I forgot that Kona is dyed in lots, like yarn. Now, let’s take a look at the one peeking out from under all the others in the upper left corner of the photo. I purchased that piece about a month ago with a specific project in mind. It’s a good thing it has already been committed to one particular project, because there is no way I could use it for my “Little Houses.” It is a completely different shade from the other two. I would never have assumed from looking at the photo that it was supposed to be the same colorway as the others.
So fuck. I was going full-steam ahead with these blocks, and now I have to stop and figure out how to resolve this Kona quandary. As it is, I ordered a few more yards of “Natural” both at the 45″ and 60″ widths to see if maybe I can get a shade closer to the one I’m currently using. Then there’s the possibility that I mislabeled it oh so long ago. Maybe it’s some other color. Maybe it’s some other shade of off-white, like “Snow” (not the Canadian rasta-rapper) or “Ivory.” I thought it was “Natural” since it has the little freckles that are the only thing all three pieces of fabric have in common. I can only wait for my order of various shades of off-white to arrive so I can find the best match. Good thing Hancock’s is having a sale on Kona. Until then, I guess I can continue to cut & sew more trees and houses. It’s more productive than banging my head against the sewing machine, I suppose.
I think it would look totally fine if the “naturals” of different blocks were slightly different colors of natural. Especially as you are not always looking at quilts quite that close-up. i.e., if you stood across the room and looked over at it, would you even really see it? a slightly varying background color may actually give it a sense of depth / i.e., fabrics that are tone on tone or have ubtle patterns, but your eye reads from afar as a “solid” tend to have more depth than true SOLIDs.
Sounds like you are determined to have it all the same / but just wanted to throw in there that I think this would work fine / wouldn't bother the eye at all, and might actually be nice.
that should be “subtle” not “ubtle” 🙂