After posting Choosing Fabrics for the Next Quilt, it seems an appropriate time for a review of Color Confidence for Quilters by Jinny Beyer. I actually took the class from Jinny in 1996 in Lyon, France at the Quilt Expo. She was really great. Don’t worry if you can’t get to the workshop in person though, because her book is extremely thorough. As I mentioned in my previous post about choosing fabrics, I was already choosing fabrics and colors in much the same way she does before I took her class or read her book. However, after absorbing her method, Continue reading Off the Bookshelf—Color Confidence for Quilters
When you are choosing colors for a new quilt, how do you decide on the overall color scheme? Many times, I see quilters who will choose the same color scheme as the sample quilt on the pattern. Some quilters don’t really even look at quilts in magazines or books if they are not made in colors that appeal to them. While there is nothing wrong with this method or line of thinking, and for beginners it can be a necessary step toward success, it can really limit creativity and growth as an artist in the longer term. Yes, there will always be a color or color scheme that does not appeal to you, but try to see past the colors in the sample to imagine the quilt made in colors that you do like. Continue reading How do you choose colors for a quilt?
Frequently, I hear quilters say “I hate choosing fabrics” or “I’m not really good at putting fabrics together” for a quilt. For some, it’s the hardest part of quilting. Not so for me. I think it’s the part I love the most, actually. I’ve been thinking ahead to the next project, and since I’m going to be near the quilt shop tomorrow, I thought I’d play a little today in case I need to buy more fabric while I’m out. After I pulled out these fabrics from my stash:
I decided I definitely didn’t NEED to go shopping. 😦 Bummer. I guess my stash is quite big enough! I’m keeping the quilt design under wraps for the moment, but to give you an idea of the thought process behind the fabric choices, I’ll tell you this much. Continue reading Choosing fabrics for the next quilt!