I’ve been thinking really hard about what I wanted to do for a colour palette for my Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt. With so many blocks to make and such a big time commitment, I wanted to settle on a range of colour to create a framework for all the blocks.
I had quite a few ideas. The front runner was a rainbow palette with each block being tonal in just one colour. For instance, three shades of pink, red, purple or yellow. Then I could arrange the blocks in a rainbow gradation in the end. My other idea was solids only. This was completely inspired by how amazing these blocks look. I also considered doing the City Rain palette that was inspired by this photo. My last idea was to do white + one colour. This was inspired by this red and white vintage quilt and this quilt exhibit that I really wish I could have seen in NYC. See some great photos of the exhibit here.
Here’s how I finally decided. I got out all my boxes of fabric and started to pick out fabric for each of those palettes. I knew right away the City Rain palette would be impossible for me for 100+ blocks. It felt too limiting and difficult. The rainbow palette seemed fun and would give me so many options, but I realized that I had more than two boxes full of blue fabric. I really like blue. I also really like the idea of creating a quilt that will have a bit of a traditional feel with the colour but will hopefully also look modern with my fabric choices. I’ll be doing all shades of blue + white.
I feel so good now that I’ve got my colour choice sorted out. Have you decided what colours you’re going to use? Please feel free to post a comment here to tell us what fabrics you’ve chosen, or even a link to a photo or blog post you’ve written about the topic. I can’t wait to see!
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I love the blue! I think that is a good decision!
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Looks good. I’m going to use all the scrap pieces I can which means, unsurprisingly, mine will have large amounts of yellow. Plus whatever else I have in my stash, I vowed not to buy a single piece of fabric for the blocks.
Ooh, love the blue! I am pondering a yellow quilt… maybe with some blue and grey thrown in… but plans may change. 🙂 Looking forward to starting on this!
I am thinking CMYK for a quirky spin on a very traditional quilt or taupe/olive/purple/orange/cream for something a little more subdued.
Would you get all 10 or so yards right off the start or add as you go with the project?
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an all blue farmer’s wife is going to look AMAZING. Love it. Especially love all those darker navy and grayish blues.
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I love your color choices! I think I’m just going to dig through my scraps and see what I come up with, hoping it’s awesome. I asked for the book for Christmas and I can’t wait to get started with you!
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I love all the blues–it will look beautiful! I’m going do all solids because I love the way the blocks come out looking (and I’ve always wanted to do a quilt using solids, so might as well do one in a big way). I’ve been inspired by pictures of farm scenes for the colours: greens, golds and blues with touches of red, purple, grey and a bit of off white. I’m really excited about it. And slightly petrified to take on such a large project.
Maybe purples, I’m still not quite sure. I do love the scrappy look, but I will already be doing some scrappy blocks for a swap starting in January. I love the fabrics you pulled, it’s going to look awesome!! Are you going to have a button for this that I can put on my blog? I hope your having a great day.
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Monochromatic is a super cool idea!
That’s what I chose to make a Baby Jane, but in pink: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vivie95/4834214552/in/set-72157605067564312
And I made monochromatic blocks for my fw: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vivie95/5983910727/in/set-72157605067564312
As you can see, I like to start big sampler quilts, but I never finish them entirely 😉
I hope this helps you to get inspiration!
Very soft and lovely…dreamy if you will. I think it is going to be lovely.
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Wow! That looks like fabric heaven! I can’t wait to see your finished quilt : )
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I love your colors!! So calming and lovely. Some of my favorite colors ever. I’m excited to see your quilt get put together! I just grabbed things from my stash and am adding as I go, but wish I had put it together like your lovely pictures first! It will be a masterpiece for sure!
p.s. I just discovered your blog today and am so glad I did! I love it. Thank you!
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Your color choices are awesome! I’ve only gotten about a dozen blocks completed but really like your choices!