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Thread: Year of the Taupe

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    Power Poster BellaBoo's Avatar
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    If you love Japanese Taupe then you need that book. It has gorgeous one of a kind patterns. The BOM was over $500 not including the backing. I have several block made and the fabric is a dream to sew. This will be my quilt. I'm spending a lot of time on each block enjoying it slowly. I sew a fast easy quilt pattern when I get the urge to have a quilt finished.
    Got fabric?

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    I do - and pretty much any of the "real" taupe or indigo (my other totally out-of-control obsession) books.
    I'll be looking forward to your completed quilt - worth every penny.

    Here's some eye candy for you - pictures from the recent show in Tokyo:
    Not be to too treacly - not my style - but I'm awed at the beauty of these creations.

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    Senior Member Gaijin's Avatar
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    I visited a quilt store near my house yesterday and about 1/3 of the stock was taupe. But the difference was the textures! There are so many fabrics here with dimension! If you check out the various Japanese quilting magazines, most of these fabrics are used here for smaller projects, like purses, carry bags, and wall hangings.

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    I really like contrast so I like taupes for the neutrals, but I also like the pretty cream and taupe combination quilts that allow for a soft palette and then emphasized with ornate quilting in a contrasting thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gaijin View Post
    If you check out the various Japanese quilting magazines, most of these fabrics are used here for smaller projects, like purses, carry bags, and wall hangings.
    Oh goody! You're in Japan, and I really want to pick your brain!! Can you possibly give a list of the best Japanese quilt magazines, in your opinion? And are any of them written in English? I know of one called Quilt Japan, and I've picked up a few books by Yoko Saito, but they seem to be mostly (as you said) for handbags and small projects.

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    Taupe is okay in SMALL doses. I joined a fabric moratorium and I'm not buying any fabric this year unless I have to have backing. So no matter what the fabric designers say, it's the year of the stash at my house!

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    Quote Originally Posted by QKO View Post
    Remember - we're talking about taupes, which are a style of fabric, not the color taupe.
    Being new to this subject--one of the many reasons we're on this board is to learn of new subjects, eh?-- I Googled Japanese taupes, and found "the genre is very forgiving. The wide range of hues, all based on an underlying Taupe color, go extremely well together with very little effort."And Peckish's Pinterest link shows projects in, you guessed it, shades of taupe.... All were beautiful, as long as you like subtle, earthy tones.

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    I'm working on a neutrals quilt right now, all shades of cream, cream on cream, taupe, beige, tan...it's wonderfully rewarding. Each time I put two fabrics together, it's a pleasant surprise how good it looks. Never thought I'd enjoy it this much!
    People who start projects and never finish them are cooler
    than people who never start projects at all.


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    I discovered daiwabo two years ago and have several pieces which I ordered from Quilt Kits Online. http://www.quilt-kits-online.com/ The owners of the shop are delightful and talked with me about the fabrics. I love them and am waiting for just the right project...they're my treasures in my stash.

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    Super Member BuzzinBumble's Avatar
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    Oh those Japanese taupe fabrics are wonderful and the quilts are fabulous.
    All these links are great - thanks for posting them.
    Yup Quilt Kits Online has quite an extensive selection.

    I am in love with this gorgeous Winding Ways quilt done in taupes: http://sarahlovesfabric.com/tag/winding-ways/page/2/

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