Member Erika Mulvenna (blog: Miss Sews-it-all) treated us to an in-depth exploration of color theory and the color wheel. Extremely knowledgeable and passionate about her subject, Erika took us through a brief history of the color wheel. While we take this tool for granted, often learning about it in kindergarten art class, it is a relatively new way for people to think about color.
We also heard from a few members about how they work with color in their quilts. These were a few of the tricks they shared:
- choose colors you might think won’t work next to each other, you may surprise yourself by liking them together
- choose a color palette based on a favorite photo, or page from your favorite beautifully styled catalog
- save your favorite fabric selvages and use them to inspire your color choices
- draw colors from a focus fabric, that you then incorporate into the top or use as the back
- choose complimentary colors for a dynamic look
Thank you, Tricia Royal, Holly Harper, and Sarah Evans for sharing your tips!