Every quilter has colors she’s instinctively drawn to or tends to avoid. It takes considerable effort of will for me to work with beiges, greens, and browns. I love them outdoors but not in my quilts. I’ve been forcing myself to use more greens, or at least buy more green fabric. I do have a collection of neutral fabric awaiting my future low volume quilt. Please don’t ask when work on that will start. So, that leaves brown.
I don’t mind reddish brown or purple brown or even gray brown when used sparingly, but until recently I haven’t even owned brown brown fabric. That changed when I found two brown fabrics on sale for $3 a yard, and my penny pinching triumphed over my aversion to brown. One of the browns is part of the grunge line, which I always buy whenever I find it in a color I don’t already have. The other could be interpreted as a stripe, and I love stripes.
That stripey fabric found its way into a table runner that evolved from a demo I did on cutting and sewing pods a la “Quilting Modern.” Of course the stripes gave me grief as I wanted them to run all the same way, which required care in constructing each pod. Try as I might, I can’t go against my granny’s lessons on matching stripes and plaids. I tried to lighten up all that brown with aqua quilting lines.
Another piece I finished recently also contains a lot of brown but, since I was trying to capture the feel of a western canyon, it was entirely appropriate. And I got to play with many permutations of brown.