Friday, March 9, 2018

Book of the Month Update

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I wish I had awesome pictures to share today of a new quilt project based on the color theory presented in The Quilter's Practical Guide to Color. The most I've done is read the first 20 pages, and so far, I like this book.

The author, Becky Goldsmith of Piece O' Cake Designs, has a wonderful conversational tone in this book. Lots of pages have a 'Practical Advice' section, in which she discusses her color choices in a quilt, or provides suggestions on how to expand your own choices. I love this, because it provides a window into the thought process behind the choices made in a quilt.

This book has the standard color wheel information, with tips on choosing color schemes. But Becky goes beyond that, with discussions on value, contrast, texture, scale, clarity, and other considerations.

One tidbit of information found in the first few pages is about contrast, the definition of which she quotes from

contrast: opposition or juxtaposition of different forms, lines, or colors
 in work of art to intensify each element's properties and produce a 
 more dynamic expressiveness

Wow! How many quilters think just about color contrast, neglecting form and line? Food for thought, right?

In addition, Becky also provides guidance on expanding your color skills, with ideas on how to go beyond the expected.

It's these bits of information and gentle prompts that really make this book stand out for me, explaining chapter by chapter, that there's so much more than just color that goes into a quilt. And that we shouldn't be afraid to explore - are you?

Happy Quilting!

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  1. Hi Susan,
    This book looks like a good one! A real keeper and one that I should add to my library. Thank you for sharing this book with us! ~smile~ Roseanne

  2. Enjoy the rest of the book as well!


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