Challenges

Route 66 Project

This challenge, sponsored by Art Bits, is open to all members of Bits ’n’ Pieces, and seeks to celebrate the 2026 Centennial of the Mother Road.  Due date for finished pieces is April 15, 2024.  Please read through the attached pdf:  Invitation to Participate — contains the rules, critical dates, and other important information.  Contact:  Wendy Richards  whoob@aol.com or 636-399-7695.  Information on facing your challenge quilt.
Submission form for Route 66 challenge.   
Submit form no later than April 15.

Bits N Pieces Quilt Guild 2023 Challenge

Coordinator: Trisha Hill 314-303-2179

And the winners are:
1st  Velinda DeWitt
tie for 2nd:  Polly King and Julie Harris

Quilt must be 36 by 36 inches, three layers quilted and finished. Due at Oct. meeting.

  • Use one or more of the block you pulled, no other block can be added
  • Make a quilt using the color and the color theory you picked at the meeting.
  • You may add one neutral color to the color theory pallet.
  • You may use any method or technique and may embellish any way you would like as long as nothing extends past the 36-inch measurement or higher than 1/4 inch.
  • Quilts may be quilted any way you want and must be finished with either binding or facing. Quilt label should include guild challenge 2023, title of piece, your color, your theory, your name, finished date, any techniques used.
  • If you have any questions call or text Trisha Hill 314-303-2179

Color 101 for Clueless Quilters

There are many tools that you can use but I find a 12 or a 24 segmented color wheel and a 3 in1 color tool by Joan Wolfram to be all you need.

Color Terms:

  • Primary colors: those colors you can’t mix. Red, Yellow, Blue. These are also the colors used to make any other color on the color wheel. Secondary colors; made by mixing 2 primary colors together. Orange, Green and Violet.
  • Tertiary colors: these are made by mixing a primary color with the adjacent secondary color. There are 6 of them, red-violet, blue-violet, blue-green, yellow-green, yellow-orange, and red-orange
  • Warm colors: these colors stand out, they advance, they pull response from you. They have heavy concentrations or red and yellow.
  • Cool colors: these colors recede, they blend in, and they are calming. They have heavy concentrations of blue and violet
  • Color: described by hue, value and intensity
  • Hue: a color or a wavelength
  • Value: lightness or darkness of a color
  • Intensity: is the purity of the color, which determines the brightness or dullness
  • Tint: color plus white
  • Tone: color plus gray
  • Shade: color plus black
  • Neutral color: black, white, beige and gray. However, I think other colors can be neutrals also, but I’m going to say they need to be a cool color

Color Theory

  • Color theory is a grouping of colors that are pleasing to the eye.
  • Monochromatic: any tint, tone or shade of one color
  • Analogous: using 2 to 5 colors that are adjacent (next) to each other on the color wheel.
  • Complementary: using any 2 colors opposite each other on the color wheel
  • Split Complementary: using any color with the 2 colors on each side of its complement.
  • Triad: using any 3 colors equally spaced from each other on the color wheel.
  • Tetrad: using a combination of 4 colors on the wheel that are 2 sets of complements.
  • Key color: predominant color in your color scheme or palette.

General guidelines for using color

  • Keep in mind that theories are guidelines, they are not set in stone. Value makes your quilt sparkle but color gets the credit.
  • Prints add texture
  • Something unexpected adds excitement.
  • Coordinate but don’t over match.

Color Challenge Reveal – November 2023

Finished Color Challenge quilts will be displayed at the November meeting. Please drop your quilts off at the church between 5:00 and 6:30pm for hanging. A sleeve is not required but will help with hanging
Pin the paper with your quilt block to the font of your quilt along with a post-it note or index card with your color and color theory.
 Don’t put your name on the front.

 Your label on the back of the quilt should have: Guild Challenge 2023, Title of piece, your block name, your color, your color theory, your name, finished date and any techniques used

Voting for Challenge Viewer’s choice will take place at the meeting with 3 prizes.  There will also be prizes for participating in the challenge. 

If you have a quilt frame to bring, please do.  Be sure it is marked with your name.

 I’m looking forward to seeing the finished pieces, if you have any questions call me at 314-303-2179. Thank you, Trish Hill