It’s amazing how many people just assume that I know how to pick out colors and fabrics for a quilt. Truth is, I stink at it. Even though I do a lot of quilting, I don’t ever have to think about colors……all I have to do is match the thread color to the quilt top. That is pretty much the extent of my color knowledge.
This is nothing new, I have always had a tendency to make quilts with only 2 0r 3 colors. I would often stop at a quilt shop and buy the same print in 3 different colors and make my quilt out of that….not very creative, I know! Even though I have been making quilts for a long time, I still can’t get out of that rut!!
The Dimensions quilt that I designed and made as a free pattern actually (shockingly!) uses 4 colors.
I had a really, really hard time with this. I knew that I needed 4 colors, but I just couldn’t put together something that I liked. It took me way too long to pick out the fabric for it!
Another one of my 3 color quilts…..Bleachers
And don’t get me started on prints! I can barely pick 4 solid colors to use in a quilt. If you start throwing prints my way, I get really lost. I can pick out fabric to go with one print…that’s it! My method is simple, and predictable. I lay out the print and pick solid colors that match fabric….if I need another color, I pick gray (I love gray!). It may look something like this:
Hey, I know I won’t be writing a dissertation on color theory anytime soon.
As a machine quilter, I see a lot of quilts. I love that some people have a way of putting together just the perfect colors and fabrics for their quilts.
I am so envious of that ability….it seems so foreign to me. I can’t begin to make scrap quilts because the multiple prints and colors are overwhelming!
Now, before you mention it, I know that there are websites that will help you pick out a palette of colors. But I still can’t do it! I have even bought books that have tons and tons of color palettes. Nope….no luck!
But there is a happy ending to this story…….I discovered fabric bundles! Thankfully there are wonderful people out there that will pick out the fabric for me!
How about you? Do you like picking out fabrics or do you struggle with it like I do?