Color Story Quilters Village

Take a look at the magazine stand and you will see that everyone is talking about it. From Martha and Oprah and beyond, the story is COLOR.  For a designer – no matter if you're a pro or a home crafter – color can be a big subject. After all, color can be the easiest way to create something delightful. And it can also bring a project down fast. So choosing a color pallette can be a daunting task.

But have no fear. There are many tools out in the “world wide web” that can aid in choosing and using color. I was recently inspired by Ali Edwards to check out a blog called Inchmark. (hosted by Brooke Reynolds) Brooke was the senior art director for Martha Stewart. So you can imagine that there are some very inspiring goodies over there. I am really moved by her color stories. A simple set of fabric swatches that represent a color theme. Simple yet brilliant.

So to draw upon my love for both fabric and papers, I created a simple color story of my own. I decided to work on a little swatch card that could hold both fabric and paper. Working on a small canvas like this is much less daunting than trying to create a color scheme on a larger scale. And considering that I tend to very heavily lean toward pink, this was a much needed excersize.

swatch cards

Once I created these little swatch cards, creating from that point was a breeze.


Colorful cards for everyday moments.


A coordinating layout.


and an easy pieced cuff. (ok this does lean toward the pink, but I did keep the blue button!)

For more of color inspiration, check out these blogs and color tools all available online.

Inchmark – Home to color “Color Stories”  along with colorful and inspiring projects.

Colour Lovers a place to check out a world of color, compare color palettes, submit news and comments, and read color related articles and interviews.

Adobe Kuler – a great tool for creating color swatches online. You can also download an Adobe Air version so you can have your favorite color combinations right on your desktop.

Color Schemer  - This is a great tool for the color phobic. Click on a color and a set of coordinating colors appears.

Heather Bailey – Fabric designer and avid crafter, Heather’s blog is visually stimulating and enticing.

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