Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Color Me...what???

I will be the first to tell you...I have difficulty with color. When I was hooking rugs, I always second-guessed myself. Many times I simply did not trust my judgment, so I asked for help. From those I considered more knowledgeable. Which, by the way, most of the people I know fit that category where color is concerned. In my humble opinion.

So. When I first started quilting and needed to choose fabrics, I would ask for help from the lqs ladies. Now, they just laugh at me. Not that I have learned everything there is to know about color, but because I definitely know what I do NOT like. Which, to them, means that I know what I'm doing. NOT. Nowhere even close.

But, some things are fairly apparent.

Take this as an example. I thought that the white inner border line would be the right choice...lots of white in the central square, and all those white dots. Thought it might make things pop.

WRONG. Looks blah...

So, I took that white inner border out and replaced it with this blue...
and am now much happier with it.

Another example. I am working on part 2 of my DQS9 swap quilt. Here's what I showed on the flickr group...

I was planning to put a black border around it and then bind it in black polka-dot fabric. Many suggested, however, that I border/bind it with a bright color. Let's see how that works.

Okay, I like this...very dramatic, wouldn't you say? If that's what I'm going for.

Ready to see what it looks like with a bold color? Something, perhaps, that you would not expect.

Like this.

I LOVE it!

And, that's all I have to say!


lisa said...

They are wonderful and I do like that blue border inside instead of the white...How are you feeling??? Let your blogging friends know the update..I have been praying for you to heal...Lisa

moosecraft said...

Ooohh... I like that funky green with the B&W piece! Looks very designer-y! Great choice with the blue on the polka dot quilt too! Good to see your feeling better! :-)

Farm Girl said...

I am just like you, I never can choose the right colors for anything. I had a quilter friend, that I made some jewelery for and she said that I designs things whimsical. I liked that she was kind to say not really the truth, not a clue when it comes to colors. :) I also have a very hard time making things symmetrical.I like things to always be off a tad. That is why I have a hard time quilting, it doesn't work with points. :) I think your
quilts look wonderful. I never ever knew you had trouble with colors. It never shows.

Anonymous said...

Good choices Jacque...the switch to blue is much better and the green is really cool!
Hope you are feeling better.

Kim said...

I would say you have learned very well. Your color choices on all the pieces look great. Love the extra pop of color.
How are you feeling this week?

WoolenSails said...

I would have done it the other way, added an outer border to offset the white, I hate pulling out stitches;)
I do like that green, very artsy looking.


Miccosukee said...

Saw the title and wanted to color you the shade of recovery! I know you are resting up and behaving.

I never thought you had a problem with color as I always could turn to you when I was stuck on a rug project and know you had an excellent eye to help save the day. Are quilts that much different? I do admit the blue looked better than the white, but then what do I know?