The Quilt Crossing News http://www.quiltcrossing.com Fri, 19 Jul 2024 21:34:58 +0100 FeedCreator 1.7.2 How to Pick Fabrics for Quilts: Color Theory for Quilters http://www.quiltcrossing.com <h1 dir="ltr">&nbsp;</h1> <p dir="ltr"><span>We all know that a quilt is so much more than a blanket. Sure, a quilt keeps you warm like a blanket does. But a quilt is also a physical representation of effort, love, and intention. Each handmade quilt is a celebration of patience and skill. A beautiful finished quilt is the result of a lengthy process:</span></p> <ol> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><span>Pick a pattern</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><span>Select fabrics, thread, and batting</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><span>Cut fabric into pieces&nbsp;</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><span>Arrange pieces aesthetically</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><span>Sew pieces together into blocks, strips, etc.</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><span>Iron, iron, iron</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><span>Arrange pieced blocks into full quilt</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><span>Sew blocks together</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><span>Baste the quilt sandwich</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><span>Quilting- by hand, on domestic machine, or longarm machine</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><span>Binding</span></p> </li> </ol> <p dir="ltr"><span>A non-quilter may not realize the extent of the work that goes into a quilt, but anyone can appreciate a visually stunning work of art. If you aim to create quilts to impress, then you&rsquo;ll benefit from an understanding of color theory.</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>What is Color Theory?</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>Color theory is the study of how colors interact and how they can be combined to create pleasing visual effects. It helps artists and designers in all fields understand how to choose and combine colors in their work to achieve certain effects.&nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>You may already have a strong sense of color theory, even if you haven&rsquo;t encountered the formal concept. Understanding the basic terms of color theory can give you a better language to use when thinking about your fabric color choices.&nbsp;</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>Color Theory Terms and Definitions</span></h2> <ol> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><span>Hue: The pure color, such as red, blue, or yellow.</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><span>Saturation: The intensity or purity of a color.</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><span>Value: The lightness or darkness of a color.</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><span>Complementary Colors: Colors opposite each other on the color wheel, which create contrast when used together.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span><img width="201" height="201" src="" alt="Color wheel" class="img-responsive" /></span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><span>Analogous Colors: Colors that are adjacent to each other on the color wheel, which harmonize well together.</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><span>Warm and Cool Colors: Warm colors (like red, orange, and yellow) evoke warmth and energy, while cool colors (like blue, green, and purple) evoke calmness and tranquility.</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><span>Color Harmony: The pleasing arrangement of colors in a composition, achieved through careful selection and arrangement based on color relationships.</span></p> </li> </ol> <p dir="ltr">While these definitions in words are a fine place to start, it&rsquo;s best to consider color theory while looking at visual examples. At The Quilt Crossing, we love to recommend the <a href="" target="_blank">Essential Color Card Deck</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="" target="_blank"><span><span><img src="" width="241" height="249" /></span></span></a></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>The deck includes 200 cards that illustrate relationships between colors and how varying hues, shades, and tones creates different looks. The deck is a flexible resource, letting you use it however it works best for you. Here&rsquo;s how we like to use the deck.&nbsp;</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>How to Use the Essential Color Card Deck to Pick Quilt Colors</span></h2> <ol> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><span>Pick your favorite color. For example, let&rsquo;s say you&rsquo;re loving a dark spring green color right now.&nbsp;</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><span>Sort through the cards to find your color. If you don&rsquo;t see your&nbsp;</span>exact match on the solid color front of the card, look on the back of each card for the variations on the color. (See sample brown card image.)</p> <p dir="ltr"><img src="" width="230" height="230" alt="Sample color card " class="img-responsive" /></p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><span>Once you&rsquo;re on the back, you&rsquo;re now looking 24 colors that are closely related to your favorite.&nbsp;</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><span>Think about the mood and atmosphere you want to convey with your quilt. Do you want it to be vibrant and energetic, calm and soothing, or somewhere in between?</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><span>It&rsquo;s time to play! Spread the cards out on the table in front of you. Pick up cards and set them next to your starting color. What looks good? Experiment with different color combinations by arranging the color cards together and observing how they interact. Create different groupings. Stop when you have a handful of combinations that you like.&nbsp;</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><span>Now it&rsquo;s time to take a break and step away from the colors so you can come back in a day or so with fresh eyes. If you can spare the table space, leave the cards spread out as they are. Or use your phone to take pictures of the color combinations.&nbsp;</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><span>When you return to your color combinations, one may stand out right away. Or you might quickly see exactly what you want to change.&nbsp;</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><span>Once you have a set of colors you love, take your cards (or a photo of your cards) to the quilt shop. Ask the shop staff to help you find fabrics that match your custom color palette.&nbsp;</span></p> </li> </ol> <p dir="ltr">Once you have your yardage and your pattern, you&rsquo;re on your way to creating an entirely unique quilt that exactly expresses your intent. Congratulations!&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><span>At The Quilt Crossing, community and creativity meet every day. Located in Boise, Idaho, we&rsquo;re your source for quilt fabric, sewing machines, and ongoing education. Are you ready to start on your custom color quilt? </span><a href=""><span>Visit the store</span></a><span>, email us, or call us (208-376-0087). We&rsquo;re here to help you along your quilt journey!</span></p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p> How to Make Your First Quilt: Take a Class in Beginning Quiltmaking http://www.quiltcrossing.com <p dir="ltr"><span>You can make a quilt!&nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr">Are you finally ready to give it a shot? We get it. We were there once&ndash; admiring quilts made by friends and relatives, but thinking &ldquo;there&rsquo;s no way I could do that.&rdquo; Eventually, though, that thought turns into curiosity: &ldquo;Maybe I can do that!&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr">If you follow quilters online, you probably see amazing creations made using machines and tools that are completely foreign to you. The good news is that you don&rsquo;t need a million fancy tools or an elite sewing machine to get started with quilting. You can create a beautiful quilt that expresses your creativity using simple tools and skills.&nbsp;</p> <h2><span>Take a Quiltmaking Class</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>The key to having a great experience as a first-time quilter is to get great instructions. Nothing matches the benefits of learning from an experienced quilter. Though you can find all kinds of quilt-related information online, as a beginner, you don&rsquo;t know how to sort through all that information to focus on the essentials.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>In a class, on the other hand, you have an experienced teacher to guide you through the steps. You&rsquo;ll minimize your frustration. At The Quilt Crossing, we offer several </span><a href=""><span>Beginning Quiltmaking</span></a><span> classes throughout the year. (The next series of four classes starts March 11, 2024, then another series starts May 15, 2024.)</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>In Beginning Quiltmaking, we make the </span><a href=""><span>Framed Pattern</span></a><span> designed by Carolyn&rsquo;s Stitches. We love this pattern for beginners because it allows you see how various shapes and sizes work together to create a dynamic effect. By sticking with squares and rectangles, though, we keep the cutting and piecing straightforward. The pattern is designed to be made with a layer cake (a stack of 42 precut 10&rdquo; x 10&rdquo; fabric squares in complementary colors and patterns), though you can also choose from yardage. (The Quilt Crossing always has a variety of </span><a href=";showSearchResults=1&amp;search_keyword=layer+cake&amp;image=Search"><span>layer cakes</span></a><span> available.)&nbsp;<br /><br /><img width="300" height="391" src="" alt="Framed Quilt Pattern" class="img-responsive" /><br /></span><em><a href="" target="_blank">Example of the Framed Quilt</a><br /></em></p> <h2 dir="ltr">What does the Beginning Quiltmaking class cover?</h2> <span>Class 1: Quilt Basics</span> <p dir="ltr"><span>No machine needed in week one. We talk about types of fabric&ndash; what works well for quilting, and what you should avoid. We also talk about the principles behind fabric choices&ndash; how to combine colors and prints. We&rsquo;ll walk through the tools you&rsquo;ll need and get started cutting your fabric. Your homework will be to complete all the cutting and then assemble your pieces into blocks.&nbsp;</span></p> <span>Class 2: Start Sewing&nbsp;</span> <p dir="ltr"><span>Let&rsquo;s talk about sewing machines! Whether you&rsquo;re using a hand-me-down machine from Grandma or you have a brand-new computerized machine, the basic sewing functions that you&rsquo;ll use for the Framed Quilt are the same. We&rsquo;ll talk about threading, tension, winding bobbins, and how the fabric feeds through the machine. We&rsquo;ll also spend some time sewing during class. This will give you a chance to ask questions about seam allowances and get tips on how to keep your seams looking neat and even.&nbsp;</span></p> <span>Class 3: Sewing Session</span> <p dir="ltr"><span>We&rsquo;ll spend most of this session sewing! By the end of this class, we&rsquo;ll make sure that you&rsquo;ve sewn together at least one of each style of block.</span></p> <span>Class 4: Complete your Quilt Top!</span> <p dir="ltr"><span>Bring all your finished blocks to class! We&rsquo;ll play with layouts to find an arrangement that you like the best. We also plan to add a border around the quilt during class. By the end of this final session, your goal is to have a completed quilt top! We&rsquo;ll also give you guidance toward a completed quilt, including batting, backing, quilting, and binding.&nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>At The Quilt Crossing, community and creativity meet every day. Located in Boise, Idaho, we&rsquo;re your source for quilt fabric, sewing machines, and ongoing education. Have a question about </span><a href=""><span>Beginning Quiltmaking</span></a><span> (or any of our </span><a href=""><span>other classes</span></a><span>)? </span><a href=""><span>Visit the store</span></a><span>, </span><a href=""><span>email us</span></a><span>, or call us (208-376-0087). We&rsquo;re here to help you along your quilt journey!</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a17ef0e4-7fff-daed-d737-aa197c799c5a"><br /><img width="300" height="225" src="" alt="Class in session at The Quilt Crossing" align="" class="img-responsive" /><br /><a href="" target="_blank"><em>Class is in session at The Quilt Crossing!</em></a><br /><br /><br /><br /></span></p>