Hello, and happy Friday! How about some Bella solids talk today?! One of my first ideas for writing about the Bella solids was to interview some of my favorite designers and ask them about their favorite Bella solids (This post is titled “My Favorite Bellas” because really, you can’t have just one favorite). Today I’d like to share some ideas from Camille Roskelley, Joanna Figueroa, Kate Spain, and Carrie Nelson. Thanks to these terrific ladies, there is a lot of wonderful information in this post: I think this is one you’ll want to bookmark to refer to again and again.
Photo by Camille Roskelley
First up is Camille who said this: “I love to buy my solids in my favorite colors by the bolt. They make the best backgrounds, bindings, and even backings, and I couldn’t sew without my Bleached White 97. I should have counted how many bolts of white I sewed through last year! Maybe I’ll try to keep track this year. Anyway, I love 97 (bleached white), 83 (gray), 34 (aqua), and 16 (red).”
Blossom Quilt Photo from With Fabric & Thread by Joanna Figueroa
“Lately Clover (9900-73) is my favorite green although it is not the same as my standard “Fig Tree” feeling yellowy-green. This one is a bit crisper and more apple green in tone, I guess. It matches well with Strawberry Fields, California Girl, and Avalon. We used Clover and Snow for our Blossom quilt from our latest book, With Fabric & Thread.”
Lollipops Quilt Photo by Joanna Figueroa
“I use Tan (9900-13) as my standard linen-feeling background. It is the perfect neutral when I want something darker than cream or ivory, and I don’t have actual linen on hand. I also love the Parchment (9900-39) color which is just slightly lighter than the Tan. I used the Tan for the background of my large Lollipops quilt, and I love how it sets off the Dresden plates. It [also] plays perfectly with the new Avalon collection.
The Golden Wheat (9900 103) is a wonderful orange that we used a lot in our Halloween Pops kits and other fall feeling projects. I will definitely be using that one again!
Other favorite ‘must haves’ that we have used in some of our bundles or that coordinate with our collections are Soft Yellow (9900-148), Butterscotch (9900-36)), Bubble Gum (9900-88), Coral (9900-147), Scarlet (9900-47), Breeze (9900-132), Mint (9900-133), and Celery (9900-72).”
Robin’s Egg 9900-85
30’s Blue 9900-25
Terrain Iris 9900-168
So there you have it…a wonderful list of Bellas you might want to consider having on hand. As for me, I always have Bleached White 97 and Snow on hand. I’m also trying to slowly grow my collection of other colors; after writing this post, I definitely have some ideas about what to add to my collection next!