Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Quilter's Block

I'm sort of stuck this week trying to figure out a quilt design. I've spent a lot of time but really don't have anything to show for it. Well, at least anything I want to show. I'm going to blame my lack of creativity on the weather. I think I have permanent brain freeze. 

I have spent a lot of time on the computer, and I even figured out how to get hex codes for my Kona cottons and some other solid fabrics I'm planning to use. I tried to find a list of codes for lines of fabric online, but I couldn't. Instead, I uploaded screen shots of fabric swatches to Palette Builder by playcrafts, and got the hex codes from them. I had read a lot about Palette Builder from other bloggers this past week, so I also admit to spending a little copious amounts of time just fooling around with palettes and my own photos. Thanks to everyone that blogged about it. I think. (What else is there to do for entertainment when the temperatures hover in the single digits Fahrenheit ?) That website is awesome, though. The reason I was looking for hex codes was because I was coloring in design ideas on my computer's Paint program. I've had some good advice this week from other bloggers about programs to use to plan and color my designs more efficiently, but since I'm generally really low-tech and frugal (cheap), I'm determined to use what I have for the time being, and that is Paint. And the hex codes really helped me use the custom colors I wanted in my design. 

Alas, I didn't like my design. I'm still messing with it. So I did what any quilter with quilter's block would do. I went shopping, venturing out in the cold to the closest quilting store (really close--like a few blocks away), and I picked out these for the backing and binding of the flimsy I finished last week. 

The green/pink/aqua print is for the back, but I'm going to include a strip of the yellow in it and then use the yellow for binding, too.  

I don't often have two quilt projects to work on at once, but this worked out well because I definitely need a break from planning. After basting, I'll try to FMQ my way out of quilter's block and then maybe that other quilt idea will work out better for me. 

If anyone knows of a list somewhere of hex codes for the colors of various solid color fabric lines, I'd appreciate it if you'd share. I know there's a way to download swatch colors to some of the illustrator/picture software programs (for example, playcrafts has a tool), but I don't have those programs on my computer. (Yet.) Otherwise, I'll keep building my little file.

I'm linking up today with Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday and with Sew Fresh Quilts for Let's Bee Social. 

1 comment:

Lorna McMahon said...

Sounds like you are as tired of winter as I am, Janine. And as frugal as I am too! I use Paint to do a LOT of my design work. But I don't know any hex codes. Your backing and binding fabrics are certainly lovely. I look forward to seeing your quilting on that pretty quilt in progress!