Master Color Using Only Six Fat Quarters

Maud shares her Renaissance quilt from the Color Mastery workshop I taught this summer in Dawsonville.  My students use their color journals to discover the three elements of color and build unique palettes around their favorite color.  Even if quilters start out with the same blue, they’ll develop completely individual color palettes.  They truly discover their color personalities.

Last, I have students select one of their color palettes and build a fat quarter bundle from it:  one fat quarter for each color.  And I teach them how to use the Three Bears Rule of Color to know exactly how much of each color to use.  They can use that bundle to make the Renaissance quilt shown here.  Maud used a double-complementary color scheme of blue, orange, yellow, and violet, and what gorgeous results she got!

Maud was so inspired by her Renaissance quilt she decide to make a matching valance, and here she’s laying out the fabrics for it.  Discovering a new technique sparks the creative juices and gets new ideas flowing, and mastering color gives quilters the courage to try all kinds of new things.  Make time for an artist date for yourself and try these exercises.  You’ll never look at bolts of fabric the same way!

4 thoughts on “Master Color Using Only Six Fat Quarters

  1. Hi Maria I just ask you on how much of one color to use when I seen you article on Master Color using only Six fat Quarters.
    What is Three Bears Rule?
    What is the difference between a Spit-complimentary and a Complimentary color.
    Are you saying to use the rule like in making the fabric bundle, but then adding a complimentary color. But how much?

  2. Catherine –
    Using color harmonies for fabric palettes gives you possibilities you would have never thought of on your own. You literally have more color palettes than you could ever use, and it’s fulfilling to see your color work come to life in your quilts.

  3. Hi Anita – Great questions. Three Bears Rule of Color is a guideline painters use for the amount of each color to use in their art, and I learned it as a watercolorist. I apply the same guidelines to my quilts, and here it is: use a large amount of your main color, a smaller amount of your second color, and a tiny amount of your third color. A lot, some, a little.

    Split-Complementary has three colors with great contrast, but not too much, while Complimentary has two colors with huge contrast.

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