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    Help me with choosing fabric color, please!

    This is my very most difficult part of quilting...even after 3 years quilting. I know I'm still a newbie but no matter how many years I don't think that part will ever come easy.

    I want to make a quilt with just 2 fabrics. I have already chosen one fabric that jumped out into my arms....LOL...even tho it was never one of my favorite colors. It is a beautiful bright lime green and white...big floral print. It might sound wild but it is very soft looking. I took a picture but it looks gold on the picture. I don't know what color to put with it. I originally planned on using white but then I am afraid there would not be enough contrast being there is so much white in the first fabric.

    Please give me your input and suggestions. I have learned sooo much from all you wonderful quilters. I get stressed when I have a day that time runs out and I haven't looked at the board. Most of the quilts I have made I have copied color schemes, for the most part, from your quilts.

    Thanks bunches, Pat

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    Dark green? Grey? Perhaps you could take your fabric to a quilt store and just lay it across various fabrics. You'll know what you like when you see it.

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    Yes, you have to look at a lot of fabrics and wait until it sings to you. I asked a similar question a few days ago and I'll be taking a pile of squares to my LQS for some serious looking around!

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    Try a lavender or purple. Hugs

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    Grey, lt and dk grey, black. Depends kind of maybe the pattern you're going to use.(?) Since it's a floral print, maybe go stripes, checks.

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    Hot pink, purple or orange (think hot tropical colors)? I agree, audition fabrics against the green/white one.
    The "right" one will jump out to you.

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    hunter green, teal or purple.

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    lime green sounds good to me

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    Navy blue -- I love the way it allows lime to glow. However, I would take the fabric to a quilt shop and audition the fabric before you buy.
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    i would use hot pink
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    i would use hot pink
    Me, too, but I think hot pink goes with pretty much everything!

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    turquoise looks good with lime green
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    Quote Originally Posted by PghPat View Post
    This is my very most difficult part of quilting...even after 3 years quilting. I know I'm still a newbie but no matter how many years I don't think that part will ever come easy.

    I want to make a quilt with just 2 fabrics. I have already chosen one fabric that jumped out into my arms....LOL...even tho it was never one of my favorite colors. It is a beautiful bright lime green and white...big floral print. It might sound wild but it is very soft looking. I took a picture but it looks gold on the picture. I don't know what color to put with it. I originally planned on using white but then I am afraid there would not be enough contrast being there is so much white in the first fabric.

    Please give me your input and suggestions. I have learned sooo much from all you wonderful quilters. I get stressed when I have a day that time runs out and I haven't looked at the board. Most of the quilts I have made I have copied color schemes, for the most part, from your quilts.

    Thanks bunches, Pat
    Pinks are pretty with lime green. Turquoise or purple is pretty. Black would probably look good
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    orange, yellow, red...... I love bright colors...

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    I went for a drink in town with a friend and we ended up looking at craft fabric. I found some Stonehenge fabric on the shelves. It never went back on the shelves. 2metres of Stonehenge plus 3 metres of 100% cotton all for 10.
    Stonehenge sell over here for about 12 a metre or more. That is my excuse.
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    I'd audition it with various blues...I think the right shade of blue would make that lime green just absolutely pop!

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    Can you post an image of the fabric, please?

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    The advice to audition is a sound one. Recently, I had some blocks and took to a quilt shop. It took four workers and me and my friend about 30 minutes to find the right one. We kept piling up prospects and then suddenly, "that is it" and we all knew we had found "it". Don't despair the color thing. You will know it when you see it, you just need the right exposure to find it. I have been looking for a while for another color and one day..... Good luck with your searching!

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    Without an accurate colored picture it is difficult to tell.

    ME: I take my material with me to the LQS's and hold it at a distance from the fabrics I find til something 'clicks.' When it 'clicks' I know I have what I want.

    Yes, I could go with choosing a color, but the pattern, scale, and movement of the fabric will make a greater difference for me.
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