How to Choose Fabrics for a Four Color Quilt

Four color quilts are a party waiting to happen. They abound in opportunities to play with light and dark, warm and cool, and all the textures of print.

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How to Choose Fabrics for a Four Color Quilt with HollyAnne Knight of String & Story


Welcome back to our How to Choose Fabrics Series! Four color quilts are a built-in party, and they allow so much opportunity for accent, variety, and visual interest! Let’s continue to play with the three types of contrast I taught you: Value, Color, and Scale.

If you missed the All about Contrast post at the beginning, be sure to check it out here!

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Value

How to Choose Fabrics for Four Color Quilts with HollyAnne Knight of String & Story

Three color quilts were exciting because they allow for a light, medium, and dark, but by four colors, you can get a proper wash. This is the stuff gradient and transparency quilts are made of, and it can be magical.

Color

How to Choose Fabrics for Four Color Quilts with HollyAnne Knight of String & Story

We’ve talked about complementary colors and triads, but four color quilts begin to lend themselves to another arrangement of color: analogous colors— colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. An analogous color scheme with good value and scale contrast as well would really go BAZINGA!

Scale

How to Choose Fabrics for Four Color Quilts with HollyAnne Knight of String & Story

What starts to be really fun about quilts that use more colors is the “scrappy” effect that is created even when yardage is used. Can you imagine how delicious colors like these would be in a truly scrappy quilt? As you embrace the variety of color and value, embrace scrappiness, too! Remember, think party!