Tamarinis new Speakeasy line Glows


Good morning my beautiful quilty friends! Ok, all of you that read my blog know that I am what my partner lovingly refers to as a "batik freak". I would rather buy a batik than another other fabric almost any day. As a result, I am always on the look out the batik section of the quilt shop or when a batik line comes out from one of my favorite companies. You also might have noticed that I've become a huge fan of Tamarinis! Every line she makes is gorgeous and as a picky consumer I feel thrilled that she makes my batik shopping more fun every year.

I don't normally post a picture of the whole line when I blog, but this time around I thought I would talk about what I look for in a good fabric line, so I wanted to show you all of the fabrics that are available in the delectable Speakeasy line from Island Batik.

I often think Tamarinis and I must channel a similar psyche because she creates lines that do exactly what I'm looking for. As you look through the options in the photo above, note that she has lights and darks, several medium values, coordinating colors, a couple of powerful stand outs, and a general luminosity that makes the fabric a little something special. As you can see, from a design standpoint, the bases are loaded and we are ready to hit a home run. Tamarinis knows that I like powerful brights and I'm less drawn in by lines that don't contain a red, so she was sure I might not go for this one, but as you can see it was the glow of this line that made it sure to delight me.

When I got this fabric into the studio, I had a plan in mind, but when I started pressing samples of it in the spot of sun I get from the north window, I knew I had to change to something that would show off the inherent glow of this fabric. I switched gears and went to a design I hadn't planned to put out just yet.

As soon as I began the piecing portion of the project, I knew I was making the right choice. You can see in this image how the fabrics pick up light beautifully. In talking about fabric, I rarely bring up luminosity. I talk about color, value, intensity, and print extensively with students, but luminosity (or the glow of the fabric) is harder to gauge and to show at times. However, you can see here how the gold tones (that provide the base of the yellow/green fabrics, some of the purples, and even the lights) radiate as though from an interior in the fabric giving the appearance of a glow.

To accent the natural glow of the gold tones in the fabrics, I chose a neutral background fabric and two deep dark examples from the collection to be the focal circles. Take note of how the darks appear with the brilliance of the golds in the sashing fabrics.