Using a Color WheelForget about all the "rules" you've heard about colors that do and do not "match," because you can make any color work with any other color by playing with different versions of it. That's where a color wheel comes in handy. A color wheel should not make your color decisions, but it does help us understand the relationship between colors, and that makes it much easier to choose quilting fabrics.
Let's get familiar with some of the terms you'll hear when you use a color wheel.
Primary ColorsBlue, red and yellow are called primary colors because they are the basis for other colors. Mix them together in different ways and you can create every other color on the color wheel. The three primary colors are arranged at equal distances from each other on the most commonly used (and most simple) color wheel, shown above.
Secondary ColorsThe three secondary colors on a color wheel are located midway between the primary colors. Secondary colors are created by mixing together equal amounts of the primary colors that touch their sides.
- Green -- made from equal parts of blue and yellow
- Orange -- made from equal parts of yellow and red
- Violet -- made from equal parts of blue and red