"Enchanted" is this year’s Kona Cotton Color the Year. It is a hidden gem amongst its vast collection of solid colors and a must have in your stash. The Seagrass Quilt by Wendy of The Weekend Quilter is based around this magical color. The fabrics used in her latest design explores choosing fabrics from the same hue. Read on for tips on how to choose fabrics from the same hues or click here to view her IGTV video tutorial.
When choosing colors from the same hue, it’s about creating depth, contrast and variance. This can be achieved through a few considerations: Value, shapes and scale.
Value refers to the lightness or darkness of a color. Gradations of value can create depth in a design. Aside from Kona in Enchanted, a mix of darker and lighter green fabrics were chosen to create variation and depth in the design.
Art Gallery Fabrics Lower the Volume in White Clear Reflections, was incorporated to break up the green fabrics, add contrast and create the ripple water effect in the design.
Shapes and prints play a role in creating visual interest and reduce the flatness in the pull. Broken Pieces from Emily Taylor’s Salt Wind collection and Grid Irregularity in Jade from Art Gallery Fabrics were selected because of its white and irregular rectangle shapes. These prints perfectly compliment the colour and shapes in the white Art Gallery Fabrics print. Moreover, these design elements in the fabric help add contrast and variation throughout the quilt.
Playing around with the scale of shapes can also add contrast, particularly with solid fabrics. The smaller the prints, the less contrast, and the larger the prints, the more contrast there is.
Creating more variation and interest
Playing with other colors in your pull can add variation and interest in the overall look of the quilt. Deviating slightly from the green hues, Broken Pieces and Sea Wreath from Emily Taylor’s Salt Wind collection introduces navy blue into the color palette.
To marry the navy blue prints at the front and the back of the quilt, Kona in Pursian binding fabric and 50 weight quilting thread by Aurifil in Dark Cobalt were used. Navy in the design plays a role in adding variation and another dimension to the design.
All these fabrics and thread are available from fabric.com. Seagrass Quilt pattern is available now here. Visit The Weekend Quilter’s website and follow @the.weekendquilter #SeagrassQuilt hashtag on Instagram for updates.