Today on the Flowering Snowball-along schedule, I will talk about choosing fabrics. And even better yet...Susan from PatchworknPlay is here to share her insights about fabric. She is amazing at choosing the perfect fabrics for her projects. Susan never disappoints! I love the fabrics she puts together. They are exciting, appropriate for the quilt pattern and always thoughtfully chosen.
So head over to Susan's and then pop back here for my thoughts on color and design...
As a quilt teacher, there are often discussions about how to choose the right fabric.
As much as I would like to say there is a formula for choosing the right fabrics...I just don't buy into this notion that there is a right and wrong way to choose fabric. Other than, choose what makes you happy and don't buy the stuff you don't really like....even if everyone else is ga-ga over it! If it isn't your cup of tea just wait. Sometimes things grow on you and they become irresistible!
All too often, people just don't trust their instincts when it comes to fabric. Listen to what your gut tells you...if you place two fabrics next to each other and they make you happy...go for it! I often find choosing fabrics a trial and error process. I pull a pile of fabric for a quilt and then edit from there. Sometimes I have to go back into my stash and grab a few other choices. But usually I just have a small box or bag with the 'working' fabrics.
When I began quilting...there were rules for the number of fabrics and the scale of the design, the value, the hue, etc, etc, etc...
it just made my head want to explode! That's probably why all my early quilting was navy and raspberry!
So for my part today, I just want to show you the different effects to think about as you work with this design.
To begin...let's just refresh our memories about color - you know this without even having to explain it...
Primary Colors are pure colors...red, yellow and blue
Secondary Colors are produced by mixing two primary colors in equal amounts...such as: violet, green and orange
Tertiary Colors are between Primary and Secondary...such as: red-violet or yellow-orange
If you are making an 'exciting' quilt, you will most likely pull warm and cool colors. Warm colors are those associated with fire and Cool colors are the colors associated with water or the ocean.
Alternate warm and cool colors next to each other to create excitement!
stash buster...pattern by Sarah Fielke
And then there are the neutrals....neutral colors don't appear on the color wheel. They are black, grey, white and some beige/browns. Neutrals will not dominate...they go together and can be layered. This is probably why neutral colors are often chosen as a background.
So how does color affect the Flowering Snowball?
Let's look at the parts...
If you choose to have the A/B template advance...simply use a lighter or neutral color for the C template. The visual effect you get is a series of floating circles. My scrappy version is like this. I see
dead people circles...hehe!
If you prefer the C template to advance, giving you a strong melon flower effect, choose a color and value for C that makes that template advance...
There are a few other helpful truths about color to keep in mind...
Complementary colors are colors that are opposite on the color wheel. They elicite a lively, spirited feel!
Analogous colors are next to one another on the color wheel and give a harmonious feel!
Accent color is a color used in small bits to create a pop! I always think of this as a very sophisticated strategy.
Then there are tones and shades of color. These are values depending on the amount of grey, white and black added to the color. You can vary the value so no one element stand out from the rest...
I hope this helps a little if you struggle with color. But, honestly, I think we all tend to over-think it! Go with what you like.
On Monday, I am going to talk about laying out your fabrics for cutting. You will need to consider the straight of grain. And Clare of Selfsewn will walk us through doing this quilt using English Paper Piecing. Yay!
Have a great weekend and keep posting those pictures on Flickr and Instagram #floweringsnowballalong