COLOUR THE­ORY

It's the sea­son of mists and mel­low fruit­ful­ness and Re­becca Bryan is en­joy­ing hav­ing an ex­cuse to play around with colour pal­ettes us­ing the lovely warm reds and or­anges of au­tumn...

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The weather is get­ting colder and Re­becca Bryan is cosy­ing up with warm­ing au­tumn colour pal­ettes in this month’s col­umn

It's get­ting cool out­side, which means putting on an­other layer, shelv­ing the twirly sum­mer dresses and say­ing good­bye to sum­mer blooms. But it’s not all bad – now you’ve got the per­fect ex­cuse to sit on the couch with a warm drink un­der your new favourite quilt. Let’s pick out some colour com­bos to use in it!

Cud­dle Sea­son

Let's jump right into cud­dle sea­son and warm up with a punchy or­ange and blue pal­ette. We re­mem­ber how blue and or­ange are com­ple­ments on the colour wheel, with blue be­ing the cool colour and or­ange be­ing the warm colour. By adding in the or­ange we bring warmth to the cool, stark blue. Us­ing com­ple­men­tary colours to­gether can some­times be tricky, at least for me. When first putting com­ple­ments to­gether, the re­sults can be jar­ring and don’t seem at all soft.

To soften this harsh con­trast be­tween the blue and or­ange, I've found it help­ful to use ver­sions of the colours that aren't pure colour. In­stead, I in­tro­duce colours that have a bit of black, grey or white mixed in.

You can see that by us­ing some or­ange and blue tones the pal­ette be­comes con­sid­er­ably eas­ier on the eyes. I also used a cou­ple ver­sions of each colour and added in a yel­low and white. Take 2 is def­i­nitely read­ing soft and warm to me. I would love to see these colours in a flan­nel shirt type quilt. Es­pe­cially with a cosy flan­nel back­ing!

(Full dis­clo­sure: I had to pause writ­ing to go buy some Mam­moth flan­nel fab­ric.)

BY US­ING SOME OR­ANGE AND BLUE TONES THE PAL­ETTE BE­COMES EAS­IER ON THE EYE

Au­tumn Gar­den

Au­tumn is hands down my very most favourite sea­son. I'd like to think that the rea­son is not be­cause of my birth­day, but for less vain rea­sons like the afore­men­tioned cud­dle sea­son, warmth, fam­ily time and back to school. And an­other big rea­son why I love Fall so much is the rich, jewel colours that come back into our lives af­ter sum­mer.

Asters, mums, and sun­flow­ers are some of the sea­sonal flow­ers that in­spire me the most. There is such drama to be found in a colour pal­ette like this. I've added in some warm reds and yel­lows to the cool pur­ples and greens, so it's a nice mix of cool breezes and warm sun­shine. A quilt with these colours would be beau­ti­ful, just like a crisp au­tumn morn­ing.

A colour pal­ette with this much drama is more suited to us­ing more colours, don't you think? I tried to nar­row down the colour a bit in Take 2, but I think I pre­fer my orig­i­nal ca­coph­ony of colour. I can prac­ti­cally feel these colours!

Spiced Tea

There’s noth­ing bet­ter than sit­ting down with a warm­ing cup of spiced tea in the win­ter. So I just had to do one last colour combo be­fore I go! I love how these spicy colours play off the soft pink, grey and black. Their warmth re­ally lifts the cool­ness of the darker colours.

If you cre­ate a fab­ric bun­dle us­ing these pal­ettes, we'd love to see it! Tag your pic with @lovequilt­ingmag and # LPQColourPalettes

Cud­dle Sea­son: Tak e 1 Au­tumn Gar­den: Ta k e 1 Cud­dle Sea­son: Tak e 2

Spiced Tea Au­tumn Gar­den: Tak e 2

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