The Quilting Process: Color Theory

Welcome back!  Let’s pick up right where we left off here

I was telling you about the Color Wheel I installed on my tablet and how I sometimes use that to guide my decision on color scheme for my Quilts . It is also very easy to see colors to put together based on my scheme of choice. At the time of writing that post, I really tried to give enough information without making it too long hence the decision to continue the discussion in another post. My intention was to expatiate on the use of the Color Wheel and give discussing the concept of Color theory a go…sounds like an easy plan right? Well I eventually found out it wasn’t at all 😦 As much as I tried last week I just couldn’t decide on a direction for this post and it took me over a week to figure out why!

Here’s the thing, the deeper I dig into the whole concept of Color theory, the clearer it becomes that I have a long way to go and I’ve been doing myself such great disservice by not paying more attention to Color theory than I have so far.  In my defense I did sign up for the Craftsy’s 2014 Block of the month class  which was on Color theory and the best things about the class were how well the instructors explained the topic, it is absolutely free and oh I have lifetime access. This lifetime access was probably my undoing as it only resulted in me abandoning the class halfway because you know… I can always get back to it 😉 (You can sign up for the class here). In a nutshell though, I have clearly discovered that I can’t really tell you about Color theory at this time as I am now back on the quest to discovering more of it myself and will have to get back to you on what I learn in due time. Needless to say, now is the time to revisit that class and I’ve also uncovered some useful links i’ll be sharing below so you can join me as we dig together :).

A quick one, has anyone seen the Jinny Beyer’s Secrets: Color for Quilters videos on YouTube? They are good and I wish I had the portable palette thing but I don’t 😦 anyways, you should check  out the videos.

On that note, I feel it’s appropriate to share with you the basics of Color theory and the best way to do that is by showing you. I found these images below that clearly describes the various color schemes.


I love the image above because it shows the schemes and displays different values of the example colors. Within your chosen scheme, you can then play with Color value to enhance the overall look of your project. The image below from Pinterest gives a clear definition of these color schemes.

colour theory

In addition to the above, Monochromatic is simply using any shade, tint or tone of one Color like in this throw pillow where I used different value of the color Green.

green 1

Furthermore, I found this cool site via Jinny’s YouTube video where you can upload any image and it converts it to a color palette! very useful for when you find  Quiltspirations in unlikely places that you’d like to translate into your own design 🙂

As always, thanks for taking the time to stop by and I hope you gained something and will join  me if necessary on the journey of learning more about Color theory. I’ll keep you posted as we carry on with the series. As promised see useful links below:

Until next time, have a wonderful weekend and be Colorful!

Sola 🙂



10 thoughts on “The Quilting Process: Color Theory

  1. Thank you so much for this post. I struggle most with colour selection. This is really well laid out and helpful. Love the blog! – From Canada


      1. I know you are 😃 I haven’t heard from anyone but you. Just the mail saying Michelle had to pull out. I think the best way to go about it is to follow the guidelines in the mail and then take it from there. I’ve already been to your page but not with critiqueing in mind.


  2. Hooray I found it – I obviously didn’t scroll down far enough! So I really enjoyed this post. I have been looking at colour theory in depth myself recently and realised there is a lot I don’t know. In my quilt making so far I have just chosen colours and they work but I think some exercise in colour theory would be really interesting.


    1. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed it. You are right some colors just work but now that i’m going in-depth with Color theory it’s interesting to understand the concept behind colors that work


  3. Color is both the easiest and the hardest of the design elements to get a grasp on. It’s easy because we can see things we like, colors we like together, and use those combinations. It’s hardest because if you get colors “wrong,” you can taint all your other work on that project. I have a new quilt top and made a lot of blocks for a border. They were wrong in a number of ways, but in particular they were wrong in their color combination for THAT project. So I decided not to use them there, after all. Instead I started a new project and built it around them, so the rest of the colors worked with them. They’re glorious! See? Both easy and hard!

    Thanks for all the links. I’ll be taking a look at a few.


    1. Thanks a lot for your comment Melanie and sorry i’m replying this late 🙂 You are absolutely right! Looking back now, there are some things I’ve done that obviously didn’t work well but I didn’t know at the time. I’m so glad to be going on this quest, it’s not only interesting but makes me want to challenge myself more. Guess that’s part of the beauty of writing about these things, I get to learn a lot myself! Cool that you are checking out some of the links, i hope you find them useful 🙂 enjoy the rest of your week. I have something I need your opinion on, i’ll get in touch soon

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