Tuesday, May 31, 2011

What Do You Think I Should Do?

The 54" width of the fabric.

I've had this fabric, "Brunei" by Lee Behren, for over seven years as drapery rolls wrapped in plastic in my closet. I have at least six yards. In fact, I went back later and bought more so I'm not really sure how much I have now. I really loved this fabric and did make two pillows out of it; however, the motivation to make this into a coverlet/quilt like the one below passed years ago.

Detail of fabric middle.

A photo shoot in Living Room* magazine of an Anthropologie comforter.

You see how the Anthropologie coverlet has a distinct color change down the middle just the same as my fabric? I remember feeling that it was a sign and "meant to be". And it was at the time, too bad I took too long to stitch it up. Now I'm not so much into a lot of pink in my bedroom. So I'm trying to think up some way to make this fabric work by combining it with more orange and green fabrics. Perhaps a big border of another patterned fabric? Intersperse strips within the design or create a patchwork like the examples below?

Comforters from The Company Store.

However, that would mean buying more fabric and I already have enough for two coverlets! Can somebody help me with this?! Suggestions are welcome!

It's lovely though, isn't it?

*A great magazines that was canceled after only three issues.


the fabled needle (jen) said...

The patchwork spreads are pretty but, imho, I think it would be a pity to cut up your fabric like that. The pattern is really unique and rather striking and some of that might be lost when cut into squares (unlike an all over floral like in the examples shown). I really prefer the Anthro quilt! (I don't normally go for those colors but it's really beautiful). Maybe if your bedspread was the only pink in the room it would be OK and, in a weird way, not seem like too much pink? (As opposed to having various knickknacks and things that are pink). You can use green and orange for your pillows or in other parts of the room to offset it.

lsaspacey said...

My problem is that I don't like how pristine and flat it looks as fabric. I have a hard time imagining it with the lovely crinkles and texture it will get after being quilted and washed. Maybe I'll leave the design alone and back it with enough orange on the back so that it wraps over to the front instead of a separate binding?

I'm also thinking of cheating and sewing it right sides together, flipping it and topstitching around the edges with contrasting thread to simulate a binding.

zees5 said...

I LOVE that fabric (: I would not cut it up and try to make it work b/c in my experience when I have forced something I have never been happy with it. It is so important for me to be inspired by the fabrics I am making. I have found sometimes it is best to cut and run (: The time and effort put into a project is so great that it is best spent on something you love. No cents throwing good time after bad money spent (: