Sunday, August 26, 2018

Color Palette?

How do you organize your work when you design a quilt? I like to either work with a minimal plan (translated to be "just a stack of fabrics")...or a structured plan (like a palette and each patch planned out). Both approaches have advantages for me.; and the choice depends on what the project is to be used for and/or how much effort I want to put to the planning of it.

But, my "planned" ventures always turn out more satisfactory to me at the end...but, still that "fast project" has it's merits!

At present, I'm in the middle of a planned process at the moment...and have cut swatches of fabrics. All of these are from a group of quarter yard cuts (Maywood Studios, Shadow Play line of cotton fabrics) that are just a random selection of lights/mediums.

The fabrics all are mottled in color, but read like solids so are a perfect choice for my project. I had selected a grouping of lights and mediums when ordering...not really thinking too much about the colors. Just got a 1/4 yard of each. My thoughts at the time were more about "not" gettin any really darks or really brights in the mix. When they arrived, I could see that I had a lot of neutrals (no surprise there for me, ha!); and there seemed to be a lot of greens (who knew I liked green so much!).

So, I've broken them into two groups...a Spring Palette...

and an Autumn Palette. Guess I'll be doing two quilts!!!

Thinking the Autumn will come I'm in the mood for that Season right now. I'll be adding loads of reds, violets, yellows, and more greens to the embroidery work.

BTW, the  letters/numbers under each is the stock number for Maywood. Just in case I need more later on! 

So, just you create palettes for your work at times?



Sewing Up A Storm said...

I do not make palates like yours but I often make quilts in certain colorways like just cool colors fir example. Then I shop my stash and pull those colors and refine the choices till I like them.

Shelina (formerly known as Shasta) said...

No I 've never created a palette like that. I tend to pick fabrics that I think will work together and just make the pieces. I can adjust as I go along if things don't look quite right.

PaulaB said...

I am working with a palette for my CQJP 2018. I probably tends to work with color palettes most of the time.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

The extent of my planning generally goes to hauling out a pile of 'possibilities' and then leaping in willy nilly in hopes of a good outcome. Most of the time it works.