Sure, it sounded like a good idea at the time, and it looked good on paper, but the end result was less-than-stellar.
What do you do with a crappy quilt??
Aside from donating it to a local homeless shelter, hiding it in a closet, or burning it (to destroy ALL evidence), there’s one thing you should do with a crappy quilt (and even a not-so-crappy quilt).
Learn from it . . .
Take a good, hard look at that piece of crap, and ask yourself what’s wrong with it.
Was it poor construction technique?? Poor color choices?? Wrong size??
No matter . . . Each quilt holds a lesson to be learned and a goal to aspire to!!
(What?? You gonna let a crappy quilt ruin your day and make you quit?? What sort of quilter ARE you??)
Personally, I’m pleased as punch to make a crappy quilt!! ‘Cause just wait until you see the NEXT one!!
You may sometimes look at a quilt and wonder, “Why did the quilter use THOSE colors?”
Granted, some color choices are personal preference, but with color wheel in hand, you are equipped to tackle harmonious color schemes. (You DO want your colors “pleasing to the eye,” don’t you?)
There are three basic color schemes: Achromatic, Monochromatic, and Polychromatic.
Achromatic Color Schemes
This is a color scheme without a color. Achromatic color schemes use only Black, White, and shades of Gray:
Monochromatic Color Schemes
A monochromatic color scheme uses a single color and its Tints, Tones, and Shades:
Polychromatic Color Schemes
Polychromatic color schemes use multiple colors. They can be broken down as follows.
Complementary Color Schemes:
A Complementary color scheme uses two colors directly opposite each other on the color wheel:
There are six pairs of complementary colors on the color wheel (proceeding clockwise):
Analogous Color Schemes:
An Analogous color scheme uses two or three colors that lie next to each other on the color wheel:
There are twelve three-color analogous schemes on the color wheel (proceeding clockwise):
Triangular Color Schemes:
A Triangular color scheme uses three colors spaced equidistant from each other on the color wheel:
There are four triangular color schemes on the color wheel (proceeding clockwise):
Split Complementary Color Schemes:
A Split Complementary color scheme combines the Complementary and Triangular color schemes. Instead of using the color directly opposite, it uses the two colors to either side of the complementary color:
There are twelve split complementary color schemes on the color wheel (proceeding clockwise):
Analogous Complementary Color Schemes:
An Analogous Complementary color scheme combines the Analogous and Complementary color schemes. Think of it as adding the missing complementary color to the Split Complementary color scheme.
There are twelve analogous complementary color schemes on the color wheel (proceeding clockwise):
Square Color Schemes:
A Square color scheme uses four colors spaced equidistant from each other on the color wheel:
There are three square color schemes on the color wheel (proceeding clockwise):
Rectangular Color Schemes:
A Rectangular color scheme is similar to a Square color scheme, though the four colors are not spaced equidistant from each other on the color wheel:
There are six rectangular color schemes on the color wheel (proceeding clockwise):
Now it’s time to turn Color Theory into Color Practice. Choosing harmonious color schemes gets easier the more you do it.
I’m often asked, “How do you pick the colors for your quilts?”
I hope this explains the process.
The Color Wheel
Any discussion of color begins with the three primary colors: Yellow, Red, and Blue. These three colors cannot be made by mixing any other colors together. They lie equidistant from each other on the color wheel.
There are three secondary colors: Orange, Violet, and Green. They are made by mixing two primary colors together: Yellow and Red make Orange; Red and Blue make Violet; and, Blue and Yellow make Green. They lie equidistant from each other on the color wheel, between the two primary colors that make them.
There are six tertiary colors: Yellow-Orange, Red-Orange, Red-Violet, Blue-Violet, Blue-Green, and Yellow-Green. They are made by mixing one primary and one secondary color together: Yellow and Orange make Yellow-Orange; Red and Orange make Red-Orange; Red and Violet make Red-Violet; Blue and Violet make Blue-Violet; Blue and Green make Blue-Green; and, Yellow and Green make Yellow-Green. They lie equidistant from each other on the color wheel, between the primary and secondary colors that make them.
These twelve colors constitute a basic color wheel.
There are three more colors to attend to. Though they exhibit no color at all, they do affect the other colors on the wheel. They are White, Black, and shades of Gray.
Tints, Tones, and Shades
Adding varying amounts of White to colors make Tints.
I’ve added a lot of White to the colors below:
Adding varying amounts of Gray to colors make Tones.
I’ve added a small amount of Gray to the colors below:
Adding varying amounts of Black to colors make Shades.
I’ve added a moderate amount of Black to the colors below:
Now that you have a world of color at your fingertips, what will you do with them?