So you can imagine how I felt as a "pastel pansy" when I got this block in the mail for a seams only RR.
Luckily I found the paisley braid with orange in it and a few other shades of color to draw on..... First I added all the purple trims I could find... There were two awkward little patches - upper right (tiny triangle) to which I added a wide purple ribbon in order to make the patch seem larger..(see arrow) There is the lower left. patch (long and narrow) which I hope will disappear when I add the seam. I also added a wide orange ribbon to orange patch to make it appear bigger. Using matching ribbons is a nice trick for modifying the size and shape of a patch. And then I commenced to stitch and stitch and stitch.
If I had lived to 110 I would have never attempted this combination of intense colors but I loved this block when I finished..
Tip # 2... Use as many colors from the block for fancy seams but transfer your main focus to the theme and treat patches as a backdrop. Keep your focus theme oriented but as bold as possible so it doesn't compete with the background..
Luckily the lovely red patch was here for me to draw on and bring the red into the block and create a path around the tiny image. Again these are not colors I would have ever chosen to work with. but the RR brought them to me and I believe I'm a better stitcher for attempting to meet these challenges. (but I'm not always successful)
So I will end this post with a reminder that you are always safe if you stick to the colors in the block. And you will never expand your skills as rapidly as you will by joining RRs and being challenged. I repeat often on both blogs..." The most important thing about round robins are not the pieces you get back but the pieces you send out.."
But a far bigger challenge than color out of your comfort zone is receiving blocks with bold prints... I did not address that subject here because I have covered it in an earlier post... Now join a round robin or exchange. Learn from and share your work with others..
The next post will deal with how to be successful using LOTS of color...