Color Essentials Crisp & Vibrant Quilts by Amanda Murphy

I just finished reading Amanda Murphy’s new book, Color Essentials; Crisp & Vibrant Quilts; 12 Modern Projects Featuring Precut Solids, published by Stash Books, This impressive book offers quilters an easy to understand learning process about color. Many creative  ways are illustrated when looking at the color wheel, and provide infinite options for making color choices for any quilt project.

The book begins with Amanda presenting the color wheel with the equivalent Kona solids, and makes a smooth and sensible transition to color schemes by featuring photos of warm palettes, cool palettes, and analogues palettes. She then introduces the concept of a “poison color,” to the color schemes, to introduce the idea of movement, and how adding them, can make a quilt look more interesting. I never thought of it that way, and am “wowed” by this. I am looking at projects that I plan to make, in a whole new and exciting way.

Then the reader is introduced to the Kona Sunrise Palette of 42 colors, which consist mostly of hot and warm shades, with a few cool hues. By adding some cooler green shades, it provides the palate with some great ways to create accents and pop to the project. Amanda also suggests 6 background shades that are great choices with this palette.

Three other palettes are introduced following the same format as described above. They include; Kona Sunset Palette, Kona Bright Palette, and Kona Pastel Palette. I have to admit my vision and thinking is bubbling over with so many new ideas. 

We are then introduced to 8 more Robert Kaufman – Kona palettes that are fat quarter bundles. They tend to be a bit more analogous, and includes some neutral hues. All 12 of these bundles are offered for purchase as jelly rolls and charm packs, as well as fat quarter bundles.

Twelve projects,with concise instructions, that are easy to follow are introduced. They are photographed beautifully, and show a quilter how they can make these projects,using their own color schemes. Of course the beauty of this is, it offers the reader confidence building skills by auditioning the palettes with the poison colors, and background suggestions. As I am auditioning with these new schemes, I am discovering unlimited possibilities.

All twelve projects are nothing short of spectacular. My personal favorites are Lollipop, Iridescence, and Confetti. Other projects include, place mats, pillows and table runners. And an outstanding feature is that Amanda displays the projects finished in three other colors schemes.

Two copies of the book are pictured above.  The second one focuses on spools of green and pink thread. It’s not the thread that I’m trying to emphasize here. I learned something about adding pink and green fabric to projects that I never knew, and is very cool.

This is a book that will become a permanent part of my quilting library.  Thanks Amanda!!