This past weekend I had the opportunity to teach Color Theory for the Modern Quilter to the Philly Modern Quilt Guild at a mini sewing retreat. So much fun.
It turns out I could talk all day about color. No big surprise there. I think the members all left with at least a bit of a new way to look at color when quilting. We covered all the basics from the color wheels to color combinations, and even did some exercises to help everyone look at color more objectively.
Then I got to stay the rest of the day and enjoy some sewing time as well as a workshop from the lovely Sujata Shah on gentle curved piecing. I decided to step outside my comfort zone and not think or plan at all before sewing. I gave myself all of 5 minutes to pick the fabrics. And then I just started. It was an easy enough method (cutting several layers at once and then shuffling them) and I enjoyed her simple no-pin method to sewing the curves.
The results I'm still not sure about. Part of the problem was I didn't really have much of the grey fabrics with me and those were the ones I wanted to use the most of. I'll be sticking it up on my design wall and probably doing a bit more playing with it to see if it's becomes something interesting. I've never had this experience with a quilt before: as I was working on it I just sort of thought "eh. it's OK" but every time I walked away and came back I found myself immediately liking it more. Maybe its just the colors. We shall see.
Now if I could only get my voice back.... :)