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Thread: Does anyone else have a real problem with green?

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    Does anyone else have a real problem with green?

    This drives me crazy!!! I have all kinds of shades of green in my stash and can never find the right one - or ones. I avoid green like I would avoid a runaway train. However, I want to use them. I organize my stash drawers by color all the time. Most of them make perfect sense but my green drawer is a disaster. Avocado, celery, olive, kelly, hunter, lime, etc. Why is it that I cannot for the life of me make sense of green? Maybe a food issue??

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    I think there are too many shades of green. The one I might want is never in my stash. I have a problem with orange. I just don't appreciate it. I barely consider it a color. Must have been because I drank too much Orange Crush when I was a child.

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    It's the same thing with my machine embroidery thread. I bought a set of 300 colors, and it came with a lot of greens. I also purchased additional spools of green from different manufacturers. I never have the green I envision for my embroidery. However, I keep running out of sage...
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    It's funny that you mention that. I've been organizing my fabrics and I separated a whole stack of what I'm affectionately calling Ugly Greens. Not really sure what I had in mind for them! Green does seem to be a tricky color.

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    I have a friend who is a great gardner, and she told me you have to get the greens right in a flower garden before you can add color. Must apply to fabric, too.
    Since I gain weight reading cookbooks, why can't I lose weight watching a fitness program?

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    I love green...favorite color...all greens, especially the darker ones and the avocado greens. I don't use the really bright greens, tend to stay with the duller ones because of the colors I like. There are a lot of shades of green, and different ones go better with different colors. I have 2 bins of red, 1 bin of blue, 1/2 bin each of purple and pink, 1/2 bin each of yellow and orange, and 4 bins of greens (as well as bins of black, brown, tans, and lights). I think the more you work with color, the better you can figure out what is the best green to use with the other colors you are choosing for your quilt.

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    I think greens are difficult because the blue undertone and the yellow undertones are so far apart. I have trouble figuring which drawer it goes in..blues, beiges, browns or green. I constantly find FQs in the wrong drawer.

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    Maybe we should have a "green with envy" challenge. Everyone mails their ugliest green fat quarter to the person next on the list and you HAVE to make a quilt top with the fat quarter to mail back to the original owner of the fat quarter. They can do with it as they wish. LOL

    PS I just made this up, but it kinda sounds fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patti25314 View Post
    I have a friend who is a great gardner, and she told me you have to get the greens right in a flower garden before you can add color. Must apply to fabric, too.
    That really makes sense!! I have a real problem with greens also!!!

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    I'm not a green person either; my stack of greens never has what I need and I've been building stash for over 30 years! I get my greens from my 87 year mother's stash much of the time, LOL.

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    Greens my favorite color. My eyes are green. A room just doesn't look right without it. It's nature's neutral. It changes with the seasons: spring green-clean leans to yellow, summer green-bright, fall green-full bodied leans to yellow: winter yellow-dark, greyed and leans to blue. Then peuce looks great with purples. Lime with purple and salmon. LOVE GREEN

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    I'm in the LOVE green group! Sage, forest, "army"...you name it, I love the darker greens. Paired with rust, amber, tans, browns...right up my alley. My problem is with reds...I never have the right shade!

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    I feel your pain. There is a piece of fabric that I've had for some time. It's a floral print with a black background. I'd love to find green fabric to match the leaves. There are two shades of what I call dusty jade. Every green I find is either too yellow or too blue.

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    I love greens, but I agree that what I have is generally not what I want. One early spring day a friend and I drove to her quilt class. She commented on the hundreds of shades of green around us in the woods. So true!

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    i have that problem with just about every color in the rainbow. LOL
    greens and yellows are the biggest problem for me, though.
    i have plenty of each but never the right fabric for any given project.

    i think it's time i reversed my process.
    instead of deciding on a quilt and then searching for the fabrics ...
    gather a set of fabrics and search for the right quilt to use them in.

    wish me luck. LOL

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    I have lots of greens also. I have noticed over the past few years, that most of the Christmas lines that come out, have greens with yellow in them. I have not been able to find a pretty print that is a true christmas green in a long time.

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    My latest issue of Quiltmaker has a wall hanging Heart to Heart that shows it in greens. After having made the red one, I am going for the green one. Maybe this pattern would give you 'permission' to put those greens together. It is a Dresden plate/fan design so maybe that will be an inspiration.

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    So true about Christmas green. I do not buy greens with yellow in them, ugly.
    I have lots of basic greens that I use with no problems.
    Reds are a problem with so many shades. I use mostly burgundy reds.

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    My problem is I really like green, one look at my stash and you can see the stacks of green. As you mentioned, getting the "right" green can be a quest.

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    Green has always been my favorite color. I never had much green quilting fabric other than what I wanted for leaves until my Mom bought a sage green sofa. Now that's the shade I shop for - what a difference in the green colors! I have enjoyed all the new shopping I can do....

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    I paint in watercolors and oils and green is the hardest to do. It gives me fits.

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    I don't like yellow. I rarely use it. We each have our preferences.

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    Quote Originally Posted by petthefabric View Post
    Greens my favorite color. My eyes are green. A room just doesn't look right without it. It's nature's neutral. It changes with the seasons: spring green-clean leans to yellow, summer green-bright, fall green-full bodied leans to yellow: winter yellow-dark, greyed and leans to blue. Then peuce looks great with purples. Lime with purple and salmon. LOVE GREEN

    Me too!!! Green eyes and favorite colors Purples that lean to grey tones not blue or pinkish, and Peridot green. I have a little problem with some greens but I like jewel tones much more than pastels!

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    I love green. But I tend to use more of the very dark olive green and forest green most of the time For projects. I hardly ever use lime green. Green to me is a color that can give the final touch to a project. But finding the color I want in fabric stores can be a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ View Post
    i have that problem with just about every color in the rainbow. LOL
    greens and yellows are the biggest problem for me, though.
    i have plenty of each but never the right fabric for any given project.

    i think it's time i reversed my process.
    instead of deciding on a quilt and then searching for the fabrics ...
    gather a set of fabrics and search for the right quilt to use them in.

    wish me luck. LOL
    I agree with your thinking. I find myself in the same situation as well.

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