Saturday, April 11, 2009
Sometimes I wish I understood color more. Not so much the color wheel stuff, but why and how colors work with each other. Case in point, this little quilt. Plan A was what you see to the above. Actually, this is Plan A1. Originally I was going to use the red you see in the border below for the inner border and the gold in the outer border.
Then I had the idea of using up the red scraps to make a scrappy inner border. So far, so good. But when I put the gold around it, I was...underwhelmed. It's okay, but not quite right. The idea was to pull out the golds and cheddars in the blocks. The red
happened to be still up on my design wall and
I suddenly thought, hmmm, what if?
So then I tried the red as the outer border and the golds as the scrappy inner border. I like this much better, but I can't figure out why. It's trial and error on colors with me when I really would like a deeper understanding of why this second choice seems to work better. Is it just a matter of personal taste? Other people seem to talk so confidently about one color choice over another, but I always feel that I'm missing out on some basic understanding that others seem to have.
Color confusion aside, I'm pretty please with how this came out. I was determined to make this a totally scrappy quilt. Everything except for the lattice strips and two of the golds came from my stash. I wouldn't have thought that I owned that many reds, but when I started pulling out fabric, I found that I could have made many more blocks and not repeated any reds. Yikes! My stash is getting out of control.
I'm headed up to the sewing room to put this all together.
Have a wonderful weekend!