It was a taxing kind of day yesterday....:) So little sewing room time.
Today I am stitching away on the watercolor I found....and studying the colors and fabrics in it. This is the lower corner that "reads" at a distance as deeper purple. Note the real variety of colors in the fabrics. A few strong purple fabrics blended with medium value purples give that impression among the yellows and blues and greens.
I do see a few repeats here, but it is the variety that makes up the watercolor palette. I can't stress that enough. I have spent years collecting the floral fabrics---paisley prints, feathers, swirly designs also----that I use.
The upper right corner is blue at a distance. Up close you see the reds and greens, and purple tones too. Once again, see the variety of fabrics. That is my palette.
The same word applies to scrap quilts....variety. Vary the value of your preferred color, vary the scale or size of the print to breathe life into your quilt.
I am urging you to visit Wanda at Exuberant Color.....she is the master. Her recent post of her latest Trip Around the World quilt is here. Note that she used 120 different fabrics in it. Not a scrap quilt....planned by design. I commented to her about the shimmer she achieved in the red/pink rounds. It is blended yet distinct at the same time. She responded that she wanted more of that the next time. She also said she learned she needed to choose a variety of prints and value and not try to match so closely. I thought was an excellent bit of advise to remember. Hopefully, we will see another of her TAWs and the process she uses to select those strips...hint, hint :)
Insight: Variety, variety, variety.....it can give your quilt design a lift. Match similar values to get variety, and vary the print.
Enjoy the weekend.....happy stitching.