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Sock Monkey Eddie!

I’m happy to say, I have finally created a softie to submit to A Month of Softies. I’ve been wanting to do this for months, and I just haven’t had a chance to try it out yet. I’m really pleased with my first attempt.
Now on to quilting! I’ve been trying to decide on my color scheme for my Eclipse quilt, and I think I’ve decided on red, pink, yellow and orange. Here’s Fun Quilt’s version first:
Fun Quilts: Eclipse

Here’s some of the fabrics I have pulled up so far:
Eclipse Fabric

I’m just not sure how I’m going to work this though. I want this project to be as much about making the right fabric choices as the quality of my quilting. I think my fabric is really going to be lacking in the lighter hues, especially in the reds and oranges. Does anyone have any good tips for me, or would be willing to do some fabric swaping for some of those lighter colors? Let me know.
And since my kitchen is still taking up the majority of my life lately, (it’s so cool to see everything starting to look like a real kitchen!) here’s another look at the same wall that I showed in the last post. We have cabinets, a microwave, and a fridge that isn’t in the living room anymore! It’s so exciting!
It's A Real Kitchen!

7 Thoughts on “Softies and Sewing

  1. Barbara G. Conley on July 20, 2005 at 5:54 pm said:

    You have a few lighter fabrics in there. I assume you are wanting them for the “circles”….I usually look for prints that have wide designs… scattered blue flowers on a white or light ivory background….which from a distance read as light. Another choice is very light shades of blue, purple, orange, etc. kinda like sherbet…but stay on the pastel side with or without scattered prints. I love your pattern.

  2. Kathie on July 20, 2005 at 10:07 pm said:

    I keep in mind that pink is red. Pink is light red. You may want to consider adding another color. I love your fabric choices so far.

  3. Claudia on July 22, 2005 at 9:42 am said:

    I like your fabric choices. I do find that it is hard to find light versions of many colors. Many quilt shops seem to only have various shades of whites and beiges for their really light colors. So when I find a really light blue, or green, or yellow or whatever, I always buy it because they are hard to find. You can try using the wrong side of some of your light or medium colors to get lighter colors. Good luck with your Eclipse quilt. I love that book, too.

  4. i agree that pink is light red. i’d say use yellows & pinks as lights, oranges & reds as darks. and that is probably not helpful at all! :)

  5. I love the design as well as your choice of fabric. How will you actually *make* the circles? Appliqu

  6. I think I could pull off using pink as my light contast color for red, but I’m not sure if I’d like using yellow for my light contrast color for orange. I was debating possibly fliping lights and darks inside the circles (so 1/2 of the circle would be dark, 1/2 would be light) but I think I’d rather the entire circle be light or dark, not both. I just realized that last line made no sense…sorry! Those circles will all pieced. No applique!

  7. You could buy a white on white, or cream on white, print, and overdye it in a wash of the light color. You’d get some texture into the fabric (as opposed to using a solid handdye) and be able to control the shade of the color precisely. I have that book, too, and I’ve been dying to start a new project.

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