Sunday, 2 September 2012

Turn down the volume

Have you been caught up with the low volume love that seems to have been sweeping flickr over the last few months? If you have you may want to hang on in there until the end of the post because there is a giveaway ::wink:: ::wink::

First there was the Low Volume QAL and then there has been lots of low volume swaps.  I even got inspired after seeing some blocks Fiona made as examples for her month as Queen Bee in Brit Bee. In fact Fiona asked me if I fancied trading some Low Volume blocks and these lovelies arrived in the post just yesterday. They look even better in person than when Fi posted pics on Flickr. (Oh and strictly speaking Fiona and I liked the idea of a pop of bright colour mixed in with the low volume.)


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Please ignore the blue beach towel I iron on when I'm too lazy to get the ironing board out.
 I should have put them straight on the carpet.

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wow look at the amazing teeny tiny piecing!

I have eight blocks in total now and high on the priority list for September will be getting some more low volume blocks made.  

If you're still not sure what Low Volume is all about; think about fabrics with the volume turned right down on the colour. They are muted, often neutral or tone on tone. They aren't bright and shout-out-loud. 

This afternoon (after I sashed my Bee Blessed blocks and made my HipBee Siggy block.) I set about going through my low volume stash and have put together some 5"ish charms. (I say ish because some are a few mm wonky - it's much easier cutting up one big piece of fabric into charms rather than bits of smaller fabric!)

They do look better in person. I could have tried photographing them in the garden, but life is too short to be chasing charms around the garden when the wind blows...


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There are twenty squares all together and a couple of duplicates because it showed off a different part of the fabrics pattern. (Nothing at all to do with my being too lazy to cut any more.)  You could use these in your low volume projects if you've caught the low volume bug or if not maybe you could work them into scrap vomit quilts or EPP projects. The great thing with many LV fabrics is they play so nicely with their loud fabric cousins.

To enter just tell me or any great purple/lilac fabric out there. If you can add a link to it that would be even better. I'll explain why another day. Of course if you don't know or care about purple fabric you can just enter and tell me any old random thing. International entrants welcome. If I can post to you you can enter. 

I'm going to run this give away until my brother's birthday which is Friday 7 September 2012.  

33 comments:

  1. Purple is a hard one. I am always looking for good ones but they are few and far between. Cindy has a good one though -

    http://fluffysheepquilting.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=69_182&product_id=293

    And there are some good ones in Tula Pinks new line -

    http://www.thevillagehaberdashery.co.uk/sewing-patchwork/fabric?designer=543

    Loving your low volume block. Fiona is amazing!

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  2. I didn't join in with the swap as I have no low volume fabric that would be worth swapping! I am rubbish at fabric names/lines: I usually just see something and get it!

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  3. I'd love to enter your giveaway as I'm just picking out fabrics to make a low volume quilt...I know I'm a sheep ;-) You have some great ones there and thanks for the opportunity ;-)

    I don't do a lot of purple/lilac but am quite drawn to this...loving the RicRac Rabbit line at the mo

    http://www.seamstar.co.uk/creative-thursday-rabbits-bunny-friends-brown-peony-p-3562.html

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  4. Here is your lavender: http://www.hawthornethreads.com/fabric/designer/riley_blake_designs_house_designer/chevron/chevron_tone_on_tone_in_lavender

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  5. Purple hmmm my current favourites are - birds and the bees Tula Pink, nightshade Tula Pink, Good Fortune Kate Spain.

    Thanks for the chance to win some low volume :)

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  6. I have hardly any purple in my stash except for a couple of solids! Kona crocus and mulberry!

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  7. Love low volume. I love so many of the Kona purples - they are fab to work with but here is a Tula Pink one I love: http://www.etsy.com/listing/107187262/tula-pink-lazy-stripe-lapis-1-yard?ref=sr_gallery_15&ga_search_query=tula+pink+fabric&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=GB&ga_min=0&ga_max=0&ga_page=4&ga_search_type=all&ga_facet=supplies%2Ffabrictula+pink+fabric

    Hope the link works :)

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  8. Here is a link to 51 purple/lavender on JB Quilting: http://www.jbquiltingfabrics.co.uk/shop/prints-by-colour-lavender-purple-c-212_28.html

    There might be something you like?

    Pomona x

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  9. I was just going to tell you about the amazing purple/lilac fabric in Tula Pink's Birds and Bees line but I see you have already had that tip off.
    It is so much more lovely IRL than in the pics though. I can highly recommend it.

    I would love to add these low volume blocks to my stash.
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    xxxx

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  10. They beat me to the lines I know of - Tula Pink Bs&Bs looks lovely.
    I need to get some LV in my life, I seem to have it on To Do list but so many other things keep cropping up!

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  11. Purple fabrics cause me problems - I really struggle to find any. I've recently used some from Cats Amore by Benartex but I tend to pick them up randomly when I see them., Love the low volume charms!

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  12. There's a lot of nice purples in Katharine's Wheel by Nel Whatmore. Plus there's these on Gone to Earth... http://www.gonetoearth.co.uk/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=36_57&zenid=92c8unklbo51i3cg5vki2l6tt2

    It's hard to get nice modern purples isn't it!

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  13. I realized the other day when pulling some scraps together for a swap that I don't really have much in the line of purple fabrics. And the ones that I do have are more reddish than purple. I hope you'll let us know if you do find some good ones. Thanks for an opportunity to win the LV blocks.

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  14. Yay! So glad they arrived safely and you like them :)
    Lizzie House does some good purples. Both her castle peeps lines and Outfoxed have good purples. Can't give you any links just now though because I'm on my phone :)

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  15. Jennifer Paganelli crazy in love has some awesome purple prints like this one-
    http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/S89806740/

    Or Anna Maria Horner Innocent crush (My fave designer and fabric line!) Lovesme lovesme not in grape
    http://www.hawthornethreads.com/fabric/designer/anna_maria_horner/innocent_crush/lovesme_lovesmenot_in_grape

    Hope they help :D

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  16. Ooh oh oh! I'm planning a LV quilt too... I'd LOVE to win your charms!!

    I'm quite a fan of the purples in 1001 peeps like this:
    http://www.pinkcastlefabrics.com/products/royal-city-in-purple

    And theres a really cute new purple in Nursery Versery:

    http://www.pinkcastlefabrics.com/products/country-mice-in-purple

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  17. Love the LV blocks!

    Nicky sent me a lovely purple TOT fabric last week but I have no idea what it is (other than fab!) so that's not much use. Heirloom has some gorgeous purple prints but I'm not sure you can still buy it so that's not much use either. To make up for my lack of knowledge here's a link to the 'purple, plum and lilac' page on Eternal Maker http://www.eternalmaker.com/fabric/fabric-by-colour-style/purples-plums-lilacs?limit=all

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  19. I just made a low volume block for someone and it was wonderful fun. I'm thinking about a project for myself now. As for lilac fabric:
    http://www.hawthornethreads.com/fabric/designer/joel_dewberry/aviary_2/lodge_lattice_in_lilac

    http://www.hawthornethreads.com/fabric/designer/joel_dewberry/aviary_2/bloom_in_lilac


    http://www.hawthornethreads.com/fabric/designer/patricia_bravo/poetica/sonnet_in_violet

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  20. I'm just putting the finishing touches on a quilt using the Floral Folio fabrics by Cary Phillips for Clothworks. I love, love, love the purples in this collection: http://clothworkstextiles.com/collection.asp?ID=291

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  21. Most purple fabric I have seen I do not like. Saw some lovely plum Liberty Lifestyle on Sunday that wasn't put into production! They chose brown instead! What were they thinking???

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  22. mmmm purple...you've got me wondering what it is for.
    If you look here in the 5 Yard Rainbow charm swap there are some great ones....of every colour...but here is a link to some purple
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/seemersew/6945177377/in/pool-monstercharmswap/

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  23. Your blocks are very pretty. I have not caught the low volume bug yet. I always come late to stuff like this.....

    I love Pat Bravo's fabrics (they feel great)and her purples are gorgeous. This is just one of many.

    http://www.hawthornethreads.com/fabric/designer/patricia_bravo/bespoken/fancy_buttons_in_purple

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  24. I love purple but don't often find fabrics in it that I like. I would start with Art Gallery perhaps. Jxo

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  25. Ooh, I've been tempted by the low volume pics around on Flickr and Twitter/Instagram, and have been thinking about a little project of my own.

    I have very little purple fabric in my stash. I'm loving the new Field Study fabrics - this one is great http://www.thevillagehaberdashery.co.uk/sewing-patchwork/fabric/field-study-coordinates-in-midnight

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  26. Ooh, I've been tempted by the low volume pics around on Flickr and Twitter/Instagram, and have been thinking about a little project of my own.

    I have very little purple fabric in my stash. I'm loving the new Field Study fabrics - this one is great http://www.thevillagehaberdashery.co.uk/sewing-patchwork/fabric/field-study-coordinates-in-midnight

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  27. I join the LV swap at makingrebeccalynne but could always use a few more charms :)
    I love the purple jewels by Lizzy House!

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  28. I'm doing some EPP now and I wasn't able to find enough of the purples I wanted for it. Kaffe Fassett's Lotus Leaves are sort of ridiculously huge but a lot of fun, andI have an Anna Maria Horner Little Folks voile that has a few pops of my perfect lavender, but neither is an allover purple. I'm intrigued to see what you find, because both my little girls love purple most of all.

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  29. Ummmm I love purple, but wouldn't know any fabric ranges to recommend - I've got a good shade of purple on my current bed covers though! x

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  30. Purples go really well with the modern interpretations of these fabrics.
    http://www.sewforu.com.au/shop.php
    The traditional styles combine well with calm purple shades.
    Sometimes the purples provide contrast and restful spaces.

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  31. Ooo love those charms, having just made some blocks for Fiona, I totally see the attraction of mixing low volume with a pop of colour. Please enter me in your giveaway :) As for purples, I find that I keep returning to Joel Dewberry's Heirloom range, and this print in particular (empire weave in garnet)
    http://www.pinkcastlefabrics.com/collections/designer-joel-dewberry/products/empire-weave-in-garnet

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  32. Tula pinks Birds and Bees has some wonderful purples. I have been thinking of collecting some purple too so it is interesting to see all the suggestions.

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  33. Love the purples in Birds and the Bees I am thinking of collecting purples too love seeing all the suggestions.

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