The other day I posted about the color class I’m developing for QuiltCon and the world at large. In that post, I wrote:
This class will be all about seeing color a bit better and trying out new combinations. We’ll also be test-driving different patterns and comparing the designer’s color choices with our own selections.Lisa – 3/19/21
Because my brain is pretty full of information about color, mostly useful, frequently geeky, I need a favor from you! Which of the two sentences above is more exciting to you – seeing color better or test-driving different patterns? I wouldn’t have trouble turning each into a three-hour class, so I’d better add that to the to-do list!
The “seeing colors and combinations better” part involves working with charm squares of Kona in 340 different colors. We’d be slicing and dicing, and pairing and paring! We’ll arrange fabrics into color wheels or scales or even colorpaloozas! I want to get into those pesky color terms like hue, value, and intensity because they do help as a framework for thinking about color.
The second half is about how anybody can learn to use their computer or tablet to audition different color and value choices for a design. Because there are so many great quilt designers out there, I reached out to find folks who were willing to let me use their designs in my class. The quilt at left is the first quilt I ever started (but not the first I finished — you understand.) Super traditional color and fabric choices. The problem is that I didn’t know anything! I took a design out of a book from the library, made cardboard templates (it was 1994), and started cutting and sewing. By the time I finished the second twin-size quilt, I had my first rotary cutter, mat, and ruler! Can you guess what design I chose, and how I changed it? Answer below!
First, here’s some eye candy (six pictures) showing what else I’ve been working on and looking at. Scroll down to see the block in traditional values and then in my final choices.
Yep, for my first quilt, I chose the shoo-fly block. At left is the traditional way it is made, and at right is the way I chose. And I’m just showing it in black, white and grey. Test-driving a pattern just in terms of value first really helps limit confusion. And that is an itsy-bitsy preview of one of the class topics!
P.S. – QuiltCon is still picking the lineup of classes and hope to have it finalized in a month!