I’m always flattered when people say they like the colors I've picked out, but what amazes me is all the different theories that fly around about color and quilting.
One book I read the lady said, “Folks who use over three colors have no imagination.”
Another said, “You need a minimum of four values.”
And yet another claimed about color, “The more the merrier, put in the kitchen sink if your heart desires, it all fits somehow.”
For me a pattern, once fixed in the mind, kind of calls out for color. The last one I did, the ‘lover’s knot’ looked excellent the way some had done it in the four color scheme, yet after seeing the two tone I spent a while translating the instructions to fit. Then after going through that, I felt a third color in the border (yeah orange) was exactly what the piece needed. Low and behold it worked!
So the question is: do you find the pattern and assign colors, stick to a scheme you’ve seen, or just find fabric and go for it?
I really don’t think there is a right or wrong way, like the majority of what we do as quilters, but am curious what your methods are. Hummm…?