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!
You can read more about the June block of the month at the Boulder Modern Quilt Guild blog. https://bouldermqg.com/2019/06/01/june-color-study-complementary-colors/