Tuesday, September 9, 2014

A Colorful Weekend

Nothing says "time to complete old projects" like a new project with a deadline, right? My local quilt guild is having their biannual show this year October, and I am a little bummed because I don't have any eligible quilts this time around.  But, they've asked each member to make two 6" by 8" bunting flags, and I figure that's my chance to be represented.

Of course, the guild is calling for flags in certain Kona colors, and I have been working on a manipulable color card since I took a Color Intensive class in February. So, Item #1 was, complete that. 

Which I did!

Luckily, my daughter picked that day to have a near insatiable appetite for "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic," So I had enough time to cut out and attach all the greens, browns, whites and blacks to my poster board in pretty much one sitting.  Which then meant I could use my own color card to see the required palette. 

It was actually quite fun to "audition" all my fabrics against the swatches. And I was surprised to see what things actually "read" as the recommended color when I put the swatch in the center. Here's the full assortment of viable candidates, all from my stash.

And my down-select color schemes for the buntings.

I wanted to reference some of my recent quilts with my buntings, so I chose design elements from "Winnie the Pooh" for one flag, and from my upcoming WIP for the other.

The "Blue Sun" bunting flag is made out of scraps from Winnie the Pooh, and used a modified version of that quilt's cornerstone block. Scraps from my upcoming WIP didn't match the color scheme of the assignment at all, so I had free rein to choose from everything else. I started out with the green and the orange (Kumquat and Pear) from scraps, but at the last second I added the grey from an upcoming project to help soften the look. Both are paper pieced in order to protect the designs.

All of this was done in one very hectic weekend while my husband was working. So, I owe my daughter big time. Fortunately, she was a really good sport about it (and about going to the babysitter for a few hours on Saturday). Then again, perhaps she too enjoyed our weekend of color.


  1. Nice flags and color chart! When my kidos were young, they loved helping me pick out fabric.

  2. I love the bright colors and found it very interesting about putting a color chip on the fabric to determine the color it reads. All that effort in your color chart has now paid off. But then again the pleasure of manipulating the color chips is reward in itself. Your banners look so crisp and cheerful! I am so glad you carved out a bit of time for yourself to play!

  3. Great banners! Color card is very awesome : )

  4. You did the color card?! I need to do that!!! Did it take you long? And did it cost a fortune in velcro?

    Also, don't ever tell Lorelai you are making a My Little Pony quilt. She will never let me hear the end of it! ;)