Tuesday, May 1, 2012
peaches, raspberries and chips
First, I determined I didn't have any peach. So I went in search of peach. One clerk helped by pulling out swatches from manufacturers. The first manufacturer didn't have any peach! The second had three: peach, light peach and old peach. So I chose one fat quarter that the clerk and I agreed was peach.
From the beginning I had a vision of peaches and dark rich hummusy browns, but I didn't have have browns that matched my vision. I did put together the above materials. I am not sure what made me unhappy about that combination (which now looks great to me). Maybe too many colors: light and dark green, and brown with purple compared with my other challenge pieces? If I ever find the peach again, I will do that as, now, it looks just fine.
Then I tried numerous combinations with blues, greens, black and white and never was happy. Finally I saw Sheila's block and realized I hadn't tried raspberry which I really liked in her square. So I pulled out a raspberry fabric and liked it but wanted another fabric. By this time I was hooked on the eating theme and so I got some of my favorite potato chip scraps. I played with those fabrics and decided I needed more peachy fabrics, so last night I trekked off again and found the fun peach that is on the left and the bottom of the piece.
Below is what I ended up with. It's much lighter than my other challenges pieces and not as dynamic. I will try again. I think I played too little this week and thought too much - lesson learned! I have come to really like peach and will redo this color challenge some week.