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2014 Block of the Month: Craftsy Color Theory

with Janine Burke and Amy Walsh
2014 Block of the Month: Craftsy Color Theory
Conquer color theory in this FREE mini class sponsored by Michael Miller Fabrics. Choose and combine colors with confidence for harmonious blocks and eye-candy quilts.

Join quilting instructors Amy Walsh and Janine Burke as you say goodbye to color confusion. Learn how to choose inspired color combinations for captivating quilts! Start with color theory basics and discover accessible techniques for combining colors. Create a soothing, low-contrast look with analogous colors, or an energetic, high-contrast effect using complementary colors. Add emotion to your designs with warm and cool colors, make your piecing pop with hexadic color schemes and create contrast with value. Along the way, you'll make six different blocks, sewing and arranging them into a vibrant 60" x 90" (152 cm x 229 cm) sampler quilt. Plus, you can develop your color confidence without having to worry about selecting fabrics-— use the same sumptuous collection of Michael Miller's batiks that Amy and Janine work with in class. These fabrics are available in convenient kits right from Craftsy! Don't forget to look for the kit when you sign up for this fun, free class.

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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Welcome to Your Free Mini-Class!

  • Overview on how to use your FREE mini class!


Lesson 2. Getting Started

  • Meet your instructors, Amy Walsh & Janine Burke, and learn an overview of color theory that will help inform your decisions throughout the class.


Lesson 3. Analogous Color Study

  • Discover what analogous colors are, how to choose pleasing combinations, and how to intentionally work them into your designs.


Lesson 4. Complementary Color Study

  • Work with complementary colors as you pick up pro tips from Amy and Janine on layout and sewing techniques.


Lesson 5. Color & Proportion

  • Can tiny polkadots and large butterfly prints co-exist? What about wide and thin strips? Learn how to work with varying proportions as you continue to hone your eye for hues, values and other design elements.


Lesson 6. Warm & Cool Color Study

  • Use the color wheel to your advantage as you identify and experiment with various warm and cool colors, utilizing “in-between” shades with success.


Lesson 7. Hexadic Color Study

  • Impress peers at cocktail parties by throwing around phrases like “hexadic color schemes” -- or, more importantly, use them to add pop to your quilts! Using three pairs of complementary colors, you’ll learn how to mix and match various colors and fabric widths to create stunning blocks.


Lesson 8. Value Study

  • Now that you’ve mastered hues and tints, you’ll move on to working with the value of your fabrics and auditioning fabrics that work beautifully together.


Lesson 9. Finishing Your Color Study Quilt

  • To finish the class, Amy and Janine take the head-scratching out of your final design decisions as they share tips on how to audition, arrange and sew your blocks for the best results possible.

Praise for the 2013 Craftsy Block of the Month: "I have found that doing a BOM is a great way to add new techniques to my knowledge base. This BOM has been a great tool to add these techniques and make a unique quilt. With various sized blocks it shows that just about anything works."
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Toronto, Canada

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