For June, the theme for the month is Complementary Colors. These are colors that are opposite of each other on the color wheel. Some common pairings are:
blue and orange
yellow and violet
green and red
There is nothing subtle about these pairings! In full color they can be hard to look at. In the design world, using these colors next to each other make things very difficult to read.
For many of the previous months, the design of the block was fairly simple, there were enough colors to fall into an easy pattern. I was looking at doing the same with a mix of shades or tints of the two colors. But then I thought, let’s show the eye-bleeding power of complementary colors, let’s go all-in with jarring contrast. I give you the Stop-Go block:
Yes, it’s also Christmas colors, but we typically add a lot of white when using red and green together in a Christmas fabric. Instead, this is putting the green and red in direct contact, which makes it a little hard to look at. I was getting a little eyestrain when laying out the block. Update: I had a serious headache stitching this block, such is the power of COLOR!
I realized a had a few months of my guild’s block of the month that I need to update. April’s Block was the 6 ‘rainbow’ colors, the primaries and secondaries: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple.
May’s Block is using the 6 ‘other’ colors. When I first made the April rainbow block, I thought that it was my favorite block so far, but now I love the May block even more.
What was interesting to me is to compare the 6 rainbow colors to the remaining 6 color wheel colors.
I feel like the rainbow colors are in the major key in music and the ‘other’ 6 are in the minor key. It just seems like these would evoke similar emotions. Major is bright and cheerful, minor is deeper and more reflective.
I did a quick search online to see if anyone else ever thought of colors in relation to music, but didn’t find anything describing the minor/major keys. Others have assigned certain colors to certain keys or certain notes, but more with the concept of the note scale equating to the color wheel.
Vox created a video about Jazz improv and the circle of fifths, which they showed as a ‘color wheel of music’.
I found some other references to a music scale corresponding to a note scale, but nothing like the major/minor keys like I was thinking. Of course, I know almost nothing about music theory or color theory!
You can read more about the April and May blocks of the month at the Boulder Modern Quilt Guild blog.
Some projects are years in the making. When we bought a new dresser over a decade ago, I said I would make a quilt for it. I wanted something beautiful and decorative and homemade to sit on this beautiful dresser. We put an old woven rug on the dresser until I made the quilt.
The rug sat there for years. Then we repainted and I swore I would make a quilt. Instead of the rug (which was full of dust and falling apart) we put a towel on the dresser. I said I wouldn’t take the towel off until I made a quilt. I bought the fabric and selected a pattern to use. And three years went by!
I recently joined our local chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild and we are running a year long project to finish our UFOs – Unfinished Objects. Finally, I had the motivation and deadline to finish start the quilt!
I am so happy with the result. It makes me smile every time I see it. My husband and I are fond of art with animals. Our house is filled with paintings of birds and cats, fish and more cats. The cute modern hedgehogs fit right in!
The pattern is by Elizabeth Harman and it’s called Hazel Hedgehog (1). There’s also a Hazel Hedgehog 2 that is a bigger version of the pattern.
This is my second time using Elizabeth’s patterns and I just love them. The design is modern and fresh, and the animals seem to come to life as you finish the blocks. The pattern is very clear and easy to follow. It’s a measure and cut pattern, no templates or special rulers needed, which I like. The biggest piece of advice is to label your pieces!
It’s a huge time saver. On the first quilt I make of Elizabeth’s, I just stacked up the blocks in order and thought that would be enough. It wasn’t, I had to re-measure every piece as I worked through the quilt and it slowed my progress significantly. Label your pieces! 🙂
If you like paper patterns, you can find it online or perhaps at your local quilt shop. I found it online at The Confident Stitch. (affiliate link)
One thing I find with patterns is that I never make the quilt that they design! 🙂 I always take the block and then re-design the quilt to fit in with my intended purpose. I absolutely love Elizabeth’s designs, but when it comes to making a quilt, I have to make it mine. I think one reason why is that it’s difficult to find the same fabrics and colors.
What do you do when you buy a pattern? Do you make it as designed, trying to find the same fabrics and colors? Do you make it using the same overall design, but using your own colors? Or do you use the pattern as a springboard for your own design.
I would not have finished this post on time, if not for Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs Favorite Finish Monthly Link Up! Thanks for hosting Cheryl! Go and see some of the other awesome finishes for the month.