Artist's Pastel Chart
Nancy Cabot envisions TINTED CHAINS (Brackman #2815c) as best worked out in pastel colors, and there can be no better medium with which to harmonize color, since pastels share a softness that blends together easily, and they are provided in innumerable tints, see below. Each of the hues illustrated is a separate crayon and the company who makes them offers a variety of possibly 10 times that many. |
Artists use pastel boxes with wide drawers that look something like
cabot's drawing, divided into many compartments, each filled with sticks of similar hues — for instance a section for earth colors, or for foliage, and sky, another for greys and other neutrals, etc., and then a compartment for each color in the spectrum. In her notes in the February 19, 1938, Chicago Tribune, Cabot says:
"TINTED CHAINS is one of the many simple pieced designs which depend a great deal upon the choice of colors to make up the pattern. The block is composed of square and triangular patches, and their arrangement in the pastel tones, and the manner in which the blocks are set together, is responsible for the title. Pastel pinks and blues are used, and a shade of purple which is a blend of the pink and blue, in combination with white, creates a coverlet that is charming and simple and most attractive for any young girl's room."
"Chains" in the title refers to the traditional motif of linked diamonds in the quilt block assembly.
The floral colors and softness of pastels evokes the feminine, thus Cabot associates the pattern with a girl's room. That's rare, however, she usually speaks of a "boy's room" or a gentleman, when signifying a particular gender for a quilt design.
See STAR LANE for patterns with color combinations derived from artworks by well-known artists. Also GIRL'S JOY, for a celebration of women in the arts.
More designs at this site constructed entirely with pieced diamonds or diamond-set squares include:
A THOUSAND PYRAMIDS
OLD FASHIONED PIECED QUILT