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Color Magic for Quilters: Absolutely the Easiest, Most Successful Method for Choosing Colors and Fabrics to Create Quilts You'll Love Paperback – January 15, 1999


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; 1st edition (January 15, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875969852
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875969855
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,156,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Finally, a sensible, clear-cut approach to color selection for quiltmaking. This book is full of ideas and practical color formulas to inspire your latest quilt projects."--Georgia J. Bonesteel, Creator and host of "Lap Quilting" on PBS television and author of Patchwork Potpourri

"Ann and Joyce have transformed the basic color theories into simple language that any quilter can understand. This approach to color is sure to help you in your color decision."--Jean Wells, Owner of The Stitchin' Post in Sisters, Oregon, and author of Patchwork Quilts Made Easy

From the Back Cover

Color Magic for Quilters

Color Magic for Quilters is the ultimate resource for anyone who has ever felt unsure about choosing and combining colors and fabrics. This goof-proof approach guarantees color success. Your color creativity will grow by leaps and bounds with the help of these quilter-friendly features:

* 24 easy-to-understand color formulas for combining colors and fabrics
* Over 250 quilt blocks with exciting color and fabric combinations--a never-ending source of inspiration for all your projects
* Simple color terms that are easy to remember and use
* Block makeovers that show how to make good quilts even better

Plus! Use your color confidence in 12 terrific quilt projects with clear and simple directions.

"Finally, a sensible, clear-cut approach to color selection for quiltmaking. This book is full of ideas and practical color formulas to inspire your latest quilt projects."
--Georgia J. Bonesteel
Creator and host of "Lap Quilting" on PBS television and author of Patchwork Potpourri

"Ann and Joyce have transformed the basic color theories into simple language that any quilter can understand. This approach to color is sure to help you in your color decision."
--Jean Wells
Owner of The Stitchin' Post in Sisters, Oregon, and author of Patchwork Quilts Made Easy

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Sisters Joyce Stewart and Ann Seely have won awards in both national and regional quilt contests, including the Museum of American Folk Art's Great American Quilt Contest and the Land's End and Good Housekeeping's All-American Quilt Contest. In 1992, they co-authored their first book, Sisters and Quilts: Threads That Bind. They teach at quilt guilds and shows accross the United States and have discovered that thier class "Color Magic for Quilters" is always a big hit!

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The book is well laid out and easy to follow.
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The color wheel teaches the relation of solid colors to eachother.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By E. Carley on December 13, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book lays out a method of choosing color combinations based on a color wheel. As a quilter, you have probably been doing this all along without realizing it. I've usually found a calico I like, and then choose the complimentary fabrics. That has worked for me because I was choosing calicoes that had a definite harmony in them.
This book will help you become even bolder in your choices, and you will see harmonies where you don't expect them. Also helpful is the "color workshop" at the back of the book that can help you decide what colors to choose based on the mood you are looking for.
All in all, a fun and enlightening read.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Peggy A. Drechsler on May 5, 2003
Format: Paperback
I have a number of quilt pattern books, but the quilts I made were "blah". This book helped me learn how to combine fabric colors, values and textures to make eye-catching quilts. Plus there were full-size patterns included that serve as examples of the principles taught in the book, and quilts range from quick-and-easy rotary strip quilts to complex paper pieced quilts. In addition, the "block makeover" double-page section gave me further insight in the difference the colors, values and textures can make in the finished blocks. I got hundreds of color combination ideas from this one book...it is now my favorite quilt book!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Cheryl E. Stewart on August 28, 2003
Format: Paperback
I have several colour books now and this is the one to which I refer most often. I like the way the author has laid out the colour wheel and as I work I leave the relevant wheel open so I can check what I am doing.
her projects range from easy to thought provoking and I have found them very good instructions to use with my patchwork students.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Michele Renee on November 15, 2006
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This is a great addition to any new or old quilter's library. Not only does it have the color wheel that is an easy reference, it also has broad examples of fabric that coordinate, accent, and compliment. The color wheel teaches the relation of solid colors to eachother. Rarely do we use a fabric that is one solid color. This book takes it one step further and teaches your mind to see the actual color of the fabric beyond the print/pattern/shade/tint/tone so that you can choose appropriate coordinating fabric for your desired affect.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Roxanna Dunn on June 5, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Of the many books I have read on quilting, this was one of the most practical and directly useful. It helps those of us who were not art majors catch up with those who were.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Peggy Mathias on January 29, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I received this book as a Christmas Present a few years ago. This book is excellant for finding a color combination or a color change. I use this book first whenever I want to sew a new quilt. It is a basic and VERY good book to get the mind working for new color schemes.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By sew_happy! on May 27, 2006
Format: Paperback
Do you love to sew, quilt or create colorful things? Do you go shopping for fabrics and become dizzy with all the choices? do you dream more than create? This book is so packed with useful information, even a beginner will be motivated to get started. i have read it completely, and enjoyed every colorful page. i will use it over and over, especially when i'm feeling in a creative rut. It will get you going again with all the color harmony chapters, the color worshop chapters, about color values, solids, prints, and visual texture. it helps you understand the mood of your fabrics and will inspire you to turn your good projects into great projects. yes, there are even projects provided with everything you need to know, to be creatively successful and ecstatically happy with the results! i've been sewing for 38 years now. How did i get along without it?
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By judith.likely@wilcom.com on January 5, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Even though most of us have some knowledge of color combining, it's great to be shown specific groupings and to be given the reasons why some colors work and others don't. Some mysteries are great, but color combining shouldn't be.
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