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Color Theory Wrap-Up & Giveaway!

I hope that you've found some useful information over the past few weeks with our color theory posts. The most important part of using and understanding color is having fun with it! Remember that color theory isn't a strict set of rules, but more of a guide to help you better your method of choosing and placing fabric in your quilts. I wanted to leave you with a few resources of inspiration, fun, and reference. Two websites I actually just found myself that are great for color scheme inspiration are: www.ColourLovers.com and www.ColorSchemeDesigner.com. Don't forget about our Design Table! It's a great resource for comparing our fabrics right online.

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What Color Evokes

Color is not just something that is aesthetically pleasing—it can influence us in ways we never dreamed. Our moods and perceptions can be altered significantly with the use of color. Color and placement can make or break your connection to the project and it can also help create harmony and a sense of continuity. Knowing what emotions are typically evoked by certain color families might even assist you with your color choices.

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Creating Contrast

Whether you're working with an already existing pattern or creating your own, one of the most important elements is the overall composition (the arrangement or organization of the visual elements). Color is not the only thing that will affect the balance, but it is a very important part and can be very impactful. An important part of creating a successful composition is relying on contrast. Contrast is the opposition of different colors, lines, shapes, textures, etc. to provide movement and intensity. You can make color work for you by intuitively incorporating prints and texture while taking into account their effect on the balance and composition.Contrast determines visual heirarchy—in other words, the order in which we perceive what we're looking at. Areas with higher contrast are seen and recognized first. This can be very useful when trying to highlight a particular block or area of a pattern. Have you ever had the experience of falling in love with a pattern, but when you selected your fabrics it just didn't seem to have the same oomph? Chances are you were lacking the same level of contrast as the original fabrics shown.

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Color Schemes

Last week we started introducing you to the basics of color theory with some definitions to help you understand more in-depth principles. These definitions will help you as we introduce new lessons in the coming weeks. Today, I wanted to introduce you to some basic color schemes that might inspire a new combination within your stash. Color schemes combine colors to create an aesthetic that will more often than not look appealing together. Some color schemes are simply two colors, while some involve several colors. No matter the color scheme you choose, they're a great starting point for trying new combinations.

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Color Breakdown

When it comes to choosing fabric we all know where our own individual tastes and preferences lie. Whether you tend towards a modern or traditional aesthetic, or like a little bit of everything, the one thing that can challenge a lot of people is finding a way to combine colors in a pleasing and functional way. Throughout the month of July, we are going to be providing some insight into the world of color and how it can help take your quilts to the next level.

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Mystery Quilt 2013 Quilt Along: Part 2!

WOW! Mystery Quilt 2013 Quilt Along is growing with over 360 members! Part 2 is here and ready to download for this eager, chatty, and supportive group to enjoy. If you are not yet part of this quilting adventure, it's not too late to join the Mystery Quilt 2013 Quilt Along!   You can download Part 2 PDF Pattern for free, here.  

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Mystery Quilt 2013 Quilt Along: Fabric Selection

The Mystery Quilt 2013 Quilt Along is almost here! It is time to select and order fabrics in time for Part 1 of the pattern to be posted on March 4th. Click here for the "Fabric Selection Suggestions" PDF to help get you started.  

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Small Bag with English Paper Piecing

In Sweet & Simple Patchwork Gifts: 25 Charming Projects to Make Using Classic Quilt Motifs by Hisako Arai and Yoko Sanjo, I was drawn to the Market Tote and coordinating Small Bag because I wanted to practice English Paper Piecing (EPP). I chose the Small Bag because its size was more suitable to a quick Gifty Galore project.

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Omnigrip® 20½” Square Ruler on Sale!

Attention all quilters! Connecting Threads has an assortment of Omnigrip® rulers at 40% off through 9/17/12 (while supplies last). This is a great price for excellent rulers for use with a rotary cutter and self-healing mat. What prompted me to blog about this sale is the price reduction for the fabulous Omnigrip® 20½” Square Ruler. The regular price is $49.99 and is now $29.99 – a $20 reduction! If you have wanted this ruler but been deterred by the price, this is the time to buy it! Are you asking, “Why would I want a ruler that large?” Let me tell you several reasons why I love this ruler and use it with every quilt project.

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