> I would like to make a wall*** to start with, but feel so intimated
> about what colors to use. Are there any guidlines as to what looks good
> together? How do you start?
> I have quite a bit of fabric that I have bought over the years thinking I
> would put it into a quilt but so far haven't done much. I tried an
> assortment of prints in a block once and it looked awful. I would like to
> use up some of my fabric but need some help in choosing color
> I hope this is something that can be acquired and not an artistic thing
> you are born with.
> I did take a log cabin class a few years ago using blues and white. That
> turned out pretty well.
> Thanks for any advice,
> Sarita in cloudy Illinois.Sarita,
If you feel intimidated about choosing colors for an initial
project, maybe you could just keep it simple for now. Try choosing just
two or three colors that you like together. Simple color schemes can be
very dramatic and pleasing. (you said that you liked your log cabin in
blues and whites.) It may help alot if you know where your wall***
will be used/displayed. Perhaps you'll want to match the surrounding
decor (but still keeping to a mono- or di-chromatic color scheme.)
In the meantime, when you see other quilts that really catch
your eye, notice not just the pattern, but also the number of different
colors and the combinations that are appealing to you. Remember, there
is no right and wrong here, it's what's appealing to YOU. Do you find
yourself drawn toward pastels, or jewel tones? bright or muted colors,
etc. Another thing that I've found useful is to step back from a
multi-colored piece and ask myself what colors were pre***, or what
would I say were in this quilt if I were to describe it to someone else.
THEN, look closely again, and see how many other colors are also
My personal opinion is that you LEARN how to put colors together
that you enjoy. You don't necessarily inherit this trait. So don't
worry, start out simple and build up to more complex color schemes.