Pinwheel Flowers – Colours And Prints

 

 

I am making a quilt for my kitties using one of my old patterns, Pinwheel Flower.  I often get asked about how I choose colours for the blocks I make from my paper piecing patterns.  For me they are illustrations done in fabric, so most of the time it is very akin to how I paint.  I will try to show my selection process.

 

I use colours and prints together to create a certain style, mood, or even a season. 

 

 

 

 

I took this photo of a little purple larkspur flower during a hike.  I was looking for tiny little wild flowers for photography and my husband found this one for me.  As this photo was my intial inspiration, I chose green for the quilt background.

 

Most of the time though, the background is the last fabric I select.  No matter what the order is, I like the design of the block to stand out against the background colour and/or print.  If I don’t get the right contrast, I change out the fabrics until I am satisfied.

 

 

 

 

I wanted the flowers to pop against the background without being too bright. It was also important to have a balanced ratio of cool and warm colours.  From the very beginning, I was sure about the purple flower from my photo appearing in the quilt.

 

 

 

 

The other cool colour choice would be a shade of blue.  After trying out quite a few mid- to dark blues, I settled on this teal.  I adore that colour, but I don’t get to use it too often.  I also have only a little bit of it left, just enough for my little kitty quilt.

 

 

 

 

I love yellow flowers.  A vase full of yellow Chrysanthemums cheers me up immensely.  Unfortunately, yellow was not dark enough to provide enough contrast against the green, so I picked the next best – a burnt orange.

 

 

 

 

For the last colour, I looked to our garden for inspiration.  We have two wildflower plants with the brightest shade of red flowers blooming in our garden.  The whole plant looks like it is bursting into red fireworks.  That became the red flower in my quilt.

 

The idea for this block came from a combination of seeing a flower through my atelier window and a pinwheel block.  For sashing, it was going to be either white or cream fabric to represent the window frame.  Since the green I chose was a warmer green, I used a yellowish-cream for the sashing.

 

 

 

 

Once I finish selecting the colours, I start on the prints.  I think about what the quilt is supposed to represent.  That helps me decide on the style as well as giving the quilt a sense of coherence while I choose the prints.

When I show you the finished quilt, you will see why I used blender fabrics for this one.

 

-Soma

 

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Tale Of Two Shires

 

 

Summer is definitely here, but it feels like Spring in our garden.   Despite the heatwaves we have been having, all the plants in our garden are bursting with flowers.  The pink and purple flowers reminded me of the field of wildflowers we saw during our trips to the UK.  Inspired by a couple of photos that I had taken during our travels in England, I finished an acrylic painting and a quilted mini wall hanging.

 

 

Heather In Yorkshire Moors Painting In Acrylic | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Seeing all the flowers growing in the garden gave me an urge to start painting this Yorkshire Moor scene.  Acrylic as a medium is very new to me.  Before this I had only done one small tree painting in acrylic.  Not to be overwhelmed by the size of the painting, I worked on it in little sections.  I made innumerable mistakes, covered them up with a neutral base paint and repainted until I was happy with it.  I learned too.  Overall, I think I spent well over 12 hours on this painting. 

 

 

 

 

In June, I  wrote this one-block WIP-s post in anticipation of finishing a few small projects.  This Pinwheel Flower block was one of them.  I designed this flower through the window a long time ago and finally created the block in April.

 

 

 

 

The idea for this block came from a combination of seeing a flower through my atelier window and, of course, a pinwheel block.

 

 

 

 

Originally I wanted to quilt circles, but I ditched the idea because it reminded me too much of a circular wave motion.  Then the V-shape of the corners gave me the quilting idea.  I used an acid green thread to make the quilting stand out a bit more and finished the quilt with a green leaf binding.

 

 

 

 

When it came to naming this mini, that was easy.  The purple flower made me think of Regency Purple.  I love Jane Austen.   I also fell in love with Derbyshire while visiting earlier this year.  This photo I took while standing on Stanage Edge made me think of Pride And Prejudice.  So my mini is called A Flower For Jane Austen.

 

 

 

 

I love making small quilts for my kitties.  I am going make a multicoloured flower quilt for them using this pattern . It is such an easy pattern, very quick to make.  The 12″ size also makes for a nice size quilt with fewer blocks.  Now that I have figured out the quilting, I can’t wait to get started on the quilt itself.  This little flower is going to reside in our kitchen as a reminder of the lovely Derbyshire.

I am very happy to have brought back wonderful memories with me and that a bit of both Yorkshire and Derbyshire are now part of our home.

-Soma

 

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