" Wow, I would have never though about putting those fabrics together" Sometimes this is said as a complement and sometimes not.
Color is a very personal and subjective. My loud and garish is your peppy and happy. Your traditional might want to make my poke my eye out with quilting needle.
Of course there are all sorts of books you can read on the topic of color theory and quilting. Most are very well versed and honestly make my head hurt.
I FEEL color.
I am an intuitive color person. This often means I put together colors and patterns that others would never dream of and yet they often work ( granted sometimes only for me). As a child my color sense was called "quirky" which was code for "odd" and it vexed my "by the book" mother to no end.
On the other hand it tickled my father who was an artist. He often let me play with all his special markers and pencils just sorting them into color groupings that pleased my eye. I would give each grouping a name and add a tag.. I was a strange little kid!
For me it is not about colors "matching".. It is about colors and patterns that play off of each other.
It is also not about only using my "favorite" colors.. such quilts become insipid. But add a contrasting color/pattern and they can really sing!
Sewing from your stash means bringing your very own intuitive quilter out to play. You might make different choices and that is ok.. the point is taking the risk to see fabric in a different light and create something different than the next person.
I started with this Kona panel made to look like pieced blocks that I am using for a stitch-practice panel. From there I added the outer brown border. In the photo the brown looks to be a match to the brown in the fabric but it is actually a couple of shades darker.
This would have been a safe place to stop but I wanted more punch to this piece so started pulling fabrics from my stash that had the right feeling. In this case the fabric had a overall greyed down feeling so bright clean colors were not going to work.
This fabric .. well who knew, but I do know that it would not have been most people's choice but I really grooved on the contrast of the flowers and the geometric and how the pink of the flowers totally works with the pink in the panel.
Take a risk.. it is just quilting.
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