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Thread: Why is yellow not a popular color for quilts?

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    Super Member Wonnie's Avatar
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    Have noticed that yellow is not a very popular color for quilts. Is there a specific reason for this? It's cheerful, happy and sunny.

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    Love yellow!

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    Yellow is my favorite color, so I use it alot. I really like blue and yellow together.

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    Yellow isn't a popular color with some people..but it does wonders for a quilt..I learned that years ago..when I first started to quilt..didn't have a lot..but it can pop a quilt..I have a lot of yellow in my stash now!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bjeriann
    Yellow is my favorite color, so I use it alot. I really like blue and yellow together.
    Oh, me too. Blue,yellow and white is a really pretty combo.

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    I don't know if there's a reason but light yellow fabric is very hard to find. When I shop on-line that's the first thing I look for and very seldom find anything but bright yellows.

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    When I started putting in gardens at our home, I loaded the beds with yellow and white flowers. It was a bit bright and hot looking. I traded some of the yellow flowers for pinks and purples, added a few blues, put in more evergreen shrubs, and now it is the way we love it. I think now the yellow flowers accent rather than overwhelm.

    I feel the same about yellow in quilts. I love yellow. But in quilts as in gardens, a little goes a long way.

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    My favorite color, but it is hard to work with in quilting. I think that is why most don't use it. I have dreamed of an all yellow Giant Dahlia for years. I have not had the nerve to try it though.

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    lots of reasons/opinions:

    you may like it; others may have another opinion...

    think it depends on the palette you are using & what mood you are trying to create with that palette

    Also, many make quilts identical to the ones they see in magazines--and many use traditional WHITE

    yellow is seen as a feminine color...

    it's a great color--it just doesn't "FIT" with every project--

    many of us are color challenged & i find it hard to build a quilt around a single color...

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    I love yellow too. My first quilt used yellow as the sashing. I feel happier when I work with bright cheerful colors. Is that silly?

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    i don't know where you came up with that assumption???
    around here i see lots and lots of yellow...
    and in our little sewing/quilting group we have one lady who has been actively quilting for over 50 years---according to her- it's not a quilt if it doesn't have at least a piece of yellow somewhere---she really loves yellow in quilts- and makes FABULOUS ONES!
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    maybe in your neighborhood they do not use yellow???
    typed yellow quilts into the search engine- over a hundred pages to look at....
    personally- not a yellow person- but have included yellows when they were needed- i'm not quite convinced that every quilt should have a little yellow :)

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    I love yellow too, but it's a very strong color that draws the eye. I think that's why many quilters use it sparingly in their quilts (when they use it at all) so it doesn't overwhelm the overall look.

    I have several quilts that are either predominantly yellow or have yellow in them. I find it's a great color to use when used correctly. :D :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by flowerjoy
    I love yellow too. My first quilt used yellow as the sashing. I feel happier when I work with bright cheerful colors. Is that silly?
    I sure don't think so. I tend to work on it faster if it's in cheerful colors and it sets my mood for the day!

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    supposedly, yellow is the first color your eye sees when looking at a mass of color...

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    I love yellow and orange for quilts.

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    I don't use much yellow because a too bright yellow can make a statement in a quilt. Yellow is not one of my favorite colors so maybe that is why I don't use much of it.

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    says who?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl
    i don't know where you came up with that assumption???
    around here i see lots and lots of yellow...
    and in our little sewing/quilting group we have one lady who has been actively quilting for over 50 years---according to her- it's not a quilt if it doesn't have at least a piece of yellow somewhere---she really loves yellow in quilts- and makes FABULOUS ONES!
    so...
    maybe in your neighborhood they do not use yellow???
    typed yellow quilts into the search engine- over a hundred pages to look at....
    personally- not a yellow person- but have included yellows when they were needed- i'm not quite convinced that every quilt should have a little yellow :)
    Perhaps I should have phrased the question differently ....yes, I see a blotch of yellow here and there in quilts but if you look at the quilts overall it's almost never the dominating color. The reason I asked was because I did an old timey Butter and Egg quilt for my daughter, on point, with a white background and a single, repeated, patched block of yellow with small,white polka dots alternating with a white square in which I quilted flowers. The border , also, was white with quilted vine and leaves and it was so stunning it just made me wonder why I didn't see something of that nature in most of my many, many quilt books and magazines is all.

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    I use a lot of yellow in my quilts and tablerunners and toppers. I LOVE yellow!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wonnie
    Have noticed that yellow is not a very popular color for quilts. Is there a specific reason for this? It's cheerful, happy and sunny.
    I love yellow..It just brings your eyes to it and its so cheerful :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuzanneG
    I love yellow too, but it's a very strong color that draws the eye. I think that's why many quilters use it sparingly in their quilts (when they use it at all) so it doesn't overwhelm the overall look.

    I have several quilts that are either predominantly yellow or have yellow in them. I find it's a great color to use when used correctly. :D :D
    I agree whole-heartedly!

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    I don't care for yellow so it is not popular in my quilts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mzmama
    I don't care for yellow so it is not popular in my quilts.
    That's totally understandable....we all have our favorite colors. :-)

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    yellow is popular - its high up the list of 2 color quilts with blue.

    many people have made yellow and blue quilts

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl
    according to her- it's not a quilt if it doesn't have at least a piece of yellow somewhere---she really loves yellow in quilts-
    A quilter after my own heart. :)

    I use a lot of yellow, and have made at least one quilt where it was the dominant color. I think it really wakes up some designs. I wouldn't say it has to be in all quilts, but it's not a color to be afraid to use.

    Janet

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