When I posted on my version of this quilt previously I received a lot of comments on the colours and fabrics which I used. I decided for todays post to talk a bit about how I chose my fabrics.
I chose my fabrics intuitively but I'm sure those choices were based on reading I have done and workshops I have taken about colour and fabric. I recently finished a quilt top from the Pennypatch quilt along with Rachel Houser of Stitched in Colour and although my fabric choices for that quilt were made almost 2 years ago, I was definitely influenced by Rachel's suggestions for choosing fabrics. If you haven't seen it my finished quilt top is here.
The gist of this process is to have two main colours but have more of one than the other. There is probably a formula for figuring out the proportions but I don't know it. If any of you do please share it. Then you add an accent or surprise colour and a neutral.
I used mostly fabrics I had in my stash. I started with the reds and then added the blues. Because I had more variety of saturation (lights and darks) in the blues they became the main colour with the reds becoming a supporting colour. I chose yellow for the accent and grey for the neutral. I used range of lights and darks in the reds and blues and the fabrics in the photo that appear to be white have red or blue in them.
Although I didn't think about it at the time, the combination of red, yellow and blue is a Triad of the three primary colours on the Red Yellow Blue colour wheel.
Here's a photo of scraps to give you a close up. You can see that I used 10 blues, 5 reds, 2 yellows and 4 greys.
Two of the blues are very similar and read the same in the photo.
I had a lot of fun picking the fabrics for the quilt and now comes the fun part for you. Cheryl has given me a downloadable copy of Grande Scrappy Tiles to use in a draw.
To enter the draw leave me a comment saying what your favourite colour combination is. No need to follow me but I would appreciate it if you do. I'll use the random number generator to pick the winner on Thursday evening.
You can check out other versions of Grande Scrappy Tiles at Cheryl's blog Meadow Mist Designs. You'll also find links to purchase the pattern there which is on sale for $6 until July 4th.
***** I realize some of you might land here because of the Sea Star pattern give away on Cheryl's blog. Sorry no give away here as I've had computer melt down in the last while . Good luck with the give aways on the other blogs. I hope you win.****