Color Mastery: 10 Principles for Creating Stunning Quilts

Color Mastery: 10 Principles for Creating Stunning Quilts

by Maria Peagler




Color Mastery will help you to develop your own imaginative color combinations. Whether you are a traditional quilter trapped in a color rut or an art quilter looking for a deeper understanding of color, this book is your essential guide for a revolutionary new way of approaching color in your quilts. Join Maria Peagler, award-winning fine art quilter, author, and instructor, as she teaches you: How to develop your unique color vision in a journal; How to see color in your stash and in the quilt shop the way artists do; How to make any color work with any other color; Where to get innovative ideas for fresh, unique color combinations; How to create a more versatile and color-rich stash; How to make challenging colors play well with others; How to master artist;s secrets of achieving sophisticated color relationships. Includes 6 easy, yet elegant quilt projects, plus 3 bonus projects!

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ISBN-13: 9780981627700
Publisher: Willow Ridge Press, LLC
Publication date: 12/01/2008
Pages: 100
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.40(d)

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Color Mastery: 10 Principles for Creating Stunning Quilts 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
t.peggy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I got this book as an ARC thru Library Thing. Its really nice stock, very glossy pages. Large format paperback. I am glad I was chosen, but I have delayed reviewing this book, because its not a quick read and I wanted to do the book justice. The author does not "dummy" down information. Actually I found some of the terms intimidating... But I've delayed the review too long now. In this book there are projects to complete as part of learning the color mastery, and not being self motivated I think I would make more use of this book in a workshop environment, or group study. I love quilt fabric and was always indecisive in making choices, so I'm looking forward to delving deeper into this author's "10 Principles". So my rating of 4 stars is reflecting the graphics of the book, my joy in receiving it, and my anticipation of learning from it.
anglaisepaon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I requested, and received, an advanced reader's copy of this title because, after making one quilt on my own a few years ago, I realized I had quite a lot to learn. Despite spending a great deal of time ogling beautiful quilts on blogs such as Yarnstorm, the thought of starting another was too overwhelming.This is an ideal book for novice quilters who might be faced with the same dilemma when facing a wall of color in a fabric store and wondering where on earth to start. Peagler makes that simple - she starts at the beginning, with an explanation of color and how to use it effectively. There are guidelines, color wheels, and a breakdown of the hue, value, and intensity of several quilts to show how colors were chosen. I personally found this the most helpful aspect of the book, as not only can you see the principles in action, but Peagler also included instructions on how to make each quilt. I probably won't start a quilt immediately, but I've already found myself using what I've learned about color from the book and applying it to my current knitting project, and I suspect many knitters would also find this to be an excellent reference.
Beary_Bookwormish on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really did receive this book truly I did. The reasons for this late review are enumerable soooI actually found this book very hard to understand and really wordy. I was expecting a book on how to "scheme" your colors for quilts, that's not exactly what this was.It was more like reading a book on how everyone else's color technique is indescribably horrid. Reading the content I felt like I could never reach her level of mastery.Not to mention that her color choices were strange and confusing. She described the right way to choose colors and then did the exact opposite in some but NOT all of her "pre-views".All in all it was NOT a book I would have added to my "growing" collection of quilt, crochet, & craft literature. It just doesn't fit in any way with what I'm used to seeing from a quilt expert.
Seventy-one on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After two teachers (school art teacher and a professional oil portrait painter) tried and failed to teach me the color wheel in a way that made it really understandable, memorable, interesting, even exciting, Maria Peagler is doing that for me at last! She's even revived this wanna-be quilter's determination to get quilting before her fingers are too arthritic. I've stocked up on supplies for my color journal, looked over my stash and analyzed what I'm missing, photocopied the templates the author so kindly provides and scheduled a three-day weekend quilting retreat to really immerse myself in this wonderful book and come up with at least one design, possibly even a small project. I'll post another review after that weekend.
Alsek on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I requested this not for myself but rather for my daughter who has taken up quilting. She enjoyed this book very much and said it was very helpful and provided many thoughtful suggestions. Employing some of the techniques described in the book the appearance of her quilts has improved dramatically. I agree with others that the book's printing is of high quaility and the photographs and illustrations are excellent. I would highly recommend this to anyone interested in quilting.
seldombites on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have never done any quilting, but I have been wanting to give it a try. As a complete novice, I found this book easy to understand and follow, and I am very much looking forward to trying the included projects. As a person with absolutely no artistic ability, I feel this will be a valuable resource. In fact, it has already come in handy - when choosing clothes!
teampoush on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Holding and reading this book is a sensual experience, as each slick page abounds with pleasing color. I was afraid that a volume with such visual appeal would be light on content, but that is not at all the case. Instead, Color Mastery does a fantastic job of providing substance behind the style, in the form of solid color theory, and ample practical exercises to teach the reader to apply said theory.Peagler lays out ten principles of color mastery, then devotes a chapter each to the main principles, weaving the other principles throughout all the chapters. For those with formal art education, the principles may be too elementary. But for the vast majority of readers, the principles of hue, value, intensity, and the various color harmonies will be new and helpful.The author strongly suggests keeping a color journal, and shows the reader exactly how to do that. Personally, the idea and application of a color journal is the most exciting part of this book, and from that practice I can definitely anticipate how my crafting projects will improve in their use of color.Color Mastery also provides nine quilting projects that allow you to practice the principles just learned, using the fabric already in your stash. My primary focus as an artist/crafter is on mixed medium projects, not specifically quilting, and I still got a tremendous amount of information from this book ¿ a quilter will find this a definite treasure trove.
psychomamma on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a lovely book about quilting (and I have a lot). I love the glossy way the pages feel and the many pictures and examples you are given. The one thing I've always struggled with (and the ladies at the quilt store always have to help me with) is figuring out which materials go together well. If that's your issue, this is the book for you. I learned so much and really appreciate this book!!
Mickeyfreak on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As a little more than beginning quilter, I found this book to be a great resource! I feel that this book is better served for the self-learner, rather than in a class environment. Let's face it, how many of us have time to take a class? But many more of us have a little free time in the day to dedicate to reading, discovering, and applying the concepts taught in the book. I felt that the journal was an excellent way of keeping track of your fabrics and ideas. It's great to go back after a few years and be able to try the same pattern layout, but perhaps with different fabrics this time, or to use the same color scheme in a different pattern. All of your notes are right there.I have always had trouble with differentiating between value and intensity. This book helps by not only explaining them, but also by showing examples. The explanations of the color wheel combinations, along with examples of how they work, makes this book a must-have. I don't have enough "stash" yet to make more than one color wheel, but as I add to my collection, I will definitely make and use color wheels.This book is very visual, with lots of great color combinations in the examples, down-to-earth explanations, tips and project ideas! It makes me feel more confident about making choices in future projects, and I won't have to keep on pestering my more advanced quilting friends for help!
bibliobeck on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a really lovely book. I love the `magazine style¿ layout, with text broken into readable chunks, and splashed with lovely illustrations and diagrams. The book is a demonstration of its own wonderful ideas with lovely colourful borders, quilted swatches and stitching effects scattered across the pages which constantly draw the eye and lift the spirits! Maria Peagler is clearly a woman who is passionate about colour and her advice doesn¿t come from a formulaic stance, rather she has 10 principles to master colour which are clearly laid out like a mission statement and are then followed up in depth in the following chapters. She has a background in art, but helps the reader identify that in material, the crafter has a pre-made palette, and so must use the colour wheel in a different way to artists.The author holds the reader¿s hand as she leads them through various exercises to develop a deeper understanding of colour and the use of hue, value and intensity alongside colour wheels. As someone who enjoys crafting in general, I can see the benefit of this book across the spectrum (so to speak!) and the author briefly touches on this in the FAQ section at the end of the book. Personally I wonder if this should be taken into account with the marketing of this book as I would have been unlikely to pick this up in a shop if I were looking for a book on the use of colour in knitting, but I am delighted to have it on my shelf now for the variety of crafts I do. I would urge other crafters who may not be quilters to look at this book too, especially if designing their own patterns or colour schemes. I love the idea of a colour journal (complete with permission to get messy!) and there are even mini colour wheels in the appendix to cut out and use in the journal. I am very interested in colour and appreciate the way that it can convey a message (as in the `Cottage Garden Quilt¿ project in the book) and affect mood. Overall, very readable, for me simple but not at all obvious comments about colour and palette that I really needed pointing out to me and some useful exercises to help increase understanding. I finished the book knowing that I have learned something important and that will enhance my crafting and I don¿t think you can ask any more from a book! Highly recommended.
nitalaabs on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As a quilter who wishes she could quilt more, this book is long on useful information but short on eye candy. I am usually looking for inspiration as well as information when I buy this kind of quilt book. The content is outstanding, however. I thought I had a pretty good handle on color theory from photography classes, and work in the printing industry. Peagler helped to clarify the differences between hue, value, and intensity, which was always a fuzzy concept for me. Great diagrams and pictures, mostly of color wheels. I wish there were more of quilts! I would like to see more of the concepts she is teaching implemented. In short, I would say this is an excellent reference for any visual artist (quilter, knitter, painter, needle worker) to have in her library. However, it is not the kind of book that will live next to my bed for inspiration when I want to dream about my next quilt.
pilgrimess on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not being primarily a quilter, I wasn¿t quite sure what to expect from this book, but as an artist/crafter in other media I was hoping that it would still give me some useful insight into colour and design that I could apply more generally to a variety of projects. From this point of view I think it is a highly successful book: the author breaks down colour harmony into basics, and provides useful ways of identifying hue, value and intensity, concepts that were quite elusive to me prior to reading this. Since I have long been a visual journaller, I found the idea of keeping a colour journal very appealing, and the couple of exercises that I have tried so far by making colour wheels have already helped me in gaining a greater understanding of how the different elements of colour work together. Forcing myself to work from my stash as the author suggests (which in my case is mostly paper of all sorts), I am not only becoming more familiar with what I have at my disposal, but I¿m also starting to see possibilities that I wasn¿t seeing before, just by training my eye to identify aspects of colour. I have also discovered that there are a couple of particular colour harmonies (one triadic, and one double-complement) that I seem to be frequently drawn to, only I hadn¿t noticed since I had never really broken down the various components and analysed them that way. I find it so useful now to have this framework to work with, and I¿m inspired to see what a difference it might make to future projects.As for the quilting side of the book, I thought the projects themselves were interesting and attractive. If I ever get around to learning a little more about quilting (my previous experience is limited to being taught by my mother how to hand-patchwork as a child), then I would certainly try a couple of the projects that Ms Peagler has designed. Her palette and style probably differ from my own, but that doesn¿t mean that one can¿t take her basic principles and apply them with one¿s own style and character. I think a few more photos in places would have added to the visual appeal of the book though, as occasionally it seems a bit heavy on the text and diagrams. The text also repeats itself a couple of times in the book, with the paragraphs on different colour harmonies in Chapter 4 being transplanted almost word for word to the introduction of the projects in Chapters 8 and 9, which seemed a little unnecessary. Also, her ¿10 Principles for Creating Stunning Quilts¿ get a little lost with the other ¿top ten¿ or ¿ten principles¿ lists in the book.The only other thing I would have liked to see in this book would be a couple of examples of quilts in which she viewed the colour harmonies as not working as well as they could. Since she comments that she has sometimes seen quilts which appeared disharmonious and could have benefited from a greater understanding of colour harmony, I think it would have been helpful to show a couple of examples, along with her own commentary of what she might change to make it work better. Overall, I think this is a lovely book with much to offer visual artists of all persuasions, especially those who are already technically accomplished at their chosen media but want to take their understanding of colour to the next level.