block, and make look so good with the brown and red plaid.
Those are just a few of the 42 blocks in the Pins & Needles quilt, but I hope they give you a feel for how the two collections look together. I will have another single pattern, called Abigail's Pins, using both collections, and I'm making several Journey Five projects from them as well. Both collections will be in your local quilt shop in early June, and I've heard that many will be kitting projects, so check with your favorite quilt shop!
Time to get back to work.....thanks so much for taking a moment to visit with me!