Saturday, June 4, 2016

RSC and OMG

Angela said think forest when you think of the colours for May: green and a bit of brown.  Earlier this week I had that in mind when I pulled fabric and hauled my findings upstairs where I now work while Rocco heals.

This second of my two RSC 2016 projects requires six blocks which run from lights to darks.  So not only am I playing with colour, I am also playing with value.  It's been a good opportunity to experiment and learn.  The next morning I ended up at this point:

Sigh. She HAS to test out any new projects and new to her fabric, and get into a photo, any photo.  Try again:

Pay attention to the browns there for later.

A little later that morning on my pibble-less (sniff) walk, I walked along the Chrysler Canada Greenway, which is a part of the Trans Canada Trail.
 I love this trail that cuts right through my town.
You can't get any sense of the depth here at Mill Creek; it really is quite a drop down there to that massive log.  I hear John Denver's "Cool and Green and Shady" in my head when I look at this photo.  THAT was my fabric pull!  That would most likely be similar to what Angela had envisioned.

Got home and between a few (read huge) events on Thursday and Friday, mainly on Friday, (see this post for details), I sewed these:
Oh yes, Bella messed them up.  More than once.  It was only when I put my medium mint chocolate blocks beside the light ones that I immediately noticed the browns.  Do you see?  The brown in the lightest value are actually darker value than those in the medium value!  I do love the pops of kelly green in the brown of the medium blocks and I don't know that they'd have glowed as much had they been with the lightest greens.  Also the browns in relation to the medium greens could appear darker if put with the light greens...yikes did you follow that?  I did when I typed it!  Regardless, I'm learning by doing and playing with colour and value.

Wanna see them all so far?

I'm liking it!  Technically the purple should be above the orange, but I wasn't about to move everything down (none of the blocks are sewn together) in order to do that. I still have to do the January blue with a bit of purple row and the February brown with a pop of pink row.  This second project sort of happened in Florida in March...another DREAMI moment.  Drop Everything And Make It.  Do you get those?

I'm looking forward to working with June's colours: blue leaning toward aqua with a pop of lime green.

One of the huge events I referred to is that I'm also working with some very specific fabrics in June on another project, which leads nicely into my OMG goal for June.  This is going to come completely out of left field, and it is totally a DREAMI event.  If you missed yesterday's post, you won't know that EEEEEEP!!! There is a new button on my sidebar...I got chosen to be the June designer for Henry Glass Fabrics Desire to Inspire challenge!!  I am just so über-excited I can hardly stand it!  There should be some lake-themed yardage arriving shortly for me to delve into and create some fabulous stuff by the end of June.
Photo from Henry Glass Fabrics; used with permission
So I will be creating at LEAST a couple of items by the end of June; did I mention my brain is fizzing with ideas?   Don't worry; I've written them down, as we all know how on vay-cay my menopausal melon is these days...just wait, you will DIE when you hear what I did when I packaged up my Uncle Frank's and my Auntie Joyce's quilts to send to England...

Linking up with soscrappy for the RSC 2016 and with Red Letter Quilts for OMG.

36 comments:

Pat said...

I love your green/brown mix and NO, I didn't follow your explanation of the values. :D I will have to go back and read it again. I always have trouble with values. Maybe this will help me.

Libby in TN said...

I have heard it said that value makes the quilt, but color/colour gets all the credit! I understood. I love what you're doing with the RSC colors. Congrats with being selected to design for HG. I enjoy working with their fabrics.

Libby in TN said...

PS: I get the DREAMIs all the time!

Jennifer said...

I like your squares/rectangle blocks- different and effective! and sometimes I feel like all my time in the sewing room is DREAM time! ha!

Alison said...

Love your blocks!

Marly said...

Lovely blocks,especially all together. I see what you mean about value, but I thought at first glance that it was an illusion due to the increased contrast with the light fabric - a trick of the camera rather than the eye!

Kathy S. said...

Wow! Your quilt blocks are gorgeous! I love the way they look altogether. Can't wait to see more in the upcoming months! Happy sewing. :)

Quiltdivajulie said...

Thanks for showing the photo from the trail with the photo of your blocks -- very effective!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Those rectangle blocks are gorgeous, and I especially love seeing them all together! I do have DREAMI moments - just never knew to call them that. Now I know I'm in good company! And congratulations on being chosen for the Henry Glass challenge! Looking forward to seeing what you make.

Ivani said...

Wow your retangles blocks look great together. Have good dreams!

Karen said...

The rainbow blocks are beautiful.

Kate said...

Walks this time of year are so nice, the greens are just so vibrant. Love the pictures from your walk. Beautiful RSC project. Looking forward to seeing the rows with the remaining colors.

Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl said...

The rows look great together! How fun that Henry Glass reached out to you, and I am curious what happened when packaging up the quilts....

Unknown said...

I'm guessing the Bella you mentioned is your kitty that's in one of the pics ? Is she a Ragdoll ?

kupton52 said...

Just beautiful....so organic looking....so mmm looking....(that was supposed to be more of an "ummmmmmh"...lol).

The Joyful Quilter said...

What a fun Rainbow Scrap project (and LOTS of good news besides!!!)

Kimberly said...

I love the purples and yellows. I'm trying to understand values and this helps me a little better. Thank-you!

KaHolly said...

You have such vision., loving your RSC blocks. Can't wait to see what you create for Henry Glass! Congrats on being chosen!

helenjean@midgetgemquilts said...

That really is a greenway walk near your home. I have been astounded in my ombré quilt how a colour totally changes colour when placed beside a similar colour - my blues become purple . Can't wait to hear about uncle frank !

Linda C said...

Beautiful pics and for the third time, congratulations my dear sister! <3

Stitchin At Home said...

I like them too! When I'm out of design wall room I use a flannel back tablecloth from the dollar store, lay my blocks for that project on it then just roll it up when you're not working on them. Unroll when you want to add more it is completely portable.

Nell's Quilts said...

What a lovely quilt this will make. Hope you have time to get the missed months caught up.

Mary Howland said...

i have a great grand niece (my niece becomes a grandmother) due in August so I'd make a girlish quilt. I love the pattern and the colors you've used on both quilts.

Mary Howland said...

I follow via email. I like your posts as they are colorful, quilty most of the time, and you include yoga! Yeah! Thanks.

leanne said...

how exciting to get to be the June designer - look forward to seeing what you make !! and double excitement for your pattern release - its fabulous and I'd use pink and orange for a summer day sunset :)

leanne said...

oh and I follow by email - daisyandjack@hotmail.com

Nancy J said...

That top row of blocks glows. Henry Glass, what a superb collection, we will have to wait and see, but I'm guessing you'll come up with a design fantastical!!

Vicki in MN said...

Love how that quilt it coming together! Your trail looks similar to our local one we ride bikes one-an old railroad bed now paved. How is Pibble doing?

Gina said...

Love how the quilt is looking and well done on being designer of the month xxx

PaulaB quilts said...

Isn't color fascinating? Your experience with the greens and brown is very revealing. The more we play with color the more we discover. So keep on playing!

Suegodfrey said...

Love this post. So much happiness and excitement bursting out of it.... soooo happy for you. Pattern writer, designer 😀 and these blocks are fab. I love the rectangle in squares.... beautiful my friend. Xx

Lisa J. said...

Your excitement is contagious! I can't wait to see what you come up with. I love those rectangular blocks.

Tish Stemple said...

I do LOVE how this quilt is coming together. I think the green blocks are my favorite so far. Bella, Bella, Bella. How did you get a picture of the blocks on the floor without her in it??? And I am busting over here to see what you are making with the Henry Glass Fabrics!!!

Lisa Marie said...

Very cool that you are doing the Henry Glass challenge this time! I had such fun when I did it and it was so exciting to get that package of lovely fabrics.

Ruth said...

That looks brilliant - really like it so far!

Jasmine said...

Your forest themed fabrics are so pretty. I love how they look together.