The theme for this quarter's piece was Colour Theory, and what a massive and complicated subject that is!
Essentially it's about describing and explaining relationships between colours and why we find some satisfying. As quilt makers most of us have probably come across the 'Colour Wheel' at some point - we often use it as reference when considering which colours might go well together. The particular wheel we are familiar with - the subtractive colour wheel, which is based on mixing pigments, and uses the primary colours red, yellow and blue - only represents one way of describing the relationships between different colours. There are other models which depend, for example, on whether you are considering the properties of light - the additive colour wheel - or the physiology of the human eye.
As I was feeling my way round the enormity of the subject, and at a bit at a loss, I thought about making an abstract quilt using complementary colours. However I couldn't get away from a picture in my head of pink blossom against sunny blue skies and I really wanted to make that quilt even before I'd considered what the relationship between the colours was.
The Spirit of Summer