I am obsessed with colour. Not much trumps a beautiful colour palette for me. That might be one of the reasons I stuck with quilting after making my first quilt. I remember saying to my mum that I didn't think quilting was for me. Imagine that!That was in 2012 and I was at that stage where, I didn't know what to put with what and was afraid to cut into my first fat quarter bundle, I had bought on Ebay. My mum told me not to be daft, trust my instincts and get on with it! Before she retired mum was a manager of a specialty food shop and dressed the windows. She was very proud of her skill and woe betide anyone who touched her display of chocolate boxes or cheese selections!
She was right. We all have a unique way of seeing the world and what looks green to me looks blue to you. So I started getting into colour theory and made a bunch of colour wheel quilts, rainbow quilts, squares inspired by Josef Albers, high contrast, contrast, analgous...you get the idea.
So when colour theory came up I was really excited and then really stumped! I didn't fancy repeating something I had already done and was lost at what to play with next.
Inspiration hit last month when the many birthdays that happen in March and April (think its something to do with the summer holidays!) led to many purchases, one of which was Rachel Hauser's book "The Quilter's Field Guide to Color". I bought it for a quilty friend as I had taken Rachel's Color Intensive course many years ago and loved it. Rachel's take on colour starts with the colour wheel but goes in the direction of colour emotion and themes. One of those is the 4 Seasons.
I thought I could explore that a bit in this challenge as I had focused on Winter and the word Frosty to select fabrics for this quilt design, also by Rachel Hauser, called the Penny Sampler. The idea was low volume frosty fabrics but warmed up by the colours of a coal fire (don't ask me where the green came from - its seafoam by Kona and just seemed to work nicely with the other fabrics).
I had a plan of sorts but this turned out a lot harder than I thought it would be. I limited myself to 4 colours: Green for the grass, Blue for the Sky, Yellow for the sun and Pink for the flowers that bloom at each season.
So fabric selected what to do with it? I first thought of circles, then squares.
I didn't think this would work with the prints I had so went with this in the end:
In fabric it looked like this: