Foothill Quilters Guild

Blackberries

This quilt design has many hidden opportunities to show off your skill. Simple machine applique makes a scalloped background. There are bias tape branches to stitch. The leaves and blossoms are cut in class with a Silhouette Cameo and ready to machine stitch. Optional: look at the sample quilts and decide if you will bead your berries or birds. You may wish to make cherries and blossoms instead of blackberries.

How to Cheat at Color

I had the best time in Pine Grove California. For two days I taught the How to Cheat at Color class for the Sierra Gold quilt guild. We had time to enjoy the process of learning about color. What a warm, friendly group. Robert Kaufman Fabrics provided the solid fabrics, (we all say THANKS!) We ran out of oranges and need more peach, apricot, fuchsia and purples. There is a dark shade of avocado green that was all used, even the tiny scraps. My favorite exercise is the ugly color log cabin block. Each student chooses her least liked color and glues it into the center of a log cabin block. She then passes the page to the person behind her who adds coordinating fabrics. Very few students dislike the same color and the log cabin results are often spectacular.

ugly-color12  ugly-color11

 

ugly-color10  Ugly-color9

 

ugly-color8  ugly-color7

 

ugly-color6  ugly-color5

 

ugly-color4  Ugly-color3

 

Ugly-color2  Ugly-color1

 

ugly-color13  color-class5

 

color-class4  color-class3

 

color-class2  color-class1

 

Modern Color

Quilt Festival in Houston has invited me to teach in their Modern Quilter classroom this November.

One of the classes is called How to Cheat at Color. We will cover a wide variety of ways to choose color combinations. Of all the classes I teach this is my favorite. Perhaps it is the group setting, with everyone seeing the work of all the others. When it comes to color we get our personal preferences when we receive our DNA. We can teach ourselves to use select color combinations but when we quilt for sanity or serenity we always return to our feel-good colors. I refuse to change that in my students. I want each student to understand which colors please them at an emotional level and how to use colors to win big ribbons. I love the exercise with the “ugly” color. It comes toward the end of class and is very exciting for me, as the teacher, to watch.

This is the handout with links provided in class. Feel free to look them over and take the color tests under Activities.

 

Color:

www.ctpub.com
C&T Publishing offers the 3 in 1 Color Tool and the book Color Play by Joen Wolfrom

www.Trendstop.com
Offers color trends analysis for fashion and creative professionals

www.worqx.com/color/combinations.htm
Color theory in detail

Color Wheel Pro – a program that allows you to see color theory in action: you can create harmonious color schemes and preview them on real-world examples.

http://www.sdc.org.uk/
Color forecasting and much more.

http://colorchats.benjaminmoore.com/2012/09/color-me-cranky-color-theory/
The emotions of paint color

www.colorschemedesigner.com
My favorite color scheme site. Includes the colors seen by various color-blind disorders.

www.colormatters.com/index.html
How color affects us and marketing with color.

www.colorvoodoo.com
Color information

http://galadarling.com/advice/fashion-help-for-recovering-goths
Fashion colors for recovering Goths.

 

Design:

www.char.txa.cornell.edu
Art, Design and Visual Thinking Interactive Textbook.

 

Artists:

www.hilaryeddy.com
www.rivercityquilters.org/show/index.html
https://www.whispercolor.dev/quilt-gallery
http://www.ryanmcginness.com/works_2006_5.html
www.snugglesquilts.com/index.php

 

Activities:

www.colorquiz.com/quiz.php
www.eyetricks.com/colorblindtest.htm
www.testcolor.com