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Thread: What's so hard about 'blue'??

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    I understand completely !! MY dear grand daughters are the same .. One states red -umm okay what shade of red ? One states purple- okay again what shade ?? LOL The baby she don't care anything gma !LOL
    OH well one of the most wonderful problems of life that we all must cope with !LOL
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    LOL, My DH thinks any and all shades of one color match all the others. For him, if it's blue, it matches all blues. His color life is simple. Smilesssssss.......
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    Some people have no sense of color. To them, blue is blue, green is green, etc. For those of us who see the myriad of shades of every color, it's a mystery why they don't see it as we do. When I went to college, I attended a Catholic University that required 21 hours of Religion if you were Catholic. Not being Catholic, I took those classes in art, for which I will be eternally grateful. It has served me extremely well in so many aspects of life.
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    That is so funny! My sister (who lives 350 miles away) just recently bought a house and painted. For her birthday I made her a table topper, however her dining room is purple and no matter how many pictures she sent me everyone of them appeared blue! I finally drove an hour away to the nearest Home Depot and picked up a paint chip sample of her paint. Everything matched perfectly, but I did have to buy material twice! The first was way off! All worth it in the end!

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    I asked my niece what her favorite color is so I could make a quilt for her graduation. She said "turquoise". I countered with "turquoise blue or turquoise green". Finally asked for paint swatches -- but didn't get those until after the fabric was bought and quilt started. She's seen pictures and says she likes it, but I've discovered this particular color does not photograph well. I'll find out next weekend if she really likes the color. If she doesn't I'm keeping the quilt!

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    OMG yes! I usually end up asking for a reference to an object that is the color they are searching for and even then it doesn't work. My gosh there are so many shades of blue you could spend forever trying to guess what they want. I like the suggestion of another member that you use those paint cards that you can get at the hardware store and ask them to select the color from that. Green to my husband is grass green and there is no other shade of green.
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    I often have this conversation when it comes to the teals. Some people see them as green - others as blue. I seem to always be on the opposite side of the colorwheel. lol If you make it scrappy, then all blue should work. Maybe that would open her eyes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S View Post
    All she needs to do is go to the paint chip wall and see all the "blue" and realize there is more to blue than meets the eye.
    But then all colors are like that .. I would have done the same ask for a paint chip that way you can at least get it in the right shade or degree of blue.
    What a great idea. Rarely do I ask about colors.
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    I think the idea of requesting a paint chip (or 2-3) is great! A clever way to get an idea what shade of blue she wants.

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    I'd have made her half a dozen - each a different shade/tone of blue ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by DebraK View Post
    I never ask what anybody wants ;-)
    I like this idea!
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    If i asked someone for a specific color and then get no response or sample from them, then i make what I want. It is their problem after that. Life is too short for me to wait around and cater to other people.
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    Some people like me will argue for hours over the difference between turquiose and teal. Some people don't see it. I go into a fabric store with hundreds of selections and never do find the shade I am looking for. The easiest thing is to just find something pretty.
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    Isn't it great that everyone here on QB completely "gets" your dilemma? We always have a place to share what the rest of the non-quilting world doesn't understand.

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    Those with a discerning eye understand exactly what you mean, those that see all blue as blue, well there is really little help for someone who sees with their mind instead of their eyes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
    I once asked my sister what she would like for some event one year.

    She said pillowcases. Okay, I can do pillowcases.

    I asked her "What color?"

    She said: "Light blue."

    Okay - I asked her to send me some paint chips so I could get the right 'kind' of blue.

    She said: "What's so hard about 'blue'?


    Anyone else have this type of dialog? I was just trying to get a shade that would be compatible with what she had. I did not appreciate her apparent lack of cooperation.

    PS - She has finally come around to realizing that there is more than one shade of any given color.
    I'm always frustrated by color variations. Yellow & gold seem impossible to match. Green and blue can be bummers sometimes, but the yellow and gold are my problems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by helenhiwater View Post
    Some people like me will argue for hours over the difference between turquiose and teal. Some people don't see it. I go into a fabric store with hundreds of selections and never do find the shade I am looking for. The easiest thing is to just find something pretty.
    simple, teal is far more green than turquoise.
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    25 years ago when we we building this house, I wanted beige vinyl on the gable ends. The builder brought us samples of beige. One was too pink, one was too yellow, one was too green, one was too blue----------I ended up with one that was more gray. Hubby decided I was nuts and that beige was beige.
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    I say make it blue in many shades, then they can match things to the quilt LOL

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    there are so many shades of blue and if you go to dark it could be a country blue, or sky blue, lol...the list goes on. I know what you are talking about. My sister is buying her first house and I asked her if she wanted anything in particular. She said she couldn't think of anything. She said everything they own is tan/beige and just to make it go with that. That is much easier than "blue". I've seen my my sisters house once before, and everything she owns is plain. I can do just about anything as long as it isn't countryish(that's my new word for the day). I know you want to make something that goes and matches what she has. Is there anyway you can go visit or get a pic of what she has already? You can then pick fabric to go with it.
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    Hi there....found this business of blue interesting. Sounds like something my kids would have said
    "What's hard about blue" . I understand the frustration. ggl

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    I also ran into this situation. I asked my brother's girlfriend what her favorite color was and she said light blue. Well I made her a beautiful large foot warmer (bed runner) for the end of her bed and all she said was that's the wrong color blue! I about fainted! All that work for that?

    Here is another story... My cousin begged me to make her a quilt. I said what color is your favorite? "Tourquoise" was her only response. So I made a beautiful queen sized tourquoise and purple star log cabin for her. When she got it last christmes she said. "This was not what I was expecting". She came to love it, but geez... What a let down for me!
    Here it is... I know not everyones cup of tea...

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    Fantastic idea. I'm going to use that.
    Quote Originally Posted by butterflies5518 View Post
    What a great idea. Rarely do I ask about colors.
    I used to be "hot", now it's just "hot flashes!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedGarnet222 View Post
    I also ran into this situation. I asked my brother's girlfriend what her favorite color was and she said light blue. Well I made her a beautiful large foot warmer (bed runner) for the end of her bed and all she said was that's the wrong color blue! I about fainted! All that work for that?

    Here is another story... My cousin begged me to make her a quilt. I said what color is your favorite? "Tourquoise" was her only response. So I made a beautiful queen sized tourquoise and purple star log cabin for her. When she got it last christmes she said. "This was not what I was expecting". She came to love it, but geez... What a let down for me!
    Here it is... I know not everyones cup of tea...

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...n-t101447.html
    It is pretty - but 'unconventional' when I think of log cabin.

    I think I might have asked for another color that she likes with turquoise - some people like rust or brown.

    By the way, turquoise, purple, and lime is one of my favorite color combinations.

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    I was just pondering things like this earlier.
    Sometimes when we have a person in our lives that wants to find something, shall we say, "out of joint",
    they will!
    I've been advised to ignore and not take stuff personal.
    Sometimes the very thing you are told "not to do", just puts it right 'there' on your brain
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