Friday, May 5, 2017

Cherrywood fabric auditions..... opinions please!

To refresh your memories, I have been working on Hearts and Hands for some time.  I finally picked it back up with the intention of getting a top finally made.  

There are 117 blocks in total; and I have only six more to make.  

My choices of fabrics for my Hearts and Hands have been in the cream, brown and black families.  With that being said, the name of my quilt is going to be called Cafe au Lait.  So, keeping that in mind, I have chosen three Cherrywood hand dyed fabrics in the brown(ish) tones to use as a background.  

I placed my order for three fat quarters on Tuesday morning of this week and within half an hour I got a confirmation that they had been shipped.  Now that is service!

If you are not familiar with Cherrywood fabrics, I highly recommended giving them a try. They are the most beautiful hand dyes that lend the look of suede but they are 100% cotton.  I am pretty sure there are some Cherrywoods in my blocks and I know for a fact that I have several pieces in my stash that I am having a hard time coming to grips with when it comes to  cutting them out!

Anyways......I am looking for some advice.  Knowing the name that I am giving  to this quilt.... which of these three auditions do you like best?

I am using just a small smattering of my blocks (which I kept consistent on each fabric background), but these blocks are pretty much representative of all of my blocks.

The first one is "Buttercream".

My next choice was "Caramel".

....and the last choice was "Bronze".  

I don't think I have ever felt so much pressure on choosing a fabric for a quilt like I am with this one.  
I think I know which one I like the best, but would really appreciate your opinions and maybe why you chose what you did.  

A decision has to be made fairly quickly.  Cherrywood is already holding two of these fabrics as I need 11 yards and I want to make sure that I get them all in the same dye lot (they only sell in 2 yard increments as their largest pieces).  


  1. All three backgrounds work, but my choice would be Caramel. Gorgeous so far and I know the completed quilt will be a wowzer.

  2. I like the first one, however the last one really jumps out and highlights the blocks, I think I like that more. The second one is lovely if you want a more blended quilt.

  3. Carmel seems kind of muddy looking. I like the bronze but I tend to go dark anyhow. The butter cream shows the circles well.

  4. (Anonymous) Sharon....I really like the bronze! Buttercream is my 2nd choice.
    (Cherrywood sure did ship those to you quickly!!!)

  5. I like both the caramel and bronze, but the bronze really makes the blocks pop.

  6. The blocks really stand out on their own against the Bronze.
    But all 3 work very nicely and would make a beautiful background against these blocks.



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