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Thread: Looking for recommendations for color books for quilting

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    Looking for recommendations for color books for quilting

    I'm a beginner and my I'd like to learn more about color. I searched some books on amazon but I didn't know if there were better places to look. I'm not ready to do anything complicated but as long as helps making color combinations. I have a color wheel and I feel its too generic.
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    I don't have this book but it sure has some rave reviews. https://www.amazon.com/Fiber-Artist-...heory+quilting

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    Have you searched youtube for "color theory lessons" or "combining colors in quilts" or something like that? I haven't, but there's probably a bunch of ideas there.

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    Anything by Joen Wolfrom (sp) is good by me, books or Craftsy. Any book on color theory for any of the visual arts will be useful—it’s no different for fabric than for yarn, paint, or anothing else.
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    What I do is save pics of quilts to Pinterest. I have one just for color combos that I like.

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    Joan Woefren (sp??) and get Jinny Beyers book on color--I tried to make her color wheel--whew--lots of work there--but what she tells you is so helpful.

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    Joan Wolfrom and Jinny Beyer are both colour masters.

    For my money, Joan's books edge out Jinny's slightly for colour theory and ideas. But that's really about personal taste.

    Both women have blogs, and Jinny's blog has some short video tutorials on colour. Youtube has a few of their videos as well.

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    You will have fun on your journey with color(s). For your next project, plan a visit to the LQS. Lay the bolts out on the table. You will get a feel if they play nice together. Ask the clerks or other quilters as they are usually happy to help with selection.

    If you have fabrics in a stash, take them out and play also. With practice, you will select the fabrics on your own and make great color combinations.

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    For ideas about color, I thought this was an excellent book: Scrappy Duos, Color Recipes for Quilt Blocks, by Donna Lynn Thomas. She gives a few ideas about how to combine colors (calls them recipes), and there are lots of pictures to illustrate what she is talking about. She gives line drawings of quilt block patterns that you can color to get an idea of what you want to make. She also suggests photocopying the line drawings, enough blocks to lay out your whole quilt pattern idea, which is very helpful if you are a person who has trouble visualizing what something will look like after being sewn. She gives the block patterns, all for 12" blocks, and they are easy blocks to make if you are a beginner.

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    So glad you are asking about "color". I think with all of the pre-co-ordinated fabric collections..we got lazy.
    check out this link for using a color wheel when choosing colors

    https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/how-...6ed17-0-ab_msm
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    Quote Originally Posted by feline fanatic View Post
    I don't have this book but it sure has some rave reviews. https://www.amazon.com/Fiber-Artist-...heory+quilting
    I highly recommend Heather Thomas and/or her book. Her skills are the highest. She also has YouTube's on the "National Quilters Circle".

    (Be sure to add Quilting or Quilter when searching on YouTube).

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