The 2013 Houston Quilt Show was fabulous! It featured the prestigious IQA Show (the International Quilt Association Show), as well as a wide array of other quilt exhibits. Included were quilts of every style, technique, and theme possible with entries coming from all over the world. In the next several blogs, I would like to feature several of these exceptional quilts to illustrate different ways color and value can be used with great results. It will be interesting for us to see how different people use color, value, and other design elements to tell their visual stories in cloth.
To begin, I have selected one of my favorite quilts in the show. You will see that this quilt doesn’t shout with brilliant colors, demanding our attention. Instead, it’s a quilt that resounds of powerful beauty in its quiet use of color.
In the Bleak Midwinter by Ruth Powers from Carbondale, Kansas
Simplicity is so often the basis of a beautiful and powerful design. The Bleak Midwinter by Ruth Powers well illustrates this concept. The subtle toned hues of winter are beautifully partnered with the striking barren trees and the life-like sky. Ruth has used strong value contrast to accentuate the trees within the landscape. The wintry setting is filled with high-value colors (light) while the striking trees are a mixture of middle to low value hues (medium to dark).