One of the best parts of starting a quilt is shopping for fabric. It's also the first step! It's seriously so fun and once you've got your color choices in your hands, you can't help but run home and start cutting! I'm going to share a few color combinations that I've used and also some techniques for choosing colors that work well in a quilt together.
My First Quilt
This quilt consisted of a deep purple, a yellow, light green, a tan and a light pink. Truthfully, these colors no longer appeal to me but they represent a different time in my life when I appreciated a different style. These colors are warmer and more traditional.
My Second Quilt: A Kentucky Summer
I love these colors! They are perfect for summer (hence the name) and they are a great "airy" color pallet. These colors represent a modern take on quilting.
My Third Quilt: Our Maple Leaf Quilt
I have yet to finish this quilt (I'm so close I can taste it) but these colors are my favorite of any quilt I've made. The orange and off white are perfect for fall and I love the minimalist look it provides.
My Fourth Quilt: Unnamed
This quilt will eventually be our bedspread and I'm so in love with it. I think the two types of blues and white are great for statement quilts with bold patterns.
Techniques to Choosing Colors
Let's take a trip back to Kindergarten and learn about the color wheel! There are three types of colors: primary (blue, red and yellow), secondary colors (purple, green and orange) and tertiary colors (green-blue, red-orange, etc.). There are also two ways to categorize the pairing colors: you can choose colors that are complementary or colors that are analogous. Complementary colors are colors that are across from each other on the wheel (like purple and yellow) and analogous colors are three colors right next to each other on the wheel (like green, yellow-green and yellow). You can also choose warm or cool colors. Warm colors are reds, oranges and yellows while cool colors are blues, purples and greens. Using the color theory can help you come up with colors that go well together on anything, especially a quilt!