When decorating the house for Christmas I took out this festive little Amish replica quilt I made up during the time I owned a small art gallery in Niwot, CO. Last night I noticed this small floral painting in the same room where I put the quilt. Holy smokes! The same color palette is duplicated in two different media, not intentional. If you create paintings and fabric art long enough it seems inevitable that color palettes begin to resurface from a person’s subconscious.
The Amish-inspired palette here shows a harmonious combination of neutrals (black, gray, toned dark colors) with more intense bright hues. Designing quilters would do well to begin with perhaps 5 to 7 harmonious colors. Like a painter mixing colors, the quilter adds and subtracts fabrics in keeping with the whole.
Color design is the same for both painting and quilt making! Start with a simple group of colors and then add nuances as you go. Do you love designing your own quilts?