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Celebrate the color wheel!

Posted: 2 October 2015 at 6 a.m.

Color Scheme Quilts

Today we’re going to talk about color and how to choose the perfect colors for your quilt!

The color wheel can be a great asset for choosing colors until we are more confident in creating color harmony.  Color harmony is pleasing to the eye, without harmony, the visual is either boring or chaotic.  So how do we create color harmony?

Complementary colors

Complementary Colors

Complementary colors are any two colors opposite each other on the color wheel.  Think Christmas, The LA Lakers, or the Elmer’s Glue logo.  These colors are high contrast and enhance the each other’s brightness.

Analogous colors

Analogous Colors

Analogous colors are three colors which are side by side on a 12 part color wheel, like purple-blue, blue, and blue-green.  Analogous color schemes are often found in nature, like the shades of green on a tree, but make sure you have enough contrast when using this scheme.

Triad colors

Triad Colors

Triadic color scheme uses colors that are evenly spaced around the color wheel.  These schemes can be vibrant, even when using pastels.  Be sure colors are balanced--choose one focus color and allow the other two to accent.

This is a foundation for color combination selection, but there are many other color combining ideas that are pleasing to the eye. 

How do you typically choose the colors for your quilt?

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  • 1. Linda (05 May 2017 at 1:47 p.m.)

    Everyone says I have a good eye. Some times I match other colors with the first fabric I pick up. But lately I've working on scrappy quil. Almost everything goes but not to wacky

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