Kelly’s Custom Colors Fat Quarter Bundle…now say that 5 times fast! That title may be a mouthful and for good reason; it’s not just a pretty name. Each fat quarter bundle is created by me especially for you with hue, prints, colors and scale in mind.
Fat quarter is a quilters term for a yard of fabric cut into four equal pieces. The first cut is made by cutting the yard of fabric (36″ by the width of fabric, usually 44″) in half down the middle and then cutting those halves in half again down the middle. When cut like this you end up with four pieces of fabric measuring 18″ x 22″. A traditional quarter yard of fabric is 9″ wide by 44″ long (or width of fabric). A fat quarter gives you enough fabric to play around with and cut lots of different size shapes from because you are not limited by the 9″ width.
Vintage Fabric Studio has four styles of bundles to choose from; warm, cool, rainbow and low volume. The warm colors have a mix of yellows, oranges and pinks. Cool color bundles have lots of bright greens and blues as well as a few purples in the mix. A rainbow bundle is just that; all the colors of the rainbow including a selection of warm, cool and low volume prints. That leaves the low volume bundles. Low volume is a new fabric term that comes from the modern quilting world. It is a fabric where the color and print are muted or sparse so it reads as a light color.
When you purchase a fat quarter bundle I start playing around with our stock of vintage sheet fat quarters to create a cohesive mix of prints, colors and patterns so that you can get started on your next project with confidence. I select a mix of fabrics with hue and scale being important factors during the audition process. Not all colors and styles play nicely together and I want to make sure your bundle of fabric gets along nicely!
I have been a student of color my whole life. As far back as I can remember I was playing with crayons and water colors. A craft my mom and I would do together on rainy afternoons was to make crayon butterflies. Start by shaving crayons onto paper with dull scissors, then fold the paper in half and use a warm iron to melt the wax. Quickly open the paper up and see what kind of design was created and add a little set of antenna for the butterfly. In high school Art class got me through the tedium of math and keyboarding classes; it quite literally kept me in school! Then when it was time to go to college I started a degree in Art History for a term and quickly found that I wasn’t quite cut out for college at 18. (I did finally finish with a BS in Environmental Science in 2008!)
Even though I didn’t stick with college, art stuck with me, and I continued to paint and draw into my 20’s. It was around this time that I rediscovered fabric through a little quilt shop in the small town of Scappose, Oregon I was living in at the time. A friend and I would go and buy fat quarters by the stacks! It was such fun to use fabric as the color pallet for making quilts. Creating with fabric is just like any other fine art medium; quilting specifically uses color theory, texture and placement to bring forth an idea from factory of imagination.
I love to use fat quarters in my own quilting. I have stacks of fat quarters from my favorite designers and lines of fabric that I just had to add to my collection. Because sometimes there isn’t an immediate plan for our fabric purchases and that’s totally acceptable in my book!
I also love to create custom color bundles just for you so if you are looking for a bundle of say all greens, or all pinks then drop me a note in your order telling me what you want, and I will do my best to accommodate. To make the blue bundle of your dreams come true add a Cool Colors Fat Quarter Bundle to your cart and when you checkout add a note requesting all blue fat quarters. Alternatively if you want an all pink bundle add a Warm Color Fat Quarter Bundle to your cart and at checkout add your note that you want all pinks. Easy Peasy! And if you have any questions just email me Kelly @VintageFabricStudio.com and I can walk through the order process.
Thanks so much for following along with me I hope you enjoyed reading a little bit about the fat quarter bundles. Let me know if you have any questions or ideas. I love hearing from you – it is the best part of my job; connecting with other vintage fabric lovers! It has been such a fun Grand Opening! If you haven’t had a chance to enter the giveaway going on hop on over to the Grand Opening Giveaway page and get in for a chance to win a Pretty Pincushion Kit with the upgraded hazelnut shell filling. Have a wonderful day!