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Thread: In quilting do you ever find you have a change of mind on how you feel about a color?

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    Red face In quilting do you ever find you have a change of mind on how you feel about a color?

    I have changed my thinking with several colors, yellow being one, on the right quilt the yellow makes the whole quilt pop. And red, which I never cared for is my go to color at times now, I took a class from a lady on clothesline rope, she used a bit of red here and there and it looked great. Her words...I have to have a little bit of red in all my quilts, can not imagine all of them but used correctly it is nice. Just some random thoughts this holiday monday.

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    Oh yes...each time I make a new quilt I have been trying to pick something different and surprised to find the colors I like that I never thought I would....
    Families are like old quilts....although they tend to unravel at times...each can be stitched back together with love.

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    Not just colors, but quilt patterns too!

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    Oh yes... never liked orange and now I love it. Same with grey!

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    Quote Originally Posted by asimplelife View Post
    Oh yes... never liked orange and now I love it. Same with grey!
    I find that I am looking at orange and grey as well, for me it is a matter of finding the right color. They do work though. Life and likes are ever changing, aren't they?

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    The only colors I really stay away from is a combination of gray and yellow as the entire quilt color scheme. It just doesn't talk to me when they are together, but they fine mixed in with other colors.

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    Sure thing. I don't care for blue, except for aquas, but I've collected fabrics for a blue quilt.

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    irishrose - I can relate as I love turquoise but not much else in the blue family. I very spontaneously purchased 1/2 yd. cuts of 5 coordinating blue fabrics at Joann's last week. Got home and wondered why I did that. Thought I'd just do a blue/white theme. But now I believe I'll have to add some other color(s) to be inspired enough to even sew with them.

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    Sometimes, right in the middle of making a quilt .

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    I've never changed to dislike a color, nor to like a single color. But I've changed to like certain color combinations that I didn't think would go together. I already liked purple. But then I saw a purple and teal quilt and it looked great. Then someone wanted something in purple and lime green and I was surprised that it looked good. I didn't think I would like that.

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    I have found that recently I am liking bits of a clear bright orange thrown in, or even red. Neither has ever been high on my list of favorite colors. Now the challenge would be to put one or both of these in a quilt for myself!
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    I put yellow in everything just about and black too, I think it makes them pop
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    Quote Originally Posted by jollyquilting View Post
    I put yellow in everything just about and black too, I think it makes them pop
    Funny how quilting along the way makes a person look at color combinations differently.

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    Yes, indeed. Never liked yellow, because it's difficult for me to see in some situations, but love to use it in a quilt. It does make other fabrics pop.

    Red is my favorite color, always has been, but apparently - according to my 29 year old daughter - my real favorite is green. Except it's not. I think it goes back to when she was little - we bought a house with orange carpeting throughout the upstairs and DH didn't want to spend $$$ to replace it and we really didn't have the $$$ to spend on it, either. I was lucky enough to find a set of drapes that had a green background and a delightful pattern that included orange and actually matched the rug. I did love the drapes, but not because green was my favorite color.

    I have also started using a lot of blues, which has never been a first choice for me.

    Amazingly, one of my favorite color combos is red white and blue but I have only made one quilt top using all three colors. It was king size and I think it R-W-B'd me out. Actually, two, but the second doesn't count. It was one of my Mom's UFOs: I added 3 borders to to make it a usable size - and don't like it at all, can't stand to look at it. But one of her adult grands will love to get it in the future. After I convince myself to quilt it so I can get it out of the house.

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    I think if we allow ourselves to - our color sense expands and matures as we look at the world through developing "quilting eyes". I definitely balk at currently popular or trendy color combinations unless I really like them. Still haven't felt the urge to do anything scrappy, but who knows?
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    Seems like when I really think I just don't want to work with a certain color and I get rid of a good share of that color , I have an urge to use that color.. its the same with styles of fabric. Got rid of bunches of late 80's florals .. and with in months I wanted to make a quilt out of all florals.
    Go figure!

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    All of time! In fact I am redoing my queen size quilt back for just this reason. Now the new design is driving me crazy! It looks simpler but it was a lot more work since there are now smaller pieces. But I like it better with different colors and design so it's worth it!

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    Pretty much all the time! That's what makes it fun!

    One famous quilter, who I can't remember right now, said you should try and incorporate a color you dislike in your next quilt. It keeps you fresh and you might turn out liking it!

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    perhaps this is a good reason not to purchase too far in advance of a project or for the stash! LOL
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    I'm not good at picking out colors to begin with, so I almost always change my mind after making several blocks. I've ended up with multiple quilts in the same pattern, but with different color schemes because I change my mind and pull some colors out and add others in and end up with enough blocks for multiple quilts of different colors. I end up spending so much on fabric because I do this. It's something I'm really trying to improve upon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nilla View Post
    I'm not good at picking out colors to begin with, so I almost always change my mind after making several blocks. I've ended up with multiple quilts in the same pattern, but with different color schemes because I change my mind and pull some colors out and add others in and end up with enough blocks for multiple quilts of different colors. I end up spending so much on fabric because I do this. It's something I'm really trying to improve upon.
    I do think that after seeing all of the lovely quilts everyone shows here, that has changed my mind about color. I will think to myself, I never would have put those colors together and yet when I see all of yours, my mind is changed and more open. Thanks everyone!

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    I love fall colors. Also batiks. Greens are what my house is decorated in so must make quilts that go with that. So lots of color choices go well even red. Fall colors give me lots of choices.
    I dont care for bright colors like lime green and bright orange or bright pink.
    Blue just does not blend with my color choices though I do have a collection of turquoise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bunbytes View Post
    The only colors I really stay away from is a combination of gray and yellow as the entire quilt color scheme. It just doesn't talk to me when they are together, but they fine mixed in with other colors.
    I always thought the same thing until I found the right fabric. I work in a Bernina shop a couple of Saturdays a month (spending money although it seldom gets out of the shop) we got this fabric in and they asked me to make up a couple of blocks to showcase it. Needless to say I LOVED it and yes I have enough fabric to make the whole quilt and will get to it someday.

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    I was looking at my stash and realized I have a lot of greens and browns. I don't particularly like those shades (I'm more a turquois and gold person), but looking back over my quilts I really do use a lot of greens and browns, in all sort of shades and tones. I do some landscape quilting, so that must be the reason. Go figure....

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    Not color for me but I collect deer fabric and just about any quilt I make for family has a piece of deer fabric some where in it. The charity quilts I would run out of my favorite fabric. I do put it in any quilt I make for friends though. RED for me is neutral...I'll put it with any color.....just need the right tone or shade......I love color!

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