Friday, February 26, 2016

Color Play Friday - NYC

Good Morning Loves,

It's FRIDAY!  Oh how I have missed thee.  This has been such an emotional week.  It was so refreshing to think about all the wonderfully fabric choices there are in the world, it gave my mind a much need release of stress.

If you would like to see the photos for  Color Play Friday  as well as check out the guidelines we use, please refer to Lorinda at Laurel, Poppy, and Pine or Trina at In An Otter Life.  They can give you all the details of how you too may be a  Color Play Friday  participant.

Looking at this week's picture I wanted to try focusing on some colors I had not used before.  Really examine the picture.  However, for some odd reason I ended up thinking and feeling like a box of primary crayons.  You know the fat ones they make you use when you're still learning how to hold a pencil.  That thought made me search through my scrapbook stuff looking for my color wheel.  Didn't find it.  But there's always good ol' "Google" to help a girl out.

It's amazing to see how many colors there are.  After watching Lorinda on Periscope I too ordered a yard of cotton fabric with a Color Map on it from SpoonFlower.  I can't wait to get it.  It has over 1400 color chips on it plus their hex codes, which can be used to ensure that you are getting the true color you intended. For example on your website or in this case for creating fabric designs.  I just loved it and wanted it to help me find THE color.  You know, like a couple of week's ago.  This will help when I create that perfect purple bunny fabric.  I'll be able to make sure it IS the perfect color when I have it printed.  If your have no idea when I'm talking about see this CPF post.  Thankfully those codes are universal and work for everyone.  However, it does help to know a little about colors.

Like the fact that  primary colors are groups of colors that can be mixed together to create other colors, basically.  It also helps to understand that there are primary, secondary and tertiary colors.  Primary colors are those that can not be made by combining others: red, yellow, and blue.  You can make secondary colors by combining two primary colors: yellow + blue = green.  To make a tertiary color you can mix three colors, they can be primary or secondary to give you colors like:  red violet, lime green, and yellow orange.

Tertiary colors like grey and brown (brown, not the most loved color in the wheel) are made by mixing all three primary colors together.  As if that wasn't enough to remember you also have descriptions of color and my favorite color schemes.  You can go from hue, tint, tone, and value in descriptions (to name a few) into color schemes of complementary, monochromatic, and analogous (to name a few).  AND colors can be warm or cool (if you have ever worn make-up you know about that one, lol).

Knowing about color theory can be very helpful to artist of all kinds, including quilters.  Although I'm not particularly concerned about it most of the time, I like knowing a little, to be used when I feel like it.  It's a very interesting subject if you have time one day to do a little research.  I couldn't include it all here or this post would be too long for a CPF post.  But I did find these charts to be of great interesting and fun enough to share (and free to share)!

Birthday Color Wheel

I think my palette for this week reminds me of nap time, recess, Bomb Popsicles, and drinking from the water hose.  Ahh, back when being a youth was so simply.

The photo belongs to Lorinda (UPDATE: correction this photo belongs to Trina).  She was taking a bus tour in NYC, how exciting.

I'd like to present for your review, this week's photo featured with my "not so crazy this time, maybe" color palette/bundle for another edition of:

Color Play Friday - NYC:

Want to know all the details of where I spotted these wonderful fabrics:

By Angela Waters
For Robert Kaufman Fabrics
(actually backing fabric, so I would use it in this bundle for backing and 
fold over binding as well as to make some of the blocks with)

Batik Cotton Quilting Fabric

By Joanne Porter
For Wilmington Prints

In the Bloom Collection By Valori Wells 
For Robert Kaufman

Kona Bay Fabrics 

(pattern, not actually leather product, it is 100% cotton)
Moda Classics 

Sun Print Grow Collection by Alison Glass
For Andover Fabrics

By Another Point of View
for Windham Fabrics

You can see all my other CPF submissions here.

Don't forget to stop by and check out all the palettes/bundles of the other cool ladies participating in Color Play Friday.  They have the most amazing taste and a great eye for designing their bundles.
             Steph @ Shimmy and More (thank you so much for stopping by) 
                     Lorinda @ Laurel, Poppy, and Pine
                                   Trina @ In An Otter Life
                                              Mindy @ Quilting Mayhem
                                                           Sarah @
                                                                     Yvonne @ That's So Creative
                                                                                    Bethany @ Sew Not Perfect 

We hope you will enjoy hopping around and checking out the different perspective presented by each of our quilting ladies.  It's always cool to see things from someone's else eyes and experiences.  You can also do a social media check for our palettes by using the hashtag #ColorPlayFriday.

Love and Shimmies,
P.S.  In order to create my color palette I used Moda Palette Builder 2.1.  When I first joined CPF this was the first palette builder to pop up in my search engine.  It's easy to use and gives you the colors based on Bella Solids.  If you want to see a really sweet color palette use the Birthday Color Wheel picture above, wow!  What sweet palette, I got the tingle of spring and the taste of cotton candy just staring at it.


  1. I just love all the colors in your palette. You are so ambitious. :)

    1. Yes, it was a big task. Don't think I want to try to squeeze that many in again.

  2. I was just thinking the same thing! Look at you Steph making all the colors play nice together. I usually stop at 5 and occasionally go for 6, but you are all in and rocking it.

    1. Oh my yes, it was quite a task. I think I stick for 5 or 6 also. but I just keep thinking of that box of crayons we used to get as kinds with only 8 crayons, lol. I was worried about the final result, but I really do like the palette and fabric together. For once I don't feel like the loose wild child throwing some crazy prints together. But... next week... no promises, lol.

  3. Great job! Your bundle really is like a box of crayons.... What a fun quilt it would make! BTW, this is actually Trina's picture- I wish I could say that I have been to New York City!

    1. I'm interesting in seeing it in a quilt with these fabrics. Yes, I read Trina's post and realized I needed to go correct my mistake. Sorry about that.

  4. Steph - I think this is one of my favorite palettes I've seen you put together - I love it! I definitely see the "box of crayons" that you said you were feeling and the way you pulled fabrics is really beautiful.

    1. Thanks Bethany! I had a lot of fun with it.

  5. Wow! This is great, interesting, and useful information about colors! Thanks

    1. Hi UK, glad you found it useful. There really was a lot more information I wish I could have included. Thank you for stopping by!