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. Allison C

    1. I’m so glad you reviewed this! I was just eyeing this book on amazon. I’m not sure what type I prefer…I guess complementary.

  2. TorinaInStitches

    3. I love rainbow quilts. I don’t know what that would be in your big word options, I just know that’s what I prefer always.

  3. quiltingmod

    8. I don’t even know where to start with color theory. I mostly use combinations on Design Seeds or in quilts that I like, or use a collection so I know it will coordinate.

  4. Juliet H.

    9. I’m a neutral girl but just because I feel I’m so “bad” with my color choices. Thanks for the chance!

  5. Anne

    11. I …like color. a lot. lol Ummm my favorite is generally analogous although I usually spread it out a bit past where you’re supposed to because I get carried away a bit. 🙂 Thanks for the chance at this book! I’ve been trying to cut down on book purchases but this one obviously interests me a lot! 🙂

  6. katechiconi

    13. I’ve always been a complementary girl, and I’d like to get more comfortable with the warm end of the spectrum, especially yellows and browns. Also, I’d like to learn to step away from the brights (temporarily, of course!) and play with neutrals. Trouble is, my hand reaches for the greens and blues and pinks and oranges all by itself…

  7. Jen at Bower Bird Patch

    15. Thank you for reviewing this book. I’m always on the look out for new, inspiring books and it sounds like this book would be great. I’ve always just chosen colours I reckon look nice to me, so it would be great to actually learn a bit about colour selection…. Thank you!

  8. Lydia

    17. I seem to always gravitate toward warm analogous colors. This book might give me the nudge I need to branch out!

  9. karriesmith

    19. I want to learn everything. Color theory is something that doesn’t come natural to me. I know what I like, but I want to know the why behind it!!

  10. Judy Cinerari

    21. I would love this book to teach me how to choose colours. It is one of the things I really struggle with when planning a quilt. I rely heavily on my teacher. I really need to be brave and commit!

  11. Lesley

    22. Any theory would be new to me! My current method could best be described as “smash and grab”.

  12. Fran

    24. I tend to use analogous or complementary colour schemes in my quilting but would love to understand more about the more complex aspects of colour theory. Thanks for the great review & for the chance to win a copy if this amazing book.

  13. wendy

    28. I’m just learning about colour theory and finding it really interesting. I suppose I’d like to learn about other designers’ take on the theories.

  14. Jamie B

    45. That color wheel is amazing. I’m alittle all over. I tend to pick due to who the quilt is for. Lean towards mono and analogous for myself. But doing a complimentary for a double wedding band for a good friend. Thanks!

  15. Karen K

    47. I would enjoy learning more about choosing fabrics that fit the type of quilt pattern to show off the pattern to its best. And I’ve never tried a mono type selection yet. Thanks for offering this book to your readers.

  16. Sarah

    49. I need all the help I can get in this area! I am new to quilting, but I have done one with rainbow primaries (Hungry Caterpillar themed for a friends baby), and one with complementary scheme. Thanks for the chance to win this great reference tool!

  17. Ruthann

    50. First of all thank you for the review and the chance to win. My favorite color scheme is analogous. Have done some complementary and split complementary.


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