Saturday, January 14, 2012

Got the Blues?

Continuing the discussion from the last post...This is just a small segment of the blues in my collection.  Behind this stack are two more towers of blue, that either I need to give away or good pieces that have been pushed back and forgotten.  More is scattered in other cupboards.  Refolding and purging is for another day. I pulled out a few fabrics for comparison and made a mess.
Here are a few blues that don't play well together, a gray/brown blue, a purple hued blue, a prussian,  a gray blue and an indigo. Different styles, different lines, and different eras.  My suggestion is to have a wide variety  of blues you love and when selecting fabrics for a project, audition them along with each other and with the other pieces for the quilt.  Not all play well together.

I  love Prussian blues almost as much as indigo and these are some of my favorites, but again, not all are created equal, two have a greenish cast. I don' like to get too matchy-matchy, but sometimes the odd fabric will throw the whole look off in blues, more than any in other color family. Frustrating, right? If the project is really scrappy, then you won't have to be as careful. 
One of my favorite quilts, a chintz medallion in one of my favorite fabric combinations, blue and brown. Whose boot is that?  Picture taken a few years and hairstyles ago.
Drum roll please....

Check this out!  Still got the blues????  My dear friend Pat loves to 'play quilts' as she likes to call it.  As seasons change, so does this room.   My first visit to her home was a few years ago when a number of friends and I went to San Antonio to see the Shelburne Quilt Museum exhibit at the San Antonio Museum of Art. Pat invited us over for wine and cheese and this was what awaited us, as we entered her home.  Oh my gosh!  Pat prepared a fabulous spread of treats for our magical evening.  I think we were there in March or April?, so it could have been her spring arrangenment.  Note the sewing ephemera mixed in with the cheeses and fruit.  We all felt as though we had stepped into Country Living magazine.  Delightful! A great memory as timeless as her blue and white quilts...thanks Pat for letting me share this!!!!

View from the other end of the room.  Don't you just love this?
Still got the blues????  You bet! 

Blue quilts...a favorite yesterday, today, tomorrow and .forever!



  1. Betsy, I am so inspired by both your blue posts. Your quilts are gorgeous and I liked the peek at your stash. I haven't seen Prussian blue in awhile. What a treat your trip to Pat's house was.

  2. Fun read to think about blues or rather how to think about blues....

    You are to be commended .... you did not write about brown FIRST.

  3. Oh Betsy it is so nice to see pat,s dining room all dressed up for company again. Oh how I love the quilt on the wall. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing your blue insight. I always am looking for good blues. I do find it challenging to work with a variety of blues

  4. I do love it....both quilts are just have some lovely blues there, thanks for showing.

  5. Betsy, I remember that great trip to San Antonio and the wonderful evening at Pat's lovely home and family. Love your Chintz Medallion I don't think I had seen it before.

  6. Hi! I am so glad you left a comment on my blog so I could find your blog. I didn't see an email so I am leaving you a comment.
    Blue is my largest color of fabrics in my stash. Yeah, I got the blues!! LOL