The color names shown correspond with the actual Kona cotton colors I used for the Baby Bottled Rainbows quilt. And, should you find yourself smitten with this rainbow goodness, you can still buy fat quarter and half yard sets at Marmalade Fabrics!
Since I won't be showing you my Curves Class quilt yet (and it only exists at this point in my imagination), I'd like to share with you my interview with Quiltmaker magazine, which was published in the same issue as the baby version of Bottled Rainbows. I've inserted photos some of my work to illustrate my thoughts. Hope you enjoy!
"Modern Quilts: Use Color with Confidence"
Quiltmaker: Can you share your thoughts on how color is used differently in a "modern" quilt than in a more traditional piece?
Me: It seems to me that with many traditional quilts the focus is on the beautiful piecing more so than on the particular fabrics used. With modern quilting, the artist might start with a color scheme or a particular stack of fabrics and then choose a simple quilt design to allow the focus to fall on the fabrics themselves. As a result the colors may become the whole point of the quilt. Those colors might be loud, or quite minimalistic - either way, they make themselves known.
|this Quilt Design developed to showcase a favorite Fabric Stack|
Quiltmaker: For yourself, what has been the key to using color with confidence?
Me: Using color with confidence... I think that's something I've been doing since I was a child. Maybe that's a result of being born in the 80's! Colors make me feel good, so I use them and a lot of them at once. What's actually more of a challenge for me is limiting myself to a narrow color scheme. I love the look of a simple scheme, but the other colors try to wheedle their way in every time. But to answer your question, I think it boils down to deciding to give yourself permission to experiment. It's just fabric, afterall!
|I started this design thinking Blue and Teal, but then just "had" to add Mossy Green.|
Quiltmaker: In your opinion, what's the most important thing a quiltmaker can learn about using color?
Me: There are no rules that can't be broken. Color is one of the most personal choices we make. From the very beginning we ask our little ones, "What is your favorite color?" There is no wrong answer.... even "black" qualifies here! In the same way, don't let whatever you learned in color theory hem in your creativity when quilting. Put some fabric together and decide if YOU like it. Then add some more, take others away and get lost in your fabric.
|here's an Unusual combination of colors that I ended up Loving!|
Quiltmaker: Since a quilt's color comes mostly from fabric, what do you see as the unique properties of fabric as a tool to create?
Me: I like to work with my fabrics in natural lighting when choosing a color scheme so that the colors show true. I'm also fascinated by the way a fabric can read so differently depending on how it's combined with others. If you have a print that you really love, take a close look at the colors, even the little ones, mixed in. When working on your fabric stack for a quilt, you can play up the colors in that print that you most enjoy by adding tonal prints and solids in the same color. To add even more interest, add fabrics with colors just a bit darker and lighter than your focus color. The variety of shades and tints will often bring more attention to your focus color while adding that all important value in your selections.
|You helped me Make this Improved Mix of fabrics in our experiment Here.|
Happy Designing, Friends!