Color Theme of the Day: Orange-Yellow and Blue

Posted by Deirdre Quirk on Dec 17th 2015

Color is an amazing tool that can inspire us in so many different ways in our quilting and sewing projects, and today we're kicking off a new series to celebrate that inspiration: color theme of the day!

Today's color theme, orange-yellow and blue, is a complementary color scheme, composed of two colors that lie opposite each other on the color wheel. We took this color plan from the Ultimate 3-in-1 Color Tool, created by Joen Wolfrom

This has always been one of my favorite color combinations, so when I began looking for examples of how our authors have interpreted this color scheme in their work, I wasn't surprised to find such beautiful pieces! 

Amanda Murphy uses orange-yellow and several shades of blue against a white background to create this bright, adorable baby quilt from Quilted Celebrations!

In this cross-stitch sampler from A Journey with Sibbel, orange-yellow and blue look quite rich and refined when used in such tiny, detailed designs. 

Here, in a quilt from Amazingly Simple Triangle Stars by Barbara H. Cline, orange-yellow and blue provide pops of color against a background of brown and black neutrals. 

An orange-yellow flower provides just the right contrast to this blue bag from Just for You–Selfish Sewing with Your Favorite SewCanShe Bloggers

Another example of how well orange-yellow and blue work against a background of neutrals, the addition of white makes this Braque Quilt Pattern somewhat lighter, and the strict geometric shapes make it modern.

How do you use orange-yellow and blue in your own work?

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