Sunday, January 2, 2011

color blocks

During Connecting Threads' black Friday sale, I bought a bunch of half-priced precut fabric bundles, including a set each of warm and cool colored fat quarters. I didn't have any plans, I just wanted to play with some solids and see what happened. I also bought some charm squares (5" precut squares), and one day I looked at the charm squares on my pressing mat and thought they might look nice just like that, 5" squares with 1.5" sashing in between. Then in the middle of the night I wondered what would happen if I took all the warm colors and made a quilt out of them, and one out of cool colors. But I couldn't decide if I wanted to use white, grey or black between the squares. Then I wondered what would happen if I made one of each -- the same warm squares repeated three times, once with a white background, once with grey, and once with black. Colors look so different against those three colors, and I thought it would be neat to watch how they changed depending on the background.
But when I laid out the warm colors to do this, they looked a bit lonely, so I added the cool colors:
And they looked happy. By then I just wanted to sew, and three sets seemed pretty ambitious, so I went with grey, a color I haven't used much. Always good to try something new, right?

All pinned and ready to play!

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