I stumbled upon this color challenge over at Patterns by Jen and thought it would be great fun to participate in as well as an excellent exercise for color values as well as meeting my goal.
So, here we are!
Red has never been one of my favorite colors - too bold, too bright for my personality... I even did a blog post about why I don't care for it back in 2014 - Seeing Red - in a new way.
Here is an excerpt of that post...
Red is hot. It's a strong color that conjures up a range of seemingly conflicting emotions from passionate love to violence and warfare. Red is Cupid and the Devil.
A stimulant, red is the hottest of the warm colors. Studies show that red can have a physical effect, increasing the rate of respiration and raising blood pressure.
The expression seeing red indicates anger and may stem not only from the stimulus of the color but from the natural flush (redness) of the cheeks, a physical reaction to anger, increased blood pressure, or physical exertion.
It represents power, hence the red power tie for business people and the red carpet for celebrities and VIPs (very important people).
Flashing red lights denote danger or emergency. Stop signs and stop lights are red to get the drivers' attention and alert them to the dangers of the intersection.
In some cultures, red denotes purity, joy, and celebration. Red is the color of happiness and prosperity in China and may be used to attract good luck.
It is often the color worn by brides in the East while it is the color of mourning in South Africa. In Russia the Bolsheviks used a red flag when they overthrew the Tsar, thus red became associated with communism. Many national flags use red. The red Ruby is the traditional Fortieth Wedding Anniversary gift.
There are many things that are red that I do love...
My wool mittens,
Homemade cranberry sauce,
mixed berry jam,
These are a few of my favorite things... (I think there is a song about this???) 😏
I mean I am certainly not afraid to use it. After all, my first published block pattern used it! Pieces of My Heart from volume 8 of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks.
So what was I worried about??? I fearlessly approached my stash and found several reds that I thought might work together and chose two from the 5...
Using what I call the "Black & White trick" I picked two that had good contrast in grey-scale, yet were similar tones of red.
It took some extra special attention to the direction of stripes for the block, but am very pleased with the finished result...
And like I stated before... these will be excellent exercises of color value! Did your see the Wayward Transparency quilt - my first finish on my Babylock Jazz?
Is there a particular color that you are "afraid" of or avoid using because you just don't like it?
Let me know in the comments... I love to hear from all of you!
This block is 12 inches finished... Which means, by the end of the year I will have another work-in-progress project that will need to be finished. I think I need another "sampler" quilt.
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