Thursday, September 30, 2010

Gray or grey?

A few days ago Cheryl at Naptime Quilter blog asked her readers, which way do they spell gray/grey. You may want to check out the link and read all of the responses she got.  I thought it was very interesting.  She inspired me to pull out my gray fabrics too.  Gray is the 'new' wall color this past year and I believe it enhances the other colors used with it.  I have everything from a very light gray to charcoal.
I can't resist putting them into a value run, just like I do with all of my other fabrics.



Here is a group I have had folded together for about 6 years.  I may never make anything with them but it makes me happy to see them together.







Now I have to add a little color to my post.  This is the aboriginal dot from Kaffe Fassett.  I'm sure a lot of people passed over it without a second glance but I consider it the 'solid color' fabric that I will use with his other prints.

Before I walked away from these fabrics I had to put them in a color order following the color wheel sequence.

I received a package in the mail yesterday too, that I will photograph today and show tomorrow.  First I have to work 4 hours today at the sewing machine store. 

24 comments:

Tine said...

I love your gray fabrics! And I can understand why it's hard to cut into those beauties ;)
The aboriginal dot prints are perfect as "solids" - what a wonderful idea.

Sewing Junkie said...

I am sure you will have a good time at the store. The gray/grey selection you have would look really good with shades of reds. Your dots are a great selection wish I had them. Always hard to find fabrics that read a solid but are not. Chris

Jackie said...

The gray fabrics are terrific! Interestingly enough, I don't think that I have that much gray in my stash. Tons of Black and White though. I totally agree with you about the aboriginal dots being a solid!

Joyce said...

Love those grey/gray colored/coloured fabrics. I want to do a gray and acid green quilt someday.

Vivika said...

G-R-A-Y. I grew up in Gray, Maine and we used to joke that the town was just as exciting as its name...

*karendianne. said...

Really interesting on the gray. I enjoy looking at the range you have. Lordy bee your stash is unending! :)

HollyM said...

I've never been a big grey fan, but I've noticed that it is appearing more in quilts recently. I really like the Kaffe Fassett fabrics.

CharlotteP said...

I love colour...but your huge selection of grey (in the UK!) are absolutely beautiful. Bet YOU could make a fabulous quilt using only those, with small highlights of bright batiks...

patty a. said...

I have been collecting gray fabric for years and years. Are you going to make a gray quilt? The dot fabrics are wonderful! Any of them would make a great background.

karenfae said...

I don't have many gray fabrics what are you going to do with them.
Karen

Muddling Through said...

That's funny - your grays/greys look like black and white photos. And I like the new Kaffe's. I hadn't seen them, but then again, I haven't been fabric shopping lately.

Gene Black said...

Ha ha.. I spell gray/grey depending on the shade of the color. If it leans toward blue, it is GRAY. If it is leans toward red/yellow (warmer) it is GREY.
There is no real background for that. Actually GRAY is the American spelling and GREY is the English spelling. I read lots of English authors as a child, so I get mixed up with spellings.

Cheryl Arkison said...

Oh, you have some fantastic grey fabrics there. I'm quite jealous as I build my collection and start an all grey project.

Vicki W said...

I have a real weakness for gray fabrics and I know I have a gray quilt in me somewhere. I buy them every time I see them.

Michelle said...

What an awesome selection of grays (haven't read the other blog article on gray vs. grey yet). I love to use black and white fabrics, but I need to branch out into gray.

The Kaffe Fassetts are yummy too. Like you, I'd use them as solids.

Patty said...

You have a great selection of gray fabrics. I've wanted to make a gray quilt and have slowly started collecting fabric. It seems to be a hard color to find right now.

Anonymous said...

Fun post today. From your Grays to fabulous Fassett color.

J~MT

paula, the quilter said...

I remember having to draw a gray scale in an art class. Very hard to do, IIR. Fast forward to my graphic design days, and we always had gray mat board in different values handy for matting photos. I loved my gray on my design wall. Gray is a workhorse.

hetty said...

I love your gray fabrics!
Because I live in Canada, those fabrics would be grey if I had them. Just as color on your blog would be colour on mine. Which is what the Kaffe fabrics are - fantastic colors/colours. You certainly have a huge stash of them.

Kristin L said...

Having lived in Europe and the US, I go both ways, but prefer "grey" as it just looks more like the color than "gray," which doesn't seem foggy enough for me.

I love the Fasset dots and have quite a few myself. I think they'd make great solids!

Lynda said...

Definitely 'grey', but then, what do I know! I love all Kaffe fassett fabrics, but they really only play nicely together.

Meggie said...

I have always preferred grey. I have mostly English and Scottish ancestors, but am not sure how they spell grey. I do like the colour though, as it is a true neutral.

Cathi said...

Hmm -- I don't think I have one grey fabric in my stash! I've been so focused on adding blacks that I didn't even think about grey.
Love those aboriginal dots!

Stray Stitches said...

It was quite interesting going from looking at both pictures of the gray/grey fabrics to the color pictures. It really made the color fabric pop. It is amazing how the brain process things!