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The Quilter's Practical Guide to Color
  • Publisher: C&T Publishing
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 25 February 2015
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781607058649
  • Stock: 5 in stock
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 0
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP: £23.99
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The Quilter's Practical Guide to Color


Includes 10 Skill-Building Projects by Becky Goldsmith (Author)

Book Description

Did you know that the biggest struggle for quilters of all types is color selection? Unlock the secrets to winning color combinations from best-selling author Becky Goldsmith of Piece O’ Cake Designs. Learn how every quilt has a foreground and a background, how to use clear versus gray colors—plus other essentials that will shake up your design process. Quilters of all skill levels will appreciate Becky’s practical, easy-to-understand advice on neutrals, value, and contrast. Put your newfound knowledge to the test with 10 pieced and appliquéd projects designed to focus on specific aspects of color. With visual examples used to explain all color topics, this go-to guide will give you an edge when it comes to quilt design.

About the Author

About Becky Goldsmith

Becky Goldsmith and business partner Linda Jenkins started Piece O’ Cake Designs in 1994. Designing and making quilts, writing books, and teaching others how to make quilts is a better career than Becky could ever have imagined. For more information visit www.pieceocake.com.


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The opening sentence in this book sums it up: We all love colour. Some of us may struggle with the idea of colour theory but there are ways of easing yourself into the subject. 'The Colour Mixing Guide' by Julie Collins (also reviewed in this issue) is a good starting point but this book shifts the focus to using colour in quilting.
Starting with a look at how to create good colour schemes using the colour wheel, the first part of the book is devoted to planning a quilt. Value and contrast, texture and scale, using different types of fabric (Predictable and Unpredictable) and how to distinguish your background and foreground fabrics are all explained. These sections are very useful containing practical advice without getting too technical. There are also many Practical
Advice sections which troubleshoot problems that you may encounter.
This is a project book and there are ten quilts to make. What is interesting is that they are all referred to in the descriptive text at the beginning of the book, so you are given an insight into the process of putting these quilts together. You can see how some of the quilts have had their colour schemes changed, how fabrics were auditioned or how the design was used with colour to keep the eyes moving to focal points. Having the finished quilts and understanding how the author changed things around to get there makes this an excellent
hands-on teaching tool. The quilts vary in colour and style so you have a good cross section of approaches to
choose from, including the Ugly Fabric Challenge, started with a call for ugly fabrics through Becky Goldsmiths blog and which lead to a colourful and unoffensive quilt. This book is a very practical approach to colour but what makes it worth having is that it is used according to its combination with all the other considerations of quilt making, so that you are looking at the process as a combination of parts.

Popular Patchwork

April 2015

As Becky Goldsmith points out in her introduction to this book, the importance of choosing the right colours for a project can often be daunting to the point of being scary, as with a quilt it seems so final - a poor combination can doom an otherwise pleasing design. Becky's bright exuberant book provides and enthusiastic and eminently practical guide to getting it right, and taking the dear factor out of the equation. The book is brilliantly written; Becky loves her subject, and all of the advice and guidance is friendly, readable, informal and - best of all - aimed at quilters specifically, rather than often repeated generic colour advice being lumped in with a few practical examples. Becky wants you to 'be the boss of colour' and take ownership of your choices. She challenges some accepted wisdom, such as working with colours you don't like, and a special mention must go to her Ugly Fabric Challenge project, borne of people sending her deliberately nasty fabrics to make something beautiful with! It work. We love this book; it's a delight to read and genuinely useful, and you should have it.

Also by this author:

Backyard Birds

Backyard Birds

By Becky Goldsmith & Linda Jenkins


Wool Appliqué the Piece O’ Cake Way

Wool Appliqué the Piece O’ Cake Way

By Becky Goldsmith & Linda Jenkins


Hexie Garden Quilt

Hexie Garden Quilt

By Becky Goldsmith

£19.19 incl. VAT

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