New Orleans House Project

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Grandmothers Choice Fabric

It has been a long weekend of running errands, taking care of puppies and trying to avoid getting soaked in frequent downpours.  On the plus side, I got new running shoes (for walking!), had a great dinner with my DH and sons and got lots of puppy kisses (my son is in town with his puppy, who is McKenzie's littermate).  Very little sewing time, but that's OK!

I have been contemplating my fabric choices for the Grandmother's Choice Quilt Block of the Week project that starts September 1st.  Although I love the thought of using William Morris-inspired fabrics, I don't currently have any in my stash, and Barbara Brackman's new collection won't be available until later this fall.  I didn't know if the LQS would have any Morris-type fabric, so I was definitely considering other options.  Then I remembered a fat quarter collection I had purchased earlier this year that just might fill the bill.

Alice's Washday Blues by Blue Hill Fabrics features blues, tans and creams accented with red.  Go check out the fabrics on the Blue Hill website - their photos do more justice to the collection than mine!

I think these fabrics are classic enough to have been found in almost any woman's scrap collection at the time American women won the right to vote.  I might need to add some fabrics with red background to give a little punch, but it will be easier to judge once Barbara starts publishing the block patterns.  And in case I start to run out of fabric before the project ends, I'm sure it will be fairly easy to find other appropriate fabrics in these colors - or even locate some additional Washday fabric using the magic of the internet!

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