📹 How to choose colors for a scrap quilt: an Aussie’s simple approach (video)

From Scrappy & Happy QuiltsHow to choose colors for a scrap quilt is a question many quilters ask our authors. Do they study color theory? Do they use the brown-bag method? Do they say a little prayer or cast a quilty spell over their fabrics before they begin?

Martingale authors use many different methods to create their scrap quilts, but one of the easiest ways we’ve come across just might be how Scrappy & Happy Quilts author Kate Henderson works her magic. Her latest book is filled with two- and three-color quilts that are super scrappy, and also super stress-free!

We caught up with Kate and she was kind enough to show us her approach to choosing a scrappy palette. Take a look:

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Kate’s method is great for quilters who struggle with color selection. Just choose “Green!” or “Blue!” or “Yellow!” and then gather up the prints you have in that color. Sort your fabrics like Kate and you’re ready to start cutting and sewing!

In Scrappy & Happy Quilts, you’ll find 13 lively, colorful quilt designs—and the skills you need to say bye-bye to agonizing over color choices. Choose colors in a snap and use up every scrap!

Is your go-to color pink? Why not plant a giant Daisy in your quilted garden?

Pink Daisy quilt
Pink Daisy

Are your fabric bins filled with blues? Create your own day at the beach in fabric!

Day at the Beach quilt
Day at the Beach

Or maybe for you, orange is where it’s at. The perfect color for a sun-kissed quilt:

Sunrise quilt

Martingale’s director of marketing, Karen Johnson, is in the process of making her sun rise right now!

Sunrise quilt blocks

How do you choose colors for a scrap quilt?

  • I use my handy mathematical formula to determine color, value, and pattern ratios.
  • I choose colors and prints just like Kate!
  • I close my eyes and start digging.

Share your scrappy tips in the comments!

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