I have a lot to learn about color placement and value it turns out. I spent yesterday afternoon playing with fabric and a new ruler tool a friend sent me. I have been wanting to make a Kaleidoscope quilt ever since I saw Cindy's at Hyacinth Designs. The colors, the alternate circular design that appears, I just love all of it!
This is Cindy Lammon's gorgeous quilt. She has been super nice to share her pictures of her project on her blog, Hyacinth Quilt Designs, and her technique to make the blocks as well. She graciously gave me permission to show her quilt on my blog. I love the circular motion and the happy colors (that's a given!).
What I am realizing as I embark on making one of these Kaleidoscope quilts of my own is how important color placement and value are. I spent the better part of yesterday afternoon playing with fabrics. Choosing some of my new bright/modern fabrics was pretty easy. I decided to go with greys, oranges, and golds from an assortment of fabric collections including Denyse Schmidt's Flea Market Fancy, Florence, and Zen Chic's Comma.
My first attempts at putting some blocks together was an epic fail. So awful, I don't even want to show you. Making the blocks is easy and fun, but it just wasn't coming together color wise like Cindy's quilt does. There truly is an art to picking fabrics that blend well together. You have to be very selective on where you position your lights and darks. Notice how Cindy has featured her darks in particular in the photo above. The balance is so pleasing to the eye.
I have a lot of work to do! Believe me, I will keep you posted. This is a work in progress for sure.