Friday, January 27, 2012

What if I tried a different color palette

This year, I decided to work on four different aspects of my quilting.  I wrote about them here.  One of the really important ones to me was number four, color.  I really want to try and break out of my old standard palette, so today, I did just that.

I went to a quilt group meeting on Wednesday, and Sally showed the most beautiful quilt she had recently finished in these colors.  She generously shared a roll of strips she had cut from the borders so I could play in a new palette.  It was instant love.

I started pulling fabrics from my stash, and was very surprised to find so many that worked.  I was very excited to get to the studio this morning to play.

Before I started, I found a few more pieces of fabric I thought would work, and they do.  I am not sure how this quilt will grow, but I know I want to start with Victoria's Triangles Galore star, so I set about cutting all my triangles.  Then I laid them out on the table.

Before I even started sewing, I had to put some of Sally's strips around the edge to see how it was going to work.  It all goes so well together.  I only got a little of the piecing started before I had to leave for the afternoon, but I plan on working longer in the studio tomorrow to see where this will take me.
I have created quilts in several different palettes, but most of the ones that differ from my fall back palette of teal, orange, olive, turquoise, and purple, have been for other people who wanted different colors.  This one is an intentional moving into new colors and opening up new possibilities.  I am not sure why this is important to me right now, but it is, so I am going to go with it. 
Until tomorrow, joyful quilting everyone.


Vroomans' Quilts said...

We all need to experience 'out-side the box' - whether in technique or color. I had forgotten to bookmark this pattern, so thank you for listing it. I think you have a wonderful play of color in your piece.

Kathie said...

Oh now this is my color palatte!
love those reds and yellows in there and the blue makes it sing! very french provincial looking
LOVE IT! this would make a great little quilt
thanks for sharing

Impera_Magna said...

Wow... definitely not your typical color choices but oh how fantastic your block turned out... wow!

Good on you for venturing out... like your resolutions for this year!

Nifty Quilts said...

Courageous! Looks great.

Victoria @ BUMBLE BEANS said...

Very FRENCH AND FABULOUS! I can send you more crazy scraps colors if you feel like pushing even more out of the box! This looks Sooo good! I love your eye for color, I think you need to give yourself more credit for your own color palettes... You have a great eye!