Book Review Tuesdays: Quilt Color Workshop

I thought today would be a perfect time to post another Book Review Tuesday, as I am sitting on a plane, on my way to Las Vegas, for a 2 hour meeting (for those that know I live on the east coast…yes that will mean I am on a plane for 14 hour return trip in the next 24 hours or so).

Anyway, it has been a while since we had a Book Review Tuesday, for those who have not seen this feature before you can check out the details and previous reviews here. More reviews are on the way, I promise. I have been collecting many books and have several on pre-order which I am holding out for. One last thing, don’t forget the giveaway below.


I have always been fascinated by color. I love playing with colors and seeing how colors and values work together (or not). I think one of my strengths is just know what colors work and what does not….I think it’s all those years of drawing and painting etc. So for today, I wanted to share Quilt Color Workshop with you, I was so excited when this book arrived on my door step a couple of months ago.


Title: “Quilt Color Workshop”
Author: Tacha Bruecher, Brioni Greenberg, Lynne Goldsworthy, John Adams
Publisher: F+W Media
ISBN:  978-1-44630-375-7

This book did not disappoint. This book is well authored, edited with an intelligent and comprehensive explanation of color theory. The photography and illustrations are fantastic and are essential to this book.

The book got me enthralled right from the first pages. This first section covers the essentials of color theory, and then dives into more detail explaining how color relationships are so important when choosing your fabrics of a quilt.

The first project is that “oh to die for” color wheel that is on the cover….and yes I am going to make myself a color wheel too…I am thinking of making mine out of hexagons 🙂

The majority of the book, explains how the initial principles and the relationship of color works with essential colors (almost the rainbow ROYGBIV Red, Blue, Yellow, Purple, Green and Orange).

Each one of the color sections:

  • Starts with a block you can make up and focuses on one of the color theories; for example Red focusses on analogous
  • Other examples of other color theory principles are also provided using that feature block, so you can truly be walked through the differences.
  • A second block is provided focusing on a second color theory (Red – monotone was the second example). Again, other examples of this same block  are provided and explained.
  • Two full projects are provided for each color section.

I do have some favorite projects:

  • Lynne Goldsworthy – Calm Before the Storm project highlighting the color theory of monotone in reds and low volumes.
  • Lynne Goldsworthy – Modern Vintage Wedding Ring Quilt project highlighting the Color theory of split complementary in pale purples, oranges and greens printed fabrics and neutrals. I have never wanted to make a wedding ring quilt until I saw this one!!
  • Tacha Bruecher – Off the Cuff Quilt project highlighting the color theory of double complementary using dark orange with blue and light orange with blue-green prints. This quilt is made up of improv. log cabin blocks.

The book finishes up with some of the techniques and templates, you will need to make the projects in the book, so make sure you go to the end.

I do not have a project today. However it is very easy for me to rate this book as this book is one of the few quilting books I use and pull out on a regular basis. It is a fabulous reference for color theory and when I am trying to explain why I chose the fabrics I chose for a quilt, I go back to this book to get the right color theory/relationship. Overall, I really enjoy this book and my rating is:
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One brand new copy of Quilt Color Workshop will be given away, all you need to do is leave a comment on what you would like to learn with regards to color theory or what is your favorite color relationship you use in your quilts (Monotone, Analogous, Complementary, Double Complementary,  Split Complementary, Triadic, Neutrals). There is a second chance to win if you are a follower, just leave a second comment. A winner will be chosen at random and announced after 6pm next Tuesday 24th June.

A disclaimer, all reviews and opinions of the books reviewed will be mine, unless otherwise stated. Please note, I may not respond to all comments due to volume and bandwidth.

93 thoughts on “Book Review Tuesdays: Quilt Color Workshop

  1. Nicole

    52. I need to work on seeing value, regardless of colour. And I love complementary blue and orange (but more the turquoise side of blue).

  2. Jenn

    55. Analogous color schemes are probably my favorite. Thanks for the giveaway, this book has been on my wish list for a while!

  3. Sarah

    59. I would like to learn anything about color theory; I’ve never studied it, I just go with what looks right.

  4. Kelly Wilson

    66. I would like to learn about ratios (i.e. 3 blue:1 orange) and the theory behind them. Thanks! Notwendy gmail

  5. Jeifner

    67. It’s hard to say I have a favorite color theory method for quilts but I might say monotone as I have a red + creamy neutrals quilt then a shades of aqua quilt in progress.

  6. Helen

    69. I want to learn the freedom of not being so “matchy-matchy” – how do shades of the same color play nicely together.

  7. Alli

    72. Is there a thing in color theory about coordinating with purples? The purple part of my stash is tiny, and still hardly matches anything else… I feel like it might be because I find more red-purples to buy, but the red part of my stash is about 1/8 the size of the blue part. :}

  8. Joanna

    74. I hope your survived that crazy plane trip!! I’d like to learn how to put together awesome fabric selections like you do! I always love your choices and if this book helps you… 😀

  9. Pam

    76. I would love to learn how to read multicolored prints when using color schemes. My favorite color scheme is complimentary. Thanks for the chance to win!

  10. Michele T

    78. The book sounds amazing!! I would really like to learn how to mix colours and patterns so it looks awesome like yours!!

  11. RobinSue

    I love all quilting books and I especially love anything to do with color theory. I wish I could label my method of putting colors together – it’s very instinctual for me.

  12. Tabitha Keener

    82. I’m new so a lot of the terminology is over my head but I would love to learn as much as I can about color theory and how to create beautiful and dynamic quilts. I seem to be drawn to lots of color and color combinations all in the same quilt, so far it has worked, but I could use some schooling in how color plays together. Thanks so much for a chance!

  13. buntyw

    87. I need to learn more about the colour wheel – although I know what combinations I like / don’t like !!

  14. Michele

    88. I love color wheel projects and learning about color theory. I find that I am drawn to analogous project myself and have to make a conscious effort to diversify! Thanks for the opportunity!

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