Being Inspired By Color

Lately, I have been thinking a lot about color and how we become inspired to use it in our quilts. I think partly it is because Spring is in full bloom now and there is lots of color to be seen everywhere. But it isn’t just outside that there is color. That is where I will begin.

One of my favorite colors is yellow and the daffodils are in all their glory right now. Here are a few of mine with that bright, beautiful saturated yellow you look for when making a bright quilt.

Another favorite color these day is orange. As luck might have it, I actually have an orange Azalea. It isn’t blooming just yet, so this photo is from last year right around this time. Interestingly enough my Azalea is no where near this point yet.

Recently, I was fortunate enough to visit a Dale Chihuly exhibit and I can’t begin to describe his fabulous use of color. I was so inspired that day by his wonderful works of glass art, that I just wanted to start to play with fabric right away. If you ever have a chance to see his work, do it… fast… you won’t be disappointed.

In my normal daily routine, I am constantly inspired by my thread collection and my fabrics. It is a quilter’s heaven to me! Lots and lots of saturated color exists everywhere in my studio. I am lucky enough to be able to walk into this room on a daily basis and have these wonderful items at my finger tips.

So, in conclusion, where do you get your color inspiration from and which is your favorite color? I would love to know!

Jackie Kunkel

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