No. 4 duochromatic strips palettes back to their most basic: pairs of colors. From morality to movies to the printed page, the notion of black and white holds a particular weight in our world and our history, and for a reason: contrasting pairs of color are the most natural, uncomplicated way to express shapes, symbols, and even ideas. The pairs of color in which shapes are cast affect how we interpret them, how they make us feel. Photographers and painters know the power of complementary colors, and from harmony to context, a simple contrast between two carefully-chosen colors can evoke depth, beauty, even tension. Duochromatic takes five modern, geometric designs and sets them each in a pair of colors chosen to complement and show that design in a certain light — and then gives an alternative pair that provides an entirely different mood to the same design.
So many of my quilts rely on the texture that is formed by using tons of different fabrics. These quilts rely on just two colors and not stretching that definition to use 20 different blue and 5 whites. Two fabrics. Just two.
No. 04 duochromatic is also available on Amazon. (As of the original posting time, it hasn’t quite worked its way through the Amazon system. It’s there but you can’t order it just yet. It should be working shortly!)
Now for the projects of no. 04 duochromatic…
Niveous: I loved the way Bauble from no. 03 emilychromatic came out.
Since this book was about challenging myself with just two colors, I figured Bauble was an excellent place to start. Niveous is what came of that experiment.
I love the simplicity and classic, yet still modern, look this project has.
Crapehanger: This quilt started with the idea of a simplified Groove quilt with a little steampunk thrown in. I’d say that worked well.
The quilting (by Angela Walters) emphasizes the pipes, steam, etc perfectly.
Dowie: Rain, grey and Seattle. Perfect. Outside the family room window is a street light where for many winter months rain is being blown in every direction (including straight up) and illuminated by that street light. This is that scene but in a quilt. I should keep a tally of how many quilts are cloud and rain inspired. My Seattle is showing.
Gossamer: There’s no deep reasoning to this quilt. Sometimes, like with Dowie, there is. Sometimes I just draw and play with shapes. This is one of those quilts. I was looking for simplicity in the design of these quilts. I wanted simple and clean because that’s what I associate with two-color quilts.
Mackle: For this quilt, I wanted to play with gradients and moving from one color to another.
This quilt sews up really quick… perhaps quicker to sew than to get to lay flat on a coastal beach. This was not an easy picture to take. One day I should do an outtakes post because that would be humorous. This is what 75% of the pictures looked like the day we photographed this book:
Many thanks also go to Angela for quilting all of the quilts and Robert Kaufman for the Kona Cotton used in all of the projects.
One last thought: At the end of my intro post for no. 03 emilychromatic I wrote this:
On to Color Continuum no. 04 … most of which was thought up while on post-surgery painkillers. This should be interesting…
So how did I do? Too crazy? So what’s my excuse for Color Continuum no. 05 which is mostly thought out…
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It was past time to do some store updates. I wanted got get in a couple more new titles but then I realized the kids were off school tomorrow so I needed to wrap this up today.
The new/updated titles are at the top of the PDF section in the store. The new/never-been-a-PDF-before titles are:
The other titles received aesthetic updates. Hopefully I’ll get to some more updates and new PDFs this spring/summer!
These look like triangles, but they’re really ripples on a pond. Or a rainstorm. Or drops streaming down a window. Or a shattered ice sheet. In any case, something to do with water. Definitely water. Or maybe glass? Well, your call. We just make the shapes, you get to interpret.
Percolate is available here.
Percolate is made with pre-cuts and yardage. What precuts you ask? The Kona® Cotton Designer Palette Series by Emily Cier of Carolina Patchworks available in January 2015. Fun!
Angela Walters quilted this one perfectly — emphasizing the movement within the quilt and building on the texture created by the fabric.
And as the sun sets on Percolate, I will end here … with a wonderful 2014 that saw three books and two individual patterns released … and lots of ideas to start the new year.