Weight of Love/Weight of 70s Love - A Work in Progress

Hi all, back in crazy November, I took a class with Libs Elliott. I'm so intrigued by her Processing work! The Ottawa Modern Quilt Guild invited her to come and give her Weight of Love workshop. Very cool.

Pre-work to the workshop included figuring out our colour palette. I wanted something with these colours.


I first coloured the numbered version, which would have allowed me to use the measurements that Libs had mapped out:


I also tried out the Colour Your Own version and posted them on Instagram to help me decide which one to do. 


The Colour Your Own version won hands down. Even Libs weighed in. :D

During the class, I cut out the pieces and put together the first two columns. While I was really happy with my Y-seams, the colours felt very 70s.


The class with Libs -- great variety of fabric choices, eh? 


When I got home, I laid out all of the pieces on the design wall. Meh. Not working for me. 


I replaced some of the yellows and oranges with some lighter purples. A bit better.


Then I replaced all of the yellows and oranges with more values of purples and magentas.


 Definitely better, but not quite there. Any recommendations?

19 comments:

  1. Purple is not my favourite, so I am no help. I sort of like it as it is, maybe on a light background?

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  2. Look at the photo in black and white. That may help. It may need a bit more lighter spots

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  3. I Like where you've ended up. Maybe a tiny bit of green? A tealish colour perhaps?

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  4. I like the direction this is headed, maybe add some light values into the mix like lighter pink and purple?

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  5. Hi I personally love purple ! I like the direction this is taking. I think you will love it if you add a few lights and one sparkling very light. You have done what many quilters don't do you used mediums!!!! Yay, Most pick lights and darks and leave the middle out. Cut a few and see if it helps, I know I often need to cut more pieces than I use to get the colors were I want them.

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  6. What happens if you add grey, of the same value as the light or medium light purple?

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  7. You need a lighter color to add a twinkle to wake up the dullish. Maybe a sky blue. The yellow was doing it before, maybe bring some of the yellow back.

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  8. I think the reds are too warm to "play well" with the purples and blues. If you keep the purples, consider more of a fuschia than a brick red. Then I'd choose either analagous (blue/purple/red or yellow/orange/red--a brick red would work here) or split complementary (violets, fuschias, and lime). Keep on quiltin'. Cwoosley12@yahoo.com

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  9. It sounds odd, but though I like to wear purple I am not able to use this color in a quilt ... So that is certainly not the best advice ;-) I would add very light purple and remove all the reds to replace them with different shades of yellow. Purple and yellow are complementary colours and you could get a very strong effect. Hope this help !

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  10. I agree,lighter values. Little pop's
    Of Color

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  11. I agree,lighter values. Little pop's
    Of Color

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  12. I agree lighter value. Little pop's
    Of Color!

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  13. I agree lighter value. Little pop's
    Of Color!

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  14. This is fascinating. Now I'm not sure what to do--I'm taking that class at QuiltCon. Oh dear.

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  15. I really like this pattern. I think I agree with a few comments above...some more lighter colours. Good luck. Can't wait to see the finish.

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  16. I love purple so I'm already liking this very much. I agree with some of commenters - maybe a few light pieces, maybe some very light grey? The Montreal MQG invited Libs to give this workshop in March and now that I've seen yours I'm seriously considering purple!!

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  17. I like where you have gone and a bit if lighter colours. Would gray wirk?

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  18. At posts like this I realize I might have some sort of OCD since the first thing that hit me is that pink fabric placed in orange section, LOL. Interesting pattern but yeah no suggestion for you. These colors don't really play it for me. Sorry.

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  19. Although I don't like purple, I do like your last version better than the first. I'm also of the thought that you're missing a pop of color in there.

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