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    Anyone Else Do This?

    I've decided I really am my own worst enemy. Been gathering fabrics, for a couple of D9Ps. Sounds easy enough, right? Well, one is to be different blues . . . so I gathered together about a dozen blues but then discovered there were actually two different blue sets, neither really "feeling right" with the other. Back to the store, for more blues. Okay, that gave me 8 out of 9, which "felt right" together. Back to the store, for the last one. It looked great with "most" of the set but then one of the original 8 didn't seem right. Back to a different store. Found a couple new blues and decided one worked but not with the "old" new one. Today, I went back to the store again(!) and found one more hopeful blue. I'm almost afraid to set it next to the others. It's in the washer, right now. Luckily, I only need about a yard of each blue. I've exhausted Hobby Lobby, Joann's, and WalMart (WM was a major disappointment, this time). This is just a casual quilt, so I don't want to pay LQS prices. One way or another, I WILL make this work!

    Oh, during this last trip, I found several coordinating purples! They may go with the purple paisley, I recently bought . . . or I may be forced to go back for the violet paisley (slightly different shade). I'll also need a few more purples . . . but am afraid to think about that, just now!

    On the bright side, nothing will go to waste.
    Neesie


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    Just seeing how many trips you made back and forth made me exhausted. Called DH and reminded him it was chicken night. Too tired to cook after reading your post. Gonna have a conversation with "Bud" and wait on the chicken. All this for a casual quilt. Hope you find the purple you want. Take photos of the material you have that should help you choose the purple tones. I'm thirsty.

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    LOL,
    What ever blue doesn't match, send it over! I will find it a nice place where "it feels right".

    Many times I see quilts with different shades of blues, purples and love it but it does happen to me that when I try to put them together they don't "go" together. I am currently gathering blues for a set of placemats, these will be shaped like a fish and done with strips of all different blues. I found some but same story, other just don't go.

    good luck. show us a picture so we can give you our opinion. Or we can just take a pick at your project!
    andrea
    :-( I wish I was a full time quilter!
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    I have been where you are... when searching for the right fabrics ... the tones or shades can be very tricky ! I can't tell you how many times I start out missing just two.. and end up with enough fabric for two or more quilts. I even take the fabrics with me , but then get home and no this one is not quite right. The search can be fun but it can also be very frustrating.

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    If 8 or 9 blues don't work together, add another 20 or 30. Then they'll all look good and play nicely together.

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    I have a rough time with blues, there are grey blue, bright blue, light blue, navy blue, etc...ad nauseam. I wish you luck!
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    I think most people tend to try to "match" fabrics together rather than pick fabrics that coordinate. Sometimes the one that you think looks "off" is the one that makes the rest sparkle. I like to lay some white or muslin out on the bed and toss some fabrics on it randomly. I think it helps to find the right mix.

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    I agree with Katier825 - you don't want to "match" too much or the quilt will be blah! That off one can be the one that makes the quilt a winner. I made a scrap quilt for my granddaughter using only blues from my stash. Some I thought were really going to be ugly but the whole thing came together nicely!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    If 8 or 9 blues don't work together, add another 20 or 30. Then they'll all look good and play nicely together.
    Yeah, I could just put the two sets together. With that many different shades, it wouldn't matter so much. If this new blue doesn't work out, I may do that. Thanks for the idea!
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    Quote Originally Posted by leakus View Post
    LOL,
    What ever blue doesn't match, send it over! I will find it a nice place where "it feels right".

    Many times I see quilts with different shades of blues, purples and love it but it does happen to me that when I try to put them together they don't "go" together. I am currently gathering blues for a set of placemats, these will be shaped like a fish and done with strips of all different blues. I found some but same story, other just don't go.

    good luck. show us a picture so we can give you our opinion. Or we can just take a pick at your project!
    andrea
    Ooooh! Fish! That sounds like fun! Would love to see pictures, when you finish!

    I would send you my reject blues but I've almost got enough for an "other" blues quilt!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sew_Tracy View Post
    I have a rough time with blues, there are grey blue, bright blue, light blue, navy blue, etc...ad nauseam. I wish you luck!
    Exactly! There are soft blues and bright blues. Greenish blues, true blues, violet blues, and grey blues. Then some of the patterns just don't "belong" together.
    Neesie


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    Quote Originally Posted by katier825 View Post
    I think most people tend to try to "match" fabrics together rather than pick fabrics that coordinate. Sometimes the one that you think looks "off" is the one that makes the rest sparkle. I like to lay some white or muslin out on the bed and toss some fabrics on it randomly. I think it helps to find the right mix.
    The look I'm trying to achieve, with this quilt, is a calming blend of different blues. I "feel" the difference, more than "see" it, if that makes any sense. I understand what you're saying about the sparkle factor but trust me, that isn't the case with the "reject" blues. They would work with some of the others but just not with the group, as a whole. It just has to "feel right," to me.

    Of course, I'll probably find a million things wrong with my choices, about half-way through the top. That almost always happens, regardless.

    My goal is to make a variety of sofa/twin sized quilts, for family gifts.
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    Sort of working on assembling a series of blues myself for a project. Honestly, haven't done much looking at this point. Need about 12 that work together AND work with a variety of burgundies. Hmmm. I agree, it's all about the 'feeling'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NJ Quilter View Post
    Sort of working on assembling a series of blues myself for a project. Honestly, haven't done much looking at this point. Need about 12 that work together AND work with a variety of burgundies. Hmmm. I agree, it's all about the 'feeling'.
    We're quite the gluttons for punishment, aren't we? Seriously, that sounds like an awesome combination!
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    The Quilt Across Texas (I see you are in Central Texas) Shop Hop is going on for the month of September and many LQS have sales to go along with the hop. Also, some of the online stores have great prices on FQs, etc., so you might check out their blues, too.
    Good luck,
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    Don't we end up being our own worst enemy (and a quilt store's best friend!!) Lay them all out on a bed covered with a white sheet. DO NOT OVERLAP. Go to bed yourself (no not in the same bed or room!!) Get up in the morning, pour yourself a cup of your favourite brew and take a look. Bet things will look different. Love blues in any hue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gbo44 View Post
    The Quilt Across Texas (I see you are in Central Texas) Shop Hop is going on for the month of September and many LQS have sales to go along with the hop. Also, some of the online stores have great prices on FQs, etc., so you might check out their blues, too.
    Good luck,
    Georgia
    Thanks! I'll look it up and see if any are near me. I'm officially in Central TX but practically on the South Central TX line.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GingerK View Post
    Don't we end up being our own worst enemy (and a quilt store's best friend!!) Lay them all out on a bed covered with a white sheet. DO NOT OVERLAP. Go to bed yourself (no not in the same bed or room!!) Get up in the morning, pour yourself a cup of your favourite brew and take a look. Bet things will look different. Love blues in any hue.
    I gave them several days (been collecting, for about a week), on my white cutting table. Even pulled the table next to the doorway, to view them in natural light. They simply refuse to play nicely. I still have the newest blue, which hasn't yet met the others, so there's still hope. If that doesn't work out, I'll just do one of the other groups, first.
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    Blues, and greens are hard to do!!!!!

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    Yes, unless I purchase all of he fabric I need for my quilt at the same time I often find myself going back multiple times for a little different shade of this one or that one. That's what makes my stash grow. LOL
    Fabric is like money, no matter how much you have it's never enough.

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    I'm making a scrappy with blues and neutrals right now. Turns out most of my leftover blues have a royal/bright tone to them and I'd imagined this one being more dark/sedate blue. So I started mixing what I had (since it was supposed to come from leftovers in my stash ie:scrappy) and ended up purchasing more 1/4 yd pieces to cut up for strips, to mix in. As of last night, I was starting to like the look of the mix, but yesterday morning I was thinking I'd end up splitting the blues and making two smaller quilts, one bright and one dark.

    This is definitely one of the reasons I have such a big stash. I change my mind on colors as I'm going. I just don't have the ability to envision what all the fabrics will look like when they're cut up and put next to one another. Not a bad problem to have in the big scheme of things though...

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    I once saw a quilt titled "A Glad of Blues." That name has always stuck with me. The quilter had at least 9 different blues, ranging from navy to turquoise to powder. If I were to "dissect" the blues, I would second guess whether they "went" together. But seeing it all together in A Glad of Blues convinced me: the turquoise (which I would have left out if I'd been to critical) really was the one that gave it the zing.

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    But to answer your question, yes, I have been doing the same thing (back and forth to the shop) for the right pink. I am making a baby quilt for my newborn niece and I am new to this, so have little stash.

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    Be different and throw in a lime green or two. Hugs

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    If you think blues are hard, try grey. I've been trying to collect some for a bargello for my son for quite a long time, still searching.

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