Russian Rubix Color Choices

Original colors
Original colors

As you know, the machine is in the shop. It is still in the shop. While I have the Jem on which to sew, it isn’t the same.

I have been looking at the Russian Rubix pieces A LOT. I finally decided that some of the Joel Dewberry fabrics might be wrong. I really wanted to keep them in , because they were nice darks. Sadly, they just seemed wrong. Also, I couldn’t get a comment about the large stylized flowers looking like eyes out of my mind. I think that this quilt needs some darks. These weren’t them, though, so I thought they had to go.

One fabric removed
One fabric removed

I decided that I would take them out in stages and try to make, at least, some of these dark fabrics work.

I took out the one Notting Hill fabric that had the stylized flowers. I left in the fabric with the same colors (upper left hand corner). I am on the fence about it. I think that the piece, as I said, needs some darks.

One of the things I don’t like about the Moda Jelly Rolls is that the collections of fabrics often do not have enough darks or lights. Remember how I said I was trying to make my own Jelly Roll? I am understanding how hard it is to make a Jelly Roll with the right mix of lights, darks and mediums.

All dark Joel Dewberry removed
All dark Joel Dewberry removed

With the two dark Joel Dewberrys removed, it was clear I had too many warm colors


I needed more cool colors.

The piece stayed like this for a week or two until today when it occurred to me that I might be able to add some DARKS and that might make the piece.

As I see it, at the moment, there are two reds that are the only darks. Perhaps I will some dark purple Pearl Bracelets. I have to look at it with the dark purple.

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Author: Jaye

Quiltmaker who enjoys writing and frozen chocolate covered bananas.

2 thoughts on “Russian Rubix Color Choices”

  1. I like seeing your “drafts” — very interesting.

    Seems like I read once that “some large proportion” of fabric sold is “medium” value — which would explain your comment that it’s hard to find a jelly roll with enough darks or lights.

    Looking forward to seeing where you go with this one!


  2. The Joel Dewberry which did not look like eyeballs could still work as a dark, no? Perhaps not with the one in the far corner though.

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