Other than choosing colors, the only possible area I’m less qualified to give advice would be cleaning. Just another disclaimer . .
When I’m teaching, the one thing that surprises me the most is the number of people who seem to fret and struggle with color/fabric choices to the point where I wonder if they’re even enjoying the process.
Maybe it’s the number of quilts I make or the amount of fabric I have or . . it could be as simple as my total lack of skill in choosing colors, but I just don’t ever worry too much about color. Yes, I’ll pull out a whole lot of fabric and make a huge mess but once I pick the colors I’m going to use, that’s it . . I’m using them and I don’t continue second guessing whether I made the right choice.
You’ve heard me say this and anyone who has taken my class has heard it . . this isn’t brain surgery! If you make an ugly quilt or one that doesn’t work, no one is going to be injured. It just won’t matter in the grand scheme of things. Think about how many times you’ve seen quilts on blogs (though never on mine I’m sure <G>) or at quilt shows and you thought the colors were awful but the quilt won awards and others loved it. In my opinion, there just are no wrong color choices. I look at quilts I made last year or 3 years ago and wonder . . why on earth did I choose those fabrics? But I loved it at the time and I had fun and for me, that’s what really matters.
Here’s an example. Back in March, I showed this photo and asked for your help.
I was trying to decide which dark green to use . . one of the ones with the black arrows. Many of my readers suggested that I use the top green for my dark and the bottom green for my lighter green instead of the light green between the pink and two darks. OK . . that’s what I did. I cut out all the pieces and took them with me when we went on our spring break trip. Didn’t bring any extra fabric . . just the pre-cut pieces for the quilt. As soon as I made the first block, I realized that the bottom green was reading way too dark and I was getting more blending and less definition of my chain design. Too bad . . I kept going, finished the top probably on spring break and last night, I quilted the top.
It turned out fine. I kinda like the muted look of the chain. I’m going to bind it with one of the dark greens. The point I’m trying to make is that if I was one who worried excessively about color choices, I would have either not finished this top or put it away til I got home and could add a different green for the chain. That would have been a waste of time!
The only perfect choice is the choice that makes you happy! Do what makes you happy! If I had given every one of you this grouping of fabric:
And I asked you to take the fabric to either your local shop or your stash and choose a lighter green to go with the pinks and green floral, my bet is that every one of you would have chosen a different fabric and every choice would have been great. There truly are no perfect or horrible choices . . other than what you like.
Have fun! Quilting should be our escape from the troubles of the world; where we can create and enjoy the process. So, please . . no more stressing over fabric choices, ok?