You probably know that my “thing,” for the last year or so, has been to create custom color schemes in polymer clay to coordinate with existing designer fabrics. But long before I started matching fabric, I was devising my own color schemes. I still use both types of color families in my current polymer clay work, but I have two separate places to sell them. When it comes to making things like bags, aprons and scarves, I tend to stick with the designer fabrics and their corresponding clay colors, and put them in my etsy shop.
My Polka Dot Cottage shop contains only items based on my own colors. I’d really like it to also have some bags, scarves & aprons in it, but I’ve had to reverse my way of thinking in order to accomplish that. Instead of mixing up clay colors to match the fabric, I’ve had to find existing fabric to match my own color schemes. On my trip to Lancaster County last month, I wandered into a quilt shop and found just what I needed.
I hadn’t brought any clay samples with me, but I still managed to pick out three fat quarter 8-packs that coordinate nicely with some of my colors. I mean, look at that one on the top! That’s Tweed. You’d think I’d made the button to match the fabric, and not the other way around, wouldn’t you? The bottom left photo shows raw canes from my Americana collection – I haven’t made any buttons from these canes yet. And the last photo involves buttons from my Country collection.
I know I usually tell you exactly what fabrics I’m using, but in this case, I’m not sure what many of them are. I guess that’s one advantage to buying your fabric online – you always know exactly what collection it came from. Pre-bundled fat quarters in a brick & mortar quilt shop could be anything.
Anyway, I have an idea for a new bag design, and I’m excited to try it with one of these color combinations. Probably Tweed. And being that I have felt the need to wear socks for the past two mornings (something that hasn’t occurred since, oh, April or May) it seems that cooler weather is on its way. I am thinking it’s time to whip up a few more patchwork scarves like last year. I think the Country colors would be perfect for that.
I just have to resist the temptation to keep anything I make for myself – I have a craft show coming in December, and a shop to fill up!