Free yourself from preconceived notions about color and get ready to push the creative envelope! This must-have book inspires you to experiment with solids to gain a deep understanding of how color functions. Perfect for both the adventurous beginner and skilled intermediate quilter, the 12 modern quilt projects show you how to create fresh combinations, vibrancy, and movement using different hues. To make the projects accessible, affordable, and stunning, author Amanda Murphy developed a pre-cut package of Robert Kaufman Fabrics that can be used in conjunction with this book.
• Perfect go-to guide for quilters of any skill level
• Create 12 quilts (9 pieced quilts, pillow, placemat, and table runner) with a dynamic style
• Designs use pre-cut strips, squares, roll ups, and fat-quarter bundles
Review Publishers Weekly - September 16, 2013
Murphy (Modern Holiday) concentrated on color, specifically of solid cottons, in designing a dozen projects. The book's title is correct, for she does cover color essentials, turning the color wheel to highlight primary, secondary, and tertiary colors and complimentary colors. She also plays with what she calls "poison" colors, hues that scream at each other from opposite sides of the color wheel but "yield dynamic results" when placed together. Although she asserts that piecers who throw off color shackles become creative, she allows that "unlimited possibilities can also be intimidating." She addresses this issue by teaching about color: hues, values and shades; artist Josef Albers's contributions; and cottons from Robert Kaufman Fabric, especially the Kona Sunrise and Sunset palettes created for this book. Projects for intermediate or advanced quilters range from small pillows and place mats to full-size quilts, including "Color Burst," a gorgeous circle measuring 69 3/4 in. in diameter. Each quilt includes a page of color possibilities, and several projects include instructions on smaller topics, such as using fusible applique.
Review Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting - December 19, 2013
Amanda inspires you to experiment with solids and gain an understanding of how color functions. This book is perfect for the adventurous beginner and skilled intermediate quilter. Amanda shows how to create fresh combinations and movement using different hues.
Review By: Christa Watson, - November 18, 2013
What a gorgeous book! I enjoyed reading it and also looking at all the beautifully sewn quilts. I love color in quilts and especially those made from solid fabrics. I appreciated the depth of detail and excellent color theory presented in the book. My two favorite parts of the book are her explanation of how to use Kona solids using the color wheel and the fact that she showed multiple colorway examples for each project.Nicely done!
Review Applique Society Newsletter - March 3, 2014
“Color Essentials Crisp & Vibrant Quilts” offers the reader a chance to learn more about color and how it functions. Amanda has developed precut packages of Robert Kaufman Fabrics that can be used in conjunction with this book. Learn how color effects the surrounding colors, what colors come forward and what colors recede. The majority of the projects in this book are made from roll-ups, charm packs or fat quarter bundles against a variety of background fabrics. Each color palette is presented with a full color chart in- cluding identification numbers to aid in coordinating other color fabrics. All the fabrics can be ordered from the Robert Kaufman website if you can not find them locally. The projects start small and work up into some beautiful contem- porary quilts. If you are just wanting to experiment with color, you will find the smaller projects exciting learning tools as you begin to see how to create fresh color combinations to create vibrancy and movement. Photos and instructions are easy to follow. Fusible appliqué is used in some projects.
Review Down Under Quilts Magazine - April 29, 2014
If you're stuck in a bit of an inspiration rut then this book is sure to help! It details how you can experiment with solid fabrics and better understand colour combinations. Inside you'll find 12 modern quilt projects, each of which uses pre-cut strips, squares, jelly rolls, and fat-quarter bundles, helping to make the patterns simple to follow. The author, Amanda Murphy, has also developed a pre-cut package of Robert Kaufman Fabrics which you can use with the book to create many of the contemporary projects.
Review Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Vol 9 - May 2, 2014
Grab colorful Kona cotton solid precuts and designer Amanda Murphy's new book, Color Essentials: Crisp & Vibrant Quilts, for a boost of color confidence. Learn about successful color combinations and see how they work in the 12 projects included in the book.
Review Modern Patchwork - May 1, 2014
Explore color while working in a modern style with Amanda Murphy’s expert guidance. The first few pages offer a succinct and well-illustrated lesson on the basics of color theory. Amanda then offers three warm-up projects to get into the swing of experimenting with color – a pillow, table runner, and set of place mats. Then jump in with both feet and enjoy nine quilt projects, all made with precut fabric packs. Amanda offers diagrams of other color representations for each project. She worked with Robert Kaufman Fabrics and their line of Kona solids to create precut fabric packs for the patterns in this book. The fabric packs range from 5” charm squares to roll ups of 2 ½” strips to fat quarters. Yardage requirements are provided if readers wish to use different fabrics. This book plus a fabric pack or two would be a lovely gift for a favorite quilter – or maybe yourself!
Review Quilter's Digest - February 15, 2014
An essential reference on quilting with color, this book will inspire you to experiment with solids. Here you will find instructions for nine pieced quilts, a pillow, a placemat and a table runner. Amanda developed a precut package of Robert Kaufman fabrics that can be used in conjunction with this book, or you can use other precut strips, squares, roll-ups or fat-quarter bundles.