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Thread: Need advice on a color for toddler quilt

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    Member Jurgita's Avatar
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    Exclamation Need advice on a color for toddler quilt

    Hi there,

    yesterday I've started my first ever quilt. I've chosen very easy block, the only not that good thing is the COLOR

    The quilt should be for a toddler bed, but WILL IT BE NOT TO DARK??? I mean that brown color?

    I've just made a few blocks and put them together to see how it will look like, but not sure about the brown.. What other solid color could fit my quilt (I don't want white)? With greens, yellow and dark pink..?

    Or maybe is it not that bad as I think...? Just don't know what to do.. Keep going or choose another solid?

    Blocks are 5"x5" each..
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    I know very little about Lithuania. I think it is a long way and a culture apart from California, USA. With that in mind:
    Here there's a big difference between boy (blue, never pink; automation, never flowers) and girl (pink, flowers). What's it like there?

    What fabrics are available to you?

    The pattern you've chosen is great and looks like you're doing a great job.

    What is the child's favorite things to play with? Often this can be a start for fabric choices.

    Here toddler quilts can be anything from pretty lights (pastels) to happy brights to high contrast strong.

    I'm not a fan of brown, but it can be OK. With the prints, I might like medium-dark torquoise/teal/blue-green (this is a language thing-not sure what the color would be called there).

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    Quote Originally Posted by petthefabric View Post
    I know very little about Lithuania. I think it is a long way and a culture apart from California, USA. With that in mind:
    Here there's a big difference between boy (blue, never pink; automation, never flowers) and girl (pink, flowers). What's it like there?

    What fabrics are available to you?

    The pattern you've chosen is great and looks like you're doing a great job.

    What is the child's favorite things to play with? Often this can be a start for fabric choices.

    Here toddler quilts can be anything from pretty lights (pastels) to happy brights to high contrast strong.

    I'm not a fan of brown, but it can be OK. With the prints, I might like medium-dark torquoise/teal/blue-green (this is a language thing-not sure what the color would be called there).
    Oh yeah, the same out here, boys with blue and no flowers, and girls with pink and flowery stuff

    My toddler girl is 3 years old, she doesn't have much favorite things and colors yet.. I've bought the fabric at JoAnns online, and have no idea, why I have chosen so dark colors.. Now I'd really like to have some light pastels, or happy bright colors, unfortunatelly I have these daaark ones

    In Lithuania I haven't seen such beautiful fabric, that's why I've ordered it online.. Had to order something brigther though.

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    How about add a dark solid turquoise (to match the large flower in your flower fabric). Make turquoise hour-glass blocks (with the other prints- yellow, green, pink, and floral) and an equal number of brown hour-glass blocks. Then when you construct the top, alternate between the turquoise and the brown. It will lighten up and spread out the dark brown. (Which is still pretty).
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    I think that is a very pretty start to a nice quilt. I am not a color expert so leave that to others.

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    I love whay u have made think it is very pretty and cheerful!
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    IMO....The dark brown kind of reminds me of a teenager aged quilt...more modern.

    For a girl toddler I might go with a medium shade of red, pink, or even sky blue (good luck finding turquoise! been looking for it myself). If you go shopping for the fabric, take some of other fabric with you and lay it on top of it and step back to see how it looks.

    That's a great block to work with for a first quilt. Make sure to square the all the blocks to same size before you start sewing them together.

    Hope you don't mind the suggestions, but you said it was your 'first ever quilt'.

    Can't wait to see what you decide on.

    Nan (who just finished a light brown, sage green and creamy yellow quilt with jungle animals on it for a baby...cause that's the colors the mom will use in his room....hahahaha!).
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    How about adding a lime green or yellow to lighten it up?
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    Since this is your first quilt, I don't think I would get too hung up on the colors. What you have so far is lovely and the fabric choices coordinate well. It might not be something that you would pick for a toddler, but toddlers do grow! I would finish the quilt just as you have it and count it as learning the quilting experience. When it is done, you can give it to someone as a gift, keep it until your little one is a bit older or just give it to her now. A darker quilt for a toddler won't show as much dirt after it's been dragged around!
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    I think the other colors liven up the brown.

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