Monday, March 7, 2011

For the love of color

Last week was a good sewing week, but I don't have anything to show for  it.  I worked all week on my monochromatic quilt for the Project Modern Challenge.  I finished piecing the front and back.  I won't be posting pics for more than a month.  I still need to baste and quilt it, but that requires a trip to Joann's for batting which may not happen today.  I am hoping to finish it up within the next week.

While I had a fun time putting my quilt together, and it was a great challenge to create interest using only one color, I don't think I'll make another monochromatic quilt again.  I missed color.  I realized how much I love color and how much it adds to my enjoyment of the quilting process.  I kept thinking how great various colors would look in my quilt.  I almost scrapped the idea to enter the challenge at all and start adding other colors.

I decided to see it through, but I have also committed to stop entering any contests.  This is my last one.  I no longer want to make quilts or projects for someone else to judge.  I want to make quilts for myself, family and friends.  I don't want to make projects just for someone else to vote on them or tell me if they think it's good or not.  Quilting is about creating and making something I love--not just making something because a judge will like it or others will vote for it.  I know many people feel differently and love the competition, but I just love creating things that look beautiful to me.

I came across a new site recently that has been a wonderful addition to the blogs I follow daily.  I love her posts and look forward to the inspiration in every single photo.  With each new post, I can't help but think, "That would make a great quilt!"  Here are a few favorites from the past few days.  Go check out Design Seeds!  You'll want to make a new quilt everyday to just use her color schemes.


Source: Design Seeds

Source: Design Seeds



Source: Design Seeds

10 comments:

  1. Oh, I can't wait to see your quilt. I thought about entering, but monochromatic is hard!

    I have become obsessed with this site too ever since I saw it on Twin Fiber's blog!

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  2. "Quilting is about creating and making something I love" I love this, it's so true.
    I've been following a monochromatic challenge but I just make one block each month. It has been good as I'm doing something I wouldn't normally do but it's not daunting or boring just making one block.
    I've been following Design Seed for a little while now and I agree the colour schemes are beautiful and I keep finding quilt colour combinations that I would love to try.

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  3. ooh - I love those color combos! Especially the first one.

    I did scrap my whole monochromatic quilt idea. I liked the idea of the challenge of it, but in the end I didn't love my idea and didn't want to make an entire quilt out of just one color (or any one color and its tints and shades). I hope they have a challenge for analagous color schemes - it's totally my thing. Can't wait to see what you did!

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  4. Thanks for putting out a great suggestion. Design seeds looks very inspiring!

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  5. Ooh, that looks fabulous. I really need a 36 hour day so I can make more stuff!

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  6. Can't wait to see your quilt for the challenge!
    Thank you for the link, lots of inspiration over there!

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  7. "I want to make quilts for myself, family and friends"

    Hey Kati - you can make me a quilt anytime!!! But the challenge sounded too tough for me to wrap my brain around.

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  8. I'll bet your challenge quilt is fabulous, even if you did have to think INSIDE the box. You seem to have a knack, and I can't wait to see what the end result is. If you don't love it when the contest is over, you can add applique or embellishments for a little color. Good luck in the contest!

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  9. Totally know what you mean abotu contests! I'm to the point where I only enter if it's something that I want to do for me or my family. If I don't like it, I don't do it. I also slow way down in the sewing department as spring comes... Good luck!

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  10. What an awesome website!! Thanks for sharing!

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