I just came across Vicki Welsh’s take on how quilters can achieve color luminosity. And here’s her take on color intensity and saturation. Vicki is a dyer (the picture above is a sample of her hand dyes) so I trust her on this. I find it easy to recognize these effects when I see a quilt, but hard to figure out how to make it happen in my own quilts. I know the saturated colors in Amish quilts make me worry they will vibrate off the wall.
I think I need to revisit Joen Wolfrom’s books on color theory. I recall she has lots of examples of quilts with luminosity. Dang, I’ll just have to look at more quilting books.