Willow Ridge Press Shows Quilters How to Give Their Stash a Color Makeover in Tough Economic Times

Quilters are giving their fabric stash an extreme color makeover during difficult economic times and discovering the secrets of the stunning color in their quilts.

Big Canoe, GA, October 04, 2008 --(PR.com)-- Soaring petroleum costs translate into increased prices for acrylic rulers and other petroleum-based quilting notions, and transportation costs result in quilters cutting back and returning to their fabric stash. “In lean times, quilters rely on their stash to make quilts, and many are astonished at the brilliant color results they can achieve from those ordinary fabrics they’ve owned for years. Mastering color is like giving your stash a makeover,” says Maria Peagler, author of "Color Mastery: 10 Principles for Creating Stunning Quilts" published by Willow Ridge Press and available in February 2009.

“Quilters used to hand over their color choices to a pattern, their friend’s suggestions, or a kit,” says Peagler. “Those are natural starting points, but often quilters were disappointed after buying hundreds of dollars of fabric, because they ended up with someone else’s quilt. In our current economy, quilters are unwilling to make an investment based on others’ color preferences.”

Quilters often shy away from color theory believing they need an art degree or that it only applies to art quilters. “Any quilter can benefit from gaining a deeper understanding of color,” Peagler points out. “Art quilters, traditional quilters, dedicated and casual quilters all benefit from learning color’s DNA. Color mastery also translates well across mediums, including knitting, crocheting, scrapbooking as well as other fiber or paper-based arts and crafts forms.”

Color theory has different applications for quilters than it does for other artists, Peagler notes, as quilters aren’t mixing two colors of fabric to get a third. Traditional color theory focuses on the number of colors in a work of art, with two, three, and multiple color harmonies. Since quilters are juxtaposing colors next to each other rather than mixing them, they should focus on the contrasts of color’s three elements: hue, value, and intensity. Those contrasts are what define a quilt’s design, according to Peagler, who is also an accomplished watercolor artist.

The traditional approach to color theory left many quilters frustrated. “Limiting quilters to an artificial number of colors simply isn’t an intuitive way of working, and why so many quilters tried and walked away from color theory,” says Peagler, who guides quilters through the three elements of color, how to discover their own color vision, and only then teaches color harmonies by contrast, not by limitations of colors in a quilt. Finally, Peagler offers this: “Mastering color is not an overnight process. It’s a journey of self-discovery, and a delightful way of using up those fabrics you can’t remember why you bought.”

"Color Mastery: 10 Principles for Creating Stunning Quilts, "
Feb. 2009, Willow Ridge Press, Big Canoe, GA. ISBN: 978-0-9816277-0-0, 112 pages, over 100 images, 8-1/2x11, softcover, appendices, bibliography, index. $26.95.


For more information, contact:
Maria Peagler, author
Willow Ridge Press
Maria Peagler