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Thread: How do you pick your material for a project????

  1. #71
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    Richmond, VA
    Quote Originally Posted by ktbb View Post
    I agree with PaperPrincess = pick a multicolor that you like and go from there. Another trick is to pull more than you think you'll use, put the bolts together (lay them across the top of the shopping cart if necessary to see them together) then squint your eyes to see how they all fit together...while looking through "squinty" eyes, you'll be able to see if something looks too weird for the combination, see if you have too many darks or lights, etc. And move the bolts around so that you see different fabrics together.
    I think "matching" fabrics is something new quilters worry about. I have seen gorgeous quilts with color choices I would never have dreamed of, but they work. I never studied art in school, but find the colors are what I love about design and I put several pieces up on my design board to see that fights and what gets along.

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    When I first started quilting, I did a mixture of a lot of the above advice I started with a pattern that required not too many colors (up to 5). I would pick a main fabric, usually multi-colored that I loved and would build around that. In the beginning I also used to pick colors from the same line...the matching is done for you! I used to be so paranoid about getting the colors just right...until a quilting teacher once told me: "Why do you always worry about not matching the colors. You dress nicely so you have a good sense of colors; just go with your instinct and have fun with it!" So don't worry, it will get easier as you go along. Now I rarely pick from the same line and love to throw in some zinger fabrics like a black and white or a funky print. I also don't necessarily have a pattern in mind and love to make up my own thing. Now picking colors and fabrics for my projects is my favorite part

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    Senior Member petthefabric's Avatar
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    As I'm cruising through photos in magazines, I rip out what I like. Sometimes it's the color scheme I like. Then I pick fabrics that match the photo. A variety of values is crucial to the success of a quilt.
    I've also picked a color scheme around the mood of the quilt. Several years ago, I was depressed and choose blue shades of flesh tones to express the blue mood of the portrait.

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    Junior Member DeborahH's Avatar
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    Thanks to everyone for the excellent advise. Everyone on here are gems. I love the sight. I am learning so much from ya'll.

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    SW Minnesota
    I'm late in reading a lot of these posts, and have enjoyed the ideas here. I've chosen fabric for projects in several ways - Sometimes I have a pattern in mind and choose the fabrics I like (I keep the pattern with the fabric if I don't get at the project right away). Other times I've purchased packets - like a bundle of 20 FQs for a "Turning Twenty" quilt - and just yesterday a Bali Pops and coordinating fabric for one of Pam and Nicky Lintott's jelly roll quilts. I'm really anxious to get started!
    When someone mentions quilting, I go to pieces!

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