I have set myself a huge challenge for the Farmer's Wife Quilt-a-long. I've opened up my entire stash to this project so I can sew with whatever inspires me. I have a lot of difficulty visualizing modern fabrics while I'm looking at the dusky colors in the book, so that is an extra layer of difficulty. I'm also figuring out the math for the block pieces so I don't have to use the templates.
And, lastly, I'm trying to make the color and fabric combinations in my blocks not match. This is hard work! I have to fight my natural impulse to grab the matching fabrics and purposely make myself uncomfortable. I have a mix of text fabric, modern designers, Japanese fabrics and 30's reproduction fabrics. I admire the modern quilters on flickr that put different fabric lines and colors together that I'd never think of. So I'm trying to imitate that by shaking up my own style and pushing my own boundaries. I hope that mixing these styles in lots of different blocks means that the whole top will come together better. We'll see....
Anyway, here is my next batch of Farmer's Wife blocks:
(I wish that reds, oranges and purples photographed better with my camera.)
So, that is the task I have in front of me. How do you like to play with color?
How do you challenge yourself?
I really am curious.