Colored Filled Quilts Tutorial

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Alexis’s quilt, Flight is the is the featured quilt for the Week of Color Tutorial Round Up.  We’re sharing tutorials from generous quilters around the web that will help you make your own color filled quilts.

Flight by Alexis Deise


Alexis’s thoughts on color:

The choice of colors for this quilt was partly planning and partly serendipity.  I had planned to use only solids, with a palette inspired by the muted but vibrant tones of Amish quilts, which are a major source of inspiration in my work.

I started with the idea of using burgundy and bright red with aqua, which, though not technically complementary colors, have a similar effect in that each enhances the intensity and character of the other. Adding in some crossweaves and crosshatch prints for additional visual richness was a last minute, spur of the moment idea.

In my quilting, I like to draw on my visual arts background and use color–in conjunction with composition–to create movement and add points of interest. I draw upon color theory to achieve this — for example, by using complementary colors or a warm-cool contrast, both of which I did in this quilt. I also like to use color to create compositional interest. In this quilt, I added some unexpected red and orange triangles to the blue and grey sections, and did the reverse in the single column of red and orange geese.

More about Alexis:

Alexis began quilting 4 years ago and learned to sew from her grandmother.  She sews nearly every day while working full time and raising her four-year-old son.  She is a member of the Boston Modern Quilt Guild.

Tutorial Round Up for Week of Color:

Get your color on and give some of these great tutorials a try!

Express yourself and your mood through color with the Modern Mood Quilt by Sherri Lynn Wood. Sherri has a quilt-a-long with lots of help along the way.

Go monochromatic with the Seeing Red quilt by Alison of Cluck Cluck Sew.  This beautiful monochromatic quilt is done with half square triangles.

The Plus Quilt by Jeni of In Color Order is a great quilt to practice using different values to make the pluses in this quilt shine!

Don’t forget about ROYGBIV.  Use all the colors of the rainbow in the Rainbow Diamonds Mini Quilt Tutorial by Lindsay on Craft Buds.  This is a beautiful quilt to try your hand with solids.

Rita, of Red Pepper Quilts helps us use up our scraps with her Pieced Scrap Border Quilt tutorial.

Play again with value and more half square triangles with the Value Quilt tutorialby Katie Petersen of Sew Katie Did.

So many beautiful quilts, so little time!