Thursday, October 22, 2015

Snaps, 2

When I woke up the next morning, I tried putting some of the pink and orange squares on top of the cream rectangles, and I liked it a lot better. So I had to cut up the cream blocks and then cut more little squares so I could make the blocks this way.

This is the kind of quilt that is easy to sew while you "watch" television.  Look Ma! No pins!

As long as I was cutting out more cream fabric, I pulled a couple of busier creams from the stash and added them to the mix. And I also decided to include some blue, teal and green little squares as the centers of the cream blocks, to make the quilt more interesting.

Why teal, blue and green? The complement of orange is blue, the complement of pink is green and the compliment of red-orange is blue-green. I knew this quilt needed a kick in the pants, and there's nothing like adding complimentary colors to do that. As I've said before, if you want to make something look more intense, put the color's complement (or opposite) next to it.

Here's another way of looking at it. There are three primary colors, Red, Yellow and Blue. All other colors can be made from these three. Orange is made from Red and Yellow. Green is made from Blue and Yellow. Violet is made from Red and Blue. A color's compliment lies across the color wheel and has everything the original color doesn't. Orange does NOT have any Blue in it. Red does NOT have any Green (Blue and Yellow.)

(If you want to make a color LESS intense, add its complimentary color to it. It will reduce its intensity. Most browns are mixtures of complimentary colors. But that's another story.)

This one is going together quick.


Nancy J said...

I like it, big blocks, not too much of matching points or seams, and so quick to go together. Those extra colours add some zing!!

Jennifer said...

now you're talkin'! this quilt is definitely more YOU!

Quiltdivajulie said...

MUCH more interesting!

Judy in Michigan said...

Yes, much BETTER~!!!!

Judy in Michigan said...

I enjoy your color wheel tutorials. Thanks - refresher course but we all need reminders!!

Megan said...

Yep - much improved. But - I still pin: even simple straightforward sewing like this. Can't have too many pins! LOL

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