Color Wheel Bloom

Kristine Poor

Color wheels and quilting – they just go hand in hand – I carry a paper color wheel in my purse for fabric shopping (you never know when your car may find a quilt shop)! So – why not make yourself one? I used the Fold’n Stitch Bloom pattern to make my rainbow!

We covered pre-cut hexagons in this design.

Michael Miller Fabric’s Cotton Couture is a great basic for your stash- there are 214 colors and the fabric is silky smooth!

I have done so many projects with Hash Dot - it adds some spunk when you need it!

I chose to use Cotton Couture for my appliques and the back of the shapes and Hash Dot for the front of the shapes (what looks like the binding).

Back to art class:

ROYGBIV is an acronym for the sequence of hues that make up a rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. This sequence dictates my color choices. Because there are 10 hexagons in the Bloom, I inserted some of my favorites as well – coral, acid green and turquoise (yummy) to round out my choices.

A few notes on my Bloom - I chose to use a navy Aurifil 50wt thread to match the back of the hexagons. You could choose a contrasting thread if you like. I used silver seed beads to connect my petals - I think silver complements all of the colors.

Now I have a tool that I can use to create color combinations! Looking at the Color Wheel Bloom – I can see:

  • Complementary – Colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel (turquoise and coral)
  • Split Complement – A color and the 2 colors next to it’s complement on the color wheel (pink and green and yellow)
  • Analogous – Colors that are adjacent to each other on the color wheel (green, turquoise and blue) 
What do you see?

Happy stitching!


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