In An Easy Technique For Choosing Colors For Your Quilt, we offered an easy way to help you choose colors. As it does not require knowledge of color theory, it is helpful for beginners. But if you are interested in learning a little more, there are many books and internet sites that will help you better understand the color wheel and color theory. Here are a few ideas that you can try right away to help you choose colors for an eye catching quilt.
Take a look at your pattern and decide how many colors you need. You will likely see three to five areas for different colors. For instance, in the piece below, there are nine blocks. Since we like to see odd numbers, this pattern lends itself nicely to dividing by three.
To make it more interesting, you could stick with three colors, but use them in non-equal quantities. For instance, you could use four blocks of one color, and four blocks of another color and one block of a third color.
If you have more area to work with, you can add tints or shades of the three colors. In the original, we used purple, lavender, and green. With more room, we could add light green and blue. Try changing up the shades of the colors to find out what color will be dominant in the project.
You can see that by changing up the amounts of colors, or adding shades of some of the colors, you add more things for the eye to look at. At some point, you will get to where it is just confusing… then you know that you went too far.
It is easy to experiment on a computer or by coloring on paper to see what appeals to you. Give it a try with your next quilt and see if it makes your fabric selection easier.
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