Quilt Notes: COLOR WHEEL (above) is similar to CARD TRICK(S) (see right), but with an undivided center square. Large packs of color squares are often attached to a ring at one corner so a designer can flip through them for inspiration in making color choices. The hole punch at the corner is symbolized in this design by the center square. Artists of course also use circular color wheels to help visualize interesting color combinations. The color wheel is usually made up of 3 primary colors (red, blue, yellow) and between them the secondary colors (violet, green, and orange) and then the six hyphenated, tertiary colors are added, red-violet, blue-violet, blue-green, yellow-green, yellow-orange and red-orange. As a a rule of thumb one primary color, red, blue or yellow will harmonize with any two of the hyphenated, tertiary colors (the simplest played against the most complicated), for instance red with blue-violet and yellow-green, or blue with yellow-orange and blue-violet, etc.|
COLOR WHEEL and CARD TRICKS are illustrated together in Maggie Molone's 1001 Patchwork Designs, published in 1982. For COLOR WHEEL templates, browse related quilt sites.
CARD TRICK(S) quilt block assembly instructions are
also available online at
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