Barcode Chic

I've finished quilt No. 6 of 2017 yesterday... Barcode Chic (originally chic barcodes I tweaked it a little after the initial post).

Barcode Chic

This was a slight, very slight, departure from the quilt I usually design.  It's still geometric but less structured.  I even used shot cottons so give it more of an organic feel.  While I've made quilts before with shot cottons I don't think I will use them again anytime soon.  No matter how much I cleaned up the loose threads I still ended up with shadowing and rogue threads after sandwiching, ugh.  

Barcode Chic
I was able find the perfect backing fabric for this design;Observer by April Rhodes - Speck in Bronze.  I really like shopping for backing fabric, typically online.  When looking for a fabric I want it to be something I like, a medium to large print, in a coordinating color palette that has the right feel or theme as the front.  Sometime this can be very difficult other times, like with this quilt, the perfect fabric jumps off the computer screen.

Barcode Chic - Backing
Switching gears, this week in Debbie Jeske, of A Quilters Table, sent out her newsletter, The Scrap Basket, and in was a link to Moda Fabric's Color Palette Builder.  This tool is amazing!  The user uploads a photo or design and it will match the colors to Moda's Bella Solids.  You can then fine tune the colors to create a palette.  I'm not going to ditch my color cards any time soon but it will save time to have a starting point plus it's just fun.
As you can see it's pretty accurate.  It did select Peacoat for the charcoal grey but the other colors are right on, so I hope you'll try it out if you haven't already.

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