Not just ’cause I’m sitting here watching Wheel of Fortune, either. I spent quite a bit of time today spinning that color wheel, trying to come up with a combination of fabrics that I would be excited to work with.
I have a notion to work with curvy circles or quarter circles and cut them up. Also wanted to work with some of my hand dyes, so here’s where I started.
Orange and blue-complementary-nice…but what to put with them? I am not a two-color person!
So, I thought I’d add some more blues and threw these up on the wall.
Okay, but not too inspiring and I didn’t even want to try to put other stuff with these two. Moving on, how about a bright batik that has orange and blue? It was too busy to put with the first selection of orange and blue, but I really wanted to use orange.
Not lighting any fires. Hanging on the design wall was a combination that I was thinking of using for a challenge. The reddish hand dye is our challenge fabric.
Too challenging for my brain right now. That color wheel is failing to inspire me!
My eyes fell on some browns that I purchased a long time ago with the idea of making a quilt for my daughter. It’s still a good idea and I thought that starting with dark, rich neutrals would be a nice change from my usual bright color palette. There are a couple of other pieces that go with this group, but I was uninspired before I finished laying them all out!
On the corner of my cutting table I saw a little pile of fabric that I had started a class sample with and never finished. Along the same lines as the previous choice, but just a bit brighter and easier to add some dark orange to this group.
Turned back to the stash and found a treasure trove of scraps in a compatible color palette. These two piles of fabric could work together! A friend was going to throw these strips in the trash, because she had used all she needed for her quilt and was not a scrap quilt maker. They are cut from fat quarters, between 5 and 6″ wide and there are 28 of them!
If I can’t make something out of these, I should not call myself an improv quilter! They are perfect for working a style of improv that I don’t do a lot–because little strips take longer, take more thought and I’m basically lazy. But I’m thinking of actually making a large quilt with these in the modern quilt guild style.
And if I get tired of working in this manner, I’ll just give that wheel another spin and try something else! Heaven knows, I have fabric in every color on that wheel!
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