Monday, May 3, 2010

Coordinating Quilt Colors

When Liz and I made Cascading Rainbows Miniature Quilt we had to think long and hard about our colors. Finally we took the plunge and placed our colors and stitched up this miniature beauty. Every quilter struggles with coordinating colors every now and again. Color theory and the art of coordinating fabric colors is essential to piecing an outstanding quilt! Coordinating colors does not mean matching colors, but selecting a range of colors that compliment the overall feeling of the quilt. When you arrange your coordinating colors in a balanced way your quilt will pop!
Every artist has a difficult time choosing colors, but today it is quite a bit easier with the use of the color wheel. Here is a link to a helpful page with basic color theory:

Whenever Liz and I have to choose fabrics for a new project we have to plan the color range that the two of us like, which can be a little bit tricky at times. Sometimes it is hard to decide on what colors coordinate and if you are in the right range for the quilt at hand. I found a fun website that has some helpful color schemes that may be fruitful to you too:

Choosing a color scheme that works for your quilt can be hard, but with a little experience and a few helpful theories you can become confident when you pick out future quilt fabrics. Always remember that you have quilt friends online who would love to help, all you have to do is ask!

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