The March color palette was unveiled yesterday at Judy's blog. That's also the post where you can link up your February challenge project. Be sure to check out the great projects that have been entered into the February drawing.
In this post I'll show you a few options for choosing fabrics for the March palette.
I started with my stash of hand dyed fabrics. They are close to being solids so are a great way to start to analyze the palette. My first decision was to pull 2 grays and a black. That's the the easiest place to start and I always start with easy. Next I pulled a wide variety of reds and oranges. After fondling these for a while I decided that I wanted a deep red, almsot cranberry, for my primary red color. Next I pulled a lighter value of that red and then the orange and gold.
When you select fabrics, take it one at a time. Don't let the choices overwhelm you.
This is the final palette that I picked.
I converted my fabric photo to grayscale to check the value ranges....and I like it!
Now, let's look at a couple of other options.
This is a set of fabrics that I bought a year or two ago at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival. They are from one of my favorite vendors, Handloom Batiks. When I was thinking about the color palette I remembered these fabrics. This photo only has a few of the fabrics. I have enough for a whole quilt. If I have the time in Martch to piece a quick quilt top I will use these for my palette fabrics. It has the black, grays, reds and a tiny bit of gold. It's perfect!
Of course if the palette is too complex for your tastes, simplify it. At it's essence it's a black and red palette and you can certainly make a black and red project. But you could even spice up a palette like this. (I'm sorry for this crappy photo quality but you get the idea.)
Instead of the gold in the original palette, brighten it up and add a tiny bit of bold yellow to your black and red project. Doesn't that make it more exciting?
So, are you going to join us? Check out Judy's fabric selections here. I got a sneal peek at her project and it's very cool!
It's time for a new color palette challenge! Judy has unveiled this as the color palette for February but be sure to go to her post and add a link to your February entry. A name will be drawn from the entries and the winner will receive a fat quarter packfrom me.
The color palette for March is:
The photo is a peice of art glass called Bilboa by Lino Tagliapietra. This piece is in the collection at the Victoria and Albert.
Don't let this one get too complex for you. It's basically an red and black palette with multiple values of each. There's a buttery yellow to take your project beyond the basic red/black/white.