Monday, January 19, 2009

Color, Contrast and Hue

I have found it hard to produce much of anything in this brutal winter we are having mainly because my sewing studio tends to be cold and I don't like it. Note to self-get a space heater. But anyways I have done a little bit of sewing on my Country Living quilt.

This is a quilt kit and it arrived with the fabrics nicely divided up by reds, greens, blacks and lights. The fabric in the star blocks are supposed to consist of a dark red for the stars and a light for the background. But the star fabric on the right just does not have enough contrast in it to stand on it's own with the background. So I turned that particular fabric into a background fabric and it works just fine.
I have not had that problem with any of the other fabrics. They are behaving very nicely for me. I worked at an art gallery at one time and I learned a lot about color, contrast and hue in that job. Everyone thinks color is the most important part of a quilt but it's really hue which in turn provides contrast. So if your quilts just aren't looking quite right, try thinking about the hue of the fabric and get some contrast in there!

9 comments:

  1. Love your stars...I need to get going on my kit. I want that quilt done...I just love it.

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  2. Excellent bit of information you share with the perfect example. Great quilt kit you got there, too! Yummy.

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  3. I can see it in my mind...it'll be gorgeous!

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  4. Beautiful stars...and great advice about hue and contrast!

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  5. I should start thinking about hue and contrast with my cards. And definitely get a space heater...how do you think I spend so much time in my completely unheated basement? The quilt is coming along nicely, as ALWAYS!

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  6. I love those stars!! Good point about contrast.

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  7. Is this the quilt kit they had in the magazine? I am excited to see it. I have thought of purchasing it. Great idea on the swapping of fabrics

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  8. Love the stars. The fabric is very pretty.

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  9. SO true about the contrast - what a difference it makes.

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