No, not a number between six and seven and a thing you are likely to be eaten by. I’m talking about turquoise, aqua, blue-green, green-blue, aquamarine, seafoam, teal, cyan, cerulean – the colours that lie in the spectrum between “true” green and blue. They can be awkward to work with sometimes, but I love them anyway.
This is February’s RSC17 colour, and to continue on with my plan of combining two sewing challenges into one I chose use it to make one of February’s Honey Pot Bee blocks, the lovely Star Kisses by Fi of Living Cloth. Turns out that I have lots more of this colour group than I thought, so much so that I ended up further splitting it away from the blue and green baskets I put together a few weeks ago. I need more baskets, dammit!
Once I’d gathered all my teal-ish scraps together, I carefully sorted them into three broadly similar piles. Then I said, “Oh sod it,” and jumbled them all up again to make my blocks. Larger or more distinctive prints were used for the feature squares and the other colours were used for the smaller squares and flying geese corners. Once again, my Shimmer 2 left-overs played a significant part thanks to having a number of gorgeous prints in this colour family.
To continue my theme of adding in a contrast colour, I dug out a slightly corally pink blender (not actually the one I had in mind, but the only one I had enough of to make what I wanted) and threw it at some of the star corners to add some punch and variety. When rootling around for fabrics, I also uncovered a big chunk of Tula Pink’s Chipper fox print left over from making a tee-pee and was overjoyed to find that foxy fitted neatly into a 3.5″ square, so I couldn’t resist doing this:
The pink of the blender is just about close enough to the pink on the fox for it to work well, and the background is teal. Clearly Tula knows her colour wheel too, lol! The blocks went together really well despite my cavalier approach of not bothering to draw diagonal lines on the flying geese squares. I just trusted the Pfaff to sew straight and aimed it at the opposite corner. It worked pretty well!
Initially, however, I wasn’t wholly sure about the first fox-free block I made, but after I looked at it from a distance and after a night’s sleep (and next to the purple Starflower blocks from last month), I decided that I do love it and am very happy with the way both blocks have turned out:
I’m really enjoying how this is going so far and I’m looking forward to seeing how this more “modern” rainbow sampler ends up. I’ll keep on making two blocks each month for this project and keep adding in quirks through the use of the contrast colour. Tomorrow I plan to make several of the other Honey Pot blocks for February, the Quilter’s Pantry block by Adrianne at On The Windy Side. I don’t have all that many “novelty” prints, but I’m going to make the best of what I’ve got. 🙂
Roll on March! 😀
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