No-fail tip for colorful quilts

Energetic. Cheerful. Lively. Vivid. COLOR!

From Colorful Quilts
Detail of “Bali High” from
Colorful Quilts (ePattern available)

If you gravitate toward using bright colors in your quilts—or if you have a stack of colorful blocks you’re not sure how to use—read on. Today’s tip will help you rein in those larger-than-life colors.

When working with brights, the authors of the three books featured below agree on one thing: it’s all about the background fabric. Whether you add one color or 100 to a quilt, the right backdrop will keep your design controlled, instead of progressing toward chaotic (raise your hand if you’ve been there, made that!).

From Quilts from the Heart II
Color riot! Softly patterned backgrounds offer a resting place for the eyes, capturing the energy of colorful quilt blocks without overwhelming the viewer. From
Quilts from the Heart II.

So, how do you choose the right background fabric when you want to show off a rainbow of quilt blocks? Here’s a smart tip from author Cynthia LeBlanc Regone:

Quick tip--brights and backgrounds
Ready to dig into the most colorful section of your stash? Get inspired by the quilts in the hue-happy eBooks below.


From Colorful Quilts by Cynthia LeBlanc Regone

Quilts from Colorful Quilts
Left: Cynthia exchanged Basket blocks with three friends, uniting many colors with a calm yellow background. Right: In another exchange, scrappy Cake Stand blocks pop against a subtly patterned black background.
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From Quilts from the Heart II by Karin Renaud

Quilts from Quilts from the Heart II
Left: Bright squares are randomly pieced into a sea of mottled-blue fabrics in an off-center Jacob’s Ladder design. Right: Karin packs the entire color wheel into Snowy Owl blocks, surrounding brights with solid white.
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From Sew Fun, So Colorful Quilts by Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson

From Sew Fun, So Colorful Quilts
Left: Fussy-cut rows of cat blocks alternate with multicolored Bow Tie blocks; the pop comes courtesy of a peach background fabric. Right: Got a collection of one cheerful color? Show it off in this easy grid quilt. Simply cut same-size squares and add solid sashing.
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Patchwork PaletteGot lots of colorful scraps?

Create dazzling scrap quilts with three of Donna Lynn Thomas’s simple methods for choosing fabrics: the Rainbow, Color Family, and Mixed methods. Make 13 color- and print-packed quilts with Donna’s eye-opening ideas—you’ll use her advice again and again. See more from Patchwork Palette.
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What’s your all-time favorite color to use in quilts? Tell us in the comments!


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