Monday, June 10, 2019

Fig Tree Chantilly - What To Make?

A couple of weeks ago, my local quilt shop, Pennington Quilt Works, had a grand re-opening celebration to show off their expanded store (they are in a shopping center and annexed the empty storefront next door).  They showed off their new space and class samples and I was the lucky winner of one of the door prizes - a fat quarter stack of Chantilly by Fig Tree, a pattern on a postcard, and a Moda zipper pouch (will be handy to hold binding clips).  Thank you, PQW!

I like the Chantilly fabric line - it is the typical Fig Tree florals but the colors are paler shades than usual.  I am  considering using it to make Hexie Garden by Atkinson Designs but I need to identify a solid color to use in place of the dark triangles around the flower centers.  I've seen this pattern made up in bright colors with black which was really stunning but I think black would be too harsh with the pale shades in the Chantilly line.

My alternative is to go with either the Odile Stars pattern by Planted Seed Designs or the new Fig Tree pattern called Twinkle.  The pattern for Twinkle calls for 1/3 yard cuts but each makes two blocks so I think I could get a block of out each fat quarter. 

Decisions, decisions...

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  1. Congratulations on the win. If you have other Fig Tree fabrics that are a bit deeper than these maybe just putting a deeper shade of each in place of that gray would work? Color is the most challenging and most fun part of a quilt for me. Look forward to seeing what you choose.

  2. Odilie Stars is a fabulous pattern to use when you really want to show off a collection of fabrics. I think I need that one!

  3. If you want to do the Hexie Garden, check out this blog post for some ideas of color usage! Personally, I love the grey or taupe background with this collection.

  4. Ooo! Lucky you! Have fun trying to decide.

  5. Congrats on the win and can't go wrong on any of the patterns with Fig Tree all their lines. I do love that "Odilie Stars pattern and the Hexie Garden is just so sweet. Good luck choosing which one you pick Cathy.

  6. If you want to make the Hexie Garden, maybe the points in the flower center could be made using a lighter charcoal solid. It wouldn't have the harshness like black, but would work with the colors in Chantily. I am am cutting on my stash of Chantily today and while I usually prefer more staurated colors, I have grown to love this cheerful collection. Whatever you decide to make, I'm sure it will be fantastic.


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