Friday, 19 June 2015

Grande Scrappy Tiles Blog Hop and Give Away

     Today Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs is releasing her pattern Grande Scrappy Tiles.  I'm participating in a blog hop  along with the others who tested the pattern.

     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.****

Lisa

     







    




28 comments:

  1. Wonderful post about how you picked your colors, I always learn something from these detailed posts about how we as quilters make colors/design/quilting decisions. Thanks for pattern testing for me!

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  2. Favorite combo is blue and yellow-your quilt is really lovely, almost looks like stained glass with the colors you chose!

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  3. Beautiful job on your color choices! You certainly learned a lot! Right now I like red/auqa/white combos.

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  4. It's been fabulous to see each bloggers color choices. Love your "bold" version. I think I'd go scrappy with my considerable collection. Would pick maybe three colors side by side on the color wheel and then one opposite for "pop".

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  5. Reading about your color-selection process was very interesting. I'll have to give that method a shot in the future. Right now I'm drawn to combinations of blues, grays and purples.

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  6. Well, I loved this before and still do! I think you are right on with the colors. I wish I had a favorite color combination. Maybe pink and orange. I love using all colors together!

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  7. I think my favorite color combination changes every time I make a quilt. :-) Right now, I'm enjoying aqua and coral
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  8. my favorite color combo is aqua and red.

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  9. I love the scrappy look in a quilt. I love all colors. Your quilt is sew fun, it reminds me of Legos. I follow you on bloglovin.

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  10. Great post! thanks for the detail on colour and fabric selection!

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  11. Love patriotic - red, white, and blue.

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  12. I loved reading about your fabric selection and how you choose colors. You version of this top is gorgeous! My favorite color combo right now is teal and chartreuse. I follow you on Bloglovin. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  13. This is a very helpful post on achieving a good balance of colors. Your quilt looks very modern; I love this pattern for its versatility in creating such different looks!

    Red and White are always a great combo! Our church just finished four red and white quilts and they looked fabulous!

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  14. Currently I'm liking navy and green!!

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  15. Beautiful quilt and interesting explanation for the color choices! Blue and white is my favorite combination.

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  16. I like purples and greens........But yours are eye popping....happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  17. I love red are blue and white, I follow

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  18. Such a lovely quilt! RIght now my favorite combination is aqua and orange.

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  19. I love blue & purple & shades thereof. I may throw in some pink, yellow, or whatever depending on my mood. I think your quilt looks almost like stained glass. LOVE IT! susan4cats@gmail.com

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  20. Love how this turned out! So fun! My favorite combo is blue and green! I always use those colors and have way too much of those colors in my stash.

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  21. Right now I'm obsessed with the color combo of teal/aqua, and gray. Can't get enough of it!

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  22. I like your color choice explanation. I plan to consider color more closely in my next quilts.

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  23. My favorite color combination is purple and blue, although in the past year I've grown to love purple and lime green. Having said that, I LOVE the color combo you have used in making this quilt. I just love Mondrian quilts and yours reminds me a little of one of those with the colors.

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  24. I like blue and yellow as a color combination. Your quilt is so colorful.
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  25. My current favorite color combo is lime green and gray! They don't work together well with every project, but many they do!

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  26. My current favorite combo is grey and almost anything. Love your version of this quilt

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  27. I love the stained window affect of this quilt. And, I have made note of your advice with colour balance. I'll have to remember that, two colours, more of one, then an accent or surprise and then a neutral.

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  28. Thank you for sharing the process, Lisa. I'm always always interested in that part of the quiltmaking. I like the formula too; I just checked my two pulls for Cheryl's mystery, and I think they follow that... Your quilt is lovely, so bright and sunny.

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