In the Fall ‘98 issue
of Quilt magazine, Jean Ann Eitels
stresses the importance of color in your quilts.
She says, "A good quilt, one that is
pleasing to look at, is often judged...by the
effective use of each color chosen."
Each individual has
favorite colors, and usually chooses these
colors to make quilts. Substituting your
favorite color(s) for those used in designing
the original pattern can be disastrous,
especially if the "value" or intensity
of the colors is changed. A block pattern
designed for high contrast will become less
distinct, or even "blah" when all
colors chosen are of the same intensity. Choose
your colors from light, medium, and/or dark,
depending on the effect you desire.
Quilters generally use
their own favorite colors when selecting fabric
for a quilt—and these choices are usually
based on eye appeal. However, colorologists fine
tune their work to agree with their birth
The use of color to
convey specific meanings is evident in everyday
life. For example, a red traffic light for STOP
- dangerous intersection. Red also means
aggressiveness. But it also means love (hearts,
roses.) Red is the color of vitality; it is life’s
blood; the color of energy. Red is not a good
color for a bedroom (unless cooled with blue or
white) because it is energetic and stimulating.
Next month I’ll give
you the formula for finding your birth color and
explore the meaning of other colors.