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Color for the Terrified Quilter is a lighthearted text which shows clear illustrations and beautiful photos to learn about color in easy-to-understand language. 11 projects will turn you into an expert on using the color wheel—Take the mystery out of color! Ionne McCauley and Sharon Pederson offer plain talk and simple lessons - there is a step-by-step way to choose color for quilts.

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Color For The Terrified Quilter
Plain Talk, Simple Lessons, 11 Projects

Author: Ionne McCauley and Sharon Pederson
Pages 96
Page size: 8 1/2" x 11"
Publisher: That Patchwork Place
Cover: Soft
Item Code: 4L30830
Weight: 1.1 lb
MSRP: $26.95

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Color choices don't have to be intuitive, instinctive, or inborn —there is a step-by-step way to choose color for quilts And this fun book will show you how! Find practical techniques and guidelines for making the perfect color choices in any quilt.

  • Find lighthearted text, clear illustrations, and beautiful photos to learn about color in easy-to-understand language
  • Follow easy exercises and 11 projects; they'll turn you into an expert on using the color wheel
  • Learn how to make quick mock-up blocks before committing fabrics to the sewing machine

Take the mystery out of color!


Instruction Page
Instruction Page

About the Authors

Ionne (pronounce Iona) has always been interested in what she sees and how she sees it. Her route to quilting was a circuitous one, beginning with drawing and painting. She spent six years in Australia, where she learned batik methods and fabric dyeing. After working with batik and producing many, many yards of hand-dyed fabric, she changed her focus to quilts. Her early love of traditional quilts has not left her, although these days she is also exploring more abstract ways to express her ideas. Color is the most important way to do this, and she has been teaching classes on that subject since 1997.

Ionne enjoys several different hobbies—the fairly common ones such as reading, cooking and sewing but also karate! She feels it is a good way to balance out all that sitting at the sewing machine (or glue stick!)

She lives just outside the town of Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, with her husband, daughter, two dogs, a cat, and a small flock of sheep.

Sharon can't remember when she didn't sew. Mind you, at her age, she can't remember lots of things. Her love of fabric and sewing machines led her to quiltmaking in the mid-1980s, and it has consumed her life ever since.

Her previous three books, all from Martingale & Company, Reversible Quilts (2002), More Reversible Quilts (2004) and Sensational Sashiko (2005), have opened doors for her all over North America and Great Britain, and her teaching schedule is a busy one. She enjoys traveling and teaching, but she is never happier than when she is at home in her little cabin in the woods with her husband, her five sewing machines (OK some of them are more decorative than functional, but who could resist a bone-handled, hand-crank machine?) an enormous stash of beautiful fabric, and time to play with it.


Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Color 1018
Exercise: Color Families9
Exercise: Making a Value Scale12
Exercise: Relative Value14
Exercises: Intensity16
Warm and Cool18
Exercise: Warm and Cool19
Color 101 Review20
Blocks for Mockup Exercises21
Chapter 2: One Color Family24
Exercise: Monochromatic Mockup24
Project-Blue Plaid Shirt29
Project-Chinese Coins32
Chapter 3: The Next-Door Neighbors35
Exercise: Analogous Colors Mockup36
Project-Twilight Zone39
Project-Jumping in the Leaves42
Chapter 4: The Family Across the Road45
Exercise: Complementary Colors Mockup 46
Project-Rose Window48
Project-Look Both Ways51
Chapter 5: A Fork in the Road54
Let's Talk about Yellow55
Exercise: Split Complementary Colors Mockup56
Project-City Mouse61
Chapter 6: The Triplets64
Exercise: Triad Colors Mockup65
Project- Copper Beech67
Project-Midnight Stars71
Chapter 7: The Family Reunion76
Scrap or Multicolored Quilts76
Two Plans for Scrap Quilts77
Exercise: Observe and Practice78
Project-Family Gathering79
Quiltmaking 10184

Midnight Stars
Midnight Stars

Copper Beach
Copper Beach


Look Both Ways
Look Both Ways

Rose Window
Rose Window

Blue Plaid Shirt
Blue Plaid Shirt

Color Page
Color Example Page

City MouseJumping in the Leaves
City Mouse and Jumping in the Leaves


Twilight Zone
Twilight Zone


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