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Thread: Need your help please! - lack the color co-ordinating gene!

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    Senior Member Millstream Mom's Avatar
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    I have a small to moderate stash that I'd like to use to make a scrap quilt. I bought a pattern for "Buckeye Beauty" which is pretty close to Eleanor Burns' "Jewel Box Quilt"

    My stash is a pretty wonky mix. Lots of vibrant jewel tones - lots of blues - lots of country/autumn shades, and a mix of muted prints (civil war charm squares etc). Before I start chopping I need some feedback:
    Should I buy more jewel toned batiks and have intense color throughout, or would mixing the bright and muted shades work?
    Leave out the muted shades and use a mix of mediums and brights?
    This stage is always the most nerve-wracking for me!

    Argh! This pattern goes from 'long throw size' and the next largest is 'queen size' now I've got to try to figure out the requirements for a quilt midway between the two! :roll:

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    Moderator Jim's Gem's Avatar
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    I have made a couple of that pattern in queen size. I say jut use what you have and mix it all up. I think it would be beautiful!!!

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    I usually balance out blues (a cool color) with pinks/reds (a warm color). Blues can also work out well with yellow for a "country" look.

    I have lots of brights and personally would probably not try to mix them with muted civil war type patterns, at least not unless it's a very scrappy quilt and the individual pieces are quite small. This is not so much because the colors are different, or even that the patterns are different, but rather because the intensities are so different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim's Gem
    I have made a couple of that pattern in queen size. I say jut use what you have and mix it all up. I think it would be beautiful!!!
    Yes that's what i would do....just jump in and get started LOL

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    The contrast can be used very effectively to enhance the brights by using the muted ones as background or as alternating pieces.
    You might try a couple of samples to see if you like it that way and if not you can always make them into a potholder or something.

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    I finally bought a color wheel and that helped a lot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quiltforme
    I finally bought a color wheel and that helped a lot!
    I just got a color chart and it's makes a world of difference when trying to pick out colors! It even fits in my purse for when I go shopping!

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    Someone please post a pic' of this pattern. I've never heard of it before!

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