Friday, September 25, 2015

Matchmaker, Matchmaker

I get a lot of comments about how I put fabrics together, both on the blog and in real life. Truth is, I don't think much about it, but like my friend the Selvage Fairy said to me the other day, "There are things that you know that you don't even know that you know."


These two shared some of the same colors and I liked the lushness of the flowers with the inherent sensuality of the bras.

Well, sort of.

Green on the left, green on the right. This one's easy peasy.

Years ago I brought a salad from the salad bar to the lunchroom and sat down to eat. One of the design engineers came over and looked down at it.

The contrast of the hard shapes on the left, and the soft lines on the right, along with the same colors in both makes this a nice pair. The print on the left also includes a small stuffed olive, though one isn't visible here.

"Lynne, every single time you bring a salad for lunch, it is beautiful. Do you consciously arrange everything like that, or do you just throw it all together?"

Blue with curves on both fabrics. One is tightly packed, the other has more empty space around the print. Generally I like some kind of contrast between the two.

I looked down at the salad. Romaine lettuce and spinach, hard cooked egg slices, cherry tomatoes, red and yellow bell pepper slices, shredded carrot strips and chunks of feta cheese. There may have been other things in it, but I don't remember.

I thought the gold was common to both fabrics, and I liked the juxtaposition of the gentle flowing curves on the left compared to the more plant like and more tightly packed elements on the right.

"I like all this stuff," I said. "These are things I like to eat in a salad."

I admit this is over the top, but I love the exuberance in both prints. The curves in the left one contrast with the straight elements of the fabric on the right.

 "I don't think about making it beautiful when I am putting it together." I stopped and thought for a minute.

I think this pair is hilarious. The rock and roll on the left, and the recipe for chicken soup on the right. Reminds me of a teenager's band playing in the family garage. At some point, the kid's gotta go inside to eat.

"But you know, I was trained as an artist, and I studied composition, how to arrange things in a beautiful way."

The one on the left is definitely Asian, and the one on the right just has the same feel, and shares some of the same colors.

"I think I've internalized it so much that I don't even know I'm doing it."

This hardly needs explaining. Roses, left and right. Still, we have contrast galore.

 "That's it," my coworker said. "You're an artist first all, the time. It's how you see things, and it's what you do. Some part of you that you're not aware of, is doing it, but yes, you do it on purpose."

On the surface, these two aren't at all alike, but look closer. They're both densely packed florals and they share a lot of the same colors and shapes.

 It can also be called "trusting your gut." It's not guessing. It's really about using all the experience you possess to solve the problem in front of you.


Oh come on, stripes and circles? What could be better, even if the circles are really colorful bugs.


I've learned over time that "my gut" makes good decisions, so I can trust them without thinking.

Similar colors, the same airy "feel" and the swirls of each make this a fun pair. To say nothing about putting cats and birds together!


or "over-thinking" which is just as bad, if not worse.

I'm going to let you figure out why this pair works.

Because there's nothing worse than killing the fun, the surprise, the verve, the life, the zing, or, dare I say it... the Magic!

10 comments:

Cheryl said...

Well that was fun.....thanks. I'll be studying your fabric combinations some more. But I will be mulling over your thoughts on "overthinking " throughout the day. I am guilty of overthinking to the point of paralysis and find when I am more spontaneous it's a whole lot more fun, and I'm usually pleased with the results. Learning to trust the gut....your process series of photos help with that. It helps take the "guesswork" out. I also have to remind myself that it's not the end of the world if my idea doesn't work out as planned. It can usually be tweeked as you've shown in previous posts or turned into a comfort quilt. Thank again for passing on your knowledge. Have a great day everybody!

Quiltdivajulie said...

I am SO SO glad that you finally wrote this post! Yes, yes, yes - well done!!!!

Sandi said...

Love that bird print you partnered with the cats. Is it a recent purchase? I've never seen anything like it, can you share any details of designer etc. Please and thank you.

Love all your combinations.

Nancy J said...

The "blues" and the roses, my choices, but every one is a superb combination. And yes, for meals, presentation is a huge part of the overall enjoyment.You have a wonderful eye for those fabrics together.

Jackie said...

I am learning so much from following your blog, thank you so much. I'm like Cheryl, I overthink and then just freeze and go back to a monochromatic grouping. I'm definitely learning what and how to group colours and patterns and will keep this posting for the future.

Quilting4U said...

Wonderful post!

Valerie Levy said...

It's like Nike says.... Just Do It!
Great post...I go with my gut and most of the time I'm happy with it!

Vivian said...

Ditto, great post! I found I really loved the whimsy in your fabric choices, got to try more of that when I choose fabrics.. You've proved that In the end, it all comes back to the basics: color, line and form, follow where they lead and you'll go far!!

Vivian said...

Sorry should have added "value" to that last comment!

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

Great post... I enjoyed your pics and the running comments!