This week's color challenge was yellow…I have to be honest and say that I've had a love/hate relationship with yellow. For most of my life I disliked yellow…intensely! Periodically I start liking it, even start wearing it. I look pretty decent in yellow. And, I find that when I do wear it, I do feel more vibrant, more cheerful, more "sunny" even! I'm not a huge fan of gold, or any "earth" tone for that matter. Brown is not my favorite color, not even my favorite neutral! I feel like a Tootsie Roll when I wear brown…why even mention brown? Because that's this next week's color challenge…and it's a bit…uuummm…challenging…ah, but I digress…
So in keeping with doing what I love, and what I find relaxing, I created five little mini quilts…making one is too easy…I do need to be challenged after all! There have been a couple questions posed as to where I get my ideas, and how do I keep from making the exact same thing over and over (or do I?)…
For this challenge it's relatively easy…I'm still using the Fairy Frost charm pack by Michael Miller…that helps because there are 50 different colors.
And, I'm still using batik fabric, and I've been using Fossil Ferns (I can't remember who makes it) and there are 100 different prints in that…so yes…in a way it's easy. I just have to find colors that work well together, even within the same color family.
I also try to choose a few different embroidery floss or perle cotton colors that will work well within the group too. In addition to trying to use at least two different colors of thread, I vary the stitch designs.
I have developed a rather extensive set of templates I use for my dress quilts…I'm currently up to about 30 different dress shapes and about 10 different pinafores…I vary the sleeves or the shape of the dresses and pinafores a bit. Because my little dress quilts are all made with charm packs, and the charms measure 5" square, obviously the templates need to fit within that space…that keeps my designs consistent even though they are different shapes.
And buttons, there has to be buttons. I rarely duplicate the same button style within the same quilt.
As always, thank you SO much for stopping by today…and be sure to click on the Summer of Color badge to check out even more wonderful and inspiring yellow challenge pieces!
Hugs and toodles!