You know how sometimes you’re looking at fabrics, just because you can, and you come across one that makes your quilty heart beat a little faster and you just have to order some? Then think about it, and wait on the postie to deliver it, and worry over coming up with the perfect pattern to do it justice? No? Just me. Okay we’ll let’s pretend.
This is what happened. I was making up some custom labels for my Aussie Hero Quilts (my fave charity to sew for) and Spoonflower had a featured list of fabrics. Including this one by Noveau Bohemian. Arctic Song. Ahhh. Even the name makes me happy. It was love at first sight. So naturally I had to order some to be delivered along with my labels.
Then it got here and there was more heart-eye-emoji stuff going on. Followed quickly by paralysing fear. What pattern can I make with this that’s going to set the print off perfectly? I already knew I wanted to pair Sketch prints with it, but the pattern… Oh it was tough.
But I digress. Let’s look at the pretty first. Here’s the print, with the fabric pull I decided needed to happen.
I mean look at that. I don’t know if it’s the polar bears, the narwhals, the colours, the geometric touch, or that gorgeous watercolour Aurora. But I love it. And I love those Sketch colours paired with it. That photo right there makes me extremely happy that I have an excellent selection of Sketch prints in my stash (by Timeless Treasures in case you’re wondering).
I headed to EQ7 (which has now upgraded to EQ8! Woohoo!), and drew my little heart out. It took me awhile to get the idea out of my head and onto the screen. I knew I’d know it once I saw it. It can be an incredibly frustrating process, but when you finally come up with the design you envisaged, it’s very rewarding. Naturally I procrastinated on packing my bags for Quilt Market so I could go start on one of the blocks. Procrastination sewing is totally a thing.
I’m so loving how these little trees turned out – and I can’t wait to make more. I have a little something else planned for this quilt beyond just trees. Because obviously I haven’t even used any of the print in that block yet! But give it time and I’ll reveal my grand plan!
And now if you’ll excuse me, I’m back to looking over that gorgeous fabric and dreaming of more ways to use it. If you need to get some of this Arctic Song in your life, head over to Esther’s shop on Spoonflower now! And make sure you follow @nouveau_bohemian on IG too for more fabric pretties!
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