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Thread: Help me pick a color, please?

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    Help me pick a color, please?

    Or maybe two colors. I have so many UFO's and WIP's that, of course, I've been happily playing in my scraps and avoiding all those projects. I started out to make a crumb quilt, inspired by Bonnie Hunter http://www.quiltville.com and by a "Crumb Along with Me" project on the blog Jo's Country Junction (http://www.joscountryjunction.com/?page_id=4906).

    So, out come the crumbs and strings. But I had trouble just sewing pieces together randomly....and I made a bunch of four patches, wonky flying geese, etc. My only rules were: (1) 6.5 in blocks and (2) some red or blue (or both) in each block. Now I have almost 70 of these blocks and had a lot of fun playing with scraps. The first photo shows the blocks on my design wall.

    The second photo is from a Bonnie Hunter quilt and it is the setting I want to use....a 14" block composed of four of the crumby blocks plus sashing, and then wider sashing between the 14" blocks. I wouldn't do the HST's around the blocks like Bonnie did.

    What I can't decide is the colors for the two sashings. To my eye, the dominant color in the blocks is the dark blue. To DH, his eye sees mostly the reds. I don't care for the gold in Bonnie's block but I'm thinking maybe a dark or burnt orange for the sashing within the blocks. And I'm clueless about what I want for the sashing between the blocks.

    Help me out with color ideas, PLEASE!!

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    Sorry I agree with husband I see red frist!!! Sew love your blocks!!! Good luck
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    i would use maroon or navy blue. can't wait to see the finish pic
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    I'd use a denim blue. What ever you choose will come out great!
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    I see a lot of red too. What about a tan, khaki, or a brown for your sashing? As for your border(s), you could do a thin red border and a thicker navy border. Hope that helps some.

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    Or you could use a gray for the sashing...

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    blue, but go light, not dark!

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    I see red first. I also suggest a lighter sashing to highlight the blocks.
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    I would take a dozen or so of the blocks and head for the quilt store. I don't think either red or navy is the right color for either of the sashings but I'm not sure what would work. A green might even be the right choice since it's complimentary to both red and blue but you'd have to lay some blocks out and find just the right green.

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    Red appears to be the dominant color to me. I agree with a grey or Tan sashing... Unless you want Blue to be your dominant color. Then use Blue - it will drive the red back.
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    I think the dominant color is red. I like the idea of a dark tan for sashing, the burgundy suggested by quiltnan sounds good too.But sizzle queen had a great suggestion, audition different colors, and see which looks best. lay out a color and put your quilt blocks on it, take a pic, repeat with other colors, the look back at your pics. Sometimes its easier to flip between pics for a comparison.
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    The red is what pops out ... maybe a denim blue, as dublb suggested, definitely lighter blue, will balance the red and help the blues show up better - with perhaps an reddish orange square at the center of each 4-square, then a reddish brown or deep red around the 4-squares - not sure what cornerstone would work, maybe the orange again with the brown, or a deeper blue (not as dark as navy, just deeper than the denim) with the deep red - with such a scrappy design, the more colors the better, I would think. And don't forget to show us the final result, I love seeing all the scrappy quilts here!
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    I agree w/MdmSew'n'sSew be sure & post a pict here or the link for where you do post it.
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    You could use blue with red corner blocks - but I think that would make the quilt too dark.
    You could use red with blue corner blocks - that might make the quilt too bright.
    You could use tan with red corner blocks - that would be my choice.
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    Thanks for the suggestions so far. I probably will take a bunch of the blocks to my LQS. I had thought maybe a burnt orange for the sashing within the blocks, but that might be too much....maybe just the cornerstones as MdmSewnSew suggests. Denim blue is a good suggestion too. I have something in that color..a tone on tone...that might just work. Gotta head to the stash to find it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter View Post
    You could use blue with red corner blocks - but I think that would make the quilt too dark.
    You could use red with blue corner blocks - that might make the quilt too bright.
    You could use tan with red corner blocks - that would be my choice.
    You think like me, MadQuilter. When I had only about 30 blocks, all of them looked too dark to me so then I started making lighter blocks. I like the idea of tan with red cornerstones.

    Keep the ideas coming!

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    I've had good luck with a cream or white background with tiny blue print. Not sure why but it lets the blocks stand out while making the whole seem coordinated.
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    I think ScissorQueen has the idea. Take 2 or 3 blocks to the fabric store. Lay them on 2 or 3 colors. You'll know in a hurry what you like best. Just my 2 cents worth.lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok View Post
    blue, but go light, not dark!
    Ditto. Light blue.

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    I would go with red or a light blue, depending on whether you want the blocks to pop(red) or to calm the quilt. (blue)

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    I see mostly reds too.

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    I see red first, would go lighter for sashing.

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    audition several different colors. If you are going to use this on a bed then lay the top down to audition your colors.

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    I see lots of red and lots of dark. I would use sashing in a light color, tan, beige, even light blue with black corners.
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    Scissor Queen has a good idea, go to the quilt store and lay the blocks on some different colors. The blocks will tell what color sashing to use.
    Lorraine

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