Colour and am I crazy?

As you know, deciding on a colour scheme for a project can be tricky.

At college we were taught to design a colourway like this:

First, make or find an image that captures the mood and feeling you want to convey and pull out every colour, tone and shade you can find within it.


They actually used to make us mix little glass pots of paint to the exact shades, which was great fun but sadly, extremely time consuming too.


Now that I don’t have a black clad tutor breathing down my neck, I just use scraps of yarn, thread, buttons or paint shade cards.


And, if you want to check that you have a balance of dark, light and medium tones you just need to make a black and white photocopy of it.

Simple and fun!

I’ve just found myself signing up to make this. Beautiful isn’t it? 

I’ll definitely be making a little colourboard before I start making this crazy quilt. And maybe, a moodboard as well to get some ideas for the central block (as I agree with Anita about the original.)

Anita writes very clear, detailed tutorials so I know the only problem I’m going to have making this quilt is my inability to be accurate and keeping up with the deadlines!

Go and take a look if you can- I bet you’ll want to make one for your bed too!

Now, the sun is shining and I need to go summer shoe and toe nail polish shopping!

P.S. I’ve just put 3 new quilt patterns in my shop.



4 Responses to “Colour and am I crazy?”

  1. Ouissi Says:
    May 8th, 2008 at 10:42 am

    I love these colours…I’ll have to try a colourway for my next project, I usually just feel out the colours as I go along 😉

    Ouissi x

  2. Anita Says:
    May 8th, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    Janet, thanks for the shout-out on the quilt-along. Now… I’m getting nervous! What if I fail to meet the deadlines??

  3. Mary Says:
    May 8th, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    There are times when I wish I was into making quilts. Most of the time though I understand that I would NEVER finish them and get more pleasure in choosing materials than using them.

    I am happy to watch your work instead!

  4. Rachael Rabbit Says:
    May 12th, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    Hi Janet – I’ve just been introduced to your blog and I think your work is just wonderful. I’ll be back to visit lots I am sure. The Quilt looks like it will take ages – you are very brave – but I love quilts with super tiny pieces.

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