Quilter’s Color Quest: 2. Seasons

Quilter's color quest.pngHum! Seasonal colours… Should be pretty obvs, right? Not to me, partly through trying this exercise right after lock-down was announced when my mind was distracted by the conflicts between ‘old normal’ and ‘new reality’ and partly ‘cos I do find playing with colour just plain hard! Which is, of course, why I am working through these Quilter’s Color Quest challenges.

As I started shuffling through the swatches from Rachel Hauser’s book, ‘Quilter’s Field Guide to Color’, I found myself going all indecisive: a season may have a color palette but that surely varies with the weather conditions and time of day? For instance my initial picks for Spring were very much coloured (ha!ha!) by the bright sunny weather we enjoyed most of last week: Bright blue sky, bright yellow daffodils, deep purple crocus, lush green grass… Not the softer pastel colours I’ve learned to associate with Spring. And that’s another thing! What about our learned expectations of seasonal colour? Deep greens and berry reds initially came to my mind when thinking, ‘Winter = Christmas’ but then my thoughts went to the beautiful, subtle colours of a Winter dawn: pale peachy-pink skies, frosty landscapes, a bit of mist…

Anyway! Above is my pick of color swatches for each season: the challenge was to pick a blue, a pink, a green, a neutral, a yellow, a purple, a red and an orange for each of the seasons. You can probably tell I was in a bit of trouble!

I felt happier using a few of my swatches from each season to chose fabrics for the Bear Paw blocks. Some of the fabrics are not perfect matches but I think they are fair representations of the colours I had in mind.

Still not sure anyone would instantly be able to differentiate between my Spring and Summer Bear Paws but hopefully the Autumn and Winter blocks speak for themselves 🙂 The Winter Bear Paw is my favourite.

My Word for 2020 icon by Allison ReidThe next Quilter’s Color Quest challenge involves colour and emotion. I’m already feeling tense :-O I am definitely exercising my word of the year, GROW, with this project!

Linking with Susan and friends for Midweek Makers and I’ll post photos of my seasonal Bear Paw blocks on Instagram @allisonreid.neweverymorning using the hashtags #quilterscolorquest and #stitchedincolor and #quiltersfieldguidetocolor 🙂

Allison

Monochrome Quilt Finish and Starting to Explore Colour

Well! I just managed to squeeze a finish in before the end of the month! That’s two finished quilts in two months – steady going for me!

This is my fourth version of the Dashing Stars quilt. The design is by Viv Poon of Purple Stitches. It is the pattern used by participants in the Beginners Course. Last week I shared photos of the quilts made by the latest graduates of the course. There are such a useful mix of skills to be learned through making this quilt – a great grounding from which to explore the craft of patchwork quilting.

I’m very happy that a visiting Aunt has taken home this particular Dashing Stars quilt 🙂

We are coming to a weekend so there must be another storm ready to blow it’s way across the UK 🙁 Yep! Storm Jorge is on his way…

Yesterday we had a whole afternoon of sunshine. I wrapped up warm and dashed out to deliver copies of the local newsletter to houses in a couple of nearby streets. Today the weather is a foretaste of what is to come over the weekend – very wet, very grey and windy too!

Determined to brighten things up a bit, I shared photos on Instagram of the flowers I could find in the garden (before the rain started lashing down) and a few indoor blooms too. We all need a colour boost in the Northern Hemisphere!

Keeping with the topic of colour, I am looking forward to Rachel Hauser’s blog series, ‘Quilter’s Color Quest’, based on her book, The Quilter’s Field Guide to Color.

Encouraged by Rachel’s recent blog post I have finally extracted the colour swatches from the back of the book. They need to be cut up, ready for the ‘swatch challenges’ found in each chapter of the book. By working through the book and following the Quilter’s Color Quest I’m hoping to gain a better understanding of colour and the language of colour so I can choose fabrics for my patchwork projects with more confidence and maybe even a bit of flair 😉

You can tell what a grey day it is here by the poor quality of this (edited) photo!

Linking with Michelle at From Bolt to Beauty for the Beauties Pageant; Wendy for The Peacock Party (even though my monochrome quilt is certainly no Peacock!); Alycia for Finished (or Not) Friday. and Cheryl for the Favourite Finish Monthly Link Up.

Allison

Final quilt of 2019: Finished, gifted and well received

Belated ‘Happy Christmas!’ to you! We have had a good time celebrating with family over the past few days and still have visits and family times to look forward to as we approach the new year. I hope you too have been able to form happy memories of Christmas 2019 and have plenty more good things coming your way over the rest of the holiday.

Secret Sewing revealed: Since Christmas Day is past and the quilt has been gifted and unwrapped I can now reveal the secret sewing I was working on through the earlier part of December: a quilt for our youngest son who likes the colour blue.

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Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (80)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. I wonder which project(s) you are working on this weekend? Bring them along to this virtual sewing day and share in some of the conversations circulating through the Worldwide Quilting Community by clicking on the links below. Do share your project progress along with your contributions to the conversations in the comments box at the end of this post. Thank you!

The weather forecaster promised an overcast day and so far the prediction is coming true. It’s 11am and the sky this morning has shifted from Kona Iron to a uniform shade of Shadow. Not so great for photography but I will try and share the colours of my version of Kathy Brown’s design ‘Drop Box’ with you and the progress I am making with the quilting.

Autumn wallhanging quilting (2) by Allison Reid

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