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    Working with pastels

    In 6 months, we will attend a family wedding several states away. I thought of making the couple a good sized quilt, so wrote and asked the mother of the bride for her daughter's favorite color. Her reply was neutrals: light tans, gray, soft butter yellow, soft muted greens. Disappointed to learn this for 2 reasons: although this would be THEIR quilt, I actually dislike pastels (LOVE COLOR), own none in my stash for that reason, never wear them, cannot imagine working with them for even one hour. Secondly, with the blandness I have no idea how to have contrast even by adding white, showcase any pattern or produce an attractive result. It all just seems BLAH to me. I would not use black to make the pastels pop either, defeats the whole purpose. So, am rethinking the whole idea. Any input? THX

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    I'm right there with you sister! I am not a huge fan of pastels either. Are her wedding colors something other than pastels? If so maybe you could do a quilt in those colors.
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    I am of no help with this .. when I look in my stash ... almost no pastels. I did make a quilt that was pastels a while back, but what gave it a bit a "zip" was it was all pastel florals .. a lot of them. I had this box of pastel florals scraps that I had no clue what to do with them. This is that quilt.http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...d-t133140.html
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    Not a fan of "sans color" myself, but having said that, there are some wonderful things that you can do with the neutrals. I find myself drawn to them, but unless I HAD to for whatever reason, I wouldn't opt to use them.

    Perhaps something like this could work for you...the colors are brighter than neutral, but still in that neutral family. They aren't loud, but classically pretty (IMO) I think there may be more options to "push the envelope" with an antique white or butter yellow background in the florals department Good luck!

    http://img1.etsystatic.com/003/0/5411985

    http://img3.etsystatic.com/000/0/590....301954719.jpg

    Pardon this commercial suggestion; just looking at the colors with this one

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    Perhaps buying a gift would be better than making something the couple would not like and not use. You could buy a nice matelasse bedspread in a soft ivory from Amazon for under $50.

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    A friend made a log cabin in shades of cream and tan for her daughter that was gorgeous. I have seen several quilts made like this and they are very striking. The colors listed, gray, butter yellow and greens would make up pretty in a rail fence.

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    Yes, I think I would "suddenly not have time" to pursue a quilt I couldn't enjoy making.

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    There are many quilts done in neutrals that are simply lovely. If you are set on making a quilt how about a lap quilt for tv rather than bedsize. That wouldn't take as long if you are working on colors you don't enjoy. Or a wallhanging.

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    I know! Make them a "neutral" (boy/girl) baby quilt, and add a wink & a nudge. LOL!

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    This would be a lovely quilt if you added a bit of print to these colors. Not every block but here and there. I agree that a log cabin would look wonderful and would be very easy to add the prints with your pastels. Sometimes I do not want to make something because it does not represent what my likes are but, when we do something like this it is with love and I am sure will be much appreciated
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    You could bump up the contrast with some darker pieces of the same shades -- for example, a darker gray, darker mossy green -- and a very light cream/yellow. I hear you, tho -- no fun to work on something you think is ugly!

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    I know what you mean, but you might be surprised how you like it once you get started. I once made a baby quilt for someone that was dark brown, pink, and mint green. Ugghh! I was dreading it like nobody's business. I kept thinking "well, this is for them, I don't have to look at it." Once I got the top pieced, I was surprised how much I liked it! Good luck with whatever you decide. You could do the neutrals on the front and then pop some color into the backing fabric...just sayin'.

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    The Bride sounds like a fan of modern quilt designs. If she likes soft and neutral colors, you should make her a quilt using those colors. You might surprise yourself. Keep the design simple with plenty of open negative spaces in it and the splashes of tan, yellow, green with the gray and white will make a nice quilt. Google modern quilt designs and find something to base you quilt design upon. Good luck!

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    Here is what I did when I needed to make a quilt in colors that didn't thrill me. I think if you find a layer cake in the right color family you can pull it off without too much agony.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...t-t214462.html

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    Not a big fan of baby pastels - but - take a look at the Victorian Modern fabric collection - Andover Fabrics. I am dying to get my hands on some of that stuff thinking that the periwinkle quilt would be absolutely gorgeous. I would call the colors sophisticated pastels.

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    Pastel batiks mixed with white may be my answer.

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    I don't have a lot of those colors either but I have to tell you that a friend of mine did a disappearing nine patch in all beiges (light to light med) with some whites thrown in and although that is not my favorite pattern it was beautiful.

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    I'm not a pastel fan either, but if you google pastel quilts there are some lovely designs especially those using large pastel florals. And I remember seeing a log cabin posted here that was all done in creams and tans that was just stunning.
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    Pastel Coin Stack

    Here is one I made using pastels....a coin stack which is really easy ......Charisma quilted it for me....it turned out so darn nice and i`m not a fan of pastels either
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    This is just what I was thinking. You need contrast and you can build that in and still use her colours. I imagine something very calming. Good luck with it!
    Quote Originally Posted by toolazy View Post
    You could bump up the contrast with some darker pieces of the same shades -- for example, a darker gray, darker mossy green -- and a very light cream/yellow. I hear you, tho -- no fun to work on something you think is ugly!
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    A Labyrinth in Northcutt's Stonehenge fabrics is the first thing that came to mind. You could use softer colors than the pattern shows. The soft cream/green/light rust in the Stonehenge is lovely.
    http://www.anniescatalog.com/image.h...8&mode=gallery

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    I would steer away from the pastels and do a beautiful neutrals quilt. Just about any pattern can be awesome done in taupes or neutrals with a bit of lovely green. Mmmmmm!
    peace

    EDIT: Or, how about a wholecloth quilt!
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    Quote Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn View Post
    I'm right there with you sister! I am not a huge fan of pastels either.
    I had to force myself to buy pastels when I recently made a quilt. So I'm no help either.

    I wonder if this book by Alex Anderson would help you? I own it..check it out....

    http://alexandersonquilts.com/joomla...mart&Itemid=29
    Last edited by nygal; 04-04-2013 at 02:26 PM.
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    https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&...ml%3B692%3B922

    Also the newest Connecting Threads catalog has a couple of interesting neutral color quilts. http://www.connectingthreads.com/ima...ineCatalog.pdf
    Check page 14.



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    You might try googling "low volume quilts" to get some ideas for neutral/pastel color palettes. Here's one very pretty one:

    http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/?tag=low-volume-quilt

    Though I am biased -- I love pastels. I think you can get some contrast/interest in varying the shades used and using contrasting colors, even if they're in softer tones.

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