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Thread: Second guessing my colors

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    I know some of you say choosing fabrics is your favorite part of quilting but i really find it rather difficult. i had to select 20 different fabrics for one quilt (browns, tans, greens and rusts) but now as i get ready to cut them out i'm second guessing myself again. There's nothing worse than spending a lot of time making a quilt then not liking the colors. I don't have any computerized pattern thingy where i can preview the colors before i sew them together. Do any of you have the same problem. Any tips on how to make this easier? Thanks in advance.

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    Can you take a picture with all the fabrics together? Stare at it awhile and see if anything sticks out that you don't like. Another thing I do is copy & paste pics into PowerPoint and try various ways of lining them up. For simple designs, I make the shapes in PowerPoint and "fill" them with a picture of the fabric rather than a solid color. It's not exact, but gives me a general idea about it.

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    That is great advice :D:D:D

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    I preview my fabrics by laying them out together (possibly confined to the size of the block) and then I look at the pile as I walk by periodically. If one of the fabrics is not a good match, it will jump out at you. Or you may see it in a different light .....

    Your colors sound like they should be a perfect combination.

    If you are worried about value and scale, take a black and white photocopy. It will take the "pretty" from color out of the equation.

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    That's why I mostly buy and use fabrics from one line. I'm not very confident in my fabric-combining skills.

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    I would either lay the fabrics out together and, as MadQuilter says, periodically walk by and glance at them. Or, make a sample block or two and do the same thing. If you just stare and stare at them, it gets confusing. So, passing glances and see what jumps out. Another thing I do is lay the fabrics out together and look at them from a good long distance. Not sure why, but this seems to work for me.

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    One of my favorite parts of quilting is choosing fabrics. I would have difficulty with these colors though. A good thing would be to take a photo and post it asking for opinions.

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    I use the camera on my mobile phone to view my fabric. Move fabric and view again. Don't even have to take a photo.

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    I doubt my judgement too. The previous tips sound good. I intend trying them.

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