Saturday late afternoon and evening I managed to get the other three blocks from the Beginner's Quilt Along finished in my second colorway. I really love the play of these colors. The aqua blue batik along with the pink/red leaf fabric make a great counterpoint for the rich purple leaf fabric. The white with aqua pin dots plays a quiet but necessary supporting role. Although in the 4 pointed star block it gets the lead and plays it well.
The main trick to this color scheme is simple color theory. You mix red and blue to get purple. If you look on a color wheel, you will see that all three of these colors are on the same side of the wheel.
They are not all touching, but they are close. This would be an analogous, or more correctly, split-analogous color scheme. So many times I am asked how I pick fabrics. Honestly it has become instinct but it is always based on color theory I learned in art. I am not formally trained, but I was fortunate to take an amazing art workshop soon after I started painting. That teacher taught a lot of things and I was like a sponge soaking them up.
Another trick in picking colors is to look at nature. If three colors are together in nature, it is a safe bet that when you put them together it will work. I did some quilt blocks in purple, fuschia and green. When I posted them, several commented that they would have put those colors together. Ha, I had seen a lovely orchid in those colors, so I knew it would work.
I believe in using color fearlessly. But I also use some common sense. I always stack the fabrics first and see if I like the combination. You can even do that with bolts at the fabric store if you are mixing up your own fabric palette for a quilt - it will make your quilt different from everyone else's. And variety is the spice of life isn't it?