Choosing a Color Personality for Your Quilt

Choosing a Quilt Color Personality Choosing the right color combination for your quilt can be a difficult decision. Different colors communicate different feelings and emotions, which will influence the overall feeling of a completed quilt. When picking out fabrics, think about the color symbolism to help shape your quilt personality! Here are some interesting color profiles to get you started:
color red

Seeing RED

Red is an intense and passionate color with a high energy. It symbolizes the opposing emotions of love and anger. On its best side, red is a warm, potentially cozy color. Fall leaves, rubies, cherries, and even Santa Claus’ coat are all examples of red representing warmth. However, red can quickly get “too hot,” and begin to represent other things. Red invokes images of urgency, which is why traffic signs like “do not enter,” “wrong way,” “yield,” and “stop” are painted in this color.
Fun fact: Matadors often use red capes to enrage bulls; however, bulls are actually colorblind! They are only attracted to the movement of the cape, not the color.
color orange

ORANGE you glad…

Orange is the color of optimism! Warm, exciting, and bold, orange is a color that inspires creativity. It has all the energy of red, without the aggression. For this reason, orange is seen as more joyful and happy. Additionally, orange is thought to stimulate the appetite. Burger King, McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Little Caesars, and Dairy Queen are just a few of the fast food chains that have incorporated orange into their logos. It theorized that orange may also encourage impulsiveness and frivolous spending.
Fun fact: Frank Sinatra once said, “Orange is the happiest of colors.”
color yellow

Follow the YELLOW brick road

Much like orange, yellow is seen as a happy color. Yellow is often associated with cheer and enthusiasm. However, its high energy can become overstimulating at times. When used in moderation, yellow signifies intellect, stimulating our clarity of thought. Unlike the other warm colors, yellow does not provoke emotion like orange and red do. This is why it is thought to give off an analytical feeling, as it speaks to the head and not the heart.
Fun fact: In the United States, being “yellow” is a term associated with cowardice, whereas in Japan, yellow is a color of courage!
color green

GREEN with envy

Though it is commonly associated with jealousy, green is a very peaceful color. Green is the color of the Earth, symbolizing the abundant foliage found throughout the environment. Since it is such a naturally occurring color, green instills the feeling of life and growth. Green is all around us, so it makes us feel at ease! It is also a very well-balanced color, feeling both fresh and relaxing.
Fun fact: The human eye is most sensitive to the color green. It has been reported that even people who are colorblind can show sensitivity to subtle green shades.
color blue

Feeling BLUE?

Blue is a sincere and peaceful color. Much like green, it is seen as very relaxing and tranquil. However, blue is a bit more muted, and it is much quieter. Blue is calm. It is thought to reduce stress and give us a sense of stability. Much like green, blue is an abundant natural color. When we think of blue, we may think of the ocean or the sky. Both give a feeling of openness and possibility. On the contrary, blue can become a little melancholic. Some say blue feels cold, sad, and distant when used in excess.  
Fun fact: Surveys show that blue is widely accepted as most people’s favorite color.
color purple

PURPLE power

The color purple is thought to be associated with individuality. This may come from the history of the color, which was only worn by royalty. Purple was a difficult dye to produce and purchase, making it rare. Though it is widely accessible these days, purple still has a magical and luxurious feeling. Unlike blue and green, it is not found often in nature, which is why we may find it a mysterious color.
Fun fact: The color purple originally came from a dye made from mucus glands of a tropical sea snail. The snail is known as the murex but its Latin name was purpura, which gave us the word purple. Now the next time you’re picking out fabric, try thinking about your color choices and how they can give your quilts a custom personality! We want to hear from you now—what’s your favorite color to quilt with and why?   Related Videos:

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16 Responses to “Choosing a Color Personality for Your Quilt”

  1. Sue Uustalu

    Looking forward to learning about complimentary colors.

  2. Mira moehrke

    I’m curious about pastels… what emotive vibes do colors like pink or lavender evoke?

  3. Suzy Hackett

    No comment

  4. Jean hayse

    Enjoyed your article. Like the color wheel Very useful.

  5. Janet Hammond

    Thank you Heather Thomas for your extremely interesting and informative video on how to use a colour wheel - this is an exceptional video.

  6. BJ

    mine is purple

  7. Julie Bailey

    My favorite color is Purple. I use it a lot for Halloween quilts as it is the color of mystery and power.

  8. Becky Harkey

    My favorite color is green and rosy pink, but my favorite quilts are scrappy brights.

  9. Bonnie Hobson

    want to learn more.

  10. Carol-Ann Rogers

    My favorite color is blue. I use it most often in quilts. I love just about every blue hue, tone, and shade. I also like red in quilts, especially when combined with white or blue.