A few months ago, I bought Tula Pink’s newest book.DSCN6414

This weekend, I had my first chance to create some of the 6″ by 6″ blocks. I used my scraps from my Emerald Challenge Quilt.DSCN6408

In the book, Tula includes a small section on color theory. This is one of my favorite aspects of quilting. It is also something I never paid much attention to until this year.DSCN6415

Above, she describes using “tunnel vision” to select your colors. The gray, white and black samples (above) form a monochromatic color palate.

Mono – means single

Chroma – means color

Combining the two words means…a single color.

In the world of color, choosing to work within the confines of a single color is not limiting. Working with gray, a monochromatic color palate means any variation of gray – lighter or darker – works! This means we get to work with white all the way to black. And, all the stripes, dots, flowers and textures, too.

I decided to use my emerald green paired with a gray monochromatic color scheme. Here’s a close up of the blocks in order from the darkest value to the lightest value.DSCN6413DSCN6412DSCN6411DSCN6410DSCN6409

This was my first experience with “Monochromatic” quilting & with sampler blocks. I have to say…I love both! I could continue working within this theme to fill out the colors, but I might just use them as is. I haven’t decided yet.

Here is Tula’s monochromatic quilt from the book. She named this one “Skyline” and as you can see, all the little sampler blocks do stack up to look like a city skyline. DSCN6416

Thanks for reading!




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Hey there... I'm Sierra!

I am from a family of all girls. I always keep a journal. John & I were married back in 2013. It was a miracle then & it is now. We had three kids between Oct 2014 & August 2018 : Joslyn Shea, J.D., and Jesse Lee. We remodeled two houses & moved three times in our first 5 years. I grew up in Missouri, but was transplanted to South Dakota. I am working on my masters at Sioux Falls Seminary as of 6.1.19.

I started Sierra Shea & Co. as a space to curate encouragement for all women toward creative, redemptive lives as daughters of the King of Kings.