Yesterday for the 31 Day Blog Writing Challenge we talked about our favorite color, so today we are discussing our least favorite color. I think all colors have their place in design, but in the world of fabric, brown is hands down my least favorite color. It only has a minor representation in my fabric stash, but I do use it from time to time.
No color is truly ugly if it is used in conjunction with appropriate colors and in the right proportions. The first way I incorporate my least favorite color is to use it in very small amounts to provide a moment of contrast to the overall design. In Synthesized Slivers there are quite a few pieces of brown, but they are only exposed in 1/8″ wide strips.
Brown also played the role as a minor accent color in this Marsala Mini Quilt. In this instance, the print on the tan fabric helped to tie it into the overall design.
On very rare occasions, a project needs to use brown to tell the story of an image. This was the case in my π, pi, PIE! mini Quilt. (I do think that, in most instances, you can use colors other than brown to depict things such as tree trunks. But I like to do some out of the box color schemes!)
Sometimes you just have to jump in and embrace the color you don’t care for. Upward Perspective was created for a Curated Quilts mini quilt challenge, and the color palette was part of the challenge. In this instance, I just went with it. This isn’t a go-to color scheme for me, but the colors balanced well enough to make a successful quilt.
I just realized I only use brown fabric in mini quilts! Maybe I’ll have to try incorporating it into a larger scale project. What is your least favorite fabric color? Have you ever made yourself give it a try?
I am excited to be participating in this year’s 31 Day Blog Writing Challenge hosted by Cheryl Sleboda of Muppin.com, and I hope you will have the chance to check out some of the other awesome blogs that are participating this month.