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Color Mastery: 10 Principles for Creating Stunning Quilts Paperback – December 1, 2008

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Maria holds your hand and builds your color confidence, page by page with her smart tips, clear explanations and easy exercises. Her teaching experience and style are obvious as I felt like I was taking an at-home class just with her. I appreciate having her book on hand as a resource when I need a reference for pulling fabrics together and want to expand my color horizons. -- Joan Hawley, Lazy Girl Designs

Peagler's writing voice is friendly and humorous, but she remains focused and professional throughout this guide, resulting in a book that is both highly informative and interesting to read. Her passion for color is contagious, and the exercises are meaningful and fun to do! -- ForeWord Magazine

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I've attended several lectures on the color wheel, but none of them made me start thinking about color the way that Maria Peagler's Color Mastery did. All of a sudden I had fresh eyes, and looked at everything around me with greater understanding. This book is an instant classic.

Although the subject is not new, Peagler's writing style makes it so nonthreatening and easy to understand that it actually seems new.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Willow Ridge Press; 1st edition (December 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981627706
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981627700
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,087,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Maria Peagler is a modern-day renaissance woman. A quilter whose tastes range from fine art to funky traditional, Maria has been quilting for over 16 years and sewing over 30 years. Ironically, when Maria's high school counselor recommended she take home economics as an elective, her response was, "over my dead body." She chose art instead. Now she combines her love of art and color with her love of quilting to make quilts that sing with brilliant color.

Maria has won fine art awards for her quilts, as well as writing awards for several of her books. Color Mastery is Maria's eighth book. Her previous titles were all how-to software application books, and Maria has taken her specialty of making the complex simple and applied it to the frustrating topic of color for quilters. Maria has been published in national magazines such as Personal Computing, Quilt, and Professional Quilter.

Maria has a Journalism degree from The University of Georgia, one of the top-five Journalism colleges in the United States. Her background in training and instructional design for the nation's largest computer training company included managing a courseware development team and training clients from companies such as Coca-Cola, RJ Reynolds, the U.S. Army, the CDC, Oral-B, Abbot Laboratories, BellSouth, AT&T and many others. Maria has held leadership and membership roles in a variety of organizations, including the Society for Technical Communications, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Studio Art Quilters Association and the Independent Book Publishers Association.

Maria is also a watercolorist and devotes herself to more than one medium to continue her mastery of color across the spectrum of artistic disciplines. In her little spare time she enjoys devouring books, daily hikes in the mountains, and spending time with her husband and two sons in the north Georgia Appalachians.

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By S. L. Smith TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 17, 2009
Format: Paperback
I am so happy I paid near-full price for this book! I bought it after a friend and I had a friendly disagreement on the color of a fabric she was trying to match with something from my stash. Turns out, I was right, but much humbled when I could not answer her questions about color tone, hue, etc. Now she wants to borrow this book from me!

This is a book to READ, not just thumb through, although I must admit the first chapter I will read is * NOT * the first chapter, but Chapter 2: "Keeping A Color Journal". If you love to journal or perhaps just like the idea of journaling, or, like me, you own more than one blank journal, this chapter will speak to you. This concept is just one example of how author Maria Peagler assists the reader in discovering their own color confidence. Right off the bat, this book becomes about YOU.

Part 1 of this book is about the technicalities of color theory and is in a workbook format. As Ms. Peagler explains hue, value, and intensity, she draws YOU in as an active participant by showing you how to use your very own stash to make a color wheel for each of these 3 key concepts. So, when you complete this first part of the book, you will have started your own color journal AND made a unique color wheel to illustrate the key color concepts of hue, value, and intensity.

Part 2 is application-oriented, and contains 9 projects that get you to play with your new-found color confidence. Ms. Peagler calls these "color harmony projects", and each one utilitzes a rather daunting vocabulary (examples: "triadic", "split-complement", and "round-robin") that the quilter/reader will become uniquely familiar with.

Peagler is understandably proud of her newest book and with good reason!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By SMG on March 12, 2010
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This is one of the first books on choosing color schemes and fabrics for quilts I have purchased. I really like this book, but find it a bit elementary. It is a good book to give a quilter confidence because it uses very strict formulas which should be virtually foolproof. If you want a strict guide, this is a good book for you. If you like to explore and stretch you creativity, you might find this book a bit restrictive, but a good check up for your selections.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 6, 2009
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Beautifully illustrated with full color photographs and diagrams, Color Mastery: 10 Principles for Creating Stunning Quilts is a no-nonsense guide to developing one's own quilting patterns using the principles of aesthetically pleasing color combinations to maximum effect. From developing one's color vision in a journal to making any two colors work together to creating a more versatile stash and more, Color Mastery spells out the basics as well as advanced tips, tricks, and techniques. Written by award-winning quilter Maria Pegler, Color Mastery is a top-notch addition to any quilter's reference library.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Vira on April 23, 2010
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Can't help reading it from the front to the back cover at once! It's not a heavy volume, but this is the case of brevity as the soul of wit. The author is both quilter and watercolorist, and her writing style reflects it. Simple examples, clear explanations. The result is beautiful, very useful and high-motivating book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mary E. Sowell on July 13, 2009
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I enjoyed the author's way of working and explaining the use of color in the quilting examples...I have used the materials in a presentation of using color in working with selection of fabric colors in quilts.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karen M. Burgess on July 30, 2011
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When creating a Color Theory Class for a quilt shop, I was looking for good reference books to recommend. This one makes the top of the list. The easy and concise explanation of the 3 elements of color, along with a well thought out explanation of the role contrast plays in a quilt, make this a must have for beginners and more experience quilters alike. It pulls all the pieces and parts together in one spot. /

The only downside, if you consider it one, is that not all color harmonies are explained, for example, monochromatic, polychromation, separated color harmonies, and using accents with the color harmonies that are explained. So for beginners, when looking at pictures of quilts in magazines, they may not have the information to correctly catagorize all of the combinations they will come across.

All in all an excellent resource.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lisa M Madrigal on May 27, 2013
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Love, love, love this book! I have been quilting for one year now and usually follow a pattern or use panels and then pick my color scheme based on those colors. I was looking to add my personal color style to my quilts but struggled with how to use a color wheel. This book takes you step by step on how to understand and follow the colors on a color wheel. This now changes how I look at color in fabric and my decision on which color and type of fabric to purchase. No more impulse purchases which I save time and money purchasing the right color of fabric I know will work for my projects.
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