People often ask me how I manage to design and create with so much color. For some reason, lots of color seems to come more easily to me. I’m so drawn to rich, bright, bold hues and as far as I’m concerned, the more the better… or so I thought. Recently, I find I’ve been enjoying the exploration of more limited palettes.
The pattern is pretty straightforward, each block consisting of eight strips, arranged in alternating orientations. The hardest (or most tedious part) was cutting all those 12 1/2″-long strips– cutting always reminds me why I love working improvisationally, but the piecing does go so much more smoothly when you have everything cut to size from the start.
And while it felt so strange for me to be working with primarily neutrals, I realized that color is still such central component of the design. In fact, the blue and coral are even more striking amidst black and gray.
I’m loving this new color style and I’ll definitely be rolling it with for a while. I wonder if I’ll ever stop surprising myself when it comes to quilt making. It seems there’s always some little tweak or new premise that changes my approach.