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Thread: Please help with Bargello color selection! Thanks.

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    Senior Member fryguymoore's Avatar
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    I am going to make a red Barjello quilt for someone extremely important to me, so I really, really, really want it to turn out great. This person was my special education advocate and basically saved my son's life. Her favorite color is red. Red is not my favorite color. Even if it was I would still have trouble putting the right colors in the right order :(

    I have shown the 21 colors I selected in the order closest to right that I can get. I only need 20 colors. I have shown all the other reddish fabrics I have. I labeled them so don't be afraid to tell me what you think. I can move them around and take them out. If I have to go shopping again - I can - but I would rather not.

    Thanks so much to anyone who can help!

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    take a scrap of your fabrics to a photocopy machine and copy in back and white. Make sure the colors are in the correct order as to intensity or darkness (pardon my word retrieval issues at the moment). I am concerned that it should possibly be 2,3,1,4... I would also remove#16 and #15. In my eye, they don't quite fit in. I like B, F, G and H to replace anything you take out of your original line up.

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    I have no clue!!
    ... just *d*r*o*o*l*i*n*g*over the lovely fabric and hoping to learn about Bargello fabric selection!

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    I studied this color scheme for some time with my glasses off. My only judgement is about the lighter end of your collection. #'s 1, 2 and 5 seem very white. Ask if you want a stark seperation like the picture or a more soft and wavy look. Try switching those for c, g and e. I'm also sorry to say that the # of responses you get on the quest may be maddeneng so remember it is your creation. Your choices will be a wonderful blend and give the look you want. Good luck and keep us posted as you go. I'll be watching!

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    They will make a stunning Bargello with your placement as is. But, if it were me, I would replace #2 with your G fabric. Or simply eliminate #2 all together.

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    I agree...#2 jumps at you...don't think you want that.

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    I'm converting colors now ... give me a few :)

    Oh man ... it totally didn't work. I tried to hold my green color veiwer up to the screen and take a snapshot but the flash from the camera just made the whole color viewer a big white blob.

    right off the bat though I'm going to say 1 & 2 need to be swapped. I would also add G after 1.

    Let me try to download photo and convert. Perhaps I can do it better that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hopetoquilt
    take a scrap of your fabrics to a photocopy machine and copy in back and white. Make sure the colors are in the correct order as to intensity or darkness (pardon my word retrieval issues at the moment). I am concerned that it should possibly be 2,3,1,4... I would also remove#16 and #15. In my eye, they don't quite fit in. I like B, F, G and H to replace anything you take out of your original line up.
    no need to take them to the copy show you can do it on the computer here are you fabrics in black and white.

    I agree with the 2,3,1,4 switch but I also think 18 and 19 need to be switched so 18 would become 19 and vice versa! I don't know about 16 but I think 15 is more of a tan color when the rest of your fabrics come with a more red/pink hue.
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    Just my humble opinion, but I'd go with: C, 3,G,4,6,5,11, 12, 9, 16, B, F, 14,10,13,19, H, 18,20,21.

    I, too, took my glasses off (very near-sighted) and just looked at the fuzzy colors. I tried to eliminate the yellows, blues and green-brown...although you may like them in there. Still concerned about #4, but the rusty red fit. You could create more depth by dropping #4 and using a black-on-black at the dark end. You have gorgeous fabric!

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    Quote Originally Posted by justwannaquilt
    Quote Originally Posted by hopetoquilt
    take a scrap of your fabrics to a photocopy machine and copy in back and white. Make sure the colors are in the correct order as to intensity or darkness (pardon my word retrieval issues at the moment). I am concerned that it should possibly be 2,3,1,4... I would also remove#16 and #15. In my eye, they don't quite fit in. I like B, F, G and H to replace anything you take out of your original line up.
    no need to take them to the copy show you can do it on the computer here are you fabrics in black and white.




    I agree with the 2,3,1,4 switch but I also think 18 and 19 need to be switched so 18 would become 19 and vice versa! I don't know about 16 but I think 15 is more of a tan color when the rest of your fabrics come with a more red/pink hue.

    How did you turn them to black and white???!!!

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    Oh, wow--I am so bookmarking this one. Have never made a Bargello and never thought I had the courage to try, but have already learned at bunch and you only have one page of replies. Good luck, have fun and I will be watching along with a lot of other people, so PLEASE keep posting as you go if you have time. I do agree that 2 is too light and 15 is too brown--so now that I have given my "expert" opinion, go forth and quilt! ;)

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    I dont' think #2 fits at all, maybe try c. and I think #15 has to much brown in it.

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    I have no clue............just be sure to post picture when your done ...........I envy you to be able to quilt like that...................

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    This is fascinating. I can't offer any suggestions, but I am learning a lot. I can see that the suggestions make sense...and, for me, that is big. I am just barely more than a beginner, or I might actually know enough to suggest something. What a beautiful pattern.

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    here is what I have with the changes. What do you think now? I am so thankful for your help. I would have never seen thoses changees!! This has been enlightening :)

    I guess I'll have to add the Pictues tomorrow, my Internet is down for the night...

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    3 4 14 15 seem to have too much brown tone, may not be in real life...but from the photos appears so. #2 it too much a loner, draws too much attention.
    Play with and rearange walk away come back and look you will beable to see if you like it or not. Sometimes the eyes get confussed when looks at something for too long of a time. You have some wonderful fabrics, just take your time with the auditions.

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    So I am trying to figure out how to make the light side of these colors correct. It has occurred to me that the color I need is 'light red.'. I am not sure how to find that and not have pink :/ ??????

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    no need to take them to the copy show you can do it on the computer here are you fabrics in black and white.

    I agree with the 2,3,1,4 switch but I also think 18 and 19 need to be switched so 18 would become 19 and vice versa! I don't know about 16 but I think 15 is more of a tan color when the rest of your fabrics come with a more red/pink hue.[/quote]

    Yes, how did you make them black and white? Please.

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    When you go to print your pictures on your printer, there is an option in Print Preview that allows you to switch from color to black and white - so all you have to do is flip that switch and it will print black and white.

    Just remember to flip back to color if you want the picture to stay in color for future printing!

    Great ideas on the use of black and white to determine value. I learn something new here every day! Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Julie in NM
    I agree...#2 jumps at you...don't think you want that.
    I think 2 isn't quite right either - thats the only one that looks a bit out of place - but love the rest of the colours will look stunning

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    Quote Originally Posted by justwannaquilt
    Quote Originally Posted by hopetoquilt
    take a scrap of your fabrics to a photocopy machine and copy in back and white. Make sure the colors are in the correct order as to intensity or darkness (pardon my word retrieval issues at the moment). I am concerned that it should possibly be 2,3,1,4... I would also remove#16 and #15. In my eye, they don't quite fit in. I like B, F, G and H to replace anything you take out of your original line up.
    no need to take them to the copy show you can do it on the computer here are you fabrics in black and white.

    I agree with the 2,3,1,4 switch but I also think 18 and 19 need to be switched so 18 would become 19 and vice versa! I don't know about 16 but I think 15 is more of a tan color when the rest of your fabrics come with a more red/pink hue.
    that is so clever would never have thought of changing them to black and white - have learnt something new today :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by hopetoquilt

    no need to take them to the copy show you can do it on the computer here are you fabrics in black and white.

    I agree with the 2,3,1,4 switch but I also think 18 and 19 need to be switched so 18 would become 19 and vice versa! I don't know about 16 but I think 15 is more of a tan color when the rest of your fabrics come with a more red/pink hue.
    I second this completely!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmagee84
    How did you turn them to black and white???!!!
    I did it with photoshop HOWEVER. you can do it in windows paint program, open the picture you want to turn black and white. then hold CTRL on your keyboard and hit the E button. This will bring up a window called Image Properties in this box there are a couple of options to change things, under color click on Black and White. Once you change it and click on save it will give you a warning message that the color change can't be UNDONE just click on ok again and there ya go, your picture is now black and white. as long as you A) don't save the changed photo or B) save the black and white photo by click on SAVE AS, and renaming it, it will NOT change the original photo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bgullett
    I dont' think #2 fits at all, maybe try c. and I think #15 has to much brown in it.
    Yes I quite agree with this.

    :thumbup:

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    As far as getting different depths of red without going pink, there is another quilt in that quilt book done in reds that should give you some ideas. Look at page 36-43, page 59 and 88. I like page 88 the best.

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