q Motivating Monday - Bougainvillea | Tourmaline & Thyme Quilts

Some images really stand out because of one color block. This image from Santorini contains various shades of blue-grey or blue-green. These range from really light – like on the building stucco to really dark, under the shadows. But they all sit somewhere in the blue range of colors.

Then, there is a shock of bright pink in the middle, which draws you into the image. The blue hues are subtle. You might have skipped right by them, if not for that pink!

Those contrasting color blocks are wonderful in quilts too! They draw attention to the shapes or special images. To make the most of them, you should use them as highlights to avoid overpowering the rest of the design.

Here is an example of what I mean by highlights. Salt Water Crystals is a subtle quilt where the pink gives a pop!

The blue-grey hues are approximately the same ratios as the picture.

The pink is interspersed more than in the image, but it keeps your eye moving.

Bright colors are always good as highlights!

We hope you are enjoying these color palettes and hints for using them. More to come.

Happy Quilting!