Now that I have finished my two big projects that I've been working on for months, I am tackling my summer plan to finish some of my many UFOs.
The first was this little Japanese quilt, made from a very pleasant pattern in East Quilts West, by Kumiko Sudo, one of my favorite books. Years ago, I made quite a few little pieces from that book. It was basically finished, but I had never done any quilting, so I just did "stitch in the ditch" and I liked the effect without any additional quilting.
I find the simplicity of those Japanese patterns very appealing. This pattern is called "Kanzashi".
Although I often use Japanese fabrics, for this one I just grabbed fabrics that appealed to me, including some scraps.
After I finished the piecing, I found the color combination so pleasing, and didn't really know why.
I have done a lot of reading about color theory, and I really enjoy just thinking about color combinations.
My friend Mary Jane had given me a very nice color wheel years ago, and when I consulted these colors on the wheel, it turns out that I had chosen a "split complementary", with the violet, the yellow-green, and the yellow orange arranged in an isosceles triangle on the wheel.
(To get more technical, yellow and violet are complements opposite each other on the wheel, and the yellow-green and yellow-orange are on either side of the yellow.)
The reason I am thinking about this again now, after all these years, is that I am getting ready to take a class on color from Juanita Yeager, and one assignment is to bring a quilt that "works" and a quilt that doesn't "work." This is the quilt that "works", so it is homework.
Hope my dog doesn't eat it!