Lessons In Color: Creating a Color Wheel Part 2!

quilters color wheel

HI Friends!

How are you coming along on your color wheel?  I’ve been working diligently on mine with the fabrics here in the shop.  Here’s a peek at mine! DSCF0599

As you can see I have lots of colors left to go before this wheel is complete.  There’s no rush.  This whole process is a process of discovery, remember?

Have you thought about those questions I asked of you in the first part of this lesson?  Did you come up with some other questions I didn’t include?

If not and if so, that’s okay, we’ll re-cap them right here and we’ll give you a chance to chime in with your own thoughts.  Don’t be shy, if you have a question, just let us know in the comments section below!

So here goes:

1. Are there lots of missing colors on my wheel?

Did you find this exercise interesting to see just how many colors you have?  I know I did.  I use this to help me fill in the gaps here in the shop and save me tons of time browsing my vendors’ inventory in order to get right to what I actually need.  I’m a start-up so time is money to me.  The quicker I can do this task the better off I’ll be and hopefully keep me from purchasing inventory that I don’t need.

What about you?  Were you able to fill out the wheel?  If not, don’t worry.  I’m not here to tell you you have to fill in every spot on the wheel.  It’s not necessary to have every color known to man and is perfectly acceptable to have only what you love.  If you love blues (like me) but don’t care for purples then that is okay!  Trust me, the more quilting, crafting or sewing you do, the more that, in time, your collection will expand.  I believe this exercise will better prepare you for your own color journey and help you make the right color decisions the next time you shop!

Which leads us to the next question…

2. Do I have multiples of the same color?

For the quilter, crafter or sewer, you may realize that the reason you have certain colors in your collection is because you naturally gravitate to them!  At this time, I want you to take a step back and realize something about yourself.  The colors that you have multiples of are the colors you love.  It’s that simple.  That may or may not be obvious to you but on the other hand were there any surprises for you?  Were there colors that piled up that you didn’t think about?

For me, I love blues, greens, and teals!  In my personal stash I know I have plenty of these colors to keep me busy for some time.  But I also have lots of pinks and reds, colors that I do use but are really not my own personal favorites.  I know I have them because of projects I’ve worked on in the past and I’ve kept them because I know how valuable they are when designing new projects.  But what about some fabrics you couldn’t fit into the wheel.  That’s the next question…

3. Are there any colors you have a hard time finding a place for?

So?  Did you come across fabrics that you didn’t know where to put them?  Were they neutrals, flesh tones, browns, tans or blacks?  I know I have plenty of those and don’t worry.  I’d like you to hold on to those as our plans here for this color wheel are to bring in all those neutrals into the background.


So, what’s the next step?  When you get to a point that you’d like to start sewing these fabric samples onto your wheel start by layering them and sewing them down like so…DSCF0602

Here you can see that I’m sewing the top and the bottom.  Just keep layering and trimming, sewing, layering and trimming.  Here, in the blues…DSCF0601

I have the whole section filled in and am ready to trim and sew.

This lesson and project isn’t a race but a learning experience.  We’ll check in each month on the progress and bring new lessons in color.  Color and color theory is fun and one of the most enjoyable aspects (at least to me!) of planning a project!  I know many people have trouble and lack confidence when it comes to color so if you haven’t started working on your own color wheel…there’s always time…please jump in!

More next month!


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