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Thread: Choosing colors

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    thanks. I read it in one of my quilting magazines, so thought I would try it. If you do a solid black, the mottled color (at least on mine) was orange, would be great for Halloween.

    This was actually a scrap quilt, but called for over 5 yds of the black solid, ended up having to go to a JoAnns other than my usual one, cause it was right after Halloween when I was looking for the black solid, and the local ones were temporarily out of stock, so bought a full bolt of it and was able to use a 50% off coupon, so made it worthwhile.

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    I read an article that said you can dilute bleach with water and dab or paint or spray. You can lay out leaves designs or whatever. When you like the look, dip in white vinegar , is supposed to stop bleach action. I have NOT tried this.

    I have a pile of old shirts I got cheap at garage sales, nice buttons and bright colors. A good addition to scrap quilts.

    I also want to get some interesting t- shirts at grage sales, to go with some I have to try a t-shirt quilt.

    I also have a few flat sheets and flannel sheets , picked up at thrift stores, garage sales, and spring sales at stores.

    The rest of my fabric I get at walmart and joanns, and I once in a while get some at a garage sale

    So if there is a will to quilt, there is a way

    One last thing I told family give me gift cirtificates to Joanns and walmart...for birthdays and mothers day ect

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    Vinegar is used to fix a dye. I Never heard that it would stop the action of bleach but I wouldn't personally rely on that method until I tried it on a small sample. I think the best sure way to stop bleach action is to wash it out. And maybe toss in a splash of vinegar with the soap. The Idea of using bleach to mottle fabric is brilliant however. Now why didn't I think of that? I'm seemingly always do that by accident it just seems to make sense to use it as a controlled method now that you mention it!

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    So far I just look for what I like and pick up complimentary colors or things I like. With the Hawaiian patches I've gone bolt happy and start piling them up till I find the combinations that says happy, happy, joy, joy. With the patch works I've tried to evenly distribute solids and prints and varying the values, though try to keep it simple as that's what I like.

    I do appreciate the great work of a master such as Jinny Beyer, but at this point I don't have the resources to buy and store tons of fabric. Besides a quilt doesnít need to be overly complex to be stunning. Iíve seen things done with two colors that can boggle the mind. What will be fun is when I get several quilts along and have a lot of scraps, then I'll be able to have a field day of creativity with color.

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    Your quilt is stunning. I just love the bright colors. I had never thought about mottleing fabric with bleach. I'm going to have to give that a try. I really like the mottled fabrics and they are hard to come by at my WM since they have cut back on most of the fabric. JoAnns is over an hour away so I don't get to go there as much as I'd like. Thanks for the great suggestion.

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    Thanks. The book calls the quilt "Stained Glass Diamonds" I have a Super Walmart right around the corner from me, but they discontinued the fabric, they don't even sell spools of thread anymore, but they do sell sewing machines.

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    Nice quilt, mary! Would you consider posting a picture under the picture page? Most of our members love looking at others work.

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    Sure, need to find one of the quilt top completed first, or take one if I haven't already. And thank you.

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    My Quilting Bug is sure getting worked up lately. Mary, your Quilt top is so contributing to my quilting fever :D . As are all the new BOM's. I just saw an episode of "Sewing with Nancy". The one about landscape quilting. She always gets me fired up. I say she just makes me ill!, With envy over her talent!! I guess It's time get to it. And turn my envy into some creativity. :lol:

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    I'm working on a spiderweb quilt right now, for my neighbor, the wife of the log cabin quilt recipient. He was diagnosed with stomach cancer back in March, and they now have their house up for sale (too big and too much work for just the 2 of them) and we have been neighbors for almost 15 years, so wanted to make one for each of them.

    Even with the hot nights down here, he gets chilled sitting on the front porch, so he has been using the quilt, and I even made a matching pillow for him.

    The treatments do seem to be helping though, so that's a great thing.

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    I enjoyed reading the comments about choosing colors. This was my main problem till I decided that what pleases me is most important. Also about Hancocks. I live in central Florida and they have closd all but one store here. Our JoAnn store has downsized and even Walmart has closed out fabric in several stores. I have started to buy fabric on the internet. Found several great places and the choices are wonderful.

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    Honestly, your quilts will turn out best if you just buy fabrics you LIKE in combination.

    The really important part of choosing fabrics is CONTRAST. You want each fabric to show and each piece of the quilt block to be distinct. Sometimes you want bold contrast and sometimes you want a softer look. It's fun to play with the Electric Quilt software to get an idea of how things look in different combinations and fabric placements. We used to have to do that all on graph paper with colored pencils! :lol:

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    I agree Cathe. I'm learning to plot my quilts on the internet also. I have saved myself what could have been a disaster more than once.

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    Is the Electric quilt software a free download or something to buy. If it's free I want IT!!!!! :D

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    I agree with you cathy I love conflict, I mean contrast, in a quilt. :-o

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    No, sorry... EQ is not free. I wish it was. I want to upgrade!

    Conflict in a quilt... LOL. I have seen quilts like that!

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    Don't forget to use the little color dots on the selvage edge if it has them, helps alot when coordinating colors to go with your main fabric

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    Is EQ sold on the internet or do you buy it at Best Buy. Or someplace like that. Does it design only quilting type things or can it be applied to other types of design?

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    I don't know about Best Buy. I got it at a quilt shop several years ago!

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    not sure if JoAnns still carry it in the store, but they have them at JoAnns online

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    When doing the mottling with bleach, are you using straight bleach or diluted? I tried it once, but used dilute and it didn't do quite what I wanted.

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    straight from the bottle

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