Sunday, February 5, 2017


I made some green and brown triangles and a few orange ones yesterday, and placed them on the design wall. I will be making more light blue blocks today, and I want a couple of yellow ones also.

I think I've got the color scheme down though. When I stood in front of my design wall yesterday and turned to my left, I saw this.

Since I already had the black and white and light blue, I thought it would be interesting to continue the "earth" color theme - green, browns, golds with some warmer colors thrown in. That's why I made the scrap triangles I did. Nothing is carved in stone, though. Just because this is where I am now doesn't mean this is the way it will finish out, so I'm still working. I don't want the quilt to be too dark, and the black and white fabrics will have a lot to do with that.

My friend the Selvage Fairy mentioned the other day that a lot of the black and whites were kinda dark. Well, when I add the black and whites to the triangle slabs, I generally do it randomly. But I'll save about a third of the blocks until I lay them out on the design wall, and then add the black and white side triangle fabrics depending on what the quilt needs, to avoid areas of too much black.

I did buy a few more black and whites, as you can see in the photo above. I tried to get BWs with not a lot of black in them, but they are surprisingly hard to find. 

My studio doesn't have great light for photographing quilts. At night there isn't enough light in that corner, so colors show up as too dark and during the day, the room is filled with light because it faces south, and the lights are blown out and there's a shadow across the top of the design wall.  In real life the colors in the quilt are not as dark as they look here.

I've said it several times in this post: "I'm not quite there yet." I'm not 100% convinced this is what I want. But I'm willing to keep pushing, and I'm willing to keep trying and experimenting until I get something that really sings for me. And if I have to rip it out and start over, then I'll do it.


Tine said...

It's amazing how different this looks depending on layout and colors - I am learning a lot following your progress 😉

Quiltdivajulie said...

I like where you're going with this!

Megan said...

As I've said before - you have the Best collection of black and whites!

Sydney, Australia

The Selvage Fairy said...

I love all the earth tones, although I'm a little surprised at how many there are. We all know how much you love brown.

Millie said...

Dear SF. Yeah. I need to make more light blue (Go figure)and spread the dark ones around.

Ann said...

I like how you've turned this on its tail. Great color additions.

DKM said...

Love it!