Here's a little something I've been playing around with ...
You may think this is a confusing departure from my beloved "shabby chic" style.
You get no argument from me.
But I really do love these colors and prints.
It's weird, right? I can't explain it.
All I know is that I fell in love with "Japanese Taupes" almost a decade ago. I don't use them very much. I mean, I play around with my taupe stash all the time. But for some reason I don't very often sew with them.
I think maybe I feel a little like this ...
But I also have a growing collection of Japanese quilt/craft books & magazines - which I paw through pretty much daily - and I fantasize about emulating the style I see on those pages.
And I have this lovely stack of Yoko Saito's latest Centenary Collection (by Lecien) I've been dying to use.
I guess you could say Yoko Saito is my Alice Cooper.
... (?!) ...
Anyhow, I started playing around with Centenary - and a few older Yoko prints from my stash - the other day after my daughter asked me to make her something very specific for school (that's the only hint I'm giving you). My imagination took her request and ran with it.
If it turns out even half as good in real life as it exists in my imagination right now I'll be very happy.
But this is always the trickiest part for me - getting an idea out of my head without totally ruining it.