Even choosing a monochromatic quilt color can be a challenge!
First, you know I like to use nature to help choose a color palette for quilt projects, right? (See Nature’s Color Wheel for more information.) For this color challenge, I decided to take my cues from a beach walk. I didn’t expect to find black seashells on this particular white beach! So, I ended up with a monochromatic theme from nature.
However, I think using a single fabric for a one-color quilt can make the quilt seem “flat”, in regards to interest. (We do strive for flat quilts!) However, when you add more shades of one color, you can add interest to a single-color quilt design.
Its amazing how difficult it can be to choose fabrics for a quilt, especially for a new quilter. I distinctly remember the kind teacher helping me choose fabrics for my first quilt class at The Sewing Basket many years ago. It was for a patriotic quilt, so even though that palette was obvious, I had a lot of fear of choosing the wrong colors!
While, technically, a two-color quilt isn’t monochromatic, we often refer it is as so, especially when the second color is a neutral. If not a neutral, the second color should allow the “focus” color to steal the show.
I found these seashells on the beach and realized that even nature can be monochromatic.
The varying shades of black in these seashells are interesting. Don’t you love the contrasting shades of beige, also found in the shells?
Makes me think of batiks. You?
Generally, I love to mix “whites”. Therefore, finding these light shells with so many shades of white was really fun for me!
Here are two monochromatic quilts of similar colors:
Below is a fun use of value in a monochromatic quilt! See The Tricky Traits of Value HERE.
Also, see Sunrise Quilt Colors for more on using nature as your palette guide.
Do you make monochromatic quilts?
How do you choose your quilt palettes?
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Finally, enjoy your quilting journey, Karla