Remember when calicos were the go-to fabric for quilts? Or maybe that was my tiny little quilting world. I felt pretty daring when I used more graphic prints, unwittingly stepping into the modern quilting movement. A whole new world has been opened up, and We Love Color celebrates it. Solids are no longer restricted to the backgrounds, the backs, and the accents, and they are no longer forced to be neutral. We Love Color shows what amazing design can be made without patterns and prints, but with the bold use of color. Sixteen designers took up the challenge to use only Kona Cotton Solids by Robert Kaufman Company to create unique and colorful quilts.
From classic-style like Lady of the Lake (Rita Hodge) to graphic-style like Lupine (Emily Cier), there’s something for every taste. And the artists have provided the detailed instructions to get us from fabric bolts to beautiful quilts.
However, it will take some skill and focus to pull most of these off. Part of the art is how simple some of these look—Color Frames (Amy Ellis), Modern Cross (Kathy Mack), Stepping Stones (Lisa Call)—when they are actually quite intricate, with more steps and more pieces than an impatient beginner like me can realistically contemplate. Intrigued and unafraid, I’m ready to whipstitch a few beautiful and straightforward designs. See Stacked Blankets (Valerie Wells) and Centered (Cherri House). Also, one of my favorites is Spring Will Come (Kajsa Wikman), which is mostly applique. Cut shapes, sew them down; I can do that. (Hey, if that’s how I have to think of it to make myself to do, don’t disillusion me!)
True quilters—and those inspired by a challenge and desire to improve—will get a sparkle in their eyes and an itch in their fingers when they pick up this book. They’ll be eager to start putting the pieces of designs such as Ladders (Elizabeth Hartman) and Lupine together or to try different techniques such as the ones present by Orbit (Jennifer Sampou) and Little Landscapes (Jean Wells). Also a certain joy will come from assembling these rich colors. It may not exactly flout the color wheel, but it’s edgy to put together Chartreuse and Cerise or Bright Pink and Salmon or Lupine and Caribbean.
As a bonus, We Love Color also clearly shows how solids showcase another art—the quilting. Intricate quilting design just pops when done on solids. It draws you in. Even the seemingly easy quilting can’t and won’t be ignored. You might even be spurred to try out some Angela Walter-techniques from Free-Motion Quilting (to be released next month) or some of Bethany Pease’s Modern Quilting Designs.
We Love Color is an inspiring treat for the eyes, in more ways than one.
Don’t miss the We Love Color Blog Tour! Be sure to check back here on May 3oth for the kick off. Pssst…there will be giveaways!