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Thread: Colors in a Quilt, What colors you like and dislike and Why?

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    I couldn't sleep last night and was thinking about colors in a quilt. I was wondering what colors you like and dislike in and a quilt and why?

    I was looking at my spring table cloth on the back porch (has blue, yellow and orange) actually the orange looks nice. I didn't make it but was wondering about colors.

    This should be an interesting subject thread. Will be fun to fun out colors and what designs on a fabric we like or dislike

    Karen

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    I have yet to find a color that doesn't work somewhere for something, but I pretty much stay away for orange, just because it's not my taste. Don't use much purple either unless it's for my mother-in-law. I lean heavy on greens, tans, and blues.

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    Do you like small or large prints, what designs on fabrics?

    I am more of an autumn color decor in my house, but my favorite color is blue.

    I agree, don't like orange but it sure made the orange flowers pop out on that store bought tablecloth on my back sun porch.

    Karen

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    I prefer fabrics that reflect old - no matter what color... not faded old - time old - repros, etc.

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    I usually stick with smaller prints so they are more versatile. Though now and again I will fall in love with a fabric that is so far out of my normal range, but have to have it. I have a nice stash of those, since I don't know what to do with them.

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    I'm not a fan of 30's - particularly in Grandmother's flower garden, and I'm not too crazy about high contrast black and white. Those are hard for me to do. I prefer the fall colors, deep reds, greens, rust, purple, brown. Pattern is usually small. If large, then I generally like fussy cuts.

    Thanks to the Monthly Bee Block swap, and the Boomerang Swap, I can challenge myself to work with all sorts of fabrics and preferences on a small scale. I did notice that I have NO solids and barely any batics.

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    I like florals or at least a definate design to them. I can work with really well in the type of guilts I make. I cannot work with tone on tone using more than one colorway. I think it is that I don't understand the colorwheel, never have, and probably never will.

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    For some reason looking at my stash I have a lot of green,and yellow, I lean towards mauve, burgundy and off white in a lot of my quilts. For family it is more fall colors. My DDIL likes black, red, teal and brown colors(not together! lol)

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    I like any and all colors for the most part EXCEPT RED! LOL I don't know why I just don't like it. Maybe thats why it has taken me so long to finish the red and black wonky log cabin for my sister.

    AS far as print goes I don't really like prints unless it is just a "texture" print something to give the fabric a different look (I never know how to cut print fabrics). I normally try to stay with either textures or marbles/mottled look that hand dyed fabric gets!

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    I like earth tones - blues, greens, browns, some oranges - with smaller prints. My daughters like brighter colors and larger prints so we have a little bit of everything here!

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    My tastes vary. I love blues/greens/purples together and have made a few in these colors. Sometimes I surprise myself when I buy fabric by choosing something I wouldn't ordinarily buy. Projects waiting in the wings are purples/pinks/greens, reds/creams, browns/pinks. I love batiks and use them frequently.

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    It all depends on the quilt, pattern, who it's for, the other fabrics in the quilt and so on. In other words, I can't think of a color I don't use.

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    I really like bright colors and jewel tone colors. I have quite a few prints and like to use modoa marbles as blenders, or a small print that read like a solid.

    I am not a fan of 30's fabrics, or civil war reproduction fabrics.

    Even though I like brights I am currently working on a lap quilt for my husband in beiges, browns, black/browns and I really like the combination.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justwannaquilt
    I like any and all colors for the most part EXCEPT RED! LOL I don't know why I just don't like it. Maybe thats why it has taken me so long to finish the red and black wonky log cabin for my sister.
    That has happened to me when I made a blue and white and a black and white. The high contrast drove me nuts and it took forever to finish them. I was soooo glad when they were done (even if they were pretty in the end).

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    Purple in every quilt and I don't care who it's for. It's my siganture color. I'm like MadQuilter, not many solids or batiks but am working on getting some solids just for a change of pace in the qiuilts. I do lean towards smaller prints but have some large floral that are stashed b/c I'm not sure what to do with them. I use lots of purples and blues which my stash reflects and minus orange I have just about color in the palette in my stash just less of some than others. I admit to not having much pink either as it's not a color I favor or even like.

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    My problem is I like EVERYTHING. No color is off limits to me. I am always looking at "things" for inspirations. Flowering containers, advertisements, clothing displays, and of course fabric.
    I am working on a project that has warm brown, purple-red and some other earthy colors.

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    About the only color combo that I absolutly don't like is brown and pink :thumbdown: Red is my absolute favorite color, so I have a lot of that :lol: I also love batiks and have a good variety of them. I guess I have a good variety of most colors, small prints, large prints, thirtys. My favorite combo is red, white and blue. I guess it just depends on the mood I'm in when I'm buying, the pattern I have in mind and who it is for.

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    When I first started quilting, I would have said I hate orange and most shades of it (rust, peach, etc...). Now I would say, there really isn't a color I won't use. My biggest challege now is to make myself do a two color, two fabric quilt. Actually a 2 color quilt I would like to do, but limiting myself to 2 fabrics.....mmm I don't know if it will ever happen.

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    The brighter the better for me!

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    I use mostly clear colors. I tend to use the cooler shades. I have made a ton of quilts with purples and greens in them. Also lots of blues too. I have not used orange very much, and when I have it has been a brighter almost "cooler" orange. I don't really like the 30's fabrics or real "antiqued" ones. I never use solids (unless in a Downy quilt kit) I have even replaced solids in several block of the month kits I have done. I don't use muslin either.

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    I LOVE red...the true deep reds not those that are to the orange side. I have yet to make a quilt in red though. I love the bright colors . I have a very acute color sense in matching colors. Sometimes that can be really bad when it comes to finding a piece of material that I need. It has to be just right or it is like fingernails on a chalk board.

    I like landscape prints, batiks, tone on tone, and blenders. Plaid is also a great love of mine and yet no quilt either.

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    I have lots of blues in my stash--blue and yellow is my favorite combo, but have yet to do a quilt in it! I like small prints as I like to do minis, but the most beautiful fabric to me is a paisley. There's something sensual about the swirling colors in a paisley fabric

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    I like sooooo many colors. Earthtones, GREEns,blues, reds, yellows that are soft yellow, buttery or yellow gold but i cant stand bright oranges, but like apricot or peach. I dont like royal blue or deep purple very much. But have seen those colors used in smaller amounts in a quilt pretty. I tend to like soft soothing colors.

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    There isn't much I don't like. I really love pastel florals,
    and fall type colors. I like blues and greens (except true green). I would say I didn't like to use black, but have used it and it really can make the other colors pop.

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    I am forever being drawn to fabrics with metalics in them. I know I can't use them for quilts as such, but they make lovely purses, totes etc.

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