Dear Ms Lottie, you know how high I hold you in regard and wanted to ask you a question about colour. You know I have been stashing and procrastinating for a long time but I am finally ready to commit. Sew Many Ways is doing a block of the month with extremely clear step by steps and I feel I can DO this. She is using a monochromatic scheme but breaking the combo into distinct light and dark placements. My question is...can I achieve this successfully with multiple colours or should I stick to just the monochromatic scheme. I have been collecting pinks, yellows and greens. I have also quite a bit of brighter green and purple? Perhaps it could work with two contrast colours? I know you can't TELL me what I should do but I do value your vast experience with colour. Much love Tanya from Suburban Jubilee
Yes, you could do it in multiple colours, you just have to be careful with your lights and darks. I put two fabrics next to each other then stand a ways back and squint at them to see which one is lighter or darker if I'm not sure. For instance in a monochromatic scheme, navy might be your dark and sky blue your light. You could easily replace the sky blue with a butter yellow as this is a light colour, but replacing it with a red might not provide enough contrast with the navy. Put the red and the navy next to each other and squint - is there a distinct difference?
This is a monochromatic scheme (mostly) and it took a lot of squinty eyes to get my blues in the correct order. Can you see how the dark tone of the red contrasts much more with the light blues than the dark?
Different colour, very similar tone.
The red takes away the colour and you can see the tonal difference.
I've got the tonal difference right in this log cabin block. One side needs to be distinctly darker than the other so that when I join multiple blocks together I can make a secondary pattern.
These are monochromatic blocks, but made in a variety of fabrics, all with a cream background. Against the cream background the pattern of each is quite distinct.
Whatever you choose to do, have fun and remember it's the little imperfections that make it homemade and therefore from the heart.