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SKY ombrés work magically with your stash. True statement, I promise. You may shake your head and say "That's crazy- She has never seen my stash....how the heck does she know?" Go ahead, watch the video below My Ombre Color Teacher and see for yourself. Just a 1/2 yard of one SKY fabric blends with over 80 pieces in my own stash. My stash is wide and deep: Modern, vintage, antique, traditional and quirky as it represents 40 years of collecting...so this was eye opening and a bunch of fun.
Can you imagine if I did 45 more videos highlighting every SKY fabric? I don't think there would be much left in my stash that wasn't used! Going out on a limb here, but as a betting woman, I believe if you pick one or more of your favorite SKY Ombrés, you will be amazed at how much of your stash shines when placed next my ombré. A whole new lease on the "I'm a desirable and pretty fabric you've had shoved in the back of the cabinet for 10 years!" kind of thing. Also, utilizing fabric that you have been saving is great way to ensure that we are quilting with little to no waste! The sum of these matches made in heaven is nothing short of a BIG WOWZA! And maybe even get you to use some of that stash up ;)
We have made two YouTube videos dedicated to how to use your stash with SKY in building a quilt. We picked Octagon Shimmer Quilt (OSQ) to demonstrate this concept. Of course you can use any quilt pattern. The nice thing about OSQ is that it uses big pieces as well as narrow strips, which gives variety of how the fabrics play together. Note that we use everything from small prints, solids, bold florals, stripes, reproductions, hand dyes, batiks, marbled and more. All styles work and provide a variety of interest.
Begin making a quilt with SKY Ombré and your stash. Jennifer shows how to use the Evening SKY fabric as your color teacher. This exercise uses the Octagon Shimmer Quilt Pattern and the Jumbo Octagon Shimmer Templates, both can be purchased at jennifersampou.com. The above quilt in the making is still up on my design wall and I will have the top finished by November 28, when I have to bring it to Tanque Verde to share with my students. I will definitely make a few more YouTube videos to share my process. So stay tuned!
If you love color and octagons, plus the idea of taking a quilt-cation, please check out my retreat at Tanque Verde next month. I would love to have you. It's going to be amazing and a once in a lifetime creative jaunt filled with desert skies, horses, spa, pool, amazing food, cowboys and yes, quilting too :)
It's been a busy fall and I look forward to being in the quiet yet expansive beauty of Tucson at the ranch. If you are home in your studio, keep the iron hot and the sewing maching humming :)
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