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Color selection for a quilt

Time Frame

2 class periods of 90 minutes each

Group Size

Large Groups


Mary Baker


Color choice is one of the most critical factors in determining a successful quilt. Students will learn to use the color wheel in selecting fabric colors for a quilt.


Resources, supplies, and equipment are listed in the lesson plan which is attached to the Instructional Procedures.

Background for Teachers

Teacher needs a good understanding of the color wheel and the different color schemes.

Student Prior Knowledge

Students do not need prior knowledge.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Students will understand how to use the color wheel in selecting fabric colors for a quilt. They will also know the color schemes: monochromatic, complimentary, and analogous.

Instructional Procedures



  • Quilt Bus
    This web site has a good description of selection colors using the color wheel. It includes monochromatic, analogous, complimentary, split complimentary, triad and tetrad color schemes.

This lesson plan is on the attachment.

Assessment Plan

Students will be assessed on the color wheel they make in class. All information is found in lesson plan #3 which is attached to Instructional Procedures.


Start Quilting with Alex Anderson by Alex Anderson. Quilt, Quilts, Quilts!!! The Complete Guide To Quiltmaking. by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes. Chapter 3. Quick Classic Quilts by Marsha McCloskey

Created: 06/16/2003
Updated: 02/24/2021