Its amazing how difficult it can be to choose fabrics for a quilt, especially for a new quilter. I distinctly remember the kind teacher helping me choose fabrics for my first quilt class at The Sewing Basket.
It was for a patriotic quilt, so even though that palette was obvious, I had a lot of fear of choosing the wrong colors!
I’ve written before about letting nature provide your palette (see One Easy Way to Conquer Color) So when I found these seashells last night on the beach, I realized that even nature can be monochromatic.
Enjoy these monochromatic quilts:
Do you make monochromatic quilts?
How do you choose your quilt palettes? Let us know in the comments below!
I wish I knew how many books there are which explain how to use color in making quilts. I also wish I knew how many times I looked at the color wheel, read about it, studied it as long as my attention span would allow…and sighed out of frustration and boredom.
Many books about color go into great detail explaining the principles for mastering color in quilts. You can learn about hue, color, and intensity, warm and cool colors, the harmonies of triadic, analogous, split-complimentary, double-complimentary, complementary colors and much, much more–WHOLE BOOKS of small print, explaining everything you’d ever want to know about color!
But they don’t work for me.
NEVER HAVE I EVER read about color and been inspired!
For me, I do better by “studying” nature. Sometimes its from a picture and sometimes it’s from real life, but either way, I find that nature, whether its a single flower, a landscape view, or a beach at sunset has perfect coloring AND its inspirational! (Can you guess my favorite place to be?) See “Sally” HERE for a hint!
I will be sharing information about color in future posts — but that’s all it is, information. It’s good and important information, but its information I prefer to use AFTER I’ve been inspired, as a check to make sure I’m covering all the bases and have thought my choices through.
I will admit I am very much a color person. Color can evoke emotions in me that seem just a little over the top — I REALLY, REALLY love some and REALLY don’t care for others. Maybe you are like that, too? How do you choose color when your canvas is blank? Share in the comments section below. What are your scenes in nature?