Luckily, I'm a fan of brown. I used it as one of the principal colours in my music themed sampler quilt, as well as my Spotted Dinosaurs baby quilt. I think it's an excellent neutral, with a lot more depth than grey, more colour interaction than black, and much less chance of getting dirty than white.
Since I had so many browns to choose from, I decided to make this month's block an improvisational attempt at the Bargello technique. I've seen some incredibly complex quilt designs made this way, but there's very little information available online on how to actually do it. I decided to start with the basics and try to figure it out for myself.
I laid out the tube and sliced it width wise every 1.5" to 3". It doesn't actually matter what size you make your cuts, as long as there are an even number of sections of each size. I ended up with 18 pieces of tube: four sections at 2.5", eight sections at 2", and six sections at 1.5".
With my tube sections grouped into pairs, I started taking them apart with a cut either in the middle of a colour square or at a seam. The most difficult part for me was figuring out how to lay all of those strips out to form a graduated design. There was a lot of confusion and frustration before I finally ended up with this:
Theoretically, I know that there are at least twenty different ways that these strips could have been laid out to form a coherent pattern, but this is the only one I figured out. I quickly sewed them all together before I could forget where the pieces went, and added a border to finish it off. Here is the completed block:
This is probably the least improvisational looking block of the series, but it does still fit the criteria since I had no idea what the end product was going to look like when I started. I learned a lot about Bargello with this experiment, and I plan to eventually follow it up with a larger scale project and a tutorial.
We are now halfway through the colour challenge, with my favourite colour still to come. Here is an update on the blocks I've constructed for this quilt so far: