Sunday Stash #202 – All the Elements

I’m literally still sorting through all of the new fabrics to hit my studio lately. I have this white chair in there, that I affectionately call the sorting chair. Really, it’s just a catch all for anything that hasn’t made it neatly (back) into the cupboard of love. If I’m being perfectly honest (shhh…) I haven’t been able to see the chair for weeks! The fabrics are coming in faster than I, or the chair, can sort them. You won’t find me complaining about this, except for the fact that I now have no where to sit!


One of the first fabrics I really committed to (and by committed, I really mean obsessed) was Art Gallery’s Oval Elements range. I remember being in Julie’s Intrepid Thread shop for the first time and spying them in all their tonal glory. If you’re new to fabrics, the phrase “tone-on-tone” implies that the design consists of varying shades of the one hue (colour) in the one fabric. This phrase, tone-on-tone is often used interchangeably with the word “blender.” If you want to get even more fabric scientific about it, you’ll often hear about 90% tone-on-tone, or 70%, etc. This means that there may be 70% of one colour family, and 30% of another. An example of this is shown in the top Peaches N Cream fabric below. It contains a medium, and lighter orange, but also the white circles, so it would be about 70% tone-on-tone. Conversely, the other two, Papaya Orange and Tangerine Tango are 100% tone-on-tone.

Wow! I bet you weren’t expecting a fabric lesson today, were you!? School ma’am Molli in full effect, y’all!


These latest acquisitions of Oval Elements I picked up at Quiltsmith in Sydney on my grand fabric adventure with Alyce a few weeks ago. (Yes, I’m still talking about it, and I’m still gonna be talking about it in the weeks to come. I somehow think you’ll deal, LOL!) These are just some stashing duties that needed to be fulfilled. I really let myself off the hook on that fateful day, but I know these are pieces I’ll use. That’s the glory glory hallelujah of tone-on-tones, you’re always going to need them. They’re like the orchestra for the feature vocalist. You may not see them right away, but laaaaaaa, they’re gonna make your quilt sing.


Since that was my first trip to Quiltsmith, I had no idea I’d be walking into the Oval Elements mother load. They had nearly every single colour available (and upon questioning, they keep them in stock!) Danger-danger, Molls! So if you’re looking for dazzling elements to add into your current project, come put some of these jewels in your basket.

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8 Responses

  1. Janelle says:

    I love the oval elements also!
    And I will ALWAYS take a stash post!! Love it, keep ’em coming!!

  2. mary says:

    Oval elements are so good, I don’t have any in my stash but I have drooled over them a number of times!

  3. Trude Jackson says:

    You knocked it out of the park with these! The colors are stunning! I discovered you when you wrote the incredible article for the Mod Block magazine…you have such an amazing eye for tonal fabrics/quilts…JUST LOVE IT!

  4. Anne Beier says:

    Oval elements are a great line of blenders. I think I have used most of mine up.

  5. Love those oranges. Working some orange right now! Thank you for the linky party.

  6. Hi! I love oval elements and have it only in one colour, very light turquoise. Your colours are so delicious! Hmm, I may have few strips that came from a friend … have to go to check them! x Teje

  7. Kolya says:

    Oooh, the oval elements are yummy. I’ve not seen them before. Love a good stash addition, or 6, or 20… 😊

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