I spend a lot of time thinking about quilts but more specifically, I think about color. Color gives life to a quilt, gives it the power to affect our emotions, to draw out memories.
When picking colors for your modern-traditional quilt, it's important to think about how you want the quilt to feel. What colors feel "modern" to you? Is modern cold, machine-like? Is it bright and sassy? Is it subtle and subdued? I don't want to sound like I'm taking the easy way out but I really do feel that every color can feel modern...it's all in how you use it.
When thinking about modern colors, I don't let what's "hot" right now influence me. Colors have been paired up for centuries. For example, I love yellow, orange and green mixed together.
But remember when harvest gold, burnt orange and avocado were all the rage? Same colors, different names. Don't let "dated" color combinations scare you off and if you don't like what's "popular" right now, don't worry about it. Choose colors you love and you'll be happy.
More ideas below the cut.
One idea is to choose a color that's really inspiring you right now:
Using many shades of the same color is an easy way to pull together a quilt that has a lot going on...like a sampler quilt.
Another good idea is to use colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. My favorite combinations these days are orange and yellow or red and orange. Or blue and green or...who am I kidding, I like all colors!
Contrasting colors are another great choice for a modern quilt:
Their very nature makes for a bold quilt. Adding neutrals will enhance colors even more.
I also think creative use of color in a quilt can override color stereotypes. Like, I'm sure you know how pretty red, white and blue are together.
But a lot of the time, all I can think of is an American flag. And I don't want to think American flag, you know? But there are ways to use use color that will make you think "wow, that quilt is irresistible!"
These are just a few ideas to get you started in choosing your colors. Tomorrow I'll talk about fabric...specifically pattern and form and how it will influence the design of your quilt.
And just because I'm curious...what colors are inspiring you these days?