I tend to let loose with my color splashes in the fabric realm. Grabbing scraps and stitching them together with a rough nod to the log cabin process of construction is my usual modus operandi when in need of a creative break.
This time around my bottom line need to use up scraps in spontaneous quilted creations has been utilized in a very different way. I found a pattern (yikes, I haven’t used a pattern in years) that incorporated Charm Packs…and applied it for my personal use. I don’t own a single Charm Pack, but have plenty of 2½ inch strips of fabric from decades of projects that can be adapted for use in anything requiring 2½ x ? pieces. In this case, the pattern required 25, 5 inch square pieces of fabric cut in half…resulting in 2½ x 5 inch pieces to build a block as directed.
It’s been a long time since I colored within the lines.
Tired of my status quo random crazy log cabin approach to piecing, this pattern caught my eye and offered yet another way to use up my available scraps. Infusing freshness to the same old scraps!
I am having a blast doing this, and it’s not at all limiting – staying within the ‘lines’ of this quilt pattern. The lattice aspect is yielding an extra design element within the basic design and the size (30 x 30) insures a finished product within a reasonable timeframe.
Why the mention of a quilt project in progress? Well, to be frank, I’ve hit a wall on my editing/rewrites on the vignettes associated with the Goat Suite (Saga) and am in a state of limbo on going further with the completion of my actual EP featuring the music of said Suite. And that’s okay – it’s all part of the process IMHO.
Happy to say, delving into something 100% different from a current project often helps me in the advancement of the more ‘important’ one and hence, a focus on a mini-quilting project was born this past week.
The example picture of the above mentioned quilt pattern, Dora*, features an orange border; albeit more pastel-y/candy-ish than I personally like.
However, it got my mind to thinking: what really goes with the color orange?
Standby combos of Broncos colors and even the now discontinued (to my huge disappointment) regular issue SC license plate with orange and blue notwithstanding – what else really goes with this color?
Years ago, I had a store-bought quilt utilizing paler shades of orange with sage greens and periwinkle blues…and I have loads of gorgeous ethnic fabrics centered around an orange theme. And let’s not forget that there’s always the garish orange and black of Halloween fame. (But, please, let’s do forget about the ‘70s burnt orange, harvest gold and avocado green fiasco!)
On a recent beach combing jaunt up near Wilmington, NC** I noticed glimmers of orange dominating the shell landscape and decided to gather them based upon a type of color scheme for orange go-withs. Nature often offers clues to color palettes, and I was eager to investigate what she had to showcase.
As I allowed my eyes to see orange in the everyday landscape, the reality of its easy compatibility with other colors became so obvious…
Orange may not rhyme*** with any (usable for poetic verse) word in the English language, but it definitely plays well with other colors!
*from: “3 Times the Charm!” by Me & My Sister Designs
**about 2½ hours northeast of FloTown
***Orange rhymes with Blorenge (a mountain in Wales) and sporange (a technical word for a sac where spores are made)