|Pencil crayons arranged in a colour wheel|
1) This is a fun experiment with colour. You interpret the colour as you wish - modern, traditional, appliqué, paper piecing, piecing, art/surface design, add embellishments if you like, thread paint -- it's all good!
2) Each month will focus on a different colour. You are welcome to do all or just some of the colours - it's up to you. Here is the outline for the year:
- January - Red
- February - Purple
- March - Black
- April - Yellow
- May - Cyan/Aqua
- June - Brown
- July - Pink
- August - White
- September - Orange
- October - Grey
- November - Blue
- December - Green
3) Size: Keep it fairly small. I wouldn't do blocks smaller than 8" because you may find that you could be working with really small pieces. I also wouldn't go larger than 24" because that's a lot of space to fill each month and I'm sure you have other projects vying for your attention! I'm going to do 14" squares because I think that's a manageable size -- it's big enough to try different things, but it's small enough to get done in a month and be incorporated into a quilt if I like how the pieces are turning out.
4) Finishing: You can also finish or not finish the edges however you like. I will sandwich and quilt my challenges, but you may choose just to do the top. I also will not be finishing my edges because I may be making it into a quilt-as-you-go-quilt.
5) Other colours: Some people are probably wondering if you can include other colours into the month's challenge colour. For example: If you want to explore the relationship between the challenge colour and other colours, go right ahead. Try to make sure that the challenge colour is the colour that is most dominant though.
6) I'll put up a linky party for the last two days of the month so that we can share what we've done and learn from each other's experience.
As you can see, this challenge is quite open to interpretation. Make it yours and do what you think you would like. I suspect that some months, I will love my piece and other months, it may look like something my old cat used to vomit up. But even if that happens, I'm sure I'll have learned something about the colour and if worst comes to worst, I can cut up the ones I don't like into mug rugs or placemats (imagine the conversation that would generate at the dinner table!). I can even try again, if I like.
If you are keen to do this challenge too, but don't know where to start, you can check out the colour resources and word association game in Sunday's post. Here are a few other ideas to get the creative juices going:
- Pick one fabric in the challenge colour and use black, white and grey or other colours of thread to see the effect they have on the challenge colour.
- Try a value exercise by picking seven (or more or less) fabrics in the value range for the challenge colour.
- Pick something that is the challenge colour and interpret that in your block.
- Do a Google search for red images.
Thanks for joining me in this experiment! I'm really looking forward to seeing what you come up with.
Be fearless, learn and have fun!
Now I've got to get a move on and finish the binding on my quilt that I'll be sharing on Friday, when I host TGIFF! If you have a recent finish, come and link up on Friday - the more, the merrier!