This Monday marked the End of my Color Class. Having taken classes in art and design in the past this class was a great refresher. It was also a chance for me to examine my fabric from a new perspective. I learned a few new ways to look at color in terms of quilting and designing with fabric. The class gave me a new and fresh look at what others see when they look at and select fabrics. It enabled me to look at color choices through a different set of guidelines. A very interesting thing indeed!
I learned new things about what I like, what I don't like and fabrics I tend to lean towards. I learned that my choice of fabric has grown and changed significantly since I started quilting 12 years ago. Believe it or not I still have some fabric remnants from that time period. While some of these stashed fabrics I still use and love, others I most definitely do NOT.
Today in an attempt to re-organize my stash I went through and grouped all of my fabric yardage by color. (I have not yet attempted to organize all of the scraps. perhaps next? or not.) I was not at all surprised to find that I have an entire bin of Green and Blue fabric. Blue is after all my favorite color. I have been gravitating lately towards the brighter colors of yellow, orange and a few bright pinks, so I have a fair amount of those colors. What surprised me the most was the amount of colors that I don't have. I have very few purples or violets, very few tans, beige or light browns and no cream colors at all. I seriously need to stock up!
Then I went through and piled up all the fabric that I have been toting around with me for 12 years that I no longer love, like or would even consider using (no not even as a backing) While it hurts just a little to let go of some of the old fabrics, it is time it found a new home.