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Wednesday, 6 January 2016

5 Quilt Color Combinations: Colour wheels for quilters

The fabrics you choose for your quilt can really make or break your project. I prefer not to stumble blinding when picking my colours and choosing from all the beautiful fabrics out there can be overwhelming. I know there are many wonderful pre-cuts being sold that make most of the colour decisions for you, but it's still good to know at least the basics of colour theory.

Below are the basic five colour combinations you can get from the colour wheel. I use one of these as a starting point when planning quilt colours. With practice, choosing fabrics will become easier starting with just these five combinations.

Get a FREE PDF download of these combinations HERE.

1. MONOCHROMATIC are different shades and tints of the same colour.

2. COMPLEMENTARY are those colours that are across from each other on the colour wheel.

3. ANALOGOUS are colours that are beside each other on the colour wheel.

4. SPLIT COMPLEMENTARY The base colour (e.g. red) and the colours that are adjacent to that colour's complement (e.g. green).

5. TRIAD are colours that are evenly spaced on the colour wheel.

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  1. Thanks for the reference pdf. This is an area where I am very challenged, and it will help me with my NY resolution to sew through the stash.

    1. I hope you find it helpful. There are many good books and articles out there on colour theory, but I wanted a simple and quick reference for myself and decided to share it here.