Quilter’s Color Quest: 9. Neutrals

My Word for 2020 icon by Allison ReidI’m just about keeping up with the Quilter’s Color Quest, a series of challenges designed to expand knowledge about and understanding of colour both on a objective level and on a personal, emotional level. The Quest is being run by Rachel Hauser over on her blog Stitched in Color and is designed to be followed in conjunction with her book, ‘The Quilter’s Field Guide to Color’.

Challenge 9: Neutrals. I’ve enjoyed picking through my boxes of neutral scraps. I have neutrals sorted in two boxes, one contains white, grey and black fabric scraps, the other box has light beige through to dark brown scraps. This made for a quick start to playing with the scraps for the Neutral challenge. Rachel gives lots of helpful information about how neutrals – white, grey, black and brown – affect the colours around them. It was absorbing picking out swatches and fabrics and laying them next to the neutrals I’d chosen: Black, Smoke, Chocolate and Parsley.

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Quilters Color Quest: 8. Context

Context: The next challenge in the Quilters Color Quest organised by Rachel Hauser author of ‘The Quilter’s Field Guide to Color’.

The Cambridge Dictionary defines ‘context’ as:

the situation within which something exists or happens, and that can help explain it…

Most examples of how to use the word ‘context’ are geared towards words and ideas, obviously for the Quilter’s Color Quest we are thinking fabrics and how they relate to one another on a quilt top. The swatch challenge involved grouping shades, tones and tints of a colour around a swatch deemed to be the pure, classic hue (colour). I had a go with Apple Green, Blackberry and Sapphire. Our perceptions of a colour will alter depending on the other colours

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Quilters Color Quest: 6 or is it 7? Value

At the top are the two New Paws on the Block! 😀

I’m falling behind with the Quilter’s Color Quest 🙁 Rachel Hauser has been using her book, ‘The Quilter’s Field Guide to Color’ as the backdrop to a series of blog posts and challenges encouraging us to explore colour. I’ve been following the posts and delving into my copy of the book whilst using the colour swatches to play with my fabric

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Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (109)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your projects(s) and enjoy sharing in the inspirational conversations being held across our Worldwide Quilting Community 🙂 Add to the conversations and share links in the Comments box at the bottom of this page. Thank you!

The weather here in the UK has been quite extraordinary. This has been the sunniest Spring on record and the driest May following on from the wettest February. The plants in my garden have never grown so well. Of course after two very dry months in succession the ground is drying out fast. As well as seeing the garden in it’s prime all this sunshine has given me so many delightful early mornings in my sewing room. All Winter long the sun never reaches through the window in my room, then in March the first early morning rays give a slither of gold on the wall next to the window. Now, nearing mid-Summer, the sun stretches far into my room, making it my early morning happy place 🙂

Not that there has been a ton of sewing going on this past week! What with putting the finishing touches to my Four Patch Dash pattern and watering the garden!

Anyhow! I did finish the dark green blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

I’ve made two 12″ blocks for each of the colours along with 1-4 smaller blocks depending on the number of 2½” squares I’d cut at the start of the month. I put a block from each month up on the design wall with a colour wheel to hi-light the gaps in the rainbow.

The Rainbow Scrap Challenge colour for June is pink – not a go-to colour of mine but my collection of RSC blocks could do with an injection of warmth, so pink is good 🙂

Finding pink scraps for the June Rainbow Scrap Challenge won’t be a problem!

Here are some links into the Worldwide Quilting Community – all very worthy distractions from your housework!:

Christina Cameli has been sharing some wonderfully relaxing free motion drawing tutorials on Instagram. I’ve come across a few in my daily scrolling and always enjoy them. You don’t need to use Instagram to view the 10 minute tutorials, just click this link. Christina is full of FMQ ideas and demonstrates how to move around a space on a quilt (or a white board!) filling in awkward gaps as the pattern expands.

In last week’s Saturday Quilting Bring & Share I got distracted by a machine binding technique. Laura kindly added a link to a tutorial about binding quilts by Rob of Man Sewing. He shares lots of tips and his favourite binding tools including a ruler – I’ve never seen one of these used before, it could be a game changer if the thought of joining the ends of binding with a bias seam sends you into a flat spin!

Hum! Do you have a subscription with the Bluprint or have a library of classes bought when Bluprint was Craftsy? I have some Craftsy classes which I found really helpful and occasionally dip into for a refresher. Bluprint has announced it is shutting down. There’s a lot of confusion both for subscribers who wonder if access to classes will be lost despite the ‘lifetime’ guarnatee and tutors wondering if they’ll lose the rights to their work. Find out more in this Craft Industry Alliance post – there are a lot of comments!

Rona has some suggestions for supporting local quilt shops even if our budgets have been squeezed by lock-down.

I really like Stephanie’s flower design patchwork block. She’s even  managed to give her flowers patchwork stems – not an applique stitch in sight!

Finishing with a view down The Long Walk to a rather hazy view of Windsor Castle. Not a random photo but a record of a trip out we made yesterday to meet our lovely daughter and dear son-in-law (first time we’ve seen them since January). Confession to a bending of the social distancing rules as we did meet 2-2 rather than the 1-1. We did maintain our distances from each other and the many other individuals and family groups enjoying Windsor Great Park!

Linking with Cynthia at Quilting is More Fun than Housework for the Oh! Scrap! linky. This week Cynthia has embarked on a new quilt to commemorate 100 years of women in USA having the right to vote.

Happy Stitching!

Allison