“Feeling blue” means someone is melancholy. Blue skies are pleasant and happy. “Icy blue” can give us chills, and the expression “out of the blue” implies some unknown, mysterious place. True blue means being loyal or faithful, and we have all kinds of blue objects in this culture that conjure up specific common ideas: blue ribbon, blue blood, blueprints, blue plate special…
Blue is like “the little black dress” of the English language and it’s the color I’m most comfortable in when I’m picking fabrics for my quilts.
Welcome to my stop on the Colour Blog series with Michelle from Factotum of Arts. Her blue overview is here, and you can read all about the Colour Blog series here! It’s difficult for me to say anything about blue that can’t be said about any other color… The right blue can be a useful background, an effective focal point, or the perfect addition to almost all palettes – but isn’t that true of any color?
My favorite use of blue is as a unifying element. I love heavy doses of blue in my quilt projects. (If you’d like to see tutorials or more information about any project, click through the images to see links to my blog posts in the Flickr interface.)
It’s the perfect highlight or background in bee blocks.
And, of course, it’s a staple in quilts or projects that suggest “sky” in the composition.
I tend to gravitate towards the navy end of the blue spectrum, but spend some time with the whole range of blues – aquamarine, robin’s egg, electric, true, nautical, pale/baby – there’s something for everyone!
Tip: Sometimes I find that when I want to explore a new color or palette, I’m disappointed in whatever I’ve made because I’m unfamiliar with the colors at the end. They feel foreign and awkward and maybe like I tried too hard. As I follow Michelle through the Colour Blog series this year, I plan to expand my color horizon by inserting some new and different hues in… you guessed it… my favorite blues.
If blues aren’t your favorite yet, I hope you’ve found a little inspiration to try more of them!
Here’s a sneak peek at some Do Good Stitches blocks! Stay tuned. This weekend I’ll share a link to the tutorial and some tips of my own for making these improv wheel blocks out of scraps and 10″ squares!
Stay tuned to the Colour blog series all year! It will spotlight a different color each month, first with a post on Factotum of Arts and then with a guest blogger.
|February||Yellow||Melanie Tuazon http://melintheattic.com|
|March||Blue||Daisy Aschehoug http://antstosugar.com|
|April||Green||Anne Sullivan http://play-crafts.comGiuseppe Ribaudo https://www.instagram.com/Giucy_Giuce/|
|May||Coral/Peach||Heather Jones http://www.heatherjonesstudio.com/blog|
|June||Purple||Sandi Sawa Hazlewood http://craftyplanner.com|
|July||Brown||Alison Glass http://alisonglass.com/|
|August||Pink||Alyce Blyth http://blossomheartquilts.com|
|September||Black/White||Christa Watson http://christaquilts.com|
|October||Aqua/Teal||Katarina Roccella http://likeflowersandbutterflies.com|
|November||Grey||Nicole Daksiewicz http://modernhandcraft.comNydia Kehnle http://www.nydiakehnle.com/|
|December||Red||Nancy Purvis http://owensolivia.blogspot.com/|