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From: SheliaHC
Date: 10-31-2006, 03:51 PM (1 of 6)
Are there any tips that anyone can give me on picking fabric colors for a guilt. I've picked a pattern and I need at least 6 different fabrics. Picking colors stumps me.

User: SheliaHC
Member since: 12-28-2005
Total posts: 95
From: Chrysantha
Date: 10-31-2006, 04:06 PM (2 of 6)
pick the colors you's like decorating your house.
What colors do you have in your house, what's your 'design style'...what makes you go, 'oh, I love that'.

From an early age I knew I liked Asian things. (and I grew up with an Irish grandmother, Italian father, Amer Indian grandfather, in NM and CA.) I didn't know any Asians till I went to HS.
So my home has always been, red, green, black, gray/white, gold/silver. Japanese things, dragons, concrete lanterns in my yard. (my neighbor says I'm very daring with color and I always know what I want...)
Yes...It's not rocket science and quilting is done for each personality I think...(I don't like fussy tiny squares, Baltimore's,stars, etc...)
User: Chrysantha
Member since: 09-06-2002
Total posts: 2414
From: Patty22
Date: 10-31-2006, 07:23 PM (3 of 6)

Pick one fabric that you just LOVE, or something you can't live without. Since you need to pick six fabrics....look at the fabric you love and find colors within that co-ordinate or contrast to enliven it.

Pick colors that have a range of tones from light to medium to dark.

If you're still short a fabric, pick a zinger. Since you know the pattern you want to use already, take some colored pencils and play around with the design. Try all kinds of colorations. You will surprise yourself and it is fun experimenting.

Don't be afraid to mix up the value of the prints or throw in a one way pattern or stripe. It might change the entire effect of the pattern.

Kath is right, pick what makes your heart sing.
User: Patty22
Member since: 03-29-2006
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From: HeyJudee
Date: 10-31-2006, 09:35 PM (4 of 6)
Another idea is to pick a focus fabric and then choose colours from that fabric as your other colours. Usually the focus fabric is something that has a lot of different colours. Then you can pick out the shades of the colours that you want. This way it is hard to go wrong as you know that the colours go together.

Here are some sites that explain the colour wheel, etc. Maybe these will help.,,HGTV_3307_1377097,00.html
TTFN from
User: HeyJudee
Member since: 01-25-2005
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From: GreenDragonLady
Date: 10-31-2006, 09:55 PM (5 of 6)
If you have trouble picking colors, I agree with choosing a focus fabric and then choosing colors that are in it (some fabrics even have little "dye dots" on the selvege to make it easy!)

Then when I think I have them chosen I will put the bolts together on a shelf at the store and walk several feet away to look at them. Sometimes when you're too close you can't see the "big picture"
User: GreenDragonLady
Member since: 07-29-2004
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From: SheliaHC
Date: 11-01-2006, 02:09 PM (6 of 6)
Thanks everyone. Guess I just needed some reinforcement that it can be what I like.

Chrys - My daughter says they haven't invented my design style yet.

Judy - Those sites are great. Going to keep those handy for future reference.

User: SheliaHC
Member since: 12-28-2005
Total posts: 95
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