My slight disdain for the colour brown began when I was a kid in art class…when mixing paints it was all to easy to mix too many colours and end up with a dirty brown colour…. and it happened to me all to frequently.
You do not have the same problem when making quilts, but I was still resistant to using brown at all. In traditional quilting brown has long been considered a neutral colour, but Modern Quilters on the whole tend to be wary of it.
Strangely though I have quite a bit of brown in my stash…not as much as I have pink or navy blue, but more than I should have. I have also had a few brown scraps given to me over the years and at the end of last year my brown scraps hit critical mass… there was only one thing to do…
Yep I made a scrappy improv quilt using my brown scraps and a touch of orange… and it was an interesting experience.
I forgot how many fabulous fabrics Heather Ross has done in brown… I used her seahorses, butterflies, octopus and plants in this quilt.
On of my other favorite designers, Lizzy House, also has done some lovely browns… with mice and cats and of course my all time fav – Pearl Bracelets.
And in between all that novelty goodness is a eclectic collection of prints including a handful of batiks.
It was kind of fun to challenge myself to work mainly in brown… it made me rethink the colour. The result was I came up with a few more brown colour combinations I want to play with including…
A red based brown with teal….
Brown, yellow and pink…
And the classic brown and baby blue (not dissimilar to one of this years Pantone colours).
So you have been warned that there may be more brown appearing in this feed. So is there a colour you have in your stash that you avoid?
Quilt block: Modern Improv
Fabric: Various scraps
Quilt Size: 48 x 48 inches