Nancy had us pull black, dark/medium gray, medium/light gray and white for the background colors. Then red for an accent strip/stick. I knew I have tons of black and gray fabric so I pulled a huge pile & then "narrowed" it down to maybe a dozen. Then I tried to pull red fabric and discovered I don't have much red in my stash. I really dug around and finally found a variety of reds with only one other color. Still...not a great selection.
I worked at my local sewing studio (Gather Here) because my sewing machine is acting up. The tables are covered with kraft paper. Anyway, this is the pull I brought with me to make my blocks.
As you can see tons of blacks and grays. My red pull was kind of pitiful. Looking at the reds together I felt like half of them were out because they didn't have the same under tone. Super frustrating.
After a lot of angst this is what I ended up with. Backgrounds: one solid black, one medium gray with squiggle lines, pearl bracelets in light gray, and a white print with some light gray flowers. Sticks: tone on tone pearl bracelets, tone on tone red polka dot, reddish kale/greens, solid red. I really liked the idea of the first and last blocks being a mix of a solid and pattern. I tried to vary where the "stick" was in the block. These were quite enjoyable to sew. I also liked finding a big hole in my stash (red).
Nancy asked what is our favorite flower, favorite color & favorite non-quilty/sewing activity.
My favorite flower is roses, my favorite color is fuschia and my favorite non-sewing machine activity is being at the beach. I love being by the water and napping, swimming, reading and lazing about.