This Beautiful Quilt Provides a Lesson in Color

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Two Closely Related Colors are Wonderful Together!

This beautiful quilt was designed to showcase a particular fabric line with a very closely coordinated color theme. The fabric is nearly sold out (there’s some here while supplies last) but the quilt will be wonderful in many other palettes, as well.

In fact, it provides an excellent opportunity to try a can’t-fail color mixing technique. The striking design is brought to life by two colors near each other on the color wheel, along with the addition of neutral cream.

Star Chain Quilt Pattern

Pick a primary (yellow, blue, red) or a secondary color (green, violet, orange) and choose fabrics in various values (light to dark) from the colors on either side of it.

In this case, yellow-green and blue-green, the colors on either side of green, create a beautiful palette. Blue-green and blue-violet will be stunning as will other combinations created this way. Once you have your two main colors choose a neutral background that works well with them. You’ll find that this method of color selection works beautifully in many quilt designs.

Color Wheel

Of course you can also go with any palette you love, or even give the quilt a scrappy look.  The design will be stunning in whatever you choose.

The finished quilt, designed by Kim Diehl, is 72 1/2″ x 72 1/2″. It’s created with standard piecing with a bit of applique in the border using whatever applique method you prefer.

Click here for the free “Sage & Sea Glass – Star Chain” quilt pattern.


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