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My Color Wheel

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Designing Modern Quilts taught by Weeks Ringle

Gain fresh perspectives on color, prints, patterns and modern quilt construction with Weeks Ringle of Modern Quilt Studio.

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Category Quilting
Type Functional
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What materials did you use? Stash of fabrics

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What are you most proud of? I am most proud that it is finished, it looks good, and I can tell I learned from it.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Be aware, some days the stress level was higher because I had to repeat. And now I still see that I could repeat at least one more time.

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What was the goal for this exploration? I'm thinking of taking this class, but I'm just a stash yet. Should I wait a while to take this class, or would it be okay to take it anyway? Any info would be appreciated. Thanks.

08/17/2013 Flag

I don't know what Week's goal was, but I learned the difference of value in light and dark fabrics. Also, I learned to notice when, for example, when in a red fabric, just a little blue, green or yellow has been added to the mix to change the color. I have been told that fabric manufac-turers recycle the palletes about every twenty years. Even so, when one mixes paint at more than one sitting, the result is never exactly the same, even from the manufacturers. If you will notice on knitting yarn, paint cans, walpaper, etc. one is always told to check the dyelots that they are the same. That said, if you have six greens laid out and then you notice that one of them is different because it has a blue cast rather than a yellow one. That won't work, because the eye will go to that one that is peculiar. Also, I learned that I don't like figured, loud, or overly busy fabrics out of that exploration. Her goal was to have us pick out our best favorites in one pile, Then make a pile of favorite uglies and make a mackette out of them both. The uglies will add something that is not there in the favored group. I think you can achieve the same end by going to a lower end yardage store, Stand back from the fabric and try to put all the yellows together in your mind's eye. Then mentally put them from light to dark. Also, notice how the hues are just a little different. Take two different patterns of the same color fabric and look at the color. See if one has a little gray added, black, white, or some other color. That will teach you a lot. While going through the class material. I noticed that Weeks likes grayed fabrics. That was interesting. I would like to know what is your goal for the class is? What is the reason the class interests you? That will tell you to wait to take the class. This is not a sew-ing class. For me it is a mostly in the head type class and something that has not been just a weekend thing,

08/24/2013 Flag

I just want to clarify a couple of things mentioned in short-wil's post and nrhaller's question here. This photo doesn't refer to any explorations related to the class. The goal of the exploration was to expand the palette of colors that you use. Many quilters only work in a narrow range of colors. The goal here was to see if you could take colors that you typically don't use and combine them in a new way that might make you see their potential. This is a very different experience than arranging a hue by value. I also want to correct the statement that "Weeks likes grayed fabrics." I'm not sure where that came from but that's not the case. I encourage students to look for the right fabric for their design intention. It's not about liking a fabric as much as it is about understanding the role of the color in the design. Our work includes a range of colors, values and saturations. Remember also that you are watching this class online and that colors may be calibrated differently on each monitor. You might also want to check the brightness setting on your monitor to make sure it is adjusted properly. In response to the suggestion that manufacturers rotate palettes every 20 yrs, I can say as a fabric designer, that is not correct. Colors used in manufacturing are influenced by designers in a range of industries, color consultants and forecasters and cultural trends. As for the class, I was asked to design a theory class to give quilters an understanding of design. Hope that clarifies a few things and that you enjoyed the class.

10/16/2013 Flag

You can't really judge what another person "likes," but in short_wil's defense, several of the quilts shown in the class seem to have more shades/grayed fabric choices. Others have more tints or clear hues. I'm probably not using these terms accurately, so excuse my inexperience.

04/01/2014 Flag

That may be an issue of color resolution on your computer as opposed to the true colors found in the quilts. We use a variety of saturations in our work and pride ourselves in NOT using a predictable palette over and over, although we rarely use true day-glow, neons as they don't typically work in most peoples' homes.

01/07/2016 Flag