|Heads N Tails #1|
|Heads N Tails #2|
Color. The choices made when picking colors for a quilt
can truly "make" or "break" your end result. As a teacher and lecturer, I am frequently asked to speak about color. As an employee at a quilt shop, I am often asked to assist customers in choosing fabrics that will look good together and will create a pleasing finished product. It seems that color can be a real stumbling block for some quilters. Some don't feel that they have an "eye" for color and need assurance that what they have chosen is "right." The truth is that, while some choices are really not great, there is no "right" when it comes to color choices. Some choices are not the best use of color, and some choices are definitely better. However, if you love it...it's "right"!
My most recently finished quilt tops were specifically designed to illustrate the difference color can make in a quilt. Both quilts began with a crazy Timeless Treasures fabric that I found on a vacation to Paducah, KY with my hubby. I bought parts and pieces of several ends of bolts in order to get the six repeats that I needed for my blocks. Believe me, there wasn't a lot left after I cut my repeats for my hexies. I did, however, have a LOT of hexies made. Rather than making one huge quilt, I decided to break up the stack into two piles. One would be set with a cool color, and the other with a warm color. My goal was to create samples for my trunk shows that show that neither choice is "right" but one quilt will appeal to some, while the other quilt appeals to others. Personally, I like both, and can't pick a favorite!
The difference between the two quilts is pretty striking. The one set with the aqua/teal is calm. It makes me feel relaxed. It's fairly low contrast. Nothing about it jumps out at me, which is a good thing for some people. The quilt set with the bright yellow/orange is exciting! It's bright. There's a huge amount of contrast between the hexies that jump off the top and the background stars. The borders add an additional element of brightness and a sense of fun to the quilt. Again, some will love that bright, exciting feel. Some won't.
My first choice was the aqua. I loved the pretty, soft color with the bright fabric that I used for my blocks, It seemed to calm the wild pinks, yellows, and reds of the hexies themselves. It made me think of a tropical vacation. After I chose the aqua, I auditioned TONS of other fabrics with the remaining hexies. I tried bright red. I tried orange. I tried hot pink, purple, greens of various shades. Nothing seemed right. Finally, as a last resort, I put a few hexies on top of the yellow. Zing!!! I had a winner! Sometimes, this is the perfect way to decide on a color for lattice, or for borders. Make your blocks, and then audition fabrics for the setting. This can save a lot of time and money because you will know for sure that what you bought is what you like with your blocks. The key is to choose what you like. It's your quilt! Bring a friend for a second opinion, or ask the quilt shop employee to give you their thoughts, but the choice is yours!