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Thread: Yellow Brick Road question.....

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    Yellow Brick Road question.....

    I have searched, looked and googled... to no avail...to get an answer to one question...so I am hoping the board can once again help me. lol

    I ordered the pattern for the Yellow Brick Road...and I see how many fat quarters I would need for the size quilt I need to make... BUT...

    How many different colors are used???

    When my kids were in school, and I was a manager of a restaurant, we had a worker who also happened to be best friends with my son. Long story short...one day my son called me to ask if he could stay at our house because his mom kicked him out and he is sleeping in his truck.. (16 at the time). My DH and I said yes.. well he ended up living with us for 3 years straight..with his moms permission.. it was never done through the courts..never got paid for it...so he is very special to us...like a son..

    I am making this quilt for him for his wedding.. (I am so excited..as he asked us to share being his parents with his moms blessings). Their colors for the wedding is yellow and red... and I was going to make a quilt in their wedding colors until I heard the colors... ha ha ha..but I still want to use this pattern...
    Faye

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    I would use at least 3 colors. 5 or 7 is my fave number to use. IMHO i think using an odd number is best design-wise.

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    That boy was lucky to find you and your family.

    Why not use red and yellow? http://www.etsy.com/listing/91796381...d-yellow-quilt This one has lots of orange tones, which I think I would leave out, and maybe add a little black (if the bride approves) or more white. I prefer scrappier quilts, so I would probably go with at least 7 fabrics.

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    two colors would work but use multiple shades of each color. or even tones and patterns. did you look in the phjoto gallery here? it always helps me.
    when life gets you down go and talk with a little kid. They will help you work out even the worst problems with their simple logic.

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    Here's a red and yellow quilt. Not sure if it's 100% YBR but you can get an idea.
    http://www.dailybulldog.com/db/images/quilt1.jpg

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    I agree about the odd numbers. Depending on how big you are making. A variety of prints in different scales looks best IMHO.

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    Here's one done in yellow and red. http://www.dailybulldog.com/db/happe...ck-road-quilt/

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    I got chills reading the story. How does a mother just kick a kid out? Thank God he found you. Good luck with the quilt.

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    I think it calls for 12 colors? I remember I did mine in 6 though. Let me see if I can find a picture... Okay, here is a picture of mine in 6 colors. I looked at the pattern and I did the lap size, which called for 12 fat quarters. I guess that is where I thought it needed 12 colors. I'd say use whatever you want. I am very pleased with mine, and I made it before I had a lot of quilting experience.

    I agree, this guy was lucky to find you....and you are a pretty special person!!

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    I'm watching this thread- because I thought each fat quarter had to be a different fabric.

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    I made one for my daughter's BD and here is the picture. I use alot of what I had in pinks and purples and lights.Name:  IMG_1768.jpg
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    The pattern shows a quilt with yellows and blues...so you can do with just 2 colors...just half one color and half the other...and variations of each color..such as 6 reds and 6 yellows....it will work!

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    I think I made mine with 5 fabrics. I just used two yellows, three blues and a print/white.

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    I agree with the thought to use multiple shades of the colors you choose, as well as different patterns. It will give more life to the quilt. Congrats on raising 2 great boys!

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    Yes, you are a special family -- all around! I think that young man will be very appreciative of whatever colors you choose.
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    I made a YBR quilt all in yellows for my parents, so just one color in different tones will work fine. I think yellow and red would be lovely. Throw in a little cream color if you think it needs something else. To me, black would be too startling a contrast but then I personally prefer lighter colors. Please post when you're done so we can see how it turns out.

    What a wonderful person you are to have taken this young man into your home when he needed a helping hand.
    Heather

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    I have made yellow brick road twice. Maybe it is not right but I treated it like a scrap quilt and just used whatever fabric I had in a certain shade family (one blue; one green) and added lights. I was very happy with it. Wanted to use up scraps that were left to me from a long (40 years ago) passed away aunt as a sort of tribute and I was a new quilter.

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    Faye, what a blessing you are! You made a real difference for your son's friend! I love the idea of red and yellow, too....be sure to post a picture when the quilt is done.

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    I'm saving this thread as I'm in the process of making a wizard of oz quilt only it's going to be an attic windows pattern. My friend/sewing buddy and I are making for a friend who is a wizard of nut

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    Quote Originally Posted by knlsmith View Post
    I would use at least 3 colors. 5 or 7 is my fave number to use. IMHO i think using an odd number is best design-wise.
    exactly always use odd and 7 different works great...I'd go ahead and make it with the yellow and red, I think that could be pretty and I bet really special to them!!

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    I thought red & yellow, yuck!! Until I saw this quilt. I love the colors and the way they were put together.


    Quote Originally Posted by EasyPeezy View Post
    Here's a red and yellow quilt. Not sure if it's 100% YBR but you can get an idea.
    http://www.dailybulldog.com/db/images/quilt1.jpg
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    This is why I have a stash of crayons and graph paper. Maybe cut up small samples of your fabric and play with them?
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    I, too, like the idea of shades of yellows and reds along with a cream color. I have made two YBR, one a baby quilt, using six fat qrtr prints, and a lap size, using 12 marbled fat qrtrs, 6 were cotton flannel and 6 were 100% cotton; both with minky backing. The latter looked like a neat scrappy, using blues, greens, purple, brown, tan, rust, hot pink (yes, pink) and yellow. I have displayed it in local quilt shows, and many had commented on how well they like it. Did SID on that one. Can't wait to see your final work.

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    I have never made that pattern but just wanted to say how special I think your whole family is - you and your husband for accepting him and your son for sharing his family with him and looking out for his friend. And that also says a lot about you, that your son was comfortable and confident in his parents to ask you to do this! God bless you all!

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    The thing is, even tho each FQ is a different fabric in pattern, they can be the same two colors. Those quilts posted show it so well. Even tho all in shades of red and yellow, the differences in fabric designs, shades, size of print, etc. makes all the difference and gives the quilt lots of character and life.
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