There is a new quilt pattern book for quilters now available, and it is different than everything we have seen recently. Splash of Color was written by Jackie Kunkel (owner of shop Canton Village Quilt Works) and offers a feast of fun patterns for quilters of all styles. (keep reading, you have a chance to win an E-copy of the book!)
The concept of Splash of Color is combining black and white fabrics as “neutrals” with brightly colored prints. You won’t find a quilt in this book made from a single designer collection, no trendy stuff…just classic-style quilts perfect for using your favorite scraps and stash (or you favorite designer collection, too)!
What stands out to me about these patterns and the black/white/bright color scheme is that it is perfect for people who don’t feel confident about choosing colors/prints or using bright colors in their quilts. Here is the secret: this scheme is 100% goof proof! Push your color boundaries and take the “anything goes” leap of faith, and your quilt will look fabulous if you follow Jackie’s suggestions.
Many of the quilt patterns also come with an image for an alternate look, so you can get an idea how the quilt might look in different colors, fabrics, or a more subdued palette.
I think that making a quilt like this is such a great exercise for anyone feeling “in a rut”. The black and white plus bright quilts are so refreshing and fun to make (and make a dent in your stash), they look great finished…and the process will free your mind to try other new design/color/print projects. If you aren’t crazy about black, try replacing the black and white prints with “low volume” prints, the brighter fabrics will still stand out.
It is hard to choose a favorite, but I think I have to say “lava lamps”, above, is my favorite quilt in the book. Impressive, right?
You can win a digital copy of the at each stop, too. To enter here, leave a comment on this post: tell me, what is your favorite color combination in quilts?
Be a Colorful Quilter! Check out the other bloggers who are writing about Splash of Color:
Jackie Kunkel – Canton Village Quilt Works
Kate Colleran – Seams Like a Dream
Pat Sloan – Pat Sloan Blog
Thursday, September 24
Sherri McConnell – A Quilting Life
Shelly Pagliai – Prairie Moon Quilts
Margaret Solomon Gunn – Quilts Of Love
Friday, September 25
Faith Jones – Fresh Lemons Quilts
Jenny Wilding Cardon – Martingale
Saturday, September 26
Vicki Welsh – Field Trips In Fiber
Pam Viera- McGinnis – Pam Kitty Morning
Sunday, September 27
Pat Wys – Silver Thimble Quilt Co.
Sharon McConnell – Color Girl Quilts (you are here!)
Monday, September 28
Julie Sefton – Me and My Quilts – Exploring the Possibilities
Victoria Findlay Wolfe – Bumblebeans/Victoria Findlay Wolfe Quilts
Tuesday, September 29
Caroline Critchfield – Sew Can She
Amy Ellis – Amy’s Creative Side