Monday, January 16, 2012

Neither positive nor negative .... just neutral.

On the aforementioned Crafty Goals List for 2012 are a number of quilts, of which about half are baby quilts this year.

I have three pregnant friends you see, and as dire luck and happenstance would have it, all of these friends are due within a six-week time frame of each other. So to say that I have a mountain of work ahead of me in the next month (the first baby is due to arrive on February 12) is probably an understatement.

Luckily my baby quilts are a little bigger than a metre square, so they don't take too much time to put together. And two of the suckers are easy-peasy:

  1. Number One is going to be a classic mix of new and vintage fabrics in a wonderfully clashing range of colours and textures
  2. Number Two is going to be made up of Kaffe Fassett materials that are as bright as possible.
It's Number Three quilt that is posing a little more of a problem. It's for the Headmistress - she of perfect taste and quiet restraint. The Headmistress lives in a beautiful house which is elegantly decorated in neutrals. 

Neutrals. That's the crux of the issue. 

I don't do neutrals. I don't know how. And I don't have any neutral fabrics in my stash. 

The dilemma is actually causing me heartache. I want to start on her quilt but I haven't any fabric! I'm going to have to find a shop that specialises in elegant and refined neutrals - and I haven't the faintest idea of where to start. Can anyone help?

Maybe I could order something like this fabric set - it's in the lovely French Provincial style that French General do so well. It's about as close to neutral as I can stand. 

Many years ago I was in an Indian restaurant with a vegetarian friend, and he ordered a vegetarian curry. And when the curry arrived, it had chicken in it. And when my friend called the waiter over and politely asked how chicken could have found its way into his vegetarian curry, the Indian waiter waggled his head and said "oh but sir, in many parts of India chicken is considered a vegetable".... !! 

I feel a bit the same way. Red is a neutral isn't it???


CurlyPops said...

I wish I could help but I just don't do neutral either!

Jennie said...

I reckon the range of fabric you've pictured counts as neutral, and it'd be good for either a boy or girl.

There's a patchwork shop in Hawthorn (Church Rd?) that does a very prim & proper range of fabrics. Lots of 1930s prints too, which are a bit less neutral I guess. Just make sure they cut your fabric with scissors rather than ripping it from the bolt. I was absolutely in shock when they did that to my $28/m fabric.