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

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    What's so hard about 'blue'??

    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.

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    Just another small fire to put out.ha.

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    I never ask what anybody wants ;-)

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    Unfortunately, in your desire to provide for your sister something special in the perfect color just for her, she's probably thinking you're a tad bit "anal", and please excuse the expression. Obviously she hasn't been inside a fabric shop in the last decade and seen the gazillion blues available. Sometimes you just can't win.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by DebraK View Post
    I never ask what anybody wants ;-)
    Smart woman!

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    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.

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    I'm with you debrak..... don't ask them.... I've never had one complaint...
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    What will you do, if she comes up with a blue you can't match?

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    My niece sent me a picture of the wall so I would know what color.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neesie View Post
    What will you do, if she comes up with a blue you can't match?
    Wasn't trying for a match - just something compatible or similar 'flavor'

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    Yes I've run into that situation. I was redecorating and a girlfriend asked if I needed a new dust ruffle for the bed. Yes, green. The one she brought me was green all right, like a blue spruce is green. Argh! I finally realized that the general public doesn't recognize shades and values like a quilter does. So I agree. Don't ask.

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    They just don't know how many colors really exist in an artist's world....we are all artists' working with a huge mass of color choices! Now we know how Rembrandt and Monet felt. LOL

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    It's not just blue, try matching blacks, whites, ivory's.Even with an OTT flashlight it's almost impossible. Lucky to hit the ballpark.

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    Our high school choir decided on blue velvet dresses and blue jackets for the guys. So they arranged for us to buy our dress material at a local shop and sent off a swatch to the manufacturer for the jackets. Ha! Talk about clash! Even the paid professionals can't get it right.

    I made a king size string quilt of blues. The only chance of making it work is to use every shade of blue on the planet at least once.
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    I've always found it amazing that if one uses all sorts of shades of a given color, it seems to work.

    But if using only two or three shades of a given color, one has to be a lot more careful.

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    sounds like you answered your own question ;-)

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    Sounds like something my sister would do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hobo2000 View Post
    It's not just blue, try matching blacks, whites, ivory's.Even with an OTT flashlight it's almost impossible. Lucky to hit the ballpark.
    Trying to match reds outside of a collection line can make me pull my hair out!!!
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    OK, I'm a brat. I'd find the yukkiest blue ever and send her a swatch and see how quick she narrows down her selection of "blue." But then, I'm a brat and have two sisters who would probably do the same thing! Smile!!
    I used to be "hot", now it's just "hot flashes!"

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    My sister is used to my sarcasm, so I would have been tempted to give her a long list light blues.

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    not a bad solution ;-)

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    I was going to make my sister's wedding quilt, so I asked her what her colors were. She said blue. I said what color blue. She said oh...light blue, you know soft, like faded jeans. Ok, that works. So, a few weeks later we were talking and she described the color again. (I should mention I had already boughten fabric) This time she compared it to blue hydrangeas. Aaaahhhh. Those are two different colors! She didn't think they were. Sisters.

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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.
    She's obviously never stood in front of 6 feet of every shade of blue. LOL

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    When I first saw this title, I thought "everything is hard about blue" but then after I read your post, I realized it wasn't what I was thinking about. I was thinking about how hard I find it to match blues (especially navy) in my quilts. D-u-h. I'm so silly!

    I'm with the other kids here... I never ask. It's been my experience that most people are so happy to get something hand made that they don't care what color it is. Granted, I don't go nuts with color, but still...
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    I would do the pillow case with three pieces in it. The body, the border, and the 1" folded strip between them.
    Then you could use 3 coordinating blue colors.

    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.

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