Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Mini Masterpiece Challenge

As part of our August meeting activity, we announced the "Mini Masterpiece Challenge," a fun challenge to help us wrap up this year of color. Here are the details:

We began by watching Heather Jones’s Creativebug class, Color Theory for Modern Quilters (we watched chapters 2, 3A, and 4). Then, using a variety of paint chips, members chose 3-4 colors in one of three categories (see Heather's class for further descriptions of the three):
  1. Monochromatic (uses variations in lightness and saturation of a single color/hue),
  2. Analogous (uses colors that are next to each other on the color wheel), or
  3. Complementary/Split-Complementary (uses colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel/in addition to the base color, it uses the two colors adjacent to its complement).
If you weren't at the meeting, you can still participate! Just head to your local home improvement store to grab the paint chips. Try to branch out from your usual color scheme, and be sure to choose colors from the color wheel — avoid neutrals. (If you need a color wheel, check out this post on Shannon Brinkley's blog, which is all about color cards. The post also includes two color cards (one with a 12-color wheel and one with a 24-color wheel) that you can download for free. In addition to being helpful, they make cute artwork for your sewing room.)

To participate in the challenge:

  1. Use your three to four colors to create a mini masterpiece.
  2. Using any design and method(s) you want, create a finished work measuring 10” square or less.
  3. The piece must be quilted but does not need to be bound (you could mount it to a canvas, for instance).
  4. You can add neutrals in small amounts, but the three to four colors you chose should be the focus. Prints and solids are fine, but do not introduce any additional colors.
  5. We’ll have four gift card prizes: one randomly chosen from each category (Monochromatic, Analogous, and Complementary/Split-Complementary) and one viewers’ choice prize.
  6. If you'd like, post pictures of your paint chips and/or projects to Instagram so we can see what you're working on. Use #stlmqg and #stlmqgminimasterpiecechallenge.
  7. Minis are due at our November 9th meeting.
Happy sewing!

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