My name is Jean Wells and I have been quilting forever... and I LOVE SOLIDS!!!
Working with solid color fabric is such a treat for me. I love the challenge of creating a composition that speaks to the inspiration that I have chosen. I learned early on that no color is always warm or cool, dull or bright, light or dark----everything is relevant. It depends on what color it is placed next to. So I take on an attitude of auditioning colors to see who might get to be in the quilt. This attitude has served me well and I think my pieces are better for it. Since I like to work fairly abstract, cutting my lines without rulers, my quilts have a more organic feeling.
In Stone III, a quilt from my new book due out in July (Journey to Inspired Art Quilting from C&T Publishing) you can see how I have used the softer yellows and greens with a touch of aqua in the piecing. But without the charcoal the pieced sections would be lost. Look closely at the individual colors and who places them and you will see examples of a variety of relationships. The color inspiration for this quilt came from Rabbit brush that blooms in late August.
Most of my inspiration comes from nature as you can see from the two landscape style pieces in the book. One was inspired by the ocean and the other the mountains. Living in Central Oregon it is hard not to be inspired by rocks, trees, wildflowers, or a beautiful sunset.
My go to color is 1192 Lime in the Kona Solid Collection. Sometimes all I need is a sliver to pull the eye through a quilt and other times I base the composition on lime. Landscape I from my book "Intuitive Color and Design" from C&T is a great example of focusing on a color family.
Two other colors that serve me well when I am working are 349 Butterscotch and 1183 Jade Green. The butterscotch is a great warm color that goes with everything and the Jade is just enough of a blue and green combination that it can work in a warm or cool palette. It is funny how you find colors that speak to you and end up "saving the day" when you are working.
Kona has 28 fabulous new colors for all of us to experiment with. I am liking Lipstick (Kona color 1194) which is a bright red.
This spring as I was working on a landscape piece in earthy colors it was feeling like it needed something so I used slivers of red much like a brush stroke and it was wonderful. It may become my new "go to" color.
I want to give away a copy of the fabulous new book We Love Color. To be entered into the drawing please post a comment with your favorite "go to" Kona solid.
And best of all the winner will also receive a bundle of fabric. On July 6 I will give the winning names to Kauffman and they will send you your gifts.