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summer 2015

hooray for the red, white and blue

You cannot go wrong with red, white and blue.

The colors are "americana" and may mean stars and stripes to some, but to me, they represent one of my favorite color combinations that i like to use year round. It's a classic and a classic never goes out of style!

I have always loved red and white together. It's one of the few things that my Mom and I have in common, but whenever a fabric representative is at the shop showing us new fabrics, when a red and white fabric comes along, Mom and I look at each other with the unspoken bond of mother and daughter and we both know what the other is thinking: we. need. this. fabric. Maybe it's because it reminds us of the big red barn with white trim that houses Alewives Fabrics, but this combination is one of the rare instances where both my mother and myself are on the same page.

Red and white are undeniably fabulous on their own, but add blue into the mix and suddenly there is a whole new dynamic. If you avoid the expected stars and stripes and opt for more textured designs, the combination of red, white and blue can lose it's patriotic vibe and feel vintage and nostalgic instead, yet somehow modern and fresh at the same time. I love how the red is warm, the blue is cool and the white is neutral (incidentally, this is how I break down fabrics when I'm arranging them at the store: they are either "warm," "cool" or "neutral." All fabrics somehow fall into one of these three categories).

I guess red, white and blue reminds me of the many different sides of a person. Crazy and warm, loving and clever (red); distant and introverted, thoughtful and quiet (white); moody and cool, strong and steely (blue). Maybe that seems like a bit of a stretch (and maybe it IS), but I know there are at LEAST three sides to ME. Most days more ;-)

Enjoy your summer, wherever you are! Thanks for taking the time to check in with us at Alewives Fabrics. If you have a moment, drop me a line and tell me your favorite classic color combinations, or just tell me which color you are feeling like today :-)


Rhea and all of the ladies at Alewives