Oct 13

Books on Monday – Color Essentials

This week we are looking at another book I purchased from C&T during their fall sale – Color Essentials: Crisp & Vibrant Quilts by Amanda Murphy. Below is a lovely Amazon Associate link, which, as you know, gives you the opportunity to purchase a book and support this blog with no extra cost to you.

This book is beautifully done. The pictures are gorgeous and colorful. The quilt designs are modern and colorful. The production value of the book itself is high quality.

But I kind of felt a bit like this book was a Kona solids commercial, which is not necessarily awful but if I had known that, I would not have paid big bucks for it. (Okay, I didn’t, because I bought it on sale, but maybe you get my drift.) I don’t like to pay for advertising. I still resent it that there are commercials at the movies. I don’t have a problem with a book on using solids and color theory as long as you don’t mention a fabric line by name.

That being said, if that aspect doesn’t bother you and you want to use solids to make modern quilts, this book has several lovely patterns. Alternate colorways are shown for each quilt, to help you picture how they would look in other colors.

So, on to the Table of Contents!

  • Dedication/Acknowledgments
  • A Rainbow of Possibilities (This is the section on color. It is illustrated heavily with pictures of Kona swatches. Even the color wheel has Kona palette notations.)
  • Try It! (These are the small projects, pillows, table runners, and place mats.)
  • The Heart of the Matter (the quilt projects)
  • Quilting Solids (a note from the longarmer who quilted the quilts)
  • Quiltmaking Basics (a VERY brief discussion of the basics)
  • Supplies/Source List
  • About the Author (On the same page as the supplies list and to the left of it, so I would have expected it to come before the list in the table of contents, but it didn’t and I’m probably being too picky.)

After reading/looking at this book, I hesitated to review it because I don’t like doing reviews that are negative, and it feels like I’m being more than a little negative on this one. But then I looked at the quilts again (and again and again) and thought maybe you ought to know that the quilts are gorgeous. I just have a problem with the fact that the title of the book makes it sound like you are going to learn lots and lots about color – and I didn’t feel like you really will. (The second half of the title – Crisp and Vibrant Quilts – is definitely true though!)

And that is all I’m going to say about that!

Quilt on!

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