Tuesday, January 14, 2014

our Color Wheel

Of course one can't teach a class about color without spending some time with a color wheel.  There are oodles of them and all sorts of fascinating views on color relationships, but I decided to stitch up one of my very own to express color as I see it and use it in fabric form.

via my Wheel Quilt pattern

The colors abundant in a postmodern quilter's palette may be less intense and more nuanced than those on a typical color wheel.  We have our weaknesses (aqua, anyone?) that must be represented too.

Color Wheel in fabric

This quilt is made with my Wheel Quilt pattern, originally created for Curves Class and now offered as a stand alone in my pattern shop.  The pattern is not included in our upcoming Color Intensive workshop; rather I am using the finished quilt as a teaching tool.  We'll be talking quite about out the color wheel in week no. 2.

Aurifil 12 wt thread

I quilted with Aurifil 12 wt thread, a thicker thread which shows up beautifully for straight line quilting.

rainbow bindings

This creamy rainbow binding has been languishing in my stash.  It was perfect here!

my Color Wheel

For the 4 background fabrics, I used my trusty Comma periods, Kona Snow and Mama Said So Snaps.

the back

On the back, this Denyse Schmidt print echos some of the shapes (circle, square, quarter circle), while making a nice contrast to the colorful front.

scrappy bit

Though it's not all dull back there.  I used cutting scraps to create this triangling bit of happiness!

Thanks for your enthusiastic comments about my Ikat quilt design yesterday.  Yes, that twin-sized quilt pattern (easy to adjust smaller!) will be included in Color Intensive.  I couldn't resist throwing in a new, special Stitched quilt with the class, just for fun!

I hope you're getting as excited as I am about taking a spin with color soon.  Registration opens on Monday!  We're almost there!!

25 comments:

  1. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this! It would look great hanging in my craft room....well once I actually HAVE a craftroom! lol Adding this to my "must make" pile!

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    1. Uh, oh, you're making think I want to put this on my sewing room wall. Need more wall space!

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  2. absolutly fabulous!!!!!! love this wheel! I would so want it for my sewing room wall!:) love the thicker thread for the quilting!!l :)

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  3. Your color wheel is adorable, and I just love that low-volume background you used in the upper right...it's wonderful.

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  4. My goodness, that is beautiful.

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  5. Another beautiful creation - there is no end to your talent. How do you find time for all this - do you not sleep.

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    1. Well, I've actually been working on a few Color Intensive projects in the background in December/early Jan. Now I get to reveal them all since class is coming!

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  6. I love this color wheel. It is now on my quilt bucket list. It will look gorgeous hanging in my craft studio.

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  7. Rachel, will there be a limited number of spots available?

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  8. Beautiful color wheel and looks like it would be the perfect size for a baby's play spot.
    I am going to have to get me some of those 'periods', I love them every time you use them.
    Yes,I'm so excited!!! :)

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    1. Get those periods while you can! I restocked in December =)

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  9. I have made the wheel quilt as a baby eye spy. But this is fabulous!!!!!! Will definitely be using the pattern again.

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  10. I love color wheel quilts! I made one for my sewing room with whatever scraps I had. One of my spokes even has black/gray in it, yikes! I love it however :) Yours is awesome!

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  11. Now I want to make a postmodern color wheel! You have that effect on me.

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  12. I love your color wheel, it is just beautiful! I have never tried 12wt cotton for quilting but I am going to have to try it soon as I love the effect it gave your quilt.

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  13. I love how you just 'whip up' these things! Great idea for a color wheel, which I'm trying to pay more attention too! I may make one!

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  14. Love the color wheel and the quilting ~ it's perfect!

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  15. I can't wait for the class to open! I am on a fabric fast (for 6 months!) and really want some fun and creative ways to use my stash.

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  16. Lovely. The thick quilting thread looks really beautiful, too.

    I just finished making a colour wheel quilt, using a different pattern (with 52 coloured wedges). I found it really enjoyable, but quite time consuming. I bet this one is even more fun to whip up.

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  17. I really like this quilt. That thick thread looks so nice, but I have to get my stitches more consistent before I'd get brave enough to use it. Your quilting looks beautiful.

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    1. Thanks so much! I think the even stitches are mainly the machine though. =) It also pulls a quilt through better, which makes straight quilting lines easier than they are on my little Kenmore.

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  18. If someone asked me if I liked rainbows, I'd answer definitively, "No." And yet there is something about your take on rainbows that I fall head over heels for EVERY time.

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  19. Rachel, when you quilt with the thicker thread, do you use a bigger needle? I've only ever quilted with 50 wt so I wasn't sure.

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    1. Yep, I use a bigger needle. Size 14 seems to work.

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