Several people questioned my color cards shown in a previous post so I thought in addition to providing information about them, I’d share my approach to color in quilts.
My quilts usually fall in one of several categories.
Completely scrappy — everything goes — and as long as you use enough different fabrics it all works.
Monochromatic scrappy — I love taking a single color family such as green or red and using a bunch of different different fabrics.
Two color scrappy with a scrappy background
Two color scrappy with no added neutral
Autumn inspired – when I started quilting I lived in Florida and really missed Autumn and I’ve used the colors of Autumn in many of my quilts.
And a more coordinated scrappy color scheme, I will take a border fabric I love and pull just those colors for the quilt.
When it comes time to decide on a color scheme I basically use three tools.
One, I’m always looking at quilts and saving ideas for colors schemes that have nothing to do with the actual pattern of the quilt – I just look and save combinations that I love.
Two, when I see a gorgeous multicolor print – I buy it with the intention of using those colors in a quilt.
And three, I go to my color cards. As I was working on all those bindings — I kept looking at my shelf of blue fabrics and decided that it was time to do something with the aqua blues/greens. The back of the color cards have information about possible combinations and depending on what I have in my stash I can decide which combination to go with. (photo taken from the C & T website)
I did a quick search and it looks like the original cards that I have are no longer available BUT an updated version is coming out in February and available through the C&T website linked above or from Amazon.