Sunshine Quilts

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Choosing Colors

I wasn't going to say anything here because it takes forever but . . I'm writing a book. If all goes well, it will be published in Fall, 2007. I can design the quilts and I can write the patterns but I cannot choose the colors! My favorites colors are lime, purple and orange but my editor wants a "wide range" of colors. Ughhh! I think she wants some tans and more muted colors. So, I'm struggling with my color choices. The next quilt in line to be done has three fabrics. Here are my choices. Are they awful?? Surely someone will like these colors??? Are they too boring? If you were browsing through a quilt book and came across a quilt made with these fabrics, would you say "yuck"? Be honest! For me to stay on track, I have to make two quilt tops a month. Yesterday (9/16) I finished the top that should have been finished on September 1. That means the one that should have been finished 9/15 has not been started. Not good! But, I'm not worried (although I probably should be!) because some of the tops are much easier than others and we're going to GA for a week for Fall Break, to Louisiana for almost two weeks at Christmas and then back to Louisiana for a week at Spring Break so that's four weeks of sewing time with little or no cooking, housekeeping, yard work, etc. If I could tear myself away from the computer, that would help a whole lot too! Back to sewing on a boring quilt! :) Judy L.


  • Judy!
    CONGRATS on your book-in-progress! Personally, I really like your color choices. This is just my opinion, but I think in today's fast paced, busy lifestyle...quilters are buying and paging through quilt books to be inspired, not confused with many different fabrics and be put on system-overload.
    Probably a silly question: Are you also machine quilting your pieces for the book? If so, your quilting will certainly "WOW" the viewers!!!
    Keep us QMs updated, will you please?

    By Blogger Darcie, at 9/18/2005 07:24:00 AM  

  • Welcome, Judy, and I'm glad you said something about your book. Gives us all something to cheer you on about, right? I like the colors you've chosen, but I think you need one more dark (dark-dark) one to make it pop. Right now, just the two on the left (pink and mottled) are reading the same, and the lightest one is just a gradient lighter so it's not that much of a punch. How about a really dark pink, or a really dark brown somewhere?

    By Blogger Sharon, at 9/18/2005 03:44:00 PM  

  • Knew it was just a matter of time for ya, Judy. :o) SO happy for you!!
    I think the fabric combination will look cool. I admire those that can put all of those neutral and soft colors together...and end up with a stunning quilt. Surely you're going to sneek in some lime green though, right? :P

    By Blogger Tracey, at 9/19/2005 12:42:00 PM  

  • I love more earthy colors like this! But I think your two tans are too close in color (just a guess not seeing the pattern). Make one a tad darker and I think it would be awesome!

    By Blogger Dawn, at 9/20/2005 04:02:00 PM  

  • personally, I vote for the lime green, purple and orange... :) Agree with Sharon that a darker color would help pop more. Congrats on the book.

    By Blogger Tonya R, at 9/21/2005 07:24:00 AM  

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