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.

Perhaps not too surprising that my swatch and fabric pulls all follow similar colour ways even when they are up against different neutrals.

I made Bear Paw blocks, experimenting with grey, black, light and dark brown.

My very odd assortment of 5″ fabric squares were scattered across my cutting mat after making my choices for the Neutrals challenge, rather than pack them away I got inspired to pick out a few and play with them against the contents of my scrap boxes…. Coming soon…. A very strange mix of Bear Paw blocks ….

Linking with Beth at Love Laugh Quilt for Monday Making – Beth showcases her (last minute) finishes for the 4th July. Also linking with Dionne for Colour & Inspiration Tuesday. I’m so glad I found Dionne’s blog page, her weekly linky is full of interest – this week the colour inspiaration comes from a photo of a lighthouse.


4 thoughts on “Quilter’s Color Quest: 9. Neutrals

  1. I took a color/values class with a friend of mine and it made such a difference in my color choices. It sounds like you’re also growing and enjoying your neutrals class as well! Thank you for sharing!

    • Thank you Mia. It really is helping to step back and learn about colour and how colours react to each other and how to use value to enhance a patchwork pattern. I like that Rachel Hauser explores all that while encouraging us to recognise and understand our own preferences. Adding an emotional response colour theory was a bit of a test for me but I learned through that challenge too.

  2. I love the collection of four finished bear’s paws. our mix of prints adds a stack of interest. Thanks for sharing at the Chameleon’s Colour & Inspiration Party! Always stoked to have new new ideas and new friends in my inbox. 🙂


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