Saturday, 1 May 2021

Color Wheel Challenge

 While it took me some time to figure out what I wanted to do for this challenge, in the end I thoroughly enjoyed the process. After thinking about color theory and how colors relate to each other, I decided to narrow it down and play with four analagous colors. I happened to have an analagous fat quarter bundle in my stash, which felt a bit like cheating, but I really wanted to play with those fabrics. 




The fabric bundle came from Cherrywood Fabrics. Their fabrics are hand dyed and the colors are so rich. It is really quite fun to play with them. 

I play intuitively with color when I'm not working with a curated bundle. I just choose whatever I think goes well together. Thinking of intuitive reminded me of Jean Wells' book Intuitive Quilting and Design and brought to mind a project from that book that I wanted to try. 

First things first, I needed to do a little improv play, so I got busy slicing up those analagous fabrics. 


Typical of me, I got so absorbed in playing, I only took one photo. Please ignore the fussy background (my pressing table fabric). Once I had my improv pieces done, this came into play: 


That's a 9-inch stretched canvas, 3" deep. I had three of them, so I got to work. This was such a different approach to finishing small quilts and a unique way to display them. 


Okay, I'll quit teasing. Here are my finished challenge pieces. 




I have this space above the patio door in my quilt room, which is the first thing I see when I enter the room. I've wanted something in that space, and this trio brighten it up and make me smile whenever I see them. 


It was difficult to get a decent photo, but I hope you get the idea. It's really a very bright room, not dark as the photo implies. 

I hope this meets the challenge and that I haven't stepped outside of the purpose of these challenges. I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone else made for this challenge! 

Wendy

16 comments:

  1. These are wonderful and I love how the pieces all work separately and together. To me that combination of colours is really enlivening and they must create a great effect in your quilt room!

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    1. Thanks, Catherine. The colors make me smile and feel happy to be in the room. I learn so much from this group, and I'm thoroughly enjoying the other posts!

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  2. Love the triptych approach and 3D in a box frame is a brilliant idea. This worked our really well and I can see why you were drawn to those colours. THe improv approach makes them look like a lot of fun in the making too.

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    1. It was such fun to do something 3D, and playing with the improv made it mine as far as the block design. I'm trying to find more canvas in that size, but not having any luck. I have a plan B, though!

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  3. Wendy, what a neat idea to "upholster" the canvases with them. These colors are enormously pleasing to me as are the three whimsical separate designs and wavy quilting. (I'm a sucker for a wavy line of stitches!) Well done!

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    1. Thank you. This is such a fun and different way to display quilt blocks or a quick piece of improv. It's hard not to like wavy line stitches, isn't it? They are so relaxing to do and fun to look at!

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  4. What fun you had with this challenge. Great idea.

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    1. I did enjoy the process, thanks! Funny how quickly things come together when you are having fun!

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  5. I love these colours and the fun improv designs you've made and I think the way you've covered those boxy canvas frames with them is brilliant. They look great on the wall above your door :)

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    1. Thanks, Janine. It is really quite easy to do, and was just something a little different. I definitely need to do some reading on Color Theory, though!

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  6. Very fun quilts. I love how they’re displayed. I haven’t seen that before. You have such a good eye for color and movement. Nice work!

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    1. Thanks, Barbara. It is such a unique way to do something a bit different with quilt blocks. It was a fun project, and I like seeing them on my wall.

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  7. These are really lovely, and what a great way to display them. I always struggle with the randomness of improv but you have worked it beautifully :)

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    1. Improv is definitely a flow thing for me. I struggle with traditional quilting because I often feel it has to be perfect. With improv, it's very freeing for me because I set the pace and the rules. Thank you!

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  8. Those are so great! I have wanted to do those 3-d quilts as well, but I never have. I love the way yours are related to each other but still have so much variation.

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    1. I hope you try some. They are quite fun to construct! The Cherrywood fabric made it pretty easy :-)

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