Jun 03 2014

 With a bit of color work in fabric choices, a simple quilt pattern looks complex.

This sweet quilt from the web site and blog, “PleasanTree,” demonstrates the potential, perfectly. What could be easier, construction wise, than alternating blocks of “Nine Patches” and “Half Square Triangles?” And yet, look at the sophisticated appeal of this quilt, the pattern called, “Country Charm,” from the book Country Inn by Barb Adams and Alma Allen.

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PleasanTree makes “Country Charm”

The work is also appointed with a ruffled edge, lifting this quilt up and out of the ordinary in another delicious way. The cuddle factor is a hit “outta the park.” What a Home Run with just a bit of planning for color in fabric selection. To enjoy more photos from PleasanTree, go here.

Auditioning Fabric

Try auditioning fabric without cutting.

Audition possible fabric choices with colored pencils on graph paper, or physically try them out by folding them onto a background fabric, or by pinning them to a design wall. Some quilters also print out their pattern layout on EQ, or Electric Quilt, a computer design program, print out the required number of blocks and then cut small fabric squares to glue stick onto the paper. No matter how the color way is planned, the time spent choosing fabrics will produced a high level design, with few construction headaches.

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Jun 02 2014

Crazy letters! What in the world do they mean? If you are are a scientist, a quilter or observe the Chakra energy centers, you probably know!

The letters ROYGBIV stand for the colors of the rainbow, or visible light spectrum: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet. All of the light we see is divided up into these colors or their variations. In addition, white is the absence of any color and black is the summation of all of the colors.

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 Rainbows are spectrums in the sky.

Working as fabric artists, the appreciation for and understanding of color is essential. Quilters love color so much that sometimes, they want to display the whole spectrum in one quilt. There are infinite ways to play with the patterns to include all seven colors, and their infinite variations. Quilts that include all seven colors of the spectrum are called ROYGBIV Quilts. They have become so popular, that some quilt shows and exhibits have separate ROYGBIV entry categories.

Jessica, the quilter behind the web site and blog, “Quilty Habit,” decided to make a quilt to celebrate her wedding. She decided upon a glorious ROYGBIV Dresden Plate, full of love and outstanding color blends. Be sure and visit Jessica and share in her joy.

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 A ROYGBIV Dresden Plate by Jessica of “Quilty Habit

Scientists study color, just as they do all other natural phenomenon, in fact, at RIT, the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY, the Munsell Color Science Laboratory has been granting Masters Degrees and Ph.D.’s in the theory and science of color since 1983. This course of study is not the artistic application of color, as one would find in art school, but rather, the actual scientific study with research on wavelengths of light as they interact and are perceived by the eye.

If you are interested in the study of color, both artistic and scientific, this list, found on the web site, Color Matters, will be valuable.

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