Monday, February 22, 2010

Dreaming, Planning, and Playing

One of the most fun parts of a quilt project for me is the dreaming and planning stage. And then once I've purchased the fabrics or pulled them from my stash, playing with them as I plan. I'll be attending Quilting Adventures in March. This is a 5-day workshop in New Braunfels, TX, that I have attended the past two years. This year I'll be in a class called 3-D Explosions with teacher/quilt artist Cara Gulati. We are to come with 2 yards of 3 different stripes, and then with gradations of complementary colors for each stripe. These gradations need to be not flat solids but subtly patterned, solid-reading fabrics. Gathering these from my stash and from online shopping has been fun but challenging. Yesterday I tentatively decided on some of my choices. We can have 6 gradations of one color (hard to come by!) OR 2 color sets of 3 gradations each. I chose the latter way to go. So for my chiefly-orange stripe I have a turquoise/aqua gradation and a blue one. Amazing how long I played with these! But here is the result of my play-day from yesterday. I took these picture in natural light on my patio; it's an overcast day. What's fascinating to me here is that looking at a picture of the stripe, it looks as if the magenta jumps out at me more than the orange! Too, the differences in these sets of blues/turquoises is not particularly apparent in the photo. Let me see if close-ups of the gradating fabrics will be more accurate.Add Image
First are the ones I call my "true blues," which range from the cobalt through the medium to the light blue. Next are the turquoises/aquas. Strange how taking a digital on a cloudy day of these shed an aqua tint over even the white towel on which these lay! In person, these aquas are more dramatically dark, medium, and light than they look here!
Now a look at the stripe by itself. What do you think? Is the magenta more prominent than the
orange? Just checked my handy 3-in-1 Color Tool by Joen Wolfrom, based on the Ives wheel, which is a bit different from the traditional color wheet where the primary colors are red, blue, and yellow. On the Ives wheel, the prmaries are yellow, magenta, and turquoise/cyan. So, if it's primarily magenta, I am technically good to go with my turquoises. Pushing it a bit with the blues, but oh well. Looks as if I'll be taking a big suitcase jammed full of fabrics for teacher Cara to advise. After all, that's what teachers are for!

1 comment:

  1. What a fabulous quilt! And I love your 3-D fabric choices.