Did you know that the biggest struggle for quilters of all types is color selection? Unlock the secrets to winning color combinations from best-selling author Becky Goldsmith of Piece O' Cake Designs. Learn how every quilt has a foreground and a background, how to use clear versus gray colors-plus other essentials that will shake up your design process. Quilters of all skill levels will appreciate Becky's practical, easy-to-understand advice on neutrals, value, and contrast. Put your newfound knowledge to the test with 10 pieced and appliqued projects designed to focus on specific aspects of color. With visual examples used to explain all color topics, this go-to guide will give you an edge when it comes to quilt design.
Becky Goldsmith and Linda Jenkins first met at the Green Country Quilters Guild in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where they both held up their hands and volunteered for jobs at their very first guild meetings. Their friendship grew as they worked together on many guild projects and through a shared love for quilting, and for applique in particular. They started Piece O' Cake Designs in 1994. Becky and Linda initially self-published their patterns and books but are now very happy members of the C&T Publishing family. Visit Becky and Linda at their website, www.pieceocake.com, and their blog, pieceocake.typepad.com/piece-o-cake-blog.
Introduction The Color Wheel How the Color Wheel Works The True Colors Primary Colors Secondary Colors Tertiary Colors Neutrals About Black and White Prints Color Temperature Color Schemes Color Relativity Monochromatic Color Schemes Complementary Color Schemes Split Complementary Color Schemes Triadic Color Schemes Quadratic Color Schemes Analogous Color Schemes Rainbow Color Schemes Value and Contrast Value Color and Contrast What Do You See? The Nature of Fabric Predictable Fabrics Solids Textured Solids Prints: Dots, Circular Designs, Flowers and Zigzags and PenguinsOh My Conversation Prints Directional Fabric: Stripes and Plaids Unpredictable Fabrics Big Prints Easier-To-Use Big Prints Big Print Quilt Backs Unpredictable Hand Dyes Clarity Distance and Color Combining Clear and Gray Colors Color Clarity and Fabric Texture and Scale Actual Texture Visual Texture Scale Combining Different Scales Scale in Composition The Structure of a Quilt Identify the Background And Foreground Backgrounds Foregrounds You Are the Boss of Color HelpI've fallen in Love With a Photo Using Colors You Do Not Like Building Stacks Focus Fabrics Finding Inspiration Design and Audition The Changeable Nature of Color Auditioning Pieced Quilts Auditioning Applique Quilts Subtle Considerations Reading A Quilt Following Lines Giving the Impression of Light Fabric Basics Buying Fabric Organizing Your Stash Fabric Preparation Fabric Requirements Borders Projects The Ugly Quilt Challenge (using a random assortment of ugly fabric) Ode to Fred and Put A Bird On It (using a big print as the background) Square Play (using a triadic color scheme) Opposites Attract (using complementary colors) Tile Tango (using one differently colored block, color scheme) Say Something (using black & white prints) Pixie Sticks Box of Rain (interplay of clear colors and gray colors) Tick Tock (foreground in bright clear colors / background in grayed colors) Stairway to Heaven (emphasizing background, shadow, and foreground) Appendix Half-Square Triangles About the Author Online Color Resources