• Karen

How to Colour Your Quilt

Updated: Jun 3, 2019

I love playing with colour. Always have and I guess I always will. And when I started quilting, it was the colourful fabrics which grabbed me first.


I quickly realized that I looked at colour differently than my fellow quilters. I had an analytical approach which often solved the colour dilemmas of my quilting friends.


So when I started my Youtube channel, the knowledge that I wanted to share the most was my approach to colouring your quilt.


I soon discovered that just because I loved the subject, making a video about it wasn't any easier than any other video. Condensing a workshop into four 10 minute videos means that I am only covering the highlights. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it's enough information to help you make your colour selection more intuitive to your personal taste.


Click on each of the photo below to watch the video


Part #1 - What is Colour


Part #2 - Colour Harmony

You can download the handouts to the Part #2 here https://www.justgetitdonequilts.com/colourharmony


Part #3 - Finding your Colour Zone

You can download the handouts to the Part #3 here https://www.justgetitdonequilts.com/colourharmony


Part #4 - Choosing Colours for you Quilt


You can download the handouts to the Part #4 here https://www.justgetitdonequilts.com/colourharmony


So when you start a new quilt pattern and you are choosing fabrics, these are the key steps.


Step 1 - Identify the Special Elements that you like about the pattern


Step 2- Identify the colour hues, type of colour, colour harmony and value range


Step 3 -Take your colour zone and see where the overlap is.

  • Do you have the same type of colour?

  • Do you have the same colours?

  • Do you have the same harmony?

  • Do you have the same value range?

And where the answer is NO, using the five techniques in my last video, how can you shift the pattern's colours to accommodate yours?


Most times we end up doing several shifts. Again, no wrong answers.


Step 4 - Where can you possibly push your colour zone for more interesting results? This is not a requirement. This is just an exercise to see you can move a bit out of your comfort zone and get a different kind of result.


I hope you have enjoyed this series. I do have a lecture and a workshop for guilds on Quilt Colour Theory. If you are interested, please email me at info@justgetitdonequilts.com


Happy sewing.




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