Thursday, 21 January 2016

maybe red is my new neutral


If you have stopped by occasionally, you will know that I love scrap quilts. I love making them, love gifting them, and I really love sleeping under them too! Over the last few days I've been trying to make a few decisions about my latest quilt, for which I used a focus fabric plus scrappy fabric stash, and was inspired by Sujata's 'Organised Chaos' quilt. {see here for earlier details} 

These really are hexagon blocks with a difference, quite addictive, and lots of  fun!






After making 20 blocks
I spread them all out on the floor and looked at them {and walked around them!} for a few days



I needed to make a decision about filling in those corner triangles




I trialled a few options first

First up - low volume creams & whites, which really emphasised the lovely secondary circles,
but very traditional, and to be honest, something I've done before!

Next up -  assorted blending colours, very colourful, but oh my goodness, very chaotic!

and then...





h-m-m-m- I think maybe red really is my new neutral colour!
So the big question now is
... do  I?
... or don't I?

*EDIT: my personal colour consultant {aka my daughter} requested a long distance pic
- so here you go twinkle!



Linking up with NTT over here at My Quilt Infatuation
and with 'oh scrap'  here
- where you can always find lots of scrappy inspiration!



19 comments:

  1. I love red but strangely have almost none of it in my stash. This will look fantastic if you go ahead with it!

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  2. Why not red? I think it looks great!

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    1. Thank you Julie! It’s a bit of a leap for me – using red as the background - but I’m liking it! Just going to look at it a bit longer before I decide totally!


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  3. Go for it. I think the red makes your blocks POP.

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  4. Yes you do it!! Maybe even as Gayle suggests and use different reds. Can't wait to see it finished.

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  5. I think the red makes the blues pop a bit more than a neutral color would. Great discovery!

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  6. I think the red is definitely the answer. Makes the pattern show up dramatically. Freddie Moran always says red is her neutral so you are in good company, Linda.

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  7. I really thought I had left a comment on your luscious reds Linda - but I see I did not! They really pop, I love them.

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  8. LOVE the red!! It makes other colors pop so yes most definitely. :-)

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  9. Love my Kaleido ruler -- have made several great quilts using it!! The red really makes the turquoise pop!!

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  10. I love the red, too! Especially with the turquoise!

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    1. Thanks Diann! The jury is still out on this – while I too love the red, I’m leaning towards going “pretty’ with low volume corner triangles & keeping that vintage-y feel!
      Watch this space! Linda

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  11. I am with the group. I love the red! It works so beautifully with the browns and the blues. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

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  12. Guess I am with everyone too, and I'm not a red lover, but I sure love it with turquoise!

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  13. Actually, the gray carpet color would be a good modern-y choice for the corners . . . but I like the pop of the red, too. I've made one kaleidoscope quilt. It was paper-pieced and the paper was a real pain to remove. I think a specialty ruler would make the job a lot easier, should I ever make another.

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    1. Ha-ha, my daughter loved the ‘carpet look’ too!
      I’m still trialling options, at the moment I’m lovin’ a soft plaid.
      And yes, it was so easy with the ruler, worth investing in one! I’m sure there are other uses for it too, just haven’t worked out what yet!


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  14. red Red RED
    I vote for a scrappy, multi print red. But go with the red to maroon or magenta colors, not orangey red.

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