4 favorite quilt-color tips from popular authors (+ sale)

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Fabric-color-wheelStruggle with quilt-color choices? Lots of quilters do. But there’s no need to shy away from color or copy a designer’s palette hue by hue. With the right know-how to guide you, you’ll become more color confident with each color choice you make!

Get hip to four of our favorite tips from color-savvy eBooks below. Click a book cover to get to know each book better; then choose a how-to guide to color today. They’re all on sale for 40% off—this week only!
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Color for the Terrified Quilter Color for the Terrified Quilter: Plain Talk, Simple Lessons, 11 Projects
Ionne McCauley and Sharon Pederson

Ionne and Sharon will prove to you that color choices don’t have to be intuitive, instinctive, or inborn—there is a step-by-step way to choose color for quilts. With the help of a color wheel, mock-up blocks, and fun exercises, you’ll be ready for any quilt-color challenge.
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From Amazon.com
Five-stars“Offers a step-by-step formula for choosing color for quilts . . . packed with fine project ideas which teach the foundations of color.”

OUR FAVORITE TIP: Make a fabric color wheel that sorts your stash at the same time.

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Still terrified of color? You need this guide! See more >
$18.95 $11.37


Patchwork PalettePatchwork Palette: No-Fail Color Plans for
Captivating Quilts

Donna Lynn Thomas

Create dazzling scrap quilts every time when you learn three simple methods for choosing colors: the Rainbow, Color Family, and Mixed methods. Make 13 color-packed quilts with Donna’s eye-opening ideas—you’ll use her advice again and again.
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From Amazon.com
Five-stars“I own every book written by Donna Lynn Thomas. That should say it all. But in this book, she shows you how to choose a color palette, which is hard for some quilters. Even if choosing colors isn’t hard for you, the designs in this book are beautiful.”

OUR FAVORITE TIP: Assign a small set of blocks a fixed color palette. Donna shares a bit more about her methods in the video below:

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Feature your unique scraps—and get the color choices right! See more >
$18.99 $11.39


Scrappy DuosScrappy Duos: Color Recipes for Quilt Blocks
Donna Lynn Thomas

Donna’s prequel to Patchwork Palette is based on a simple strategy: assemble only two blocks at a time, choosing a different set of scrap fabrics for each pair. Picking fabrics for two blocks at a time instead of 20, 40, or more? Now that’s “duo”-ble! Includes 20 block patterns and sample quilt plans.
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From Amazon.com
Five-stars“One of the very best books about scrap quilts . . . the author’s approach to fabric selection assures us of quilts in which the colors stand out and the quilt design flows beautifully from block to block.”

OUR FAVORITE TIP: Instead of choosing colors for an entire quilt at the beginning of a project, choose colors as you go, on an as-needed basis. (Immediately takes the pressure off!)

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I made this quilt from
Scrappy Duos for my sister. The two-block approach made it easy to use a lot of different fabrics without getting lost.

Try the two-at-at-time approach—it’s sew easy! See more >
$16.99 $10.19


Double Take: Quilts with That Hopscotch Twist
Heather Willms and Elissa Willms

Mom loves muted colors, daughter loves brights. When they get together to write a book about quilts, you get to enjoy the best of both worlds! See how color choices can take a project in dramatically different directions in 16 quilts, totes, place mats, and more. We guarantee you’ll do a “double take!”
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From Amazon.com
Five-stars“Projects truly show how color and design choices impact finished quilts . . . it was amazing to see ‘Pinwheel Pizzazz’ on the front cover and ‘A Taste of Turquoise’ on the back cover and realize that it was the same block.”

OUR FAVORITE TIP: More is more! Heather and Elissa say: “If a color or print doesn’t coordinate with the 3 or 4 fabrics you’re working with, it will be noticed. But if that same fabric is combined with 20 other fabrics, it will blend in.

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Bright and muted
Double Take quilts (the two quilts above are scrap, stash, and precut friendly)

Each quilt two ways: see the terrific transformations >
$16.99 $10.19


Which color have you barred from your quilts—or are all the colors of the rainbow welcome? Tell us in the comments!


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