Think about this question a bit. Especially for those who make quilts similar to the colors shown in the pattern, you may be doing so without realizing it. When people send me pictures of quilts made from my patterns, I’m often surprised at how similar they are to the colors used in the pattern.
When we did the Bears in the Farmhouse Quiltalong, I was very happy to see how many people went off on their own and used colors completely different from what I had shown. One quilter used a turquoise for the background and it was gorgeous!
Here’s the question #2:
When you see a pattern you want to make, are you more likely to:
(1) Make the quilt in fabrics/colors as close as possible to the quilt shown on the pattern;
(2) Ask the quilt shop ladies to help you choose the fabrics and then buy whatever they suggest . . without regard to whether you love it or not. I know you wouldn’t buy it if you hate it but if they suggest something you’re not head over heels in love with, would you still buy it and then use it in that quilt?
(3) Go home and “shop” your stash and see what you can come up with before buying fabric? If so, do you still try to duplicate the colors shown on the pattern?
(4) Totally go with fabrics you want without regard to anything shown on the pattern.
Again, please don’t provide more info than what I’ve asked for. There will be other questions to answer.