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    I need help picking a fabric. I am making a quilt for my son for college. Colors are kelly green and white. I bought those today. I am afraid it will look like a picnic tablecloth if I stick with just those colors. 2 members here have helped me immensely with pattern ideas, but now I really need you to help me pick the third color. My son hasn't a clue. He wanted to keep it green, so I gave him these options. Can you help me pick please? I really wanted a contrasting color, but son wants to stick to school colors. Help!

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    Sorry I can't help because I can't get the download to work. Good luck.

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    can you post a picture or tell us the pattern?

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    so how do I post a picture??? I attached it to the post twice, but it won't show up!
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    I give up. I can't get my computer to put anything into the right format. Three of the four choices I found at Fabric Depot - they are prisma batiks by Hoffman and are any of the greens that would look good with Hoffman Kona cotton clover green. If anyone has time, I would appreciate the help, but believe me, I understand it is a pain to go to the websites and look them up. I guess I need more instruction on computers from my teen. Virg

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    I give up. I can't get my computer to put anything into the right format. Three of the four choices I found at Fabric Depot - they are prisma batiks by Hoffman and are any of the greens that would look good with Hoffman Kona cotton clover green. If anyone has time, I would appreciate the help, but believe me, I understand it is a pain to go to the websites and look them up. I guess I need more instruction on computers from my teen. Virg

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    Quote Originally Posted by virgwid
    I give up. I can't get my computer to put anything into the right format. Three of the four choices I found at Fabric Depot - they are prisma batiks by Hoffman and are any of the greens that would look good with Hoffman Kona cotton clover green. If anyone has time, I would appreciate the help, but believe me, I understand it is a pain to go to the websites and look them up. I guess I need more instruction on computers from my teen. Virg
    Don't use the one of the far right - there is too much yellow in it. Second one on the left is probably your best choice. I really like the one on the far left, but probably too much blue (considering his colors are green and white.) Of course, it all depends on what pattern you are doing - and are you going to be adding white. Would need to see a pattern because those greens are very "matchy-matchy" By the way, the second message you posted, and the top one of the two downloads in that message was the one that I got to open to a picture of the greens.

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    I am making a double Irish Chain with two different shades of green and white. Can you make something like that to keep it "green" and in the school colors?

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    if son really wants school colors and the colors are kelly green and white- i would stick with the two- i have made 14 school color quilts so far and have always just used the school colors/ i don't think any of them have looked like a picnic tablecloth- although if the kids wanted to use it for that i would not have a problem with it- i encourage them to use the quilts how ever they want to use them. i never yell when i see one covering the dresser on the back of the truck being moved or if it's on the bed, on the lawn-being used as a beach/picnic blanket- or at football games as a stadium blanket- i just love the fact they wanted a school color's quilt in the first place- once i give it it is theirs to use as they see fit.

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    I was thinking of a double irish chain, as a very helpful person on this board had suggested. I would want the biggest part of the color to be the green instead of the traditional white, as I know my son, and, well, large areas of white probably won't last long :). I agree the colors are very matchy, but I am so new to quilting that I don't know what to do about it. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. There are two other quilt patterns I am considering - a rail fence and then one another wonderful person sent me a picture of, but I don't know the name.

    to ckcowl - what patterns did you use?? I don't care what he uses it for, he said he wanted it for his bed, I just think just green and white is kinda boring and he said a nine patch would be fine, but that all in just those two colors - I do have a plastic picnic table cloth almost just like it in blue.:)

    Thank you all for your help. If anyone has better ideas, don't keep them to yourself! Virg

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    I just finished a quilt top using two colors and it turned out terrific. I used the "Drundards Path" pattern. So many ways to arrange the blocks.

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    If your son only wants his school colors, then I would go ahead and use them. Another great 2 color block would be Quilter's Cache pattern, night and day.

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    A single Irish chain in just green and white would be beautiful. If the green were the main color that would be backward but very interesting. I would rather break the rules and that sounds beautiful to me. drunkards path would be great too but the curves might be a little much if you are really new to quilting.

    A nine patch is kinda like an Irish chain but if you put sashing between maybe a green hand dye in almost the same green, that would give it a little variety.

    But you know if it's not what he asked for ...

    My son keeps telling me he doesn't want a quilt. If he asked me for an all one color 9 patch, I would probably make it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by virgwid
    I need help picking a fabric. I am making a quilt for my son for college. Colors are kelly green and white. I bought those today. I am afraid it will look like a picnic tablecloth if I stick with just those colors. 2 members here have helped me immensely with pattern ideas, but now I really need you to help me pick the third color. My son hasn't a clue. He wanted to keep it green, so I gave him these options. Can you help me pick please? I really wanted a contrasting color, but son wants to stick to school colors. Help!


    Can't see the pics. What is the school mascot? Any possibiltiy you could find a fabric like that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by virgwid
    I need help picking a fabric. I am making a quilt for my son for college. Colors are kelly green and white. I bought those today. I am afraid it will look like a picnic tablecloth if I stick with just those colors. 2 members here have helped me immensely with pattern ideas, but now I really need you to help me pick the third color. My son hasn't a clue. He wanted to keep it green, so I gave him these options. Can you help me pick please? I really wanted a contrasting color, but son wants to stick to school colors. Help!


    Can't see the pics. What is the school mascot? Any possibiltiy you could find a fabric like that?

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    Sorry for the repeats! Can't get replies posted sometimes.

    Quote Originally Posted by virgwid
    I need help picking a fabric. I am making a quilt for my son for college. Colors are kelly green and white. I bought those today. I am afraid it will look like a picnic tablecloth if I stick with just those colors. 2 members here have helped me immensely with pattern ideas, but now I really need you to help me pick the third color. My son hasn't a clue. He wanted to keep it green, so I gave him these options. Can you help me pick please? I really wanted a contrasting color, but son wants to stick to school colors. Help!


    Can't see the pics. What is the school mascot? Any possibiltiy you could find a fabric like that?

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    GrannieAnnie, if you will select the first site on the second message Virg sent, you will be able to see the fabric.... or at least I was able to. :)

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    As best I can tell from the pics, I'd probably go with a coordinating blue that's in the one piece of fabric....Good Luck...
    I'm sure no matter what you pick, he will love it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dina
    GrannieAnnie, if you will select the first site on the second message Virg sent, you will be able to see the fabric.... or at least I was able to. :)
    I tried, Dina, didn't work. thanks anyway!

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