For those who are part of the Facebook family you may of caught the start of this challenge/exercise yesterday but for those who aren’t let’s back up a bit and I’ll explain.
Yesterday I tossed up this picture of three fabrics with the question “Yay or Nay?”. The answer is would you use these three fabrics together in a block. And if so what color would you add to the block if you could.
This exercise is to help people imagine color combos/textures beyond the obvious. Yes, the obvious choice would be to remove the brown and go with a teal, orange, or lime green. And those choices will make a nice block. But not always an exciting block. Those choices will make an easy quilt to view…but I strive for an interesting quilt to view. Yes I want it to be pleasing. But I also want it to be intriguing. I want it to invite you in to explore it further.
And so I use colors that don’t always completely match, that are a little off. I call them my “crazy aunt” fabrics.
Think of it every family has a “crazy aunt” and she is usually the life of the party. She brings the joy to family gatherings (quilts) and you are still talking about her long after the event.
So the brown fabric here is the “crazy aunt”. Not all crazy aunts are loud. Some stir the pot in the background.
Here is my sample block using these three fabrics and white on white background for this exercise. Notice how that brown kinda goes with the rest of the group. That is because the blue tints in it play to the blue in the dotted fabric and the gray undertone of the brown does to. This is important. If it was a red under toned brown this would not work.
Now I heard (or saw) the uproar for teal. And while I originally did not plan to do away with the brown for a teal, the exercise remember is to work with all three fabrics, I decided to make a block to satisfy the masses. And because it will help make my point that sometimes you need the “non steller” blocks to boost the other blocks. Stay with me here. It will all work out in the end. Here is your teal block.
Sandy posted that she would like to see a charcoal color added. And I agree that could be interesting. So I slipped it into every other star point for what I call the twinkle effect. My apologies the pic is blurry. It was a long night of storm watching. This is the only one not so good.
I was about it cut it, it is pretty, but then I saw this piece in my yellow 2.5″ bin.
Just that little tinge of gray makes it one of the family for me.
So sorry Barbara I tweaked your request hope you don’t mind.
And here is that sample block.
Ok. I know several of you are still unconvinced that the brown can work. So here are some images of the blocks together.
Yes a quilt made with the teal points would be lovely…but a quilt made with both would be interesting. And using that brown makes the teal even more spectacular. I myself would go with this combo if I had to use just two blocks. By using the twinkle block with the brown & charcoal it makes that block special too.
I looked at this set of four for a few minutes and then as I was just about to head upstairs with these pictures to load into the computer I spotted a fat quarter of fabric that was purchased in Paducah this year.
OH MY I thought…that is what I would use in this quilt!
It bridges everything and pulls it all together.
But would you of made the brown star point block without urging? I hope so after reading this.
Or I hope you would at least play and make an experiment block or two. I am always making blocks combos like this and just playing in the studio. So pretty awesome combos for quilts have been born this way if I say so myself.
As I posted last night. Thanks for playing along with your comments and suggestions on my MDQuilts facebook page post. I will do this again. I am enjoying it and by the responses I am thinking you are too.
Keep your eyes peeled next week!
I am off to Atlanta in the morning for some fun with the East Cobb Quilt Guild. I have been home for 16 days…it’s time to get my road warrior feet back in motion.
Don’t forget I will be posting the next block in the 2015 On The Road Challenge on July 1st. In fact there may be sneak peaks of parts of it on Facebook when in Atlanta as that is what I will be working on in my hotel room at night.
p.s. There has been a lot of updating and additions happening on the website. Check out the new workshops and my new store page. Would love to hear what you think!