Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Colour My World - Colour Your World Challenge?

Pencil crayons arranged in a colour wheel
From www.colourlovers.com
Some of you have expressed interest in joining me in my Colour My World challenge. Yay! If you would like to participate, here is some more information about the challenge:

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!



  1. I am so excited to get started!! This is going to be so much fun! I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!! I'm off to my sewing room to find some red fabric!!

  2. You are too cruel! I LOVE colour challenges, but I am not sure if I can commit considering my little one coming...but seriously, I would LOVE to do this challenge! Although I could go smaller and do the challenge on the mug rug size...I have already done a set of red mug rugs in January. This we will have to think about...although I amy end up with 12 pairs of mug rugs by the end of the year they would go with any decor then!

  3. Fun! I've got some red scraps ready to be turned into an experimental block. I'm not sure I'll be able to participate every month since my fabric stash seems to be concentrated into only the few colours I use the most (not a single scrap of orange or aqua to be found) but this might just be the excuse I need for some fabric shopping...

  4. What a great idea. I just decided that I wanted to do painted poppy on fabric and then try some thread painting for the first time on my machine. And you've selected red as the colour for January.


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