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Apr042012

Trend: Color Blocking

Spring is here, the days are getting longer, and little signs of life are starting to bloom everywhere you look.  And for those of us in the creative world, spring means BOLD and BRIGHT colors!  And this year, the Color Blocking trend is what everyone is talking about! 

Color blocking emphasizes colors you may be surprised to see paired together.  You’ve probably seen this trend with clothing, but it can also be incorporated in bags, shoes and other fashion accessories.  Here is a link to a fantastic video showing how to color blocking can be incorporated into a wardrobe: http://www.refinery29.com/colorblocking-how-to-video.  

How does this translate to quilting? Well, color blocking in the quilting world and has grown in popularity over the years.  The concept is similar: Begin with colors in the same family to add a base and then add splashes of complementary colors throughout the design to create visual appeal.  Here are some examples of quilt Color Blocking from our friends at Cluck Cluck Sew:  http://www.cluckclucksew.com/2009/02/color-block-quilt.html

As you’ll see, color blocking is actually quite simple as long as you follow these simple rules: 

  • Begin with two or more base colors that are near to each other on the rainbow or color wheel (examples: green/blue or red/orange).  Be careful to select colors that live in the same color family (ie., warm colors, cool colors, etc).
  • Use a color opposite your base colors on the color wheel, or complementary colors, to add a pop!   A good example is to pair a bright yellow or orange with a cool colors base of green/blue.  By using the bright yellow or orange color sparingly, it really becomes a focal point.  
  • A few examples of complementary colors are: 
    • Purple and Yellow
    • Blue and Orange
    • Blue and Yellow
    • Green and Purple
    • Red and Blue 
    • Be careful to avoid pairing red and green together, unless you are making something for Christmas.
    • Try a new spin by using a neutral animal print as a complementary piece.

Happy Color Blocking this spring and summer, whether you are using this trend in quilting or in your outfits!  We’d love to hear your thoughts about this playful trend.

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