Blog hop! Find YOUR flair for fabric (+ fabric giveaways!)

Quilt Market, Houston, Texas, October 2012. A group of Henry Glass fabric designers gather for a special dinner before saying their good-byes. But the table talk has nothing to do with the show. Instead, everyone’s talking about Hurricane Sandy.

A Flair for Fabric designersEveryone at the table is worried about friends and family along the East Coast, wondering if they might suffer hardships from the storm. Martingale author Linda Lum DeBono came to the dinner to talk to the designers about putting a book together. When she shared her idea, it quickly spurred another: create a book about what every person at that table loved—fabric—and donate the resulting royalties to the Red Cross, in tribute to those who suffered through the storm.

The dream those designers aspired to that night has come to fruition in their new book, A Flair for Fabric. And we’re celebrating their accomplishment with an extraordinary blog hop!

A Flair for Fabric blog hop

In A Flair for Fabric, you’ll get tested tips on how to mix fabrics from some of the best in the business, and you’ll learn what inspires their fabric lines. Along with 14 beautiful projects, you’ll also enjoy five full-page tutorials with real-life solutions for blending fabrics from your unique stash. Want to learn how to take your red and green fabrics beyond a Christmas palette? How about tips for giving sparkle to a quilt made of medium-sized, mid-tone prints? Get ready: your flair for fabric is about to reach new heights!

Here’s one of the many tips from the book that you can use again and again—this one’s from Kim Diehl:

Quick quilting tip from Kim Diehl

Take a peek at the projects from A Flair for Fabric below. But first…


FABRIC GIVEAWAY ALERT! Our friends at Henry Glass are providing free fabric bundles to give away at most every stop on the A Flair for Fabric blog hop—there are 15 chances to win!

Vintage Farmhouse fabric by Kim Diehl for Henry Glass

Learn how you can win one of these gorgeous bundles of fat eighths from Kim Diehl’s “Vintage Farmhouse” fabric line plus a copy of A Flair for Fabric at the bottom of this post.


From A Flair for Fabric
“Delightful” by Jacquelynne Steves and “Funky Flowers” by Heather Mulder Peterson

From A Flair for Fabric
“Blueberries and Bananas Place Mats” by Vicki Oehlke and “Close to My Heart” by Linda Lum DeBono

From A Flair for Fabric
“Days Gone By” by Little Quilts and “Breezy” by Jill Finley

From A Flair for Fabric
“Garden Bramble” by Kim Diehl and “Posy Pot Heat Bag” by Anni Downs

From A Flair for Fabric
“Starburst Maple Delight” by Janet Nesbitt and Pam Soliday of Buggy Barn and “Line Upon Line” by Amy Hamberlin

From A Flair for Fabric
“Caboodle Quilting Caddy” by Leanne Anderson and “Where Flowers Blossom” by Liz Hawkins and Beth Hawkins of Lizzie B Cre8ive

From A Flair for Fabric
“Picnic Basket Table Topper” by Margot Languedoc and “Peppermint Twist Christmas Pillow” by Dana Brooks

A Flair for FabricReady for a fresh fabric education from A Flair for Fabric? Pick up the book at your local quilt shop or at ShopMartingale.com.

Print book: $24.99
eBook: $16.99


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How do you mix fabrics for quilts: use a tried-and-true formula, use a trial-and-error approach, or throw caution to the wind? Tell us in the comments and you’ll be automatically entered to win one of two fabric bundles from our friends at Henry Glass plus a copy of the A Flair for Fabric eBook. We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck!

Follow along for more chances to win Henry Glass fabric and A Flair for Fabric during the blog hop:

Tuesday, November 18: Launch at Martingale’s Stitch This! blog
Wednesday, November 19: Dana Brooks
Thursday, November 20: Leanne Anderson
Friday, November 21: AllPeopleQuilt.com
Saturday, November 22: Janet Nesbitt at the Sewing Cabinet
Monday, November 24: Linda Lum DeBono
Tuesday, November 25: Anni Downs
Wednesday, November 26: Kim Diehl at the Sewing Cabinet
Friday, November 28: Jill Finley
Saturday, November 29: Amy Hamberlin
Monday, December 1: Margot Languedoc
Tuesday, December 2: Little Quilts
Wednesday, December 3: Lizzie B Cre8ive
Thursday, December 4: Heather Mulder Peterson
Friday, December 5: Jacquelynne Steves
Saturday, December 6: Wrap up at the Henry Glass blog

Comments are closed for this post.

Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winners are Pamela and Karen.

Pamela says: “I find a fabric in colors I like or with a theme I’m working on and then hunt for what goes with it. I had no idea there might be a ‘formula.’ I usually start with a print that is calling me and then mix and match from there.”

Karen says: “I don’t have a particular method. I just pick what I like. I have several fat quarter collections, but I often pull some out and use them with other fabrics.

We’ll email you both about your prizes. Congratulations!


636 Comments

  • I most often use a trial-and-error approach.

    Anita on November 18, 2014
  • I normally take what I have in my stash, arrange them on the floor and then add or take away until I feel that it looks good. Most of the time it works out great, sometimes I have to make little changes on the way sewing.

    Martina on November 18, 2014
  • I guess I throw caution to the wind because I just pick what I like.

    Carrie p on November 18, 2014
  • I wondered what fabric Kim Diehl uses for her beautiful designs. Now I know! So glad I read this blog. I can’t wait to explore Henry Glass fabrics and read the upcoming blogs.

    —Nancy Combs on November 18, 2014
  • I grab the main fabric that I like then I build from that. Of course if it’s a scrappy quilt anything goes. If I buy a premixed bundle the manufacturer has done all the work for me.

    —Chris on November 18, 2014
  • I just try to pick a focus fabric and try to match colors to it. Picking fabric takes me forever. It is hard for me to do.

    Brenda on November 18, 2014
  • Picking fabric for quilts is the hardest part of the quilting process for me. I agonize over it and second guess myself. It takes me forever to put fabrics together. I guess that is why I mainly make scrappy quilts. Thanks for the great giveaway. I love this new book!

    —Renea on November 18, 2014
  • And who doesn’t want to use a little stash with some new fabric lines in a scrappy way?
    But sometimes I’m afraid to cut into my choices…

    —Chris on November 18, 2014
  • I love fabric and my stash has everything from tiny prints to bold geometric patterns. I pull fabrics in the same color family from all types of prints and let them learn to live together so I guess I’m a rebel when it comes to mixing fabric

    —Rina on November 18, 2014
  • Most of the time it is a tried and true approach, but every once and a while I throw caution to the wind 😉

    Melissa Corry on November 18, 2014
  • I usually start with a fabric I am really drawn to (usually a print) and then I branch out from there picking colors that go with it. I choose from a complete fabric line when available which makes it easy but also love to start with something unusual and wing it from there picking from different fabric lines that coordinate with the main fabric.

    Diane Hinton on November 18, 2014
  • I fret ALOT. I ask my husband who has great taste and then I finally close my eyes and take the plunge based on what he says and what I feel.

    —Sheila on November 18, 2014
  • I’m still learning how to put together fabrics. I like to buy fat quarter bundles or kits that my LQS has put together and then challenge myself to swap out one or two pieces from my stash to make it my own.

    —Laura Williams on November 18, 2014
  • Great ideas!!

    —JP on November 18, 2014
  • I love the look of scrappy quilts and have taken a suggestion by Kim Diehl about using a large scale print in the mix. Normally, this is something I would have shied away from. I really the dimension it gives the quilt and something more for the eye to look at. Thanks for the great giveaway.

    —Gloria Galiana on November 18, 2014
  • I use a trial and error approach much like the tip. I like to put the fabric together and stand back, sometimes even waiting a day or so after looking at it many times during the wait.

    —Barbara on November 18, 2014
  • I lay them on the table and always have one or two extra color options in addition to the ones I am considering.

    —Lela Smith-Middendorf on November 18, 2014
  • I am not very courageous. I usually choose what the pattern or photo recommends or at least something similar.

    —Judy D on November 18, 2014
  • I like the somewhat coordinate my scrappy quilts. Totally random is not my thing.

    —Linda v on November 18, 2014
  • Just try different fabrics until I get it right.

    —susan kinard on November 18, 2014
  • I look, that colors in my box. I take it and lokk, its ok?
    Someone i look to a special fabric with many colors and than i look for the colors , who goes with the fabric with many colors.
    Someone, i tage a postcard, picture,a colored cup, a box, and than i look for this colors in my fabric boxes.

    —uli on November 18, 2014
  • Can’t see find the area where we enter the blog hop.

    Hi Michelle, you can enter our giveaway by commenting on our blog post, just like you left your comment above. Visit each designer’s blog on their scheduled blog-hop day to enter contests on their blogs. Thanks for your question! –Jenny

    —Michelle on November 18, 2014
  • Should I wait? They never pick #1. Oh, well…
    I pull them all out, take some away, keep looking and leave them to sit overnight. Then I usually screw up something anyway. It’s all a journey, isn’t it?

    —Patricia Hersl on November 18, 2014
  • I use an approach like Edyta Sitar: a large print, medium print, small print, something with dots, something with stripes.

    —Laura G on November 18, 2014
  • I usually have a great fabric I love, then I pick out the rest from that.

    —Michelle on November 18, 2014
  • I am more the trial and error person….and I often use a method similar to Kim’s. If one fabric stands out too much, I pull it and replace it with another. Of course, there is always the "kitchen sink" style of scrap quilt where anything goes which is often used in my string quilts. This book looks like one I need!

    Debbie on November 18, 2014
  • I usually ask my quilters if they like my fabric selection or not.
    Thanks for the chance to win the fabric giveaway!

    —Linda on November 18, 2014
  • I usually buy from the same line of fabrics so that I know they will all coordinate. I would love to learn how to properly mix them up in order to use some from my stash together in a quilt. Thank you for a chance to win.

    —Barbara Reifsnider on November 18, 2014
  • I am one of those who pulls lots of fabrics out that I think will work- due to color or design. Then get rid of the ones that don’t play well and maybe add another (or few) to the mix. You never know what will click.

    —Cindy Wienstroer on November 18, 2014
  • I still use the old traditional method, trying to match bolts of fabric to see what shades/colors go with what…if it doesn’t do anything for me l will try another bolt. There are times when l start putting the quilt together that l wonder if l made the right choice and yes l am pleased some times and other times l have attempted to replace or add other colors to give it a bit of pizzazz. I wish l had the color sense that others have in matching and coordinating colors as some of those quilts are just gorgeous

    —Anne on November 18, 2014
  • I usually play it safe and buy a kit with the fabric already picked for me.

    —ERIN EARL on November 18, 2014
  • I look at the pattern and the choices the author used.
    Then I change some of the colors but use some of the
    color choices they used. I love the
    "Maple Leaf" stars quilt.

    Paulette

    —Paulette Doerhoff on November 18, 2014
  • Love this book, these Ladies and Henry Glass Fabrics.
    To know if a collection works for your project, just like Kim, I throw it on the floor, at the bottom fo my stairs and then every time I walk by I take a peek.
    The uglies will pop out.
    Give it the "Squint Test" as well – or for some of us middle aged women, simply tkae off your glasses. Everything dulls away and"Zing or Punch" you are looking for!!

    —Sue Carmichael on November 18, 2014
  • Thanks for this awesome giveaway, these quilts are so pretty, and now I have a lot of blogs to go check out! I just mix and match my fabric.

    —Sunnie on November 18, 2014
  • I don’t stress over it too much and it seems to work. If I am working on a Patriotic quilt I try to use fabric that has Patriotic motif or red, white and blue colors. I sometimes like to use just reproduction, just a particular designer, I mix cotton and wool. I just grab from my stash and "wing" it. So far it’s worked out very well. Fabric to me is eye candy and I like to keep flavors that compliment each other together.

    —stacey larson on November 18, 2014
  • I always pick one fabric I love so much I must have it in the quilt I am creating. Then, I pick shades that will enhance this fabric for my quilt. It works for me every time.

    —Nancy Jez on November 18, 2014
  • I don’t have a particular method. I just pick what I like. I have several fat quarter collections, but I often pull some out and use them with other fabrics.

    —Karen A on November 18, 2014
  • I think I try to use love of colors, fabrics, values when I am putting a quilt together. Sometimes, I try to "copy" the professional, talented quilters out there from magazines, books, quilting blogs, boards but sometimes it looks like I have thrown caution to the wind.

    —carol on November 18, 2014
  • I usually use a trial and error method to combine fabric using the colors and prints that I am currently in love with, and this usually works great! I recently made a quilt though that when the top was finished one fabric stood out like a sore thumb-so out those pieces came. When they were all replaced, then another one was wrong-so out it came. A little extra work but now I am so happy with the finished quilt!

    —Debbie on November 18, 2014
  • I am challenged with finding the right mix. My LQS is small so I make up my mind that I will find all my fabrics at that store- sometimes that works and sometimes it doesn’t. I do refer to the dots on the selvage for help and I check out blogs for some inspiration. Looks like a neat book!

    —Anne on November 18, 2014
  • Love this line

    Donna Davies on November 18, 2014
  • I use the little red glasses to preview fabrics. Also, help from friends who suggest I need more contrast or a wow fabric.

    —Mary Jean Brophy on November 18, 2014
  • I am one of those quilters who has a really hard time with choosing fabrics. Most often, I will try to mimic what the quilt designer shows in their instructions. Quilts that I have the most freedom in are my scrappy quilts where I find I enjoy the play of colors in a random selection.

    —IreneK on November 18, 2014
  • I take months to try to decide, by putting in fabrics and taking out what doesn’t seem to fit, then throwing in whole new fabrics and starting over again. Choosing fabrics is the hardest part of the quilt. Then of course I have to choose a pattern

    —Lynnette Lamance on November 18, 2014
  • I love to start with a focus fabric I’m drawn to, then pick fabrics from there. Thank you for a chance to win.

    —Carol P. on November 18, 2014
  • I’m not a gambler, I usually know what I’m looking for when I’m shopping. Occasionally I’ll pick up a piece I really like but I’m pretty bland in the colors and patterns I like. So a chance to "flair" is exactly what I need. I’d love to have some fabric I didn’t choose to play with. Sounds like great fun.

    —Cheryl Buchanan on November 18, 2014
  • I generally use trial and error and my trusty scrap bags.

    —Judy Reed on November 18, 2014
  • I start with one theme fabric. I then pull fabrics that I think work with the theme fabric, varying color, size of print, etc. I also look for fabrics that provide contrast for that extra "pop /wow"factor.

    —Susan Earl on November 18, 2014
  • I always pick a feature fabric, pull all the colours from it – then add other fabrics with those colours in them. There’s always a few that just don’t fit!

    —Karen on November 18, 2014
  • I like to pull lots of fabrics from my stash and then whittle down until I like the mix !

    —Karen in Breezy Point on November 18, 2014
  • I select complementary colors

    —MaryRose on November 18, 2014
  • With pattern in hand I lay my focus fabric on my ironing board and start searching through my huge stash of fabrics. When I think I have found every fabric that might work in the quilt I haul it all to my guest room where I lay it out on the bed. I will usually leave it there for several days, stopping by several times a day to look at it, rearrange fabrics.perhaps pull more out of stash. During that time I may also take the focus fabric to local quilt shop if I feel I am missing a certain color.
    Judi from Montana

    —Judi Rizzo on November 18, 2014
  • A good place to start is to pull fabrics from my stash that are similar to the fabric dye color dots in the selvedge.

    —Angelia Ulrich on November 18, 2014
  • I use trial and error, and there have been lots of errors – that fabric that just stands out a bit too much! Live and learn.

    —Laurel on November 18, 2014
  • looking forward to the blog hop and all the helpful tips. Kim Diehl being the first to leave a tip is extra special as I currently have all her books and love her fabric designs.

    —cheryl perilloux on November 18, 2014
  • I will take pictures of the fabrics I’m considering in a couple of different lights to see how they blend. For some reason, they look different in photos — maybe it’s the framing.

    Jane @ Handiworking on November 18, 2014
  • Love use of color, enjoy seeing others work. I know about losing to storms, I lost every thing to Katrina at the age of 59 it was start over.

    —suzan bramlett on November 18, 2014
  • My favorite quilts are those that were born out of throwing caution to the wind! I love to see unexpected color combinations come together to make a quilt sing!

    —Sandy on November 18, 2014
  • I usually use a tried and true formula. Thank you for gift Daniela

    —daniela on November 18, 2014
  • I lay out the fabrics on the floor and take a picture of them…then I put the on my computer and study it. It’s amazing what jumps out at you! THANK YOU SEW much for a chance to win a lovely bundle of goodness and this book!! What a combinations!!!
    Paulette

    Paulette Doyle on November 18, 2014
  • I have used the tried and true method the most but it is sometimes fun to throw caution to the wind. I would love to win one of the fabric bundles and the book.
    Thanks

    —Patricia D. Roberts on November 18, 2014
  • Unfortunately my choice of fabrics is determined by what catches my eye and it is usually pretty good. I am terrific at blending colors but have often regretted not incorporating more contrasts to bring out those beautiful colors. I do try to change my thinking but I do need help. Love this book and of course Kim’s creations

    —Susan Stone on November 18, 2014
  • I lay all the fabric out and look at it and then remove any that bother me. Sometimes it is not until the blocks are made and I have them on the design wall, so I end up with orphan blocks occasionally.

    —Janette on November 18, 2014
  • Oh, dear. This looks like just the book I need. Seems like every quilt I make there’s one fabric that doesn’t quite "fit."

    —Ginny on November 18, 2014
  • I choose my fabrics in several different ways. Sometimes I find several fabrics that sternly suggest a pattern to use, so only the placement is left to decide; often I create my own patterns, and as I work on them the fabric possibilities come to mind – then I hit my favorite shop and choose colors. That’s how my latest quilt came together. When I have a pattern that is not my own I look through my stash for a ‘beginning’ fabric, then I audition fabrics to coordinate (piling in and taking out) until I’m satisfied. Since I rarely purchase enough yardage for borders or backing, that is my final stop before starting to cut. If I don’t find precisely what I lake, I drop back and redo until I like the combinations. I think that the process of choosing fabric is exciting and heightens the anticipation for creating a quilt I love.

    —Linda Voltz on November 18, 2014
  • I kind of grab whatever speaks to me – I do a lot of small scrappy so it is sometimes the "everything plus the kitchen sink" approach.

    —regina on November 18, 2014
  • Thanks for the giveaway! I like to use a fat quarter bundle knowing that the designer has coordinated the colors. For scrappy quilts, I put the cut pieces into a paper bag and force myself to pick, sight unseen. Works every time, even though I wouldn’t choose those fabrics myself.

    Bev Bryan on November 18, 2014
  • I would say I use a trial and error approach. I will have to check out A Flair for Fabric and try something different!

    —Susan C. on November 18, 2014
  • I usually use trial and error, sometimes throw caution to the wind, but also using a fabric line so I know it coordinates, and often copying the picture in the book/magazine as closely as possible. The first two with varying degrees of success.

    —Kris Warren on November 18, 2014
  • I love picking fabrics for projects, and often make a mess before making a final decision. Pull, stack, heap, pull some more. I try not to be to matchup, matchie and try to blend rather than match exactly. Ithink it makes for a more interesting quilt. Remember if one fabric doesn’t work add more, not less.

    —Ginny Worden on November 18, 2014
  • I really do not like spell checker. My fabrics do not "sternly"suggest, and it isn’t precisely what I "lake" but what I like. Literacy aside thanks for the opportunity to put my methods for choosing fabric into words.

    —Linda Voltz on November 18, 2014
  • I audition fabrics by pulling out fabrics I think will work together well and then start eliminating and adding in others until I’m satisfied with the combination.

    —JudyW on November 18, 2014
  • When I am doing a planned quilt I try to match fabric colors but if I am doing a scrap quilt (my favorite) I use everything just pay attention to value.

    —Peggy on November 18, 2014
  • Choosing fabric is hard for me so I usually throw caution to the wind.

    —ELIZABETH KUNTZ on November 18, 2014
  • So excited to follow along

    —Myra Sattler on November 18, 2014
  • I choose fabrics much the same way as Kim Diehl does: I grab all the fabrics from my stash that appeal to the project and them stand back, squint and reassemble according to what looks good. I always second guess myself, though, and need another opinion. It’s not easy!

    —Kathy E. on November 18, 2014
  • I’m afraid I do the trial and error method with a little advice from what I’ve seen on line. This book would probably be a big help! Thanks for the chance to win those lovely fabrics and the book!

    —Duane Wiley on November 18, 2014
  • Trial and error as I don’t know the formulas and am too timid to throw caution to the wind!
    Thanks for the opportunity!

    —Jetta on November 18, 2014
  • I pick the focus color and then I audition other colors till I am happy.

    —Karen on November 18, 2014
  • I pretty much throw caution to the wind. I find a fabric I like and then try to find something that I think will coordinate or theme with it.

    —Grace B on November 18, 2014
  • I so love scrappy quilts and usually turn away from the ideas that promote precise color choices and a specific shopping trip. That doesn’t mean I am overly daring. I tend to start with a mixture of my tried and true favorites and then try to add little of the trial and error group. But what really floats my boat are the results that come when you throw caution to the wind. Thank goodness for quilting friends who say "go for it"!

    —Joanne on November 18, 2014
  • I start pulling fabric from my stash and see what goes together.

    —Sylvia Lutz on November 18, 2014
  • It takes time to gather fabrics and audition them for a project. I like to spread them out and add or delete fabrics until I like the mix. When it feels right, then I’m off to the cutting table!

    —Susan Stanton on November 18, 2014
  • I do a trial and error approach. After my blocks are sewn, I lay them out and preview for a couple days, arrange and rearrange and even eliminate – only then I put everything together. Sometimes I think I’m a little too OCD in this process. Thank you for the opportunity to win such a great selection of fabric.

    —Shirley on November 18, 2014
  • When choosing fabrics for a project I try to stay within a seasonal theme and throw caution to the wind; I try and fan out all the fabrics, snap a photo from different angles, and then go work on something else; my mind leaves the fabric selections and is fresh when I look at it again. With a photo and fresh eyes I can focus better on the fabrics chosen and I’m able to edit what I have selected. I would love to win A Flair For Fabric to learn how to select fabrics properly.

    —Kristine Jensen on November 18, 2014
  • I start with a few fabrics I love, then start assessing contrast and scale to make the final choice! I always check to make sure there are at least one or two fabrics that add movement, and a touch of whimsy and surprise!

    —Dixie on November 18, 2014
  • I usually do the trial-and-error approach but if I can’t find something, then I throw caution to the wind! It’s one of my favorite parts of the process.

    —CJ Hines on November 18, 2014
  • Picking fabrics can be a chore. That’s why I love fabric bundles, it does most of the work for me.

    Lea Anne on November 18, 2014
  • I usually just use a trial and error to making scrap quilts. Some work and some don’t. Looks like and wonderful book and a great cause.
    Thanks for sponsoring the give away.
    Carol L
    Nebr.

    —carol l on November 18, 2014
  • I have two very high energy rescue pups and "we" take photos when we are out and about on our walk. Pictures are great inspiration for selecting fabrics. Who but mother nature is the all time expert at putting just the right colors together.

    —Paula on November 18, 2014
  • I lay out the fabrics on the floor and step back to see if any stick out in a bad way. I can substitute until I like the mix.

    —Shari K on November 18, 2014
  • I chose a fabric I love, add a coordinating fabric I hate, then pull colors from the piece that I love until I have what I need. I almost always have a print that I don’t like… It makes the quilt more challenging for me!!!

    —Kim on November 18, 2014
  • I usually pick a focus fabric and then add whatever looks good when they are all laid in a circle.

    —Beth Andrepont on November 18, 2014
  • Once I find the "pattern" I want to make I seem to have an inate sense of just what special fabric I want for the focus fabric/s and the background/s and then comes the fun part of digging into my stash and trying out whatever goes in this or that particular spot. I have some fabrics I bought just for a very particular type of quilt and will get around to them slowly.

    —Anne Manly on November 18, 2014
  • I’m not very brave about mixing fabrics. I usually stick to one type of fabric, but I hope to start mixing things up.

    —Debbie on November 18, 2014
  • I use a trial and error approach and often agonize over my color choices. I like y.our idea of throwing them all together to see how they mix.

    —Kathy h on November 18, 2014
  • I’ll lay them out then take a picture with my phone and look at it for a while..

    Debbie D. on November 18, 2014
  • I do like combining prints from one designer across their lines. An easy way to get a coordinated look, but with a different spin. Pretty much you can’t go wrong with that method.

    Another way, I do it is to lie pieces of fabric side by side, and then walk away. See if you still like it on the second look.

    Lastly, I will pull pages from magazines of color schemes that appeal to me, and see if can recreate the "feel" with fabrics from my stash.

    —Joan on November 18, 2014
  • Well, for the most part I don’t buy just one fabric line unless it’s a charm pack. I guess I try to refrain from buying any fabric for a project until it seems there is nothing in what I already have which will make do. It seems that when I do that I find some piece of fabric which fits when at first it didn’t seem to part of the mix. Thanks for having this giveaway. I have some large format prints and I have problems getting ‘friends’ to play with them.

    —Ann D on November 18, 2014
  • When choosing fabrics for a quilt, I start off with a color scheme in mind, then throw caution to the wind. I have found that the looser I am in my color choices, the happier I am with my finished piece. And I ALWAYS throw in something that provides a little "clash". This seems to make the quilt come alive.

    —J. Harding Harris on November 18, 2014
  • I am relatively new to quilting. So no tried and true method (except using kits). I do like contrast and a graphic twist, injecting a contrast dark (black usually), or light to breakup colors.

    —Karen on November 18, 2014
  • I use the trial and error method for selecting fabrics. Even if I’m using a collection I may end up substituting some of th fabrics.

    —Judy W on November 18, 2014
  • I pin my fabrics up in the design wall in sections of light, medium and darks. They usually stay up there for a few days which gives me time to feel if the selection is right. Also lots of time to add or delete fabrics and move around values. I often pin the pattern up there as well.

    —Shirley Leckie on November 18, 2014
  • I like to use the color dots that are on the selvedge of the focus fabric.

    —Lynn on November 18, 2014
  • Oh I am a fabriholic…I buy when the color or the print strikes my fancy knowing that someday, somewhere, it will all come together. I might purchase a fat quarter, but more likely a yard or three and into the stash it goes. Just the other day I found a perfect multi-color fishies print that is a wonderful accompaniment to the seaside border print and bright solids that were just waiting for a companion. It’s perfect and destined for a quilt to brighten the day of a patient in a nearby hospital. Even the pattern just seemed to fall into place…so I may plan a quilt, but most of the time they "just happen!"

    —Debbie on November 18, 2014
  • I tend to go with light & dark so have contracting colours that go together
    i do lay fabrics next to one another to see if they do go, if i have the collection then i go with that but don’t always have that luxury
    Would love to win this
    Janice

    —Janice Aitkens on November 18, 2014
  • I am still in the tried and true phase but on the verge of breaking out on new and different phase. These fat quarters could push me over the edge. Judy

    Judy Tournillon on November 18, 2014
  • I would like to say I throw caution to the wind, but since most of my stash contains a variety of fabrics in earthtones, that may not be completely accurate. I do put a bunch of fabric together, and begin by ditching anything that just doesn’t feel right.

    —Barb on November 18, 2014
  • I pick one fabric that I especially like and want for the focus. Then I lay out all fabrics that will coordinate with the focus one and do a process of elimination for the amount needed.
    I would love to win the free fabric for us to use for gifts of love that our group from our church is making for the homeless and the abused women and children in our area.

    —Linda Dornan on November 18, 2014
  • When picking fabrics for a quilt I just go with what I like. Sometimes I pick what feels like the person I am making the quilt for. I have not been disappointed yet

    —Shawna on November 18, 2014
  • If I’m using precuts, I choose a background fabric that works with the particular colors in the precut……if I’m choosing individual fabrics, I just choose what I think would look good together.

    —Susan Fischer on November 18, 2014
  • I use whatever looks good to me when I make a quilt. Guess that means I mix fabrics.

    —Amy Cofer on November 18, 2014
  • I agonize over decisions if the quilt I’m making is not a kit. They usually turn out fantastic!

    —Denise Cabral on November 18, 2014
  • I choose a focus and then spend hours agonising over which fabrics to add LOL! Thanks for the giveaway – one of those little bundles will make my life so much simpler 🙂

    —Lesley Moore on November 18, 2014
  • Love these ideas. Need to get busy n my much loved vintage Singer.

    —CoraVee Caswell on November 18, 2014
  • There’s a formula??? I’m more of a " throw anything that might even remotely have a chance of working into a big pile..and go from there" kind of girl.

    —Brenda on November 18, 2014
  • I usually just mix by eye. I find a fabric that is calling to me and then select other fabrics to go with it. I always select 2 or 3 more fabrics than I need and ask my husband which ones he would use. He eliminates the extras leaving me with just what I need for my project.

    —Nikki Wilson on November 18, 2014
  • I try to throw caution to the wind, but always end up backpedalling. I am not good at this and try very hard to think outside the box, hoping it will be pleasing to others also. I am a much better copycat!!

    —Kay on November 18, 2014
  • When I mix fabrics, I use the tried-and-true method of using values of light, medium and dark. Especially for the log cabin quilts I have made. I try not to look at color but value.
    Thank you for the opportunity to win! 🙂

    —Sheila Fernkopf on November 18, 2014
  • I like to take chances so I throw caution to the wind!

    —Karen on November 18, 2014
  • I really love to work with fabrics from one collection and designer. If that’s not possible, I pick one focus fabric and start gathering others to add. I let them sit out for a few days and glimpse at them every so often. If something needs to be changed it will shout out to me. When I can comfortably walk by, I know they’re right.

    —Linda W on November 18, 2014
  • i like to make stacks. in fact i have stacks all over my sewing room that are just waiting for the proper pattern to become quilts. sometimes the stacks develop when i bring home a new fabric and it just must sit next to one already in my stash. sometimes when i pull for one project two fabrics cozy up next to each other and start a stack. somehow they just seem to migrate to each other — with only a little help from me.

    —pam on November 18, 2014
  • I love scrappy quilts so what works for me is to put fabrics in a pile near a window and/or my Ott lights and see how the blend looks to me. If one color stands out I either pull it or add another similar one to the mix. For me good lighting is key. I’ve purchased fabric at a store with poor lighting and come home to find that what I just spent good money on doesn’t really look good for my project. Of course, it will be used for another future project so that’s often how my stash grows leading me to more new projects.

    —Marelu Greco on November 18, 2014
  • I tend to gravitate towards fabric collections with some hand selected blenders to round out my fabric mix.

    —Carol Gearey on November 18, 2014
  • I take a look at fabrics I have already purchased and audition them for color, print, size of pattern, and a pleasing final appearance–then hope for the best in the finished product. I just did this last night for an autumn table runner for a Thanksgiving hostess gift. Thank you for offering these beautiful vintage prints in your giveaway.

    —Shirley Graff on November 18, 2014
  • I use plastic bins to sort my leftovers into color themes for future scrap quilts, e.g., spring, autumn, primary colors, etc.

    —Regina Harris on November 18, 2014
  • Sometimes I have a piece of ‘focus’ fabric that has a nice mix of colors -then I start gathering fabrics to go with it. Most times I’m in the mood to spend time with a particular color scheme & pull fabrics out of my stash. Then there is usually something missing- so I have to go to the quilt shop to add a couple more pieces! (oh darn!)

    —Wendy M on November 18, 2014
  • I take a multi-colored fabric and then choose my coordinating fabrics based on those colors. I may choose several shades or just pick up on one or two, one blendy and one that makes the fabric ‘pop’.

    Judy Garling on November 18, 2014
  • I have tried to follow rules on picking out colors but it did not work for me. A friend told me if you put enough colors in a quilt no one notice they do not mix. so now I do what I like and it seems to work out.

    —Linda Moseley on November 18, 2014
  • I use a method much like Kim Diehl’s. I pull out a lot of fabrics, study them for a bit, then remove the ones that jump out at me visually. The rest are harmonious. Or at times I start with a fantastic focus fabric and try to match the colors in it, but that is surprisingly more difficult than the first method!

    —Marcia Gilbreath on November 18, 2014
  • Most of the time it depends what fabric I have in my stash. I don’t have a lot but can’t afford to keep buying more so I suppose it’s a case of what ever I have! That’s why a lot of my quilts are scrappy! Thanks for the giveaway.

    —Sunnybec on November 18, 2014
  • I pick my quilt fabrics pretty much by the tried-and-true method. I carry around little scraps of fabric. But sometimes when a pattern inspires me I just head out to the store and start buying, usually before I have the pattern. Leaves me wit a lot of "stash"!

    Winks Krislen Horlings on November 18, 2014
  • I mix fabrics by color and tones. I sometimes take hours before I like what I see. Often I need to walk away or take a photo before I know for sure.

    —Diana Wilson on November 18, 2014
  • I try to have a focus fabric to begin with then match colors to it, that way the colors are echoed from that focus.

    —Michele on November 18, 2014
  • I guess most of the time it’s trial and error. I usually start with a fabric I love and add others to go with it. I also love to use pre-cuts. That makes choosing fabric super easy as it’s already done for me!

    —Susan Griffith on November 18, 2014
  • I mix fabrics when I make a quilt.

    —Susan Ralyea on November 18, 2014
  • I always use a tried and true method

    —Gail on November 18, 2014
  • lots of fun, cute ideas

    —Joyce Ann on November 18, 2014
  • Ii is usually trial & error more than "scientific", but I find myself returning to certain color groupings time & time again: aqua, lime green and periwinkle or orange, yellow and lime green. Thank you to Martingale and the designers for helping those affected by Hurricane Sandy. -Debbie K

    —Debbie K on November 18, 2014
  • I like to mix a bunch of possible fabric choices together; then walk away and come back after a time and look at them with a fresh outlook and see if I need to make adjustments in my choices. I sometimes do this several times until I am happy with the look.

    Barb on November 18, 2014
  • I tend towards pinning a collection of fabrics on my design wall and then taking photos of them both in color and black and white before making a final selection.

    —Linda Fleming on November 18, 2014
  • Trial-and-error approach. I dig out a bunch of fabrics and narrow them down.

    —Quilting Tangent on November 18, 2014
  • I tend to combine complimentary colors when piecing. It seems a safe place to start. Otherwise, i just try to make my quilts look like Kim Diehl’s! I love everything she creates!

    —Alice on November 18, 2014
  • I just throw caution to the wind and hope it works!

    —rrjane011749 on November 18, 2014
  • With great distress–takes me forever!

    —Marie on November 18, 2014
  • I’m happiest when I stick to my favorite color palette of rich reds, blues and greens — taking care to vary scale and shades. The one exception is when I plan baby or kid’s quilts. For those, bright, wild colors are my choice.

    —Judy R. on November 18, 2014
  • I’d have to say my technique is more trial and error.

    Carmen N on November 18, 2014
  • How do I choose fabric? It’s all according to my mood — sometimes I’ll stay with the very traditional color/fabric choices, other times it will be something totally off the wall.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

    —Debi on November 18, 2014
  • I have a general idea of the colors I want to put together, but then I like to pull lots and lots of pieces that are very close to that color to add for interest. Not one red, but many different reds. Maybe a little pop of something unexpected.

    —rose haury on November 18, 2014
  • I use colors that I love. If I love the colors, I will love the finished project.

    —Judy Beebe on November 18, 2014
  • It is always "trial and error" for me when it comes to mixing fabrics. I love to mix styles and color, but have a fine line so I don’t end up with a mess.

    —Jodie on November 18, 2014
  • I start with one fabric I love (sometimes it becomes the focus fabric) and work from there. When I worked at a quilt shop I had the luxury of just pulling bolts and bolts from the shelves to see what I liked. Now I just pull from my stash! Auditioning fabrics is my favorite part of the quilting process!
    Susan

    —Susan on November 18, 2014
  • I fall into the toss the fabric together and step back from it. I always start with more than I plan to use and throw in some stuff that I consider "iffy". Many times the "iffy" fabric works. And when really in doubt, I ask our daughter the art major who has had an eye for color and design since she was small. She is great at catching scale and pattern for me.

    —DebMac on November 18, 2014
  • I like to start with a fabric whose colors "speak" to me and make additions that relate to those colors. And I find that I am often happier with the end result if there is a little bit of green in the mix.

    Kathy on November 18, 2014
  • I lean towards a certain color palette. What I find difficult is when I recognize a Pattern I want to use, and it is shown in 1 set of colors, and the directions for cutting and sewing refer to those particular colors – and then I struggle to translate that into the colors I am using. Would love suggestions on overcoming that challenge. It adds a lot of time to my project.

    —Kate on November 18, 2014
  • It usually is a challenge to choose fabrics, but I usually end up buying what I like and what appeals to my eye.

    Jocelyn on November 18, 2014
  • I use whatever fabrics I can reach easily. I have a large stash.

    —Judy Maggio on November 18, 2014
  • I mix fabric much the same way Kim Diehl does in her tip. I just select fabrics that I want for a project with other possibilities and lay them all out. If I like what I see, I go for it. If I don’t I just find something else in my stash. Sometimes while I am piecing I am not sure if I made the right choice, but when it is all put together and sometimes not until it is quilted do I like my choices. I know there are "rules", but rules are made to be broken!!!! I do what I like, if it doesn’t work, I don’t do it again.

    —Gina Schimmel on November 18, 2014
  • I would say "throw caution to the wind". If I like it, I put it in the quilt. In the beginning I was a fanatic about having everything match perfectly, not anymore. I read an article many years ago by a 90 year old quilter, her philosophy, if you have a multi print, choose 1 color in it for your next fabric, from that one, choose another fabric and so on, they will all work together. It’s amazing but it does work. Why do you think scrappy quilts work so well, the variety of color and prints makes it so interesting that it keeps your eyes moving all over the place. There are quilts that I do want to blend together, so on them I am pickier about the fabrics used.

    —connie b on November 18, 2014
  • If I know that I’m going with a specific color scheme, I get out the totes and check the shelves for those colors. Then they get stacked on the bed at an angle to see if they really go or not. Sometimes, I’ll toss in a "pop" color just to mix things up a bit.

    —debra lee on November 18, 2014
  • For larger quilts I use tried and true usually, but for my holiday tables runners and small projects I sort of do the toss it together and see what I like. It is still hard for me to decide colors that will look good and show off the blocks the way I want them to look. I am still learning for sure.

    —Sharilyn on November 18, 2014
  • I do a bit of all three – depending on the project and what mood I am in when choosing fabric for a new project. Thanks!

    —Delaine on November 18, 2014
  • It’s often trial and error for me. I choose fabrics that I like and then decide what’s working and what isn’t and move along from there.

    —Debbie on November 18, 2014
  • I copy the pattern in black and white. Then I select 2 different color palettes to audition. I wait awhile and pick the one I think will be the best.

    —Donna on November 18, 2014
  • I like to use a number of different shades of each color. I also like variety in terms of scale: a tiny print, a large focal print, a stripe, a dot, a solid or almost solid…

    —Elizabeth McDonald on November 18, 2014
  • I like bright colors or patterns and a good mix of patterns to make an appealing quilt

    —linda on November 18, 2014
  • Trial and error for me. I just play around with them til I get the look I want. :o)

    —Cheryl on November 18, 2014
  • I usually pull a bunch then add and subtract until it feels "right". My favorite quilts are the ones that use lots of fabrics, and it seems that the more fabrics there are the more they all play together.

    —Bonnie on November 18, 2014
  • I use the "Trial and Error" method. I lay overlapping fabric, usually on my cutting board and then step back and look, readjust and look. I must say I like Kim Diehl’s method of throwing them on the floor and stepping back. I may try that next time!

    —Paula on November 18, 2014
  • After I find the fabrics I want to use I take a picture with my phone and check to see if u need to change something. Abs if I’m still not sure place a copy of the photo on the photocopier to make it black and white to remove all the colors to see if I need to change any fabrics.

    —Mary Ann Miller on November 18, 2014
  • It depends on the quilt pattern. Scrappy quilts are randomly selected with my eyes closed and my scissors open. A quilt I’ve fallen in love with via picture (Pinterest, book cover, blog post) I audition my stash to find the near likeness. Sometimes I have to go shopping to find that just right color, but that’s the beauty of quilting isn’t it?

    —Colette DeGroot on November 18, 2014
  • strictly hit and miss unless I have a kit.

    —Peg on November 18, 2014
  • I am comparatively new at quilting, less than 2 years. At this point I am still experimenting with fabric choices for a quilt. I have made some beautiful ones and some not quite so wonderful. I am finding my style though and figuring out what I like and it is coordinated color.

    Gladys Bacon-Rust on November 18, 2014
  • strictly haphazard

    —Peg on November 18, 2014
  • I get someone at the quilt shop to help me. LOL Or I use a bundle of fat quarters that come together. I’m afraid I’m afraid of doing this step of quilting:( I don’t trust myself to be creative.

    —Diana Salmon on November 18, 2014
  • If I am working on a small project from my stash I generally lay out my fabrics, then add to or take away from them. If I am in the LQS I either buy precuts or will try to buy within a line of fabrics since they are coordinated already. I just don’t have the flair!! Love fat quarters and this book sounds like it would be a wonderful addition to my library.

    —Patsy W on November 18, 2014
  • I put the fabrics on the floor and stand on the table to look at them – I love the idea of throwing them all up in the air!!

    —Gill on November 18, 2014
  • I just pick things that I like together. I do a lot of scrappy quilts and find that the more fabrics you use, the less they have to "go together". That said though, I usually limit the number of colors I use. Like a scrappy quilt in navy, aqua and lime, but with many variations of each of those colors.

    —Lisa Marie on November 18, 2014
  • I follow the pattern guidelines if I have a pattern although not using exactly the same fabrics but when I am creating on my own, I throw caution to the winds!

    —Jacqueline Gould on November 18, 2014
  • I pick fabrics by putting them together, fan style, and deciding which to use and which to replace until I’m satisfied.. I guess this is mostly trial and error.

    —Sandra Pardue on November 18, 2014
  • I let the quilt’s design speak to me, then I try to "shop my stash" to see which ones go with each other. I also try to think what type of mood I want the quilt to convey. Lighthearted? Warm and inviting? Cool and breezy? And so on.

    Susan Mulvihill on November 18, 2014
  • When I decide to make a quilt, it has a theme. The theme can be the design or the fabrics. If it’s the design, then that dictatates the fabrics. If its the fabrics, that dictates the design. Wow! I didn’t realize that before. Right now I’m going to be making new quilts for our newly renovated home in the Spanish Revival style with a modern twist. I’m also designing a quilt to be used as a headboard that will be a city skyline.

    —Rosemary on November 18, 2014
  • I keep my material by color so sometimes that helps to pick what I want. But sometimes I stagger stack the material I think I want. I look at it for a while and remove or add until I get what I like. That’s half the fun.

    Diana Lonsbary on November 18, 2014
  • I usually take the easy way out, and use a single fabric line for each quilt. The fabric designers have already done the work to present a group of coordinated, work well together, fabrics.

    Barbara Nevaril on November 18, 2014
  • I like scrappy quilts. Sometimes I choose 1 main color + neutrals, or different reds,greens,neutrals. Or reproduction fabrics, then I only look at light and darks. But I allways choose my fabrics in daylight and check them when it gets darker and I have the lights on.

    prisca on November 18, 2014
  • Two favorite methods: the tried-and-true of starting with the focus fabric, and the trial-and error of coordinating to a season such as flower prints for summer.

    —Lynne on November 18, 2014
  • The colors and fabrics I consider are put into baskets or boxes with the same values and I throw caution to the wind and pull out a fabric from each of the different values being used and go with it.

    —Denise Laverriere on November 18, 2014
  • Auditioning fabric together is the way I select fabrics unless I’m just going for a scrappy look and will choose fabrics by color and value. Thank you for the inspiring blog tour!

    Loris Mills on November 18, 2014
  • A lot of my quilts lately have been controlled or themed scrap quilts. I like to throw a lot of fabrics within the same family together–the more variety the better!!

    Susan on November 18, 2014
  • I pick fabrics from my stash, lay them out together and look at them for days
    then move them around and change some look some more then decide.

    —Jeanne on November 18, 2014
  • I like to go to my stash and grab 6-9 fabrics, scatter them on the floor, walk away and a while later come back to make the final decision. If I’m not happy with that, I call in my quilting friends for advice.

    —Terri on November 18, 2014
  • I throw caution to the wind; it’s how my mood strikes me.

    —NancyB from Many LA on November 18, 2014
  • My method is trial and error and most of the time it works.

    —Linn Jencopale on November 18, 2014
  • When I am doing a project I gather the fabric and stand back. If something jumps out as wrong, I will change it. In applique, if I use something and it doesn’t look right, I will unstitch and replace. If it doesn’t look right to me and I don’t replace it, it will bother me and I usually lose interest in the project.

    —Janet T on November 18, 2014
  • I pick out a focus fabric with a pattern in mind or sometimes I buy fabric and then decide on a pattern, then pick out fabrics to match the focus fabric using the basics of dark, medium, light, and the small, med. large prints. I usually just use my imagination and combine several pattens.

    —Judy Waisner on November 18, 2014
  • I usually just throw caution to the wind and pick what I like as I go. Thanks for the chance to win.

    —Debby on November 18, 2014
  • What I’m sewing and whom I’m sewing for, dictates the fabrics & colours chosen. This looks like a great book and fabric! Thanks for the chance

    —JB on November 18, 2014
  • My fabrics are all on shelves, except for those that aren’t, and I find a fabric I like, and then start pulling fabrics that I think go with it…some get returned to the shelf immediately, and others join the pile…then I go find my husband if there is a question between several and ask what he thinks…and then I go from there…

    —Margaret Andrews on November 18, 2014
  • My quilts either start with a focus fabric, or a theme (red and white, brights, etc.)

    —Sally on November 18, 2014
  • I sew scrappy quilts so I guess you could say I throw caution to the wind! The more colorful the quilt is the more I like it!

    —Nicole Sender on November 18, 2014
  • I generally throw caution to the wind and have been pleasantly surprised…most of the time.

    —Allison Evrard on November 18, 2014
  • I am a new quilter so all this advise is exciting. Picking new fabrics I still feel I need help… I am trying to feel confident and make choices myself. I love this email and thank you for the great advise

    —susan on November 18, 2014
  • I love to take all the colors from my stash I want to use from a color family like for example for a fall quilt, browns, tans, reds, oranges, peaches, golds, etc… And pull all I have in my stash. Then scale down to my favorites or varied sizes and values depending on the number I need. Then arrange and rearrange till I have it just right. Sometimes I have start over and an unexpected fabric like black or bright blue or purple to the mix to give it a lift sometimes just a bit of unexpected color like that can really liven it up and to it. Especially black! Black also can add age so it’s one of my favorite go to fabrics, depending on the print, it’s one of my favorite go to colors! Walking away from it gives you a totally different perspective so I will sometimes leave the room look outside refresh my eye-pallet and come back in and see it from my fresh perspective. I love choosing fabrics, I love the whole quilting process!!!!!

    —Pamela Rowan on November 18, 2014
  • I just dive right in and pick as I go…sometimes it’s really amazing and sometimes it’s a ship wreck but I love it and most often they come out just fine. Never a dull moment that way:):)

    —Barbara Dolan on November 18, 2014
  • often i just see fabrics put together randomly, sometimes it’s colors in everyday life and think wow, those look great together so then i’ll try it with fabric. sometimes, tho, i choose things that will result in a certain look i want, like with reproduction quilts or maybe to evoke something like spring or a holiday….and other times it’s just throw caution to the wind scrappy and usually turns out ok..

    grace thorne on November 18, 2014
  • I look at the pattern and then choose my colors that will work with that pattern, and colors that the recipient will like. I also pay attention to dark vs light so I get a good mix and avoid any fabric that is too busy for the mix.

    —Nora G. on November 18, 2014
  • I failed coloring in kindergarten, so I pull out my color wheel and have a conversation with myself, while yanking fabrics from totes.

    —Trudy Stubbs on November 18, 2014
  • I use a tried and true formula. If I have not bought a kit but like the quilt I see I pick fabric colors closest to what I see.

    —Sandy D on November 18, 2014
  • I check to see which fabrics "play nice" together.

    —Mary Carroll on November 18, 2014
  • I like to use Kim’s method of making a pile of the choices and then changing some if it’s not right. so "caution to the wind" it is for the most part, if it’s a scrappy quilt.

    Mary G on November 18, 2014
  • I just got into quilting, I do not have much material. Trying to some material when I can. I would like to make the quilts my grandma made and had. Do not know what happened to them. Also I would like to make the quilt made. Trying to find the pattern and material. Would love to win. Thank you.

    —Annette on November 18, 2014
  • I usually try to find something similar to the pattern from my stash, if I don’t have it I try others until I have something I like. Then I worry about whether or not I made the right choice.

    —Elaine on November 18, 2014
  • Our quilt guild often has a trunk show as part of our meeting. Many quilters seem to use shades of the same colors in their quilts over and over. I try to branch out and try colors that are different to me so I do not get stuck in a rut.

    —marie on November 18, 2014
  • I use a combination of "tried & true" methods and "trial & error". I like to start with a printed border fabric & pull from that, but sometimes it still needs a little pop of something that is not even in the border. Trial & error picks up there.

    —Linda Thomas on November 18, 2014
  • I look through my stash to see what catches my fancy for a particular project and then head to the fabric store to fill in the gaps for what is needed.

    —Deborah K. on November 18, 2014
  • I usually start with a favorite pattern and I just keep adding to these until I get a combination that I like. I am always buying a minimum of 1 yard of fabric that I like and just keep adding them to the stash until I find a pattern that I want to make.

    —Dawn Smolsky on November 18, 2014
  • I do use the same approach Kim Diehl does. I use whatever feels right.

    —Janice Mc Laren on November 18, 2014
  • I’d have to say I use a trial-and-error approach when I mix fabrics for quilts. My first choice is to use a fabric bundle. Then I know they will go together well.

    —Susan on November 18, 2014
  • I usually decide on a color scheme and use lots of different fabrics that fit the scheme. Thanks for your generosity.

    —C. Delostrinos on November 18, 2014
  • I love fall and earth tones so most of my stash fabrics are in those shades. I have only made one scrappy quilt and it came together easily without much effort on my part.

    —Barbara D on November 18, 2014
  • Depends on the project, I sometimes have a print that I really like and i pick out around that print. Sometimes I just go for specific colors like reds and whites together.. really depends on what I’m making. Lots of throw color to the wind when I don’t want to make too many decisions!

    —Molly on November 18, 2014
  • I love scrap quilts and find it hard to use just one red, blue, green… So I gather lots of different fabrics of each color and look at the size of print, value, and hue to see what looks the best without putting a "hole" in the picture.

    —Diane Heller on November 18, 2014
  • Lately I have been putting my fabrics together and then take a digital picture of it to see if I like it "from a distance".

    —Irene Murnahan on November 18, 2014
  • I am a throw caution to the wind. I have had some not so great pieces, but more often then not, when I go this way it creates something that I probably wouldn’t have put together if I planned it.

    —Stacey C. on November 18, 2014
  • Sometimes I start with one fabric and choose all the rest to go with the one focus fabric. Then sometimes the focus fabric isn’t even used at all. Looking at all that have been selected I want to make sure there is good texture variety and that the fabrics that pop don’t "PoP" too much. Editing is good at this point. Don’t edit too soon for the quilt will go "flat".

    This is the most fun of the whole process. Have fun with it!

    —Mary D - OKC on November 18, 2014
  • I let my heart decide!!!!

    —Val on November 18, 2014
  • I find the focus fabric I love, I then pull fabrics that work well together.

    —Debby H on November 18, 2014
  • I usually use the trial and error approach. Go through my stash and find colors and patterns that play nice together. Would love to win the book and fabric.

    —Kathy Hancock on November 18, 2014
  • I generally take the fabric with the most colors and pick my coordinating fabrics from it. I love working with bright colors and love smaller quilts (I hand quilt), so this generally works for me.

    —Donna Simpson on November 18, 2014
  • I have a tried and true method. I have a large stash of fabric, so when starting a new project I turn to it first. I pull 5 to 8 different shades of each color needed for the quilt and scatter them over a table where I can view them several times a day. If I spot something that just doesn’t feel right I remove it. Sometimes I have to go back to the stash and pull different shades, or even several shades of an entirely different color. And once in a while I have to go out an buy a needed color (Oh poor me!). Using this method I have never been disappointed with my color choices.

    —Elizabeth Perryman on November 18, 2014
  • I find a fabric in colors I like or with a theme I’m working on and then hunt for what goes with it. had no idea there might be a "formula." I usually start with a print that is calling me then mix and match from there.

    —Pamela on November 18, 2014
  • I throw caution to the wind and pick fabrics that I like, the matching process just doesn’t work for me. I especially like putting purple in most of my projects because it is just a gorgeous color.

    —Laurie Travis on November 18, 2014
  • Depends on the quilt how I choose fabrics. If it’s truly scrappy, anything goes, it’s time to throw caution to the wind and just start cutting and sewing Also use thw ten foot rule, if ut doesn’t jump out at you from that far away, then it will work in the quilt.

    —Cindy on November 18, 2014
  • It takes me forever to choose fabrics. I tend to purchase fabrics from collections. I have, however, had wonderful results just grabbing whatever I liked from my stash.

    —Therese on November 18, 2014
  • I start with a focus fabric and build on it. I am color challenged so it takes me a while. Sometimes I enlist the help of my sister or friends!! I know what I like when I get it. Sometimes I just have a hard time getting there!

    —Virginia Degnan on November 18, 2014
  • When I am not sure about some fabrics I will leave them out on the dining room table. I look at them from different angles, through out the day in different light and even just glancing at them as I walk by. If I don’t like a fabric it goes back into the stash! From experience… if there was a fabric that didn’t seem to fit when I started, it will bug me even more when it is all sewn together!

    —Vicky L on November 18, 2014
  • I pick fabrics that I like and add them to my stash. THen I go through my stash to find what would work.

    —Susan on November 18, 2014
  • Still very new to this wonderful hobby (or lifestyle!). So far I’ve picked a main fabric or colour and developed from there. Might try Kim’s tip next time and see what happens!

    —Suzanne Bradley on November 18, 2014
  • I usually get ideas from the Net, most of the time though, I throw caution to the wind, and decide on a specific color and stick with that. I know what I like, but am no expert, I do love to quilt and sew. In other words I am addicted to fabric, I love even looking and feeling it. When I finish a quilt I am pleased with myself and always take a photo of it. One cannot have too many fabrics or quilts! I like white with different colors, it looks clean and spring fresh.

    —Cynthia Fedak on November 18, 2014
  • Picking fabric is, for me, the hardest part of making a quilt! I tend to use fabric collections so I don’t have to struggle over selecting colors. Pre-cuts are my friend 🙂

    —Dawn Hollingsworth on November 18, 2014
  • That is the hardest for me unless I buy fat quarter bundle or precuts. I usually the do the latter because I am so unsure of what works together. My first quilt I made I went to out local community college and it is horrible because of fabrics I picked, needless to say I never took another class there or anywhere for that matter. I live in small town and really that was the only place to take a class. So I really need help!

    —Barbara M on November 18, 2014
  • I usually pick out a main fabric colour or take one from a group of fabrics and start there and build on it lay them out first on my table

    —Florence Cooke on November 18, 2014
  • I practically hyperventilate when I have to start making fabric choices. Finally a woman told me to pick a patterned fabric that I love and use that to work from gathering other colors that match and blend with the pattern. This tip has saved my sanity but I would love more direction so that I can have the confidence to become a bit more adventurous. When I get in a jam, I now rely on my artistically gifted friends.

    —Kate on November 18, 2014
  • I pull my fabrics and line them up, when I love what I see, then I am done. I take a look at the fabrics with a pair of binoloculars turned around, all you see are color and value. I also use them when arranging blocks. Love Kim’s fabric lines!

    —Char Scott on November 18, 2014
  • My approach is similar to Kim Diehl’s. You will often find me at the quilt shop with a tall stack of bolts which I rearrange and discard individual bolts until I get the mix I like.

    —Jo Anne on November 18, 2014
  • I usually start with one or two of my favorite fabrics, then add light, medium and dark colors as my spirit hits me, plus having enough fabric to complete the project. When the colors I have chosen makes me happy, I know I’ve selected the right fabrics

    —Bev Weidemann on November 18, 2014
  • I actually met a woman at our yearly quilt show who didn’t have a stash – she always bought the exact amount of fabric required for the quilt pattern she was currently working on, and not one scrap extra. I was speechless – what did she do if she cut something incorrectly? Or the yardage needed was printed in error? Absolutely the opposite method of what I use, after I’ve selected my colourway, I’m always adding bits and bobs of fabric that wasn’t in the original pile for the quilt. I like an eclectic look, so the finished project isn’t so matchy-matchy.

    —Judith Janes on November 18, 2014
  • I try an 80-20 approach most often. Eighty percent of my fabric choices are an obvious match; often from a single fabric line. Twenty percent are zingers that don’t necessarily match, but make me smile or even slightly uncomfortable.

    —Judy on November 18, 2014
  • Find a fabric that catches my eye and then add to that.

    —janet on November 18, 2014
  • I select a focus fabric and then pick fabrics I think go well with it. Studying antique quilts has taught me not to make my matches perfect. I try for a nice complement, not a perfect match. If I am having problems, I add more fabric. For example, if two reds don’t match, seven will look just right!

    —Terry Terrell on November 18, 2014
  • I usually find a fabric or picture that I like the pallet of then pull fabrics to match.

    —Deena Drevs on November 18, 2014
  • I am trying to use up some of my stash, so I "audition" fabrics from my stash until I am happy with the combination. If I do find I need to buy fabric, I am limiting my purchase to what I need to complete the project.

    —Julie B on November 18, 2014
  • Very similar to Kim Diehl. Put alot of fabrics together and start eliminating those that feel wrong. when all chosen look right, I keep them together for a few days, and check to see if my opinion stays the same. Then when I’m certain I get to work.

    —Rivka Hamdani on November 18, 2014
  • I like to grab some prints from my stash and then I take pictures in black/white to see if any are too intense and will stick out.

    —kimberlee on November 18, 2014
  • I usually have an idea in mind before I start. I will take what I have from my stash to see if I have what I am looking for. If not, I take the likely choices from my stash and then head to the fabric store to try to add to them. Sometimes it works, other times, not so much. At times, even when I am happy with the fabrics I have chosen, the end result is not what I had intended, and sometimes the fabric choices have to change in midstream. Ultimately, I have found that if I do not stress too much over the fabric selection, the end result turns out great.

    —Laurie on November 18, 2014
  • I use a trial and error approach. Sometimes I fall in love with one fabric and build off of that one fabric even if it wasn’t my intended direction.

    —Vanessa on November 18, 2014
  • I guess I’m in the "throw caution to the wind" category. I just go with what is pleasing to my eye. I try not to overthink because I can tend to just play with the fabrics and get nothing else done if I do that. Not that it’s not fun to play with the fabrics, but you know sometimes you want something to show for it!

    —Terry Coleman on November 18, 2014
  • I try to start with a focus fabric & then I pull lots of different fabrics from my stash that "seem" to go with it. I shift them around a lot, then take a few pictures. I look at the pictures on my computer & then remove the fabrics that don’t work as well as I thought they would. I also look at the pictures in black & white to get a better sense of value & contrast. Thanks for the chance to win.

    —Joyce Mitchell on November 18, 2014
  • I used to stress a lot about putting colors together. Now I find that when I simply choose a few colors that I like, put them together, and they look great. I think that after working with different color fabrics for a while, you start to get an almost automatic feel for what will work and what will not.

    —Cathie on November 18, 2014
  • I am actually not very good at this so I think I may have to purchase this book. I do like the tip from Kim Diehl. Next fabric picking session for me will include this technique for sure. Thanks for the tip and the give-away.

    —Karen L. on November 18, 2014
  • I usually decide what I want to make and with what kind of fabrics and then start pulling everything from my stash that qualifies. I decide on some main colors and then start finding what else goes with it, and go from there. Sometimes I end up with entirely different fabrics then originally picked and sometimes I can’t decide between two or three sets of fabrics and then I put it away for a day or two and revisit and if I still can’t decide I usually call my daughter and arrange for her to come over and help out.

    —Betty F. on November 18, 2014
  • HI Yes,I throw caution to the wind! The scrappier the better! Thanks for sharing!

    —LINDA on November 18, 2014
  • I gather a bunch of "possible" fabrics for a project, lay them out, rearrange them until they feel "right." I don’t use formal rules!

    Susie on November 18, 2014
  • I have been trying to use up fabrics from my stash. I pick out contenders and fold them neatly then I leave them on my table so I can look at them to see what I like for the project.

    —Liza S. on November 18, 2014
  • Trial & error – I pull fabric I like, look at it , remove what I don’t like in the mix, add more I like, pull out what I don’t, back & forth, either in the store or my stash, till I get what I like. Then I change some of the fabrics again!

    —Kathy on November 18, 2014
  • I choose fabrics for a project one of two ways … desperately try to find the fabrics in the example or sweat bullets going through my stash. I agonize over the choices. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

    —Debra Kay Neiman on November 18, 2014
  • I usually start with a pattern or theme, then just pick from my stash and audition patterns and colors.I prefer using colors and patterns which are similar to the ones used by Kim Diehl, so comforting!

    —Marge on November 18, 2014
  • I’m very insecure when it comes to choosing fabrics, so I often ask for help from the experienced quilters at my local quilt shops. This often works well, but sometimes I end up with a project that looks more like them than it does me!

    —Barb on November 18, 2014
  • I often choose similar fabrics to what I have seen the quilt done in, because that is what made me choose it in the first place.

    —Julie Goedeke on November 18, 2014
  • I usually follow the color recipe in a particular pattern or else I buy a coordinated bundle of fabric. Clearly I need this book so I learn to make more decisions for myself!

    —Pam S on November 18, 2014
  • Sometimes I start with a print that ‘speaks’ to me. Sometimes I go through my stash and find wonderful surprises. Sometimes I ask the helpful and talented ladies at my local quilt shop for their input. As a last resort, I ask my non-sewing husband for advice. Amazing how often his instincts are spot on!

    —Marilyn Goehl on November 18, 2014
  • If I am making scrappy quilt blocks out of my stash, I pick a main color then start looking for fabrics that work well with it. If I am buying fabric for a project, I start with a piece of fabric that jumps out at me, then start looking for fabrics that will compliment or contrast.

    —Lori Sutton on November 18, 2014
  • I like to choose a pattern first then go thru my stash to get a basis, then add or purchase fabrics that go with it to create the look I envision. If making a gift, I start with the recipients favorite color and work from that. I love the vintage farmhouse line of fabrics!

    —Kay on November 18, 2014
  • I pick my focal fabric first & then just pick fabrics that I think complement or blend with it.

    —Kay McCaffery on November 18, 2014
  • LOL I like the ‘throw caution to the wind’ option… that is usually the way I go about things. 😉 Thanks for the fun!!

    Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts on November 18, 2014
  • I often choose colors that I like and they seem to go together. I choose pastels or darker fall fabrics or 30s fabrics and somehow they seem to go together. Love scrappy so anything goes here but I still look for something that will tie it all together and give the eye to rest so audition that fabric. I have also used a multiprint and choose other fabrics to go with it.

    —Jeanne on November 18, 2014
  • I just usually chose what I like but I do have this habit…. When I go into a quilt store, I check out the floor around the cutting table. That’s where the previous customer’s bolt choices are stacked until they are put away. Sometimes, the hard work was already done for you!

    —Leslir on November 18, 2014
  • I save pictures of color combinations that I like and use them as a starting point. I like scrap quilts the best but often do a "controlled scrappy" look, limiting the colors so that everything plays well together.

    —Kaye M. on November 18, 2014
  • I like to pick a print first and use the dots on the selvage edge to match up other colors.

    —Kathleen Young on November 18, 2014
  • I start with a color family–maybe brown, gold, barn red, cream and black–and pull scraps and fat quarters from those colors.

    —Lorraine on November 18, 2014
  • I usually use a ‘trial & error’ approach

    —Kerry on November 18, 2014
  • I divide between dull and bright fabrics. After that color doesn’t made much difference. The more the merrier.

    —Judy on November 18, 2014
  • I fret over it and fret over it and hopefully eventually make a decision I like!

    —Mary Anne on November 18, 2014
  • I’m not too good at fabric picking, but when I help my mom with colors, she thinks I’m a genius! I guess we all have our strengths.

    —Claire on November 18, 2014
  • I take a picture with my I pad to see wether or not a fabric works. It’s like a design wall.

    —Trudy. Adamek on November 18, 2014
  • Sometimes I throw caution to the wind but wind up with wishing I’d used the tried and true method. The trial and error allows me to pick a dominant color and then audition other colors and shades to see if I can live with them. Thanks.

    —Mom C on November 18, 2014
  • Most of the time I go with what I like out of a collection. Occasionally, and depending on the quilt, I will put fabric choices together and discard what I don’t like.

    —Wendy on November 18, 2014
  • That’s what fabric bundles are for, everything goes together. But really I think about who the quilt is for and pull out a couple fabric for the main block and just add more from there. Then I ask for my husbands input or my quilting buddies if were together. I mean what else are they for but to help you make decisions. Lovely fabrics.

    —Rita S on November 18, 2014
  • I like a lot of fabrics in my scrappy quilts- my last one has over sixty different fabrics. But it is not totally random . I usually pick a color pallet of four or five colors and pick fabrics within that range- using various tones.

    —Sarah Parham on November 18, 2014
  • I have a hard time picking fabric. I usually pick a fabric I like with lots of colors and try to find fabrics to match. If I really like the fabric used in a pattern I like, I will try to match the designers colors.

    —Deb G. in VA on November 18, 2014
  • I like to mix patterns such as stripes with plaids. By mixing, it creates more movement in the quilt and even shows up when seen at a distance.

    —Sue Brown on November 18, 2014
  • I usually have a color theme in mind, and work from there. If I am shopping, I pile up the bolts until I am satisfied, at home I pile up the fabrics I have chosen, and then spend a day or so, walking by them in different lighting to make sure everything "feels" right.

    —Edith Gorzo on November 18, 2014
  • Trial and error. What grabs my attention at that particular moment is how I choose.

    —Lisa Flewellyn on November 18, 2014
  • I am a newbie so like to pick fabric that go together from a designer or a kit

    —Nancy on November 18, 2014
  • I use the throw caution to the wind theory. Like to use different colors, with different scale of patterns, it works out well for me.

    —Linda Brown on November 18, 2014
  • I like to buy fabrics in lines to have an extra special matching. If they are batiks, everything goes with everything!

    —Karla on November 18, 2014
  • I am not very good at choosing fabrics so I use the trial and error method. Thank you so much for the giveaway.

    —Joyce Carter on November 18, 2014
  • I must be a caution to the wind person as I just do what I think looks good! thanks!

    —Lee on November 18, 2014
  • I start with one fabric I love then add and delete. Next, I pin the fabrics on my design wall and leave for a day or so. My husband’s quick look cements the process.

    —Ellie Paquette on November 18, 2014
  • It depends on my "fabric confidence" level for a given project. Some projects it takes me forever to decide on the fabric combinations. Other times I take the easy way out and choose a pre-cut bundle.

    —Judy F on November 18, 2014
  • I begin by choosing a focus fabric. It has to fulfill at least one of my requirements: colors I love, an eye catching design, or a particular theme. I then pull the rest of my fabrics using the focus fabric as a guide.

    —Stephanie on November 18, 2014
  • use a trial-and-error approach, but I do a lot of searches for pictures of quilts and I get ideas that way too. Fun blog.

    —Jenelle Boxberger on November 18, 2014
  • When I use precuts I audition background colors-if using a FQ bundle I usually have to pull out a few colors that don’t hit me right and add in something I love.

    —amy on November 18, 2014
  • I usually always start with pulling fabrics from stash then adding to them if needed. Thank you for a chance laura84watt (at)gmail.com

    —Diane H on November 18, 2014
  • When I make a structured quilt I first choose a focus fabric or two and then select the other fabrics that are pleasing to my eyes. I have a large stash so it’s just a matter of rooting through fabrics.

    When I make scrappy quilts there is no focus fabric, almost any color, any design is used. The bolder, the brighter, the better is my motto.

    I buy fabrics that speak to me without having a project in mind.

    Valerie Clark on November 18, 2014
  • I don’t exactly throw caution to the wind, but close to it. I am not afraid to try all combinations, then stand back and preview it until it feels right!!

    —Pat on November 18, 2014
  • First I choose a feature fabric, then I add fabrics that compliment that fabric. I "shop" my stash first, then go to fabric stores to find the rest.

    Jill of Apple Avenue Quilts on November 18, 2014
  • If doing scrappy, I throw caution to the wind. Buying fabrics, I find one I truly love and add and subract bolts until I am happy with the choices.

    —Bea K on November 18, 2014
  • I start with the main color and work from there. I add and/or subtract until I’m totally happy with the combination.

    —Kim Q on November 18, 2014
  • I audition many fabrics with my focus fabric until I get the combination of colors and different prints that I am looking for.

    —Shirley Harrison on November 18, 2014
  • I’m a scrappy quilter…anything goes!

    —Melisa on November 18, 2014
  • Trial-and-error gal here! It’s so much fun to audition fabrics until you find what looks pleasing to your eye. ; )

    —DebbieLynn on November 18, 2014
  • I choose fabrics for a quilt by considering who will be receiving the quilt, and try to add a little surprise color to make them smile. This process makes shopping an adventure!

    Karen on November 18, 2014
  • I use trial and error. I am usually surprised at how it turns out.

    —Margaret Schindler on November 18, 2014
  • Some of all of the above! I do like to pick one or two fabrics and then add in from my stash:)

    Julie on November 18, 2014
  • I usually stick with scrappy quilts using fabrics I like. I have a hard time making a decision on fabrics otherwise.

    —Diane on November 18, 2014
  • I often make scrappy quilts, so I use EVERYTHING, because I think scrappy quilts are more successful with the most variety. I do, however, stick to one type of fabric, I.e., civil war, 30’s, etc.

    —Catherine on November 18, 2014
  • I am pretty new to the world of quilting and selecting fabric is one of the hardest things for me. I usually enlist the help of my favorite quilt shop owner. She is always willing to help. I have tried and been successful on my own by combining fabrics and standing back and taking a look. It takes me forever it seems to make a final decision. I think it will get a little easier as time passes.

    Sherry on November 18, 2014
  • I usually start with a fabric that I really like and then just start pulling from my stash and tossing them on top of each other and then start pulling off the pile the ones I don’t like. Once I like the way it looks I start cutting.

    —Linda M on November 18, 2014
  • Caution to the wind!

    —Pat McClung on November 18, 2014
  • I basically make things work with what I already have in my stash

    Betsy on November 18, 2014
  • I start with a focus fabric and pull colors from that. I’m not very good at just grabbing colors out of thin air

    —LeAnne L on November 18, 2014
  • I can be inspired by a color or a particular fabric … and the rest of the fabrics just seem to show up at the party!

    —Tesuque on November 18, 2014
  • When I mix fabrics for quilts I uses mix colors that appeal to me. However, my color selections are influenced by color concepts I learned when studying oil painting and other art mediums.

    —Sharon Carbine on November 18, 2014
  • I have a terrible time with color. I choose a focal color and spend hours deciding what looks good with it. What looks good on the bolt does not always work up well and on several occasions I just gave up and ask for help.

    —Sandy on November 18, 2014
  • I just start grabbing fabric and if it looks good it works and just keep building from there. Rebel of fabric match I guess.

    Jeanne on November 18, 2014
  • OK, so i cheat….. the owner of the quilt shop i go to told me to look at the dots on the edge of fabric & to use that as a guide. i then choose fabric by laying the bolts together & squinting my eyes to see if anything is too powerful! seems to work for me hahaha other than that i go with my gut feeling.

    —Suzanne Keal on November 18, 2014
  • I choose fabrics that I feel look ‘right’ together and I’m always happy with the result.

    —Terry on November 18, 2014
  • I pull fabrics and auditon the pile. As I’m making the quilt I find other fabrics in my staah that I forgot about and add to the mix. I usually use more fabrics than fewer. I guess that tells me I should challenge myself to a very limited pallet and see what happens in that quilt.

    —Mary on November 18, 2014
  • A good stash dive and then lots of play until it pleases my eye.

    —Elizabeth on November 18, 2014
  • I like to start with a collection and add to it depending on what is called for in the pattern and how much of the collection I have, then I add to it if needed. Thanks for sponsoring this great looking book!!!

    —Helen LeBrett on November 18, 2014
  • Hi My name is Beth and I’m a color addict!!! I love color!! Bright colors usually – if I have a precut – I will use that, but then I need borders – I go to my local quilt shop and let the quilt tell me what it needs. I am a new quilter so I am just learning and this is teaching me to coordinate colors. I did make a quilt for my daughter for last Christmas that was all my choice – I started with one fabric and then went in search of like colors and patterns that had a basic theme for prints – cats and music! It turned out great and she loves it!!! So I guess it’s learning to listen to what the fabrics want!! Strange but it works for me!!!

    —Beth W on November 18, 2014
  • I choose a focus fabric then add some coordinating fabrics- pulling the colors from the focus fabric.

    —Nancy on November 18, 2014
  • I throw caution to the wind… But if I don’t feel like feeling brave… I have someone else pick my colors. I’m horrible at it!

    Donna Levesque on November 18, 2014
  • I decide the color mix that I would like to have, then look at my stash and pick what works. If I need additional fabric I visit my local Quilt Shop.

    —Judy M on November 18, 2014
  • Like some other commenters have said, I start with a focus fabric and start pulling others from my stash that I think will go with it. I grab lots and then I weed out the ones that don’t work so well. I actually love the process.

    —Bridget on November 18, 2014
  • I usually take one fabric and start pulling colors from it, then I put them in a pile and look at them for a few days. I remove the ones I don’t like and add others until I’m happy with them.

    —Cecilia on November 18, 2014
  • Trial and error. I have lots of mistakes to learn from.

    —Vicki H on November 18, 2014
  • It depends – but mostly I lay fabric out until I see things that I like together, and build from there.

    —Karen Cohn on November 18, 2014
  • I don’t have a formula, but I do like to start with an inspirational/focal fabric. Then, I either blend fabrics or contrast fabrics when choosing what to use in my quilting projects.

    —Kathleen Dalecio on November 18, 2014
  • I am trying to get away from the matchy matchy quilts and make scrappy ones.

    —Sandy K on November 18, 2014
  • I decide on my colour scheme and start putting lots of fabrics on the table. I stand back and look at my selection and then start eliminating ones that are too similar in colour and design, slowing paring down the pile.

    —Linda Webster on November 18, 2014
  • Boy…it’s a struggle with me. That’s probably why I quite often use a collection because the struggle is too much!

    —LJ on November 18, 2014
  • Choosing the "right" fabrics for a project can be fun and challenging at the same time. I choose the color scheme then pull some from my stash…check them out in different light….add, subtract and sometimes start over. Sometimes if I’m feeling scrappy I let the hair go with the hide and just run with it. 🙂

    —Susie Furgason on November 18, 2014
  • I pick my main color and then go from there. I love the fabrics that Kim Diehl uses.

    —Sandy on November 18, 2014
  • I generally just pull fabrics from my stash and go with what looks good together.

    —Judy on November 18, 2014
  • I look at the pattern and find a focus or "main" fabric, then pull from that for the others. Sometimes I use a whole line, other times I mix it up and pull whatever works together in my eyes.

    —Sandy A in St. Louis on November 18, 2014
  • I start with a focus color and work…work…work…so much!!!

    —Esther on November 18, 2014
  • I grab up all of the fabrics that I think will work together from my stash. I then lay them out in a layered row or two, step back and take a picture on my phone. I then use the picture on the phone to see if I like the mix of colors and mix of light, medium and dark colors. I usually end up taking a few pieces out that I though would be perfect but don’t work and add something I never expected to work that is perfect. I try not to agonize over my fabric pull but it usually takes me a full day to whittle down my choices! LOL!

    —Jackie on November 18, 2014
  • Try and true? I try to make sure it blends.

    —Linda Christianson on November 18, 2014
  • Trial and error. I like to see which fabrics clearly add something to the grouping.

    —Ricia Velasco on November 18, 2014
  • I usually use the trial and error method.

    —Nancy on November 18, 2014
  • I’m probably more of a trial and error approach. Love all the quilts you pictured in the post. I’ll enjoy the blog hop.

    Deb on November 18, 2014
  • I choose a main fabric and coordinate with it.

    —Barbara on November 18, 2014
  • I start by picking several fabrics, laying them out together and then stand back and squint! Then I shuffle, add to, or take away from, until I’m happy.

    —Robin M on November 18, 2014
  • Depends on if it is a "scrappy" design or a thought out color pattern. If it is scrappy all caution aside I just go for color and don’t pay attention to much else…. for a thought out color pattern well I stick to color and dive in the deep end trying to vary my scale in the prints I choose. Once in a blue moon I actually use just one designers line and make one but not often!!!! Call me eclectic… or is that just crazy! LOL

    —Tonie Peterson on November 18, 2014
  • I go with a whatever strikes my fancy approach. Usually it works out fairly well although there is the occasional flame out.

    —Beth on November 18, 2014
  • I like to play with fabric so one day I might do color wheel side by side, or high contract or a color story. it all depends on the pattern I’m working on, my mood and what I have to draw from.

    —Kay M on November 18, 2014
  • I haven’t been making quilts for very long, but the ones that I have made and the ones I am working on – I have walked through the fabric store carrying a ceramic basket with me finding colors to match. I have and appreciate using one fabric line, makes life easier, but then both times they were baby quilts.

    —Marti Morgan on November 18, 2014
  • I love mixing fabrics. If I’m picking from my stash, I choose the main print first, then find coordinates. I keep picking until I have what I need and I’m happy. I pick based on the colors in the main print, or use the dots on the selvage to suggest other colors. It’s fun to play, and then see what works.

    —Maryellen on November 18, 2014
  • I pull out all my fabric that I think will play well with each other, stack them up and back away to see if it works. Sometimes when I am not sure, I’ll take pictures – a sure way to tell if there is a fabric in there that hogs all the attention because it doesn’t work.

    Susan the farm quilter on November 18, 2014
  • sometimes I start choosing my fabrics after my border fabric is picked, sometimes I start with the middle and work outwards.So- whatever the mood strikes I guess!

    carol on November 18, 2014
  • I throw caution to the wind , and chose what I think looks great together . Thanks !

    —Janice Regier on November 18, 2014
  • I am more concerned about how light and dark the fabrics read. Color isn’t so important as long as I can see some distinct design elements.

    —Paulette on November 18, 2014
  • I choose mostly by instinct, but try to make sure there’s a variety of prints, textures, and scales, and values. And I always add at least one geometric.

    —Terry on November 18, 2014
  • I’d say I’m more of a trial-and-error type of person.

    —Lauralee Hensley on November 18, 2014
  • I will pick out a fabric from my stash and then start opening my drawers to find other fabrics to put with it. I really like color!

    —Robbin Golden on November 18, 2014
  • I just pick my fabrics from my stash and go to it. When all is said and done who’s gonna notice one individual fabric? colors blend beautifully in quilts. Especially when you are under the quilt having hot cocoa! 🙂

    —darlene macdonald on November 18, 2014
  • Trial and error. Combination and stash and shop. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

    —Janise crumpler on November 18, 2014
  • I usually pick a focus fabric that could be used for a plain border. Then I pull fabrics in light, medium, and dark that are contained in the focus fabric.

    —Sharon on November 18, 2014
  • I have been blessed with a natural "feel" for color, so usually easy. I let the fabric speak to me. The hard part is eleminating the extras.

    —caroline Rohrer on November 18, 2014
  • More of a trial and error way. I lay out the different colors in groups to be sure I have enough in each group. And then look for ones who "stick out" too much or don’t belong.

    —Susan Kellam on November 18, 2014
  • i’d say a lot of trial & error, some color wheel sense and input from one of my wonderful quilting friends.

    —Pamela Reim on November 18, 2014
  • I throw caution to the wind! 🙂

    —Veronika on November 18, 2014
  • I find a focus fabric and start auditioning other fabrics from my stash.

    —Kalen on November 18, 2014
  • Trial and error generally

    —Shady B on November 18, 2014
  • As a new quilter I’m not very good at mixing fabrics yet so I like to use collections. Thank you!

    —Angelia L. on November 18, 2014
  • Pull colors from an awesome focus fabric.

    —Carol Vickers on November 18, 2014
  • I have made many errors putting fabric combinations together. Now I go by the manufactures line, or grab a fat quarter bundle. Thanks for the giveaway.

    —Janie on November 18, 2014
  • Ummm, I don’t really know. I just pull fabric, and when it looks right, or looks like the person I’m giving it to, then I cut. I guess trial and error, but I do a lot of trial and error in my mind before pulling the fabric, and usually my initially instincts are right. I don’t have a big stash — one shelf’s worth, so I know every fabric I have. What a facinating topic; I’m going to enjoy the hop!

    —Sarah on November 18, 2014
  • What looks good to my eye looks good in the quilt.

    —Mary on November 18, 2014
  • I should try throwing them all into a pile. Add some black and go for it.

    —Glenda Britten on November 18, 2014
  • I try to pull from my stash and then purchase other fabrics to finish the project.

    Cheryl on November 18, 2014
  • I usually pick my focus fabric and cordnating fabrics. I have an extra bedroom off of the main hall, I put the fabrics on the bed and peek every time I walk by. I pull out ones that don’t play well and add others if needed.

    Donna C on November 18, 2014
  • I gather scraps together and put them together. Love scrap quilts.

    —Micki on November 18, 2014
  • I suppose caution to the wind since I am still trying to learn how to match fabrics.

    —Annette S. on November 18, 2014
  • I mainly do scrap quilting so I really throw caution to the wind. I put my scraps in a big basket. I reach into it for a piece of fabric and start sewing. Whatever comes out of the basket is what is sewn at that time. Makes for very interesting quilting, and I don’t get bored trying to coordinate colors.

    —Nancy Harvey on November 18, 2014
  • Mostly tried and true, with some trial and error.

    —Carol W on November 18, 2014
  • I would say, throwing caution to the wind would tend to be my style.

    —Dawn Jones on November 18, 2014
  • I usually start with a good four or five fabrics from the same line of fabric, and then add a few other fabrics of my choosing to compliment the others. That way, I’m starting with a "tried and true" mix, and adding my own style to it!

    —Jule on November 18, 2014
  • I start with fabrics for specific projects, then choose others to match/complement them.

    —Nancy Lanier on November 18, 2014
  • I just go with colors that I like and put together those colors of swatches that I think will make a nice-looking quilt. Sometimes I need another opinion but usually I just go with my gut feeling.

    —wanda on November 18, 2014
  • I always go with the focus fabric colors, look for fabrics that add depth and texture, lay it out, walk away, come back later, make changes or not, this may take a while so be patient…and then if I’m satisfied I cut and sew.

    —Pamela Zajicek on November 18, 2014
  • I kinda go with what I like! Unless its a pattern where I really like the fabrics used – then I’ll get as close as i can! Thanks so much for all the chances to win! 🙂

    —Debby E on November 18, 2014
  • i am really looking forward to the blog hop! I love your designers… My favorite is Kim Diehl!! I am drawn to her colors and her patterns! I have almost every book she has published! I can hardly wait for her new line of fabric to hit the stores this winter!!

    —Lois Walker on November 18, 2014
  • WoW! This hop sounds amazing! I’m trying to learn more about color and putting fabrics together. I’m trying to stretch myself and not always use the same, hehe. I guess my way is trial and error.

    Thank you and Henry Glass for a super giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

    —usairdoll on November 18, 2014
  • I pick a fabric of the color I want at the moment and then start pulling fabrics that I think will go with it.

    —Wilma on November 18, 2014
  • It’s trial and error for me, I fly by the seat of my pants!!!

    —Lorinda on November 18, 2014
  • I try to pick colors at the store that are close a`

    —Donna on November 18, 2014
  • I may start with what I have, but usually need one or two additional fabrics to make the project "sing."

    —Alice on November 18, 2014
  • I find that I often find one fabric that calls my name. From that I find others that complement this one, and occasionally leads me off to another direction in color. I try to not go all the way with ones I love, I try to stick in at least one that is not my favorite.

    —Leslie Williams on November 18, 2014
  • When selecting fabrics for a project, I usually "shop" in my stash, adding and deleting fabrics until I am happy with the combination.

    —Janice on November 18, 2014
  • I don’t have a particular method. I just pick what I like.Thanks for this beautiful giveaway.

    Béatrice on November 19, 2014
  • I pretty much just grab one of my fav fabrics & put it next to various other fabrics in my stash & see what I like together 🙂
    Cheryl
    irishoday28@gmail.com

    —Cheryl Hovey on November 19, 2014
  • Best quilt I ever made used 18 light fabrics and 18 dark fabrics purchased for the lowest price. They were cut into pieces and put in two paper grocery bags, light & dark. As I needed a light or dark piece I reached in the appropriate bag and pulled one out. Even if they clashed, they were sewn together. I received more good compliments on that quilt then on any other.

    Linda R Emery on November 19, 2014
  • I sometimes start with a "border" or multi-colored fabric, then pull the other colors from it.If I am doing a scrap quilt, I like to choose 4 or 5 colors and stick with them. Always shop my stash first, then add new fabrics if I need to.

    —Irene on November 19, 2014
  • I use trial and error and I’m terrible at choosing fabric – it’s my weak point. 🙁

    Kate on November 19, 2014
  • I pick a color I like and put all similar tones together and stand
    back arranging according to what pleases my eye…..Kathleen H

    —Kathleen Halligan on November 19, 2014
  • So far I have only worked with collections. This book would help me out if that rut! Thanks!

    —Jackie on November 19, 2014
  • Picking fabrics is great fun, yet great stress. I have bought kits because I didn’t like my choices. I know others do a better job, but then sometimes will not like what they pick and substitute.

    —melody on November 19, 2014
  • I usually pick one main color then wing it with complimentary and/or contrasting colors. I will lay them out and "squint", which will make any errors pop out at me.

    —Diane C on November 19, 2014
  • One thing that I do when selecting fabrics is to take them outside to check them under sunlight. Most stores have fluorescent lighting which can distort the appearance of color.

    —Ellee on November 19, 2014
  • I usually try some changes and then ask advice from a quilter friend who has a great eye for color

    —Sue on November 19, 2014
  • i have no rules i just use what appeals to my eye and sometimes i have to play withe fabric a bit more but it all works out in the end

    debra on November 19, 2014
  • I play with fabrics I envision using until I find the ones that looks right. Sometimes I choose one and look for fabrics to enhance that one. It depends on the project.

    jean on November 19, 2014
  • I mix as the spirit moves me; I love lots of color, and mix with abandon. So far it has always worked!

    —Suzanprincess on November 19, 2014
  • I’ll usually either use prints all from one collection, or I make something scrappy and just use whatever I have on hand within my color palate.

    —Arianna M. on November 19, 2014
  • tried and true unless it’s scrappy…then anything goes!

    —Bobbi D on November 19, 2014
  • I try to use what I have on hand.

    —Donna White on November 19, 2014
  • Mostly trial and error, although sometimes I think about opposites on the color wheel,or I pick out one color in a particular print, then work with that.

    —Pat on November 19, 2014
  • I will usually lay the fabrics together on the floor and look at them. Sometimes I will ask my son what he thinks. He has a good eye for color.

    —Laura on November 19, 2014
  • I love scrappy quilts and my stash "overflows" so I try to pick from my stash. But when I am visiting our local quilt stores, if I find a fabric that would fit into my quilt (and I can’t live without it) I buy it. My husband likes it when I tell him my latest quilt came from the fabric I already have (but my stash never looks like anything is gone from it)!

    —Joyce on November 19, 2014
  • Definitely throw caution into the wind.

    —Pam B on November 19, 2014
  • Sometimes I start with a focus print and coordinate fabrics – either from my stash or new. Other times it’s a color palate thing. On occasion stash fabrics just throw themselves at me and beg to be quilted as one. Funny I didn’t see them together before.

    —Alice on November 19, 2014
  • I love scrap quilts and that is what I usually make. The only problem with it is that my studio usually gets really messed up with so much fabric. One hint I remember hearing Alex Anderson give is that when doing you see one fabric stick out but you want to keep that fabric in the mix just add more of it. When there is more of it,it will automatically belong. It Works!

    —Barbara on November 19, 2014
  • I start looking at all the fabric I have and pick thous that look good together, it i do not have enough I’LL buy more keeping in mind the fabric that i have.

    —sonia afanador on November 19, 2014
  • Most of the time I use the trial and error method.

    —Debbie on November 19, 2014
  • I usually pick a focus print, see what I have in my fabric stash to match, and then buy what I need to match.

    —Ann L on November 19, 2014
  • I like to start with a focus fabric, then use the colors on the selvage as a guide to choosing the other fabrics. I also like to buy fat quarter bundles of a fabric line so I am assured of fabrics that match.

    —katieQ on November 19, 2014
  • I have trouble choosing fabrics, so oftentimes I just choose patterns based on the colors used, and try to copy them.

    —Barbara L on November 19, 2014
  • I am known as the Scrap Quilter at my quilt guild. They laugh with me after a class as collect their scraps & check garbage bins. I would be overjoyed to win any prize both would be helpful. Thank you for a chance to win. Happy Quilting:) Merry Christmas!!!!

    —Sheila Ivany on November 19, 2014
  • I’m a scrap quilter and get a lot og ‘gifted’ bags of scraps. I throw caution to the winds to marry all these glorious bits of fabric.

    —Sharon on November 19, 2014
  • I start with my main fabric then I use the colors in the dots on the selvage to find other colors, always keeping in mind that I need dark, medium and light fabrics. I like Kim Diehl’s tip, I’m going to try that next time.

    —JoAnne T. on November 19, 2014
  • I love scrappy. I throw everything but the kitchen sink into my quilts.

    —MaryBeth on November 19, 2014
  • I do put all my fabric selections together and then take a good hard look at them. If there is something that just seems to "stick out" I try to replace it with something else. Sometimes even when I’m not sure about my selections, the finished product still comes out great! Go figure…

    —Darlene B on November 19, 2014
  • I guess I’m a mix of ‘tried and true’/ audition/ trial and error.

    —Judy on November 19, 2014
  • Sometimes I go tried & true and sometimes throw all caution to the wind! As long as I have included a couple of fabric I adore in the mis, I am happy with the results from both approaches.

    —sallee on November 19, 2014
  • I usually start with a focus fabric then pick out the rest of the fabric. Make one block to see if everything "plays well" with one another.

    —Jayne S on November 19, 2014
  • Trail and error, using my stash. Sometimes I have to shop to fill in, but that just adds to the fun.

    Chris at the Resort on November 19, 2014
  • I tend to trust my instinct when mixing and matching fabrics! Mostly it works….

    —Suz on November 19, 2014
  • This will be a terrific blog hop. I already have tried the "throw in a pile method" yesterday and it was fun.

    Jeri S on November 19, 2014
  • I trust the designers and use an entire line, if its not enough I will use solid colors to blend. I have never had a quilt not look good when I follow this approach! Thanks everyone for the chance to win!

    —Candie Graham on November 19, 2014
  • I like to use fabrics from the same line.

    —Barbara Davio on November 19, 2014
  • I start by picking a few fabrics that I really like and then add additional fabrics from my stash. Of course quite often this requires a trip to the quilt shop for additional fabrics.

    —Jill on November 19, 2014
  • What I like the most about fabric is being able to take a focus fabric and pull colors from it to create my quilt.

    —Susan Ralyea on November 19, 2014
  • Sometimes I play it safe and work with a designer’s collection, like a FQB, and sometimes when I’m really brave I pick from my stash and do a mix and match kind of thing. I like Kim’s way and will try that one of these days.

    —Joanna on November 19, 2014
  • I pick a focal fabric or particular color scheme and add from there.

    —Karen J. on November 19, 2014
  • I am building a stash so I have tons to learn. This would be a great book to win. Thank you for the chance.

    —Lu on November 19, 2014
  • I throw caution (and everything else) to the wind and go with my gut feelings!

    —Allison on November 19, 2014
  • Throw caution to the wind. If it looks good I go with it.

    —Kalynn on November 19, 2014
  • I pick a color family and pull things from my stash to coordinate. Sometimes I start
    with a fabulous fabric I’ve found at a quilt shop when I’m not even looking for it and
    go from there.

    —Pat Meinecke on November 19, 2014
  • The easiest way to mix fabrics for me is using a fabric line I love and arranging the large prints in the boarders or large blocks and placing the smaller prints in smaller spots/boarders and plain colors intertwined so things don’t look too cluttered.

    —Carrie S on November 19, 2014
  • I like to use a collection from a designer and add something from my stash if needed.

    —Judy D on November 19, 2014
  • It depends on what kind of quilt I am making and the person I’m making it for. I usually start with a focus fabric and go from there. Sometimes I keep all the other fabrics and throw out the focus fabric!

    —Sheri on November 19, 2014
  • I don’t really have a method but I like Kim’s method. I love scrappy quilts and tend to put all fabrics but I have been afraid of large prints.

    —Gloria on November 19, 2014
  • i trust my instincts.
    Large print that I fall in love with,
    Smaller prints to match & blend,
    Tone on Tone Blenders,
    A background that will showcase the other fabrics

    —BridgetFletcher on November 19, 2014
  • I normally pull from my stash what will be the focus fabic(s), then I drag out lots of others to co-ordinate, do a little trial and error, and quite often I then have to run to the LQS to get "just one more thing"……

    —Sandra on November 19, 2014
  • I follow the Bonnie Hunter method and use everything. Scrappy is my favorite and they always look great. Thanks for the great give-away.

    —Gale on November 19, 2014
  • Years ago, one of my first quilting teachers told her students to pick a fabric that we "dearly love" that incorporated many colors and use that fabric as the basis for picking complementary fabrics.
    Thanks for the giveaway; this book looks fabulous!
    k(dot)castanette(at)Hotmail(dot)com

    —Kristi on November 19, 2014
  • I struggle with choosing fabrics…so usually go the Trial & Error route..change my mind and trade fabrics or even change whole color scheme! (love when one of the Daughter’s are with me…and help choose! lol)

    —Lori Morton on November 19, 2014
  • I go for the trial and error approach!

    —Linda H on November 19, 2014
  • I have trouble choosing fabrics so I end and I just pick what I like and focus on my best fav fabric or color-

    rosa on November 19, 2014
  • If I have time to spare, I throw caution to the wind and use what is inspiring me that day. I really like scraps quilts. If I just want to sew without auditioning fabric and thinking through the color/texture process, I work with a designer’s collection. They always look great.

    —Marlene on November 19, 2014
  • I like to work within a fabric line, mostly because it is so much easier to find a really good match. I then would add fabric in as needed.

    What a great idea for a book and cause. Thanks so much

    —Karen B on November 19, 2014
  • I don’t really have a method for fabric selection. I think I do both trial and error and throwing caution to the wind!

    —Karen McMahon on November 19, 2014
  • It depends on the project……sometimes I have a main fabric that I build around. Other times it is just trial and error until I like the mix.

    —Jill on November 19, 2014
  • I still struggle with trying to be random but I do so love scrappy–big fan of Kim Diehl’s patterns! Thanks for the giveaway–looks like an amazing book!

    —Pat on November 19, 2014
  • Scrappy quilts are my favorite to make so I use a technique similar to Kim Diehl’s

    —Gayle on November 19, 2014
  • I’m a throw it on the floor and step back kind of girl. It takes some time, but it works for me.

    —Samantha Glorioso on November 19, 2014
  • That’s an interesting question. I think most often I use a bundle from a designer, because I know their fabrics will look perfect together. Once in a while, though, I do trial and error, and I’m usually pleased with the results. I’m hoping that I can build my color confidence so that I will be able to select fabrics in a less restricted manner. We’ll see.

    —Margaret on November 19, 2014
  • I use colors I like. Some may not please others but I know if I like all the colors, I will like making it.

    —Patricia C on November 19, 2014
  • I like to pick several patterns that I like, regardless of whether they match, pick a light neutral color to keep it from getting too loud, and then arrange them all until I come up with something that I like!

    —Juliana on November 19, 2014
  • I use the blood, sweat, and tears method for choosing colours…and usually end up going to my 14-yr-old granddaughter for her help. She has a very uninhibited eye for colours!

    —Elaine M. on November 19, 2014
  • I don’t have much of a stash, yet, so I start with a fabric line.

    —Marcia Willey on November 19, 2014
  • I like to use fabrics from a line usually. Thank you for the chance to win.

    —Joan on November 19, 2014
  • I usually put all the fabric in a stack n squint. If one stands out….take it out.

    —Diane W on November 19, 2014
  • I try to play it safe by checking out the fabrics and making sure they are compatible. I will start with my focus fabric and go outwards from there. I always try to make it match the person I am making it fro.

    —Lori Smanski on November 19, 2014
  • I have difficulty selecting fabric, so I use a tried-and-true formula. Usually I follow the color selections shown in the pattern. Sometimes I start with a focus fabric and search for other fabrics to match. Thanks for the fantastic giveaway!

    —Bonnie on November 19, 2014
  • Sometimes I will start with a fabric that has many colors in it, and then use the colors in the fabric to pick from my stash. I may or may not use the original fabric. I like to mix a combination of print scales-small, medium, large, plaids, stripes, some almost solids. I usually lay all the fabrics in a row with a folded edge of fabric showing, and play with the arrangement of the colors. If something really stands out that it doesn’t belong, I will remove it. If it seems like it needs something else, I will audition other fabrics.

    —Kim on November 19, 2014
  • I love to put fabric pieces togeather but work mostly
    with blues and browns. The fabric bundles and book looks awesome

    Jeanette Johannsen on November 19, 2014
  • As my favorite part of quilting is ‘patting fabric’, I spend a lot of time choosing. As I tend to ‘matchy, matchy, I often wish I had spent longer to pick ‘just the right fabric’ to add some zip.

    —Susan P on November 19, 2014
  • I either use a designer’s line or pick a focus fabric and match fabrics from there.

    —Sandy on November 19, 2014
  • Would love to win,thanks

    —barbara woods on November 19, 2014
  • I start with a color palette idea, then pull from my stash all the various shades of each color.

    —Susan on November 19, 2014
  • I most often try to have a focus fabric but that doesn’t always work with what I have so then I just wing it!!

    —Karen on November 19, 2014
  • I go through my stash and pull out what I like. Then I play with them and change my mind many times before I make a final decision!

    —Junelle Erdmanczyk on November 19, 2014
  • I start with a main fabric and then build on that. I am moving in the direction of all scrap quilts which depend more on light and dark than color. I have started an album block quilt using 1930’s reproduction fabrics. A year ago we moved from IL to AL so I asked friends from church and the neighborhood to sign pieces of fabric using colored ink for the center of the album block. I’m really liking how the blocks are turning out.

    —Nancy Angerer on November 19, 2014
  • I will try this suggestion. I am not at all confident in making my choice.

    —Jean on November 19, 2014
  • I choose a fabric that I just really love and then add fabrics that have at least one of the colors in that favorite fabric. I keep adding then step back and squint to see if I have too many or not enough dark fabrics. I try to have variety in the size of my prints as well.

    —6 buttons on November 19, 2014
  • Sometimes I use fabrics from a collection. When I’m choosing from my stash, I just go with what appeals to me.

    —MoeWest on November 19, 2014
  • I’m new enough to quilting that I am usually baffled on what to pick. I have already bought kits that were ready to go so I didn’t have to try to match and I also bought some collection fabrics so I didn’t have to make the decision. I hope that as I learn, I will be more adventurous. 🙂 Thanks for this great giveaway!

    —Kathy Gates on November 19, 2014
  • I usually like to pick a print fabric, then I follow with colors that are found in that fabric. Thanks, Patty

    —Patty Bretheim on November 19, 2014
  • I think I have a good eye for color blends and most often just make my choices based on instinct. Usually I am happy with the results but sometimes not so much. 🙂

    —Dee A on November 19, 2014
  • I think I mostly use trial and error and then consult with the color guru in our group to make sure there is no clash… Sometimes I just stay with a line. All fun

    —Marilyn Teskey on November 19, 2014
  • I like scrappy quilts. I’ll generally use fabrics from my stash and coordinate colors within each individual block, then use the sashing and borders to tie it all together. I also do a lot of moving the blocks around so they look good with their neighbors and to spread the various fabrics around well.

    —Doreen Bulleman on November 19, 2014
  • I start with a couple of prints I love that work together , add a few geometrics and small scale prints or solids and push the palette to the light and the dark for sparkle. Thanks for the fun!

    —Mary Ann on November 19, 2014
  • I am a "tried and true" person, however I am trying to step out of the box more.

    —Verna Thomas on November 19, 2014
  • I guess I use the seat of the pants method. I pick what seems to look well together, with a few added for variety. Still learning.

    —Adelisa on November 19, 2014
  • I have an awesome friend that I take with me and her color advice is ALWAYS RIGHT!!!! as well as AWESOME!!!

    —deb on November 19, 2014
  • I have a tendency to stick to a particular already matched group of fabrics as I am a new quilter and not good at putting a group together but I hope I will get better at that in the future as I learn more. I love pretty fabrics though and want them all but above all I want to become a better quilter and need a lot of tips and help from others.

    —Linda E. on November 19, 2014
  • I’ve done the "throw it all on the floor" method, too. I’ve been doing scrappy quilts and that is one way that helps.

    —Cathy Koester on November 19, 2014
  • I use my true method.

    —Debbie Chenoweth on November 19, 2014
  • I like to throw all my scraps together. after all I love the fabric,I bought it.

    —Mindy Saye on November 19, 2014
  • I enjoy the fabric choices available in a collection. Then, I just choose the prints I like and I know the fabrics will work well together. Thanks for the chance to win some fabric and a copy of the book. Thanks, also, to all the designers for choosing the Red Cross.

    —Clara Chandler on November 19, 2014
  • I arrange fabrics overlapping with each other and pick and choose until I’m happy with the color combinations, usually starting with a focal fabric and then picking coordinating solids & patterns that pick up a color in the focal fabric.

    Kylie on November 19, 2014
  • I like colors that "feel" good together. Sometimes I try several of the same shades together before picking one.

    —Frances on November 19, 2014
  • For inspiration I may either start with a focal fabric or I may start with a certain color palette. For scrappy quilts I try to throw caution to the wind, but end up still trying to coordinate adjoining pieces.

    —Jane Marlow on November 19, 2014
  • Most often, I start with a focal fabric and choose coordinating fabrics. I rarely choose all the fabrics from one fabric line. Sometimes I try to do a whole quilt from my stash.

    —Theresa on November 20, 2014
  • I’m afraid that I’m more of a tried-and-true selector of fabrics. Throwing caution to the wind is WAY outside my comfort zone. I have gotten braver and that’s a step in the right direction.

    —Janet in ND on November 20, 2014
  • love the ideas.

    —tina on November 20, 2014
  • First I think of who I am making the quilt for and try to decide what style (e.g., 30’s, Asian, batik, etc.) and colors they would like and what kind of feeling I want to convey. Do I want bright and happy or mellow or ? I go to my stash and start pulling fabrics to audition together. I have to keep reminding myself who it’s for and what feeling I want to convey because I can side-tracked.

    —Lily Kamikihara on November 20, 2014
  • I love everything by quilting and most of the times the fabricage chose me.

    —Rommy van Houten on November 20, 2014
  • I go through my stash and audition the fabrics. Find one I really like and then find coordinating pieces. I love to use striped fabric cut on the bias for the binding. When the quilt top if finished I go to the fabric store and try to find a stripe. Always a good excuse to visit the store. I love fabric.

    —Diane on November 20, 2014
  • If I’m not using fabric from one line I’ll pull colors from a focal print. Love to get the opinions from friends with great fabric sense.

    —Pam on November 20, 2014
  • I use trial and error. Then change a fabric if it does not work out. Thank you for a chance to win.

    —Jean K on November 20, 2014
  • I usually lay fabrics on top of one another with each one exposed about an inch or two. While they are laying on my cutting table I look at them at various times through the day(s) and eliminate ones that just don’t seem to work or add to ones I like. If I really can’t decide I head to the quilt shop for help in tweaking my selection.

    —norma benz on November 20, 2014
  • Well, I don’t have a tried but true method of choosing fabrics. I usually audition fabrics, but if it is a scrappy project it is pretty well anything goes.

    —Carol on November 20, 2014
  • I was a three color quilt girl, but now my favorite part of making a quilt is choosing lots of fabrics! I choose a print with unusual colors and assemble fabrics in those colors. Most of the time I don’t use the original print in my quilt. I think if I liked the combination in the print, they will work together in the quilt.

    Gail

    —Gail Hurn on November 20, 2014
  • I am a scrappy quilt lover, so the more fabrics in the mix, the better I like it. Almost nothing is off limits as I also work with small pieces, so even the "uglies" get used up by getting cut up small.

    —Ronda on November 20, 2014
  • No magic formula, I just choose what I like and go for it. I haven’t been disappointed so far.

    —Pat on November 20, 2014
  • Usually by trial and error

    —Teresa Knittingdancer on November 20, 2014
  • I either take a focal fabric and pull from there or just pull colors that I think work and stand back, play from there.

    —Dorothy Schreyer on November 20, 2014
  • I usually try to start with a main fabric that has the color combination that I’m looking for. Then I use the "color dots" on the selvage edge to try to pick up different shades of those colors.

    —TS on November 20, 2014
  • I’m sort of a control person so I use the tried and true method — from my stash I pick a focus fabric and add coordinating colors. But I have started doing scrap quilts, and those are pretty random. =)

    —Evie H on November 20, 2014
  • I throw caution to the wind. If I think a fabric is too loud or off value, I use it anyway. It helps make the quilt less matchy matchy, IYKWIM.

    —Sharon Hughson on November 20, 2014
  • I like to take a focal fabric and work it out from there, mixing in other new fabrics and some of my own stash to make the quilt "my own". Other times, I just want the easy fun of a precut group for a quick quilt or gift.
    Thanks for the great giveaway !!

    —Aggiequilter on November 20, 2014
  • I have a general idea about the color palette – then I pull possibilities from my stash that fit. Then I reduce to the ones I like together.
    I want to start collecting some of Kim’s fabrics. I’ve loved her quilts for a long time and love scrappy but her unique groupings really appeal to me.

    —Karen on November 20, 2014
  • I often throw caution to the wind. However, I do try to make sure I am using most of the same "era" of fabrics, such as I try not to mix my brights with civil war or primitive tones.

    —Nancy N on November 20, 2014
  • I pull fabrics from my stash but I would love the book to learn other and possibly better ways to do it!

    —Cindy on November 20, 2014
  • I like to draw the colours first than look what fabric i have and finaly put the fabrics together.

    —christina on November 20, 2014
  • I usually look at my fabric for two weeks or so. I arrange what I think works well, and then I come back to it every day and look at it with fresh eyes. Sometimes I adjust and other times it stays as I put it the first day.

    —Jessica P. on November 20, 2014
  • I am quite the chicken when it comes to picking fabrics for a project so I usually stay within a designer’s collection. I will mix fabrics from different designers with a particular theme, such as Halloween or Christmas. Thanks for the generous giveaway! jacklynnsteven at netzero dot com

    —Jacklynn Grimm on November 20, 2014
  • I use the old tried and true method of one main fabric, then pull fabric colors that are in the main fabric. I like Kim’s idea, and the quilts in her books testify to the success she has with her madness…I mean method…

    —Julie in WA on November 20, 2014
  • I try to start with 2-3 main fabric choices and then build from there. I like the idea of tossing them all in a pile. Great idea. Thanks so much for sharing

    —Bonnie Larson on November 20, 2014
  • I tend to pick one focal fabric and then pull colors from there for the rest of the fabrics.

    —Vicki in MN on November 20, 2014
  • I pay attention to who/what the quilt is for, if they like bright colours, that’s what they get, if its a baby, I’ll do yellow and green. I tend to buy fabric when I need it, so I have to rely on website images. After I’ve found prints I like I open each one in a new window, make them small so that only the swatch is visible and arrange them so I can see all of them. That way I can see if they will work together, and make any changes before I order.

    —Jen B on November 20, 2014
  • Trial and error……….put it up on the design wall, look at it, use a Ruby Beholder, take digital pictures and up load them to the computer and last but not least call in a consultant, my youngest, who always has an apt comment on what she sees there.

    —Nancy on November 20, 2014
  • I am not good and selecting fabric-so I copy colors in other quilts or pictures that I like and use those. This article in the book would be so helpful for me.

    —Pam C on November 20, 2014
  • Mostly trial and error:)

    —Marianne on November 20, 2014
  • I like to use the tried and true method with one basic color. I do have more fun making scrappy quilts!

    —Nicole Sender on November 20, 2014
  • I go to my stash and look for particular colors but I don’t look for specific lines of fabric. Sometimes, I’m forced to rethink my choices after I get started….then it’s off to the store!

    —Rochelle on November 20, 2014
  • I often start with one idea and end up somewhere else. It is a process for me! I am often surprised at the end with the final result

    —Margaret on November 20, 2014
  • A hot mess is guaranteed no matter what method I use. I have no confidence in picking fabric so 99% of the time buy kits with all the fabric needed. Hope this book will teach me how to choose fabrics and make something to be proud of!

    —Nancy Walters on November 20, 2014
  • I’m not very confident when it comes to mixing and matching fabrics. If I want to be sure that my fabrics will all go together, I pick all from the same line or use precuts and one other fabric, usually a neutral.

    —Barb Johnson on November 20, 2014
  • The stash is a starting point. I cut small strips from the fabrics and check out the local quilt shop to see if I can add a new bit of color or maybe a sashing.
    Maybe things get tossed around what is the focal fabric could turn out to be a
    accent. It’s all fun. Thanks for the pointers!

    —Pam L on November 20, 2014
  • Looks like a great books. Love the Henry Glass designers. Picking fabric is so much fun. I always end up with a scrappy/ country look & I love it!

    —Diana P. on November 20, 2014
  • I think I go by what "feels" right to me. There are some combinations I just like together. But I would like to know about a more scientific approach to this!

    —Karen on November 20, 2014
  • Choosing fabric takes forever for me! I usually pull from my stash so I need to do a lot of auditioning before I find what I like. But I really never know until I piece it in it I like the finished look!

    —Melissa on November 20, 2014
  • I go to my stash and match up fabrics if I can. I prefer to buy a coordinating collection if possible.

    —sandy L on November 20, 2014
  • Sometimes I pick fabrics from the same line. But if I am scrapping it I try to pull colors from my main fabric I want to feature. Find the colors in it and make sure they are amongst my other scrap fabrics. For the first time I am making a whole quilt from one line – and I am excited to be starting it.
    When I see fabrics together I either know or don’t. Sometimes I use my camera. I guess I am all over the board depending on the quilt I am going to make.
    Diane in Wyoming

    —Diane McLauchlan on November 20, 2014
  • I have a habit of buying fabric that catches my eye before thinking of a pattern and usually come up short, then struggle with matching something else to it. So I would most likely fall into the category of throwing caution to the wind. I Love “Delightful” by Jacquelynne Steves .

    Amy Caldwell on November 20, 2014
  • The approach I use most often is the trial and error. I have a sense of what would go together but never know if it really works until I have tried. Sometimes I am more than amazed.

    —Audrey on November 20, 2014
  • Looks like a fabulous book! I usually audition fabrics along the way, often changing my mind!

    Lesley on November 20, 2014
  • I lay them out together and if I like how they look I start putting them together. It works most of the time.

    —Dortha on November 20, 2014
  • I start with where I am making the quilt for. Someone’s color scheme and find fabric in those colors that look good together and what pattern I am using.

    elr on November 20, 2014
  • Trial and error. A lot of errors. I purchase bundles which in turn saves me. Thanks for the giveaway.

    —Janie on November 20, 2014
  • I have no tried and true formula! I put things together and add and take away until it becomes what I want. I have a stash and always forget it’s there so I can purchase some yummy new fabrics! Sometimes it works and sometimes I think what the heck was I thinking?

    —Danette Roundy on November 20, 2014
  • I usually have one fabric print that is my inspiration print. It serves as the jumping off point for all my other fabric choices.

    —Gregg on November 20, 2014
  • I usually just wing it and hope for the best!

    —Tannis W on November 20, 2014
  • I just try to pick a focus fabric and try to match colors to it.

    Béatrice on November 21, 2014
  • I stack up the possibilities and look at them from the edges, then lay them out on the bed and squint, then rearrange the fabrics to be sure I like them "all mixed up".

    —Beth T. on November 21, 2014
  • I like to pick a large print focus fabric and choose colors or smaller prints to go with it. I may or may not end up using the large print, sometimes it ends up being my backing.

    —Mary Smith on November 21, 2014
  • I go to my stash and work from color theory and audition fabrics to see how their work together. I have collected fabric from many different designers so most often they are not part of a collection. I do love when I have purchased fabric they has enough of the collection to make a quilt. That fabric I really have a hard time cutting until I have the best design for it. So most of my quilts are more of the scrappy variety.

    —Carrie on November 21, 2014
  • I have a hard time choosing fabrics so I usually go with a certain designer or fabric line then add or take out a piece here and there until it think I’ve got the right mix.

    —Mary on November 21, 2014
  • I use the tried and true method- pick a focus fabric and find fabrics that match it.

    —Linda on November 21, 2014
  • Trial and error – I always try to mix in a variety of fabric lines for interest. Most of the time it works well – but would love to learn the ‘secret’ of mixing my stash fabrics for maximum effect!

    —Colleen on November 21, 2014
  • I try to use my scraps, but I often buy a whole line of fabric and use that.

    —Tina McNamara on November 21, 2014
  • Living 50 miles from the nearest quilt store I have collected a great stash so I can start a quilt when the whim hits me. I just pick out a fabric I love and start adding additional colors and patterns until the combination makes me happy. Would love to have some more Henry Glass fabric to add to the collection. Thank you.

    —Jan on November 21, 2014
  • I either start with a pattern that I’ve seen, and a color palette jumps into my head, and I start to play with it for specific fabrics, or I start with one or several fabrics I want to use, then find a pattern for them and add fabric as needed, adjusting all along the way. Quilts rarely end up the way I initially visualized them, as I allow for them to speak to me along the way.

    —Madeline on November 21, 2014
  • I go to my favorite designers and look at their color choices; then, I try to find similar fabrics at my local fabric store. They’ve already done the hard work of making the fabrics "look good" together. My theory: why reinvent the wheel!? 😉 Can you see why I really *NEED* to win this e-book and fabric set!?!

    —April on November 21, 2014
  • I love fabric. The feel, the color and the creative feeling I get. I pick a pattern and then start going through my stash The focus fabric comes first and then on to all the other exciting matching colors.

    —Donna Bechtol on November 21, 2014
  • I usually have a certain color(s) in mind when I start choosing my fabrics. Then I choose fabrics that coordinate with those colors.

    —Susan on November 21, 2014
  • I choose my fabrics from my stash as much as possible and the final choices are made a lot like Kim Diehl does it. Then, I may need to make a trip to the quilt store for fill ins. Love those scrappy quilts!

    —Sue on November 21, 2014
  • I just started quilting and am trying to build a stash. Would love to win the fabrics!

    —Carol Bakaj on November 21, 2014
  • I have done both. I might buy a line by a designer or try my hand at a random selection of my own usually based on the colors for a particular person etc. My own selections are not always the greatest in the end but some have been great- I need more practice I guess.

    —Dar on November 21, 2014
  • I love fabric of all kinds. Kim Diehl’s method looks good. The method I use varies with the project. Sometimes I use a print and the pick other fabrics to go with it. I am moving in the direction of scrap quilts where the light and dark is more important than the color. Then an at quilt store, I may ask an employee for their opinion or help. Sometimes my husband has even helped:)

    —Nancy Angerer on November 21, 2014
  • I like taking my focal point and working out from that. I will lay all the fabrics out until I am happy with my decision. I will put it all down on paper and stick with it through out my project. I really like having a visual to remind me instead of relying on memory.

    —Lori Smanski on November 21, 2014
  • I always pick my "focus fabric" first. Then I audition complementary fabrics next. Thinking about value choses and where each fabric fits in the pattern. I love scrappy quilts, the more variety the better. Once I make the color choices, I then will pull other fabrics in that color range.

    —Donna O'Brien on November 21, 2014
  • I use the trial and error spread out on what I think could be the backing, but I really like Kim’s idea of tossing them on the floor and see what you have.

    —DebV on November 21, 2014
  • Add me to the trial & error group of quilters. I try to find a pattern that works with the pieces of fabric in my stash.

    —Rosalind Gutierrez on November 21, 2014
  • "Caution to the wind", Baby! I almost never by matching fabric all from one line. The fun is in putting different fabrics together!!!

    Patricia Wood Emery on November 21, 2014
  • I usually let the pattern photo inspire my color selection. Then I search my stash for fabrics that will work, which never seem to be enough, so I have to visit my favorite quilt shop to buy more.

    —Connie on November 21, 2014
  • Sometimes it’s a photo in a magazine or a commercial on TV. I sit and doodle and then start looking at my stash to see if I can find the right fabric. Other times, I have to start at the store and look for one really exciting new fabric that I can then build from.

    —Rochelle on November 21, 2014
  • I’m fairly new to quilting so I am now past the tried and true, and into the trial and error. Seems to be going pretty good, so I think I’ll move into the throw caution to the wind. With all of the amazing quilters there are to learn from, tutorials, and the great patterns that are already showing us great fabrics, it has been a wonderful journey, and I thank you all!

    —Missy on November 21, 2014
  • I am new to quilting, basically squares and rectangles and straight sewing. I usually look through quilting magazine and books to see what color combinations appeal to me. I take the pictures to the fabric store with me and spread everything out on the table.

    —Virginia Bronner on November 21, 2014
  • i am an unabashed fabricaholic!! died in the wool. Can’t help it! I admit it!! Fabric is a total weakness for me. I have tons of it and always want more. I love big prints with beautiful colors in them. Love the feel of good quality cottons. Sooo silky! Always choose a focus fabric first and go from there! Thanks for the chance to win! Helen

    —Helen on November 21, 2014
  • I pretty much throw caution to the wind and use what I have in my stash unless it’s a pattern I want to follow exactly. I love what I come up with sometimes but occasionally it doesn’t work and I have to cut out the piece that didn’t work. Thanks for the giveaway!

    tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

    —Tabitha Keener on November 21, 2014
  • I choose a fabric and start pulling everything from my stash that looks like it might go with it. Then, I add and subtract fabrics till I’m satisfied.

    Sallie on November 21, 2014
  • Would love to win, thanks

    —barbara woods on November 21, 2014
  • Choosing the fabrics is part of the fun! I start with a print I really like and pull other prints and solids from there. I guess I use trial and error with a good dose of instinct.

    —Donna on November 22, 2014
  • Many times I use trial and error from my stash, but if I can’t get a combination I like, it’s time to go to my local quilt shop for some advice and fabric selection.

    Carol Kussart on November 22, 2014
  • I love scrappy quilts. I try to pull the colors from one fabric in another choice and keep going from there.

    —Diane on November 22, 2014
  • Choosing fabrics is NOT my favorite part of quilting. I do lots of scrap quilts so I don’t have to pull colors that go together. I really need help in choosing fabrics and learning a method of choosing fabrics.

    —Renea on November 22, 2014
  • Caution to the win is my usual format… I pretty much use everything and try everything. I once cut up a checked shirt which I found in my husband’s closet (he had a lot of shirts), and when he saw the quilt, he said, "Didn’t I have a shirt like that?"

    Gail G on November 22, 2014
  • Green, red, blue, medium grey and autumn colors are my favorite colors to piece with my quilts. I look at a pattern; visualize what it would look like in all these colors, then begin picking and choosing the fabrics I want to use: commonly known as The Process of Elimination.

    Keep smiling,

    Lynnita Shipman on November 22, 2014
  • I usually find a fabric I absolutely love and "must have" and then match the other colors to it.

    —Cindy S on November 22, 2014
  • I usually use what I have available.

    —Shay on November 22, 2014
  • HI,it seems like I start with a favorite and add other pieces!
    Thanks for a neat giveaway!

    —LINDA on November 22, 2014
  • I could really use this book–lately I haven’t been as happy with some of my choices (using stash) In past, usually bought kits or BOM, so I have lots of scraps, but getting them to POP is the hard part! Thanks for this opportunity!

    —Linda Ward on November 22, 2014
  • When picking out fabrics I like to just pick out things and lay them on the table together, and then add and delete until I get what works for my project. Rarely I have a chance to pick out new fabrics, and then I’ll tend to go with a focus fabric and go from there. cdahlgren at live dot com

    —Cindy Dahlgren on November 22, 2014
  • I would say I’m a throw caution to the wind type:)

    —Bridget on November 22, 2014
  • When I’m short on time, I buy fabrics from the same collection for my project. Otherwise,I begin with a print then audition coordinating fabrics.

    —Debra on November 22, 2014
  • I let my passion rule. I fall in love with a line and know that the designer has already done the hard work.

    —Caroline Young on November 22, 2014
  • Tried and true!!

    —Shirley JB on November 22, 2014
  • I’d have to say that I throw caution to the wind…wild and wreckless!

    —Rhonda Davis on November 22, 2014
  • Definitely trial and error, much trial and frequent errors!

    —laurie on November 23, 2014
  • I kind of eyeball the fabrics and see what looks good together.

    —Emily C on November 23, 2014
  • Start with Idea or start with focus fabric. whichever, then go to the starch. Then if needed go to the store!

    —Shirley on November 23, 2014
  • That’s a funny question to me. I don’t suppose I have a particular method. I have lots of color likes, and they all go together, plus they all go with the beige, white or black that I have around. I’m a scrappy quilter, and I almost never use a particular line of fabrics, but just pick based on some instinct that tells me, yes, this looks good together. I guess it never occurred to me to have a method of making sure they go together! Thanks for the chance to win and something to think about.

    Susan on November 23, 2014
  • Sometimes I start with the outer border fabric and then pull fabrics to go with that. Thanks for the chance to win!

    —Karen M on November 23, 2014
  • I chose fabrics that I like, then lay them together to see how they look. Sometimes I just grab & go & pray.

    —Susan Clarkson on November 24, 2014
  • I usually use from the same line, but every so often, I just pick what I like, or what speaks to me.

    —JH on November 24, 2014
  • I spend a lot of time mixing my fabrics for a quilt. For me, it’s the most fun part! So I mix & match, mix & match, mix & match until I’m satisfied. Then I let them sit awhile & sometimes I start all over again!

    —Annmarie Tegen on November 24, 2014
  • I have learned that I don’t like a truly scrappy quilt, so I tend to mix pieces of a fabric line that I like with Mods Marbles, or a solid.

    —carol n on November 24, 2014
  • Love a good Kim Diehl fabric line – however, love scrappy – I go both ways.

    —Dee on November 24, 2014
  • I mix and match until I get a look that’s pleasing to me.

    Doris Rice on November 24, 2014
  • I like to work from one fabric line or else just go totally scrappy.

    Thanks for the chance to win.

    —ColleenM on November 24, 2014
  • I start with a bold print that I love – I might go with corresponding prints from the same line, but usually I throw caution to the wind and pair with other fabrics that I love.

    —Sara Richter on November 24, 2014
  • I use the trial and error approach. Thanks!

    —Debbie H on November 24, 2014
  • Trial and error – I’m not great at pairing fabrics, but I try my best.
    Thanks.
    Peggy

    —Peggy Gibbs on November 24, 2014
  • I usually approach quilting of any kind with a tried and true approach. I wish I were freer with my quilting.

    —Susan in OK on November 24, 2014
  • I use to try and balance my colors but now I throw caution to the wind. i am trying to mix patterns and colors Amy Butler and Kaffe Fassett style.

    —Mary D on November 24, 2014
  • Always trial and error! If I like the way the fabric loks together then I use it together! sandybailey55@hotmail.com

    —Sandy Bailey on November 25, 2014
  • A mix – lay them out and stand back, dither for days and then substitute if I’m in the mood as the quilt progresses.

    —Anne on November 25, 2014
  • I usually begin with a particular fabric and build from there. It’s sometimes surprising just where it can lead. I pretty much let the fabric lead and I follow. Like a sculpture waiting inside a large stone, there is a quilt waiting in the fabric.
    Many smiles.

    Lady Locust on November 25, 2014
  • I just go thru my stash and pick out what I like and then end up going to the quilt store to add to what I already have.

    —Brenda on November 25, 2014
  • I do so many scrappy quilts and find that it’s hard to go wrong when there are a lot of fabrics.

    —Kathie L on November 25, 2014
  • I’m a trial and error type. I will pick fabrics, lay them all out, and then pull out what doesn’t seem to fit my vision.

    —Marguerite Namdar on November 25, 2014
  • Picking and playing with fabrics is the most fun part of any sewing project for me, and sometimes I end up with more fabrics than I will ever use, because I just fell in love with them! When I find I have an overwhelming amount I try to find some worthy group to give them to, a group that makes quilts for charity.

    —Patricia Pfeiffer on November 25, 2014
  • I have some colors in mind for a quilt pattern. Then I pull those out of my stash and sort by whatever values the block pattern calls for. The scrappier the better.

    —Karen on November 25, 2014
  • It depends on the quilt I’m making. then I go to my stash, then shop. If I LIKE IT, then I go for it.I make quilts and give away as gifts, weddings. new babies, and charities. I also collect quilts, blankets, and throw in the fall and winter, then take them to shelters and homeless.

    —Darla Dishman on November 25, 2014
  • I throw caution to the wind and start with fabrics in my stash!!

    —Ann on November 25, 2014
  • I often try to match the fabric used in the tutorial or example on pattern. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

    —Debra Kay Neiman on November 25, 2014
  • I seem to wing it usually – sometimes I stay within a color scheme or a designer just depends on the pattern. But It always seems to work. I always say "there is no quilt police" – all that matters is that I like/love it!

    —stacey larson on November 25, 2014
  • I dream about my scraps for weeks and weeks – and then start cutting and sewing!

    CathyH on November 25, 2014
  • I think about what I’d like to color in a coloring book page and choose my fabric from my ideas of what colors I want my pattern to have.

    —Candace Weiss on November 25, 2014

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