Choosing colors for quilts: advice from an expert

Choosing colors for quiltsWhen you consider all the gorgeous quilts in the world, it’s surprising to learn that many quilters say choosing colors for quilts is one of their biggest challenges. You’d never guess it from the beautiful results.

But I understand; I’m one who readily admits to a lack of confidence when it comes to color. That’s why I’m happy to find a book that can help me learn to pull fabrics together without always having to ask for a second opinion from my nearest fellow quilter. All About Strips by Susan Guzman is that sort of book.

From All About Strips
All About Strips

How to create a mood boardCan a book about quilting with strips teach you about color? Why, yes it can. Susan shares quilting tips she’s learned in her years of experience as a designer—plus her expertise as the Content Director of McCall’s Quilting magazine—from how to find quilt colors that work for you to how to discover your unique style. In the section titled “A Lesson in Color,” you’ll learn about colors and mood, where to look for color inspiration, and practical pointers for coloring a design.

But that’s just the beginning. There’s also great advice on working with pattern and scale and on combining new fabric collections with your existing stash. And then there’s that clever exercise for creating a mood board to help you define your style (right). And we haven’t even gotten to the patterns yet!

Here are a few examples of Susan’s color principles at work:

Flair quilt
Susan used a Jelly Roll for “Flair.” To make it your own, choose a Jelly Roll, then choose a solid color that appears consistently throughout the Jelly Roll collection. The solid will blend with all the prints.
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Candy Bar Lane quilt
“Candy Bar Lane” is feminine and pretty, offering subtle blends from one fabric to the next. For a high-impact version, add contrast by choosing an equal number of light, medium, and dark fabrics.
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Drawers quilt
Susan found the color cues for “Drawers” in a mural on the side of a building, demonstrating that inspiration can come from anywhere!

See all 15 colorful quilts in All About Strips >
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All About StripsBoost your color confidence and discover your unique style! Pick up your copy of All About Strips at your local quilt shop or at

Print book: $24.99 (with FREE eBook!)
eBook only: $16.99

How do you rate your color confidence: I don’t know where to begin, I’m okay but I might ask your opinion, or I know just what I want? Tell us in the comments!
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