Tuesday, June 16, 2015

52 Weeks of Color for Quilters :: Complementary Colors

So this week we're talking about Complementary Colors and I think you'll quickly realize that you see these pairs EVERYWHERE once you begin to look for them!

Complementary Colors are directly opposite each other on the color wheel. This week I'm showing pairs that include primary and secondary colors. Violet and yellow are our first pair of complementary colors. I used Kona Tulip Purple and Citrus to make these.

Complementary colors kind of vibrate when placed directly next to each other - they can be almost a little hard to look at when you find the right pair! They are usually an eye-popping combination that is very dynamic.

The next pair is blue and orange. Start to think about your favorite sports teams and how many of their colors involve Complementary Colors. I used Kona Royal and Kumquat for this pair.

I know everyone recognizes this red and green pairing that screams Christmas. These are Kona Cardinal and Clover. Once you know what Complementary Colors are you can't help but see them used together everywhere! These pairs each have one primary and one secondary color in them.

These blocks are Economy Blocks (or square-in-square blocks) and I used this great tutorial to make 12' finished blocks. This tutorial gives you the formula so you can create ANY size economy block.

Next week we'll look at Complementary Pairs of Tertiary Colors - see you then!

1 comment:

  1. I am enjoying this color "class". Thank you so much for taking the time and effort to do this. I'm new at quilting so its really helping me out. I have been so very thankful for the pre-cut bundles and lines that already are "matched" but I sure have been wanting to branch out and start mixing my own up. I am learning a lot from these post and am looking forward to the new post every week! Keep up the great job!


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