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Last weekend I had the great fortune to attend a two day workshop at Road to California with Gloria Loughman called Confident Colour. Before going I made time for one dye session, making a range of blues and oranges to bring to the class.

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The workshop started with a brief lecture on how to read the color wheel, and the basic types of color combinations. We colored in examples of the combinations, which would be our choices to work from for the rest of the workshop.

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Throughout the two days, we were tasked with making the same quilt pattern over and over, trying out different color combinations. The first quilt we were asked to do a monochromatic scheme, the hardest to do! I chose blue-green as my color.

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Halfway through the first day, Gloria gave a short demonstration on how to paint a sky fabric. I was entranced. I loved it and couldn’t wait to try.

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After dipping a piece of plain white fabric in water, IĀ spread it out on a plastic surface. Mixing colors, starting from light to dark, I slowly painted the sky. It’s almost like watercolor the way the colors blend and combine.

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I really think the sky makes the quilt too! On the left is my monochromatic quilt as I first made it in the morning, with a plain blue piece for the sky. And on the right is after I learned to paint skies I went back and made a new one. The sky can turn the whole mood of the quilt, here makingĀ it stormy and dark.

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The second coolest thing about the workshop was learning to use the color wheel! We all have seen a color wheel, and basically understand how it works. What was really neat and what I had never done before was choose a color combination and select fabrics to match by holding them up next to the wheel. I really got a feel for which fabrics fell where on the wheel, and how a particular color wouldn’t fit within the selected scheme.

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This was my second quilt, with a complementary color scheme, from blue-green to red-orange. I love the sky so much! I would however, not put the orange hill in the foreground, I think I could have gone with all blue hills.

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My third quilt is my favorite. I chose a triad color scheme, using green, violet and orange. The sky was so fun to paint, and the mountains fairly shimmer with color. I really enjoyed Gloria’s teaching style. She left plenty of time for working and asking questions, but also filled the workshop with endless techniques and tips. On the second day she introduced making linear lines in the landscape by cutting up individual segments and laying them over another color.

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For my fourth quilt, I chose a split complementary, picking a range of greens from yellow-green to blue-green and a red-violet for accent.

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Gloria left us with lots of tips and ideas for how to quilt our finished pieces.

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Here are my friend Margaret’s quilts, I really love her gray cloud sky that she painted with some orange. Just makes it pop!

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And here’s a few others from the class. Amazing how even when working within set limits there is so much individual creativity!

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And here are my four completed colorscapes! What should I do with them? Combine them into one quilt? Make each a small wall hanging?

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