Tuesday, May 19, 2015

52 Weeks of Color for Quilters :: Week 3 Tertiary Colors

I am having so much fun making up these color blocks - I hope you guys are having fun following along! So this week we're at Tertiary Colors, also called Intermediate Colors.

Tertiary Colors (T) are found in between Primary Colors ( P)and Secondary Colors (S) on the color wheel.  The way Tertiary Colors are created is by mixing a Primary and Secondary color.

The photo above shows the progression from Red (P) to Red-Orange (T) to Orange (S) to Yellow-Orange (T) to Yellow (P). Tertiary Colors names always start with the Primary Color that is their main base and there are six of them: Red-Orange, Yellow-Orange, Yellow-Green, Blue-Green, Blue-Violet and Red-Violet.

Block Details: This is the Checkerboard Block, Variation 3, pg 67 from the book 500 Quilt Blocks.

The Kona colors I'm using for my Tertiary Colors are:

Red-Orange: Flame Red
Yellow-Orange: Papaya
Yellow-Green: Chartreuse
Blue-Green: Jade Green
Blue-Violet: Deep Blue
Red-Violet: Bordeaux


  1. Thanks so much for doing these posts! I'm a new quilter and sad to say I don't know too much about color yet. I'm having trouble with picking and mixing fabrics and this will most likely help me a great deal. Thank goodness for bundles already matched for me! HA

  2. oh this is lovely and I'm enjoying the color conversation...

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