Monday, August 16, 2010

it's summer--time for bright colors

I don't know if it's just me, but I frequently find that the hotter the weather, the brighter the colors that I want to use. Last summer  I made quilts of my garden. It had rained a lot and my daylilies were brilliant reds and purples, pinks and yellows. And so were my quilts.

This summer it has been very very dry and hot. Now I grew up on a farm in Illinois and if there is one thing I do not like--it is having no rain. As a child I learned to look at the sky and hope the distant rain clouds would come and relieve the shriveled corn. We would hang the wash out, leave the windows open and even mow the hay just to tempt the rain gods. (As farmers you have to do everything.)

So I couldn't make quilts the colors of dry grass and dust. Instead I dreamed of rainbows and clear skies. Blue lakes and brilliant green moss. Lush hills. 

I just got images back from my photographer, John Polak. What do you think? Are these the quilts of summer?

This is rainbow of summer--99x99 inches. The color progressions were difficult since there are always some fabrics that you want that are not "in style" this season.

 Rainbow hills is 45x45 inches. I love the curves in this design.

Blue rainbow hills is also 45x45 inches. This was actually made as a test sample for a custom order. Such a wonderful simple design. Very calm.

And midnight ocean also 45 x45 inches. Again those deep rich blues and purples. I love the idea that these three quilts could be hung together or separate.

 Do you find that your colors change with the seasons? What colors do you use in the summer?


  1. royal blue and bright yellow have been "following" me around and jumping into my projects. Not sure it has anything to do with the seasons because the trend had spanned several seasons. What is interesting is that these were my High School colors in the early 70's. Why they've snuck back in now, it hard to say.

  2. That's interesting. I had forgotten that my high school colors were royal blue and gold. Hmmm.