2015 Pantone Quilt Challenge: Hmmm. Possibly Meh.

2015 Pantone Quilt Challenge: Marsala

On Friday I blasted through a bunch more Marsala Spice blocks and then finished the last few off this evening, so that I now have three complete blocks for each variant – over-dyed solid, print and un-dyed solid (oh, yeah, I went and bought a lot more of the Marsala solid I started with).  And….

….I dunno.  I skiffled some of the blocks around on Stef’s floor on Friday, rather unconvinced by the combination.  She suggested running the print blocks as a diagonal across the quilt, with the solids arranged around it, but when I tried it with all the blocks on my own floor, the result was a bit underwhelming.  So much so that I didn’t bother to photograph it.  I didn’t HATE it, but I certainly didn’t love it, either.  In desperation, I summoned Mum for a second opinion (once I’d finished clarifying that I liked the colours and I liked the pattern, I just didn’t like how I’d ended up interpreting them).  Mum suggested distributing the print blocks about more evenly, and in doing so I ended up with them arranged in an X across the quilt.  This looks…. better?spice_3103_2

Maybe.  After considering it some more (and mysteriously referring to the two gold/brown fabrics as “green”), Mum noted that the un-dyed solid just doesn’t look as good against the other fabrics as the over-dyed fabric does.  I do see what she means (strange comments about fabric colour notwithstanding).  And the mixture of the two solids looks a bit weird.  I think I’m going to have to cut down the variety to just the over-dyed and print blocks, which I should be able to do with some careful cutting.  The “spare” un-dyed blocks can go on the back.

Interested in the possibility of potential patterns formed by arranging the print blocks in different ways, I shuffled some more and came up with this:spice_3103_1Yeah, the different-coloured solids still look weird.  I must do something about those.  And I MUST-MUST-MUST do my quilt maths BEFORE I buy my fabrics next time!  >_<  It’s quite possible that I’m going to end up with a layout like this:Marsala_01gPerhaps not fabulously exciting/original/modern/whatever all the cool kids like, but it would work…

More info on the Pantone Challenge can be found at On The Windy Side and play crafts.

Also linking up with WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced and Let’s Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts.  🙂

8 thoughts on “2015 Pantone Quilt Challenge: Hmmm. Possibly Meh.”

  1. Oooh I like where you’re going with this! I like the way the solid and the pattern make that very cool secondary X pattern. Are you going to overdye another batch?

    1. Hi Anne, thanks for commenting! 😀 Mmmm, the print/solid thing is much better than I feared it would be, I’m mostly just cross (with myself) that I didn’t get to do the all-solid version. Never mind though, the whole thing has certainly been educational so far! 🙂 At this point I’m probably not going to risk doing any more dyeing, it’d be too frustrating if I didn’t get a good match. I do have a bit of over-dyed fabric left, so I’ll just make it stretch as far as I can!

  2. I see what you are talking about with the colors, but that patten is awesome! I love all the arrangements you tried.

    1. Hi, thank you for commenting! 🙂 It’s been a really interesting project to work on. The pattern is one I came up with after I saw a tile in an interior design magazine and thought it’d make a nice quilt. My Quilt Club friends have asked me for a proper pattern, so I’ll probably post it up here once I’ve had a chance to sit down and write it and do decent pics of the steps. It’s very straightforward to put together.

    1. Thank you for visiting and commenting. 🙂 Yeah, there’s nothing like a bit more fabric to brighten things up, lol! I can’t quite believe it either, March has been a really funny month this year.

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