Have you picked up the latest issue of $100,000 Quilting Challenge? Have you read it? I have. There is an interesting statement by the winner (Wendy Hill) of the Innovative Piecing in this quarter's issue. I quote:
- "Trust your own voice and develop your own color sense. Your choices might not always be the same ones that others would make, but that's okay. Sometimes the one fabric that needs to be there 'doesn't appear to belong.' "
Back already? Good. The blue (bordering on turquoise) fabric is the one in question.
At the retreat, more than one quilter commented on that fabric. It is a solid and solids are a bit difficult to work with and it doesn't seem to go with anything in the other fabrics. As I was auditioning fabrics to play with the frog fabric this one jumped off the stash shelf and said "pick me!" It doesn't seem to 'go' with the other 2 fabrics, but the color is actually used in the frog fabric. I believe it is Jinny Beyer (correct me if I'm wrong) who tells quilters to really study a fabric (and the selvage where the color dots are located) and you will find all kinds of different colors used. So just because it is not a dominant color in the focus fabric doesn't mean it won't play well with the others.
I smiled at the quilters who questioned my fabric choice and said that once I put the blocks on the design wall, and since the top is not together yet I still have the option of changing out that fabric. I don't mind redoing if it will fit my vision.
Which gets us back to Wendy Hill's statement:
- "Trust your own voice..."