Can you imagine quilts in different colors? 5 examples to explore (+ fabric giveaway!)

Have you ever fallen head over heels for a quilt pattern but found it hard to envision the design in your favorite colors? It can be a challenge, but imagining quilts in different color palettes is worth learning how to do—the patchwork possibilities are endless.

Piece and Quilt with PrecutsThree-time Martingale author Christa Watson understands those color predicaments, and she leaps at an opportunity to offer a different perspective on her quilts. When Christa debuted her bright and happy Benartex line of fabric, Modern Marks, she saw the perfect chance to remake some of the quilts from her latest book, Piece and Quilt with Precuts, in her new line—along with a little help from her friends.

Christa and company remade five quilts from her book with Modern Marks precuts (available as fat quarters, 5″ x 5″ squares, 10″ x 10″ squares, and 2½" strips, called Pinwheels).

Modern Marks fabric by Christa Watson
Modern Marks features 26 prints

Below are the results of Christa’s reboot. On the left you’ll see the quilt Christa made for Piece and Quilt with Precuts; on the right you’ll see the same quilt design made in Christa’s Modern Marks fabric.

Starstruck quilt
Starstruck by Christa Watson, made in neutrals and Modern Marks—what a difference a color switch can make!

Squiggles quilt
Squiggles by Christa Watson—notice the light background on the left and the dark background on the right.

Dot 'n' Dash quilt
Dot ’n’ Dash alternate colorway by Kristin Esser—from soft and subtle to lively and energetic.

Gridwork quilt
Gridwork alternate colorway by Vicki Holloway—both quilts are as scrappy as can be.

Spools quilt
Spools alternate colorway by HollyAnne Knight—we love the spools in reverse!

In Piece and Quilt with Precuts, Christa shares a great tip for what to do when you run out of fabric in a precut bundle before you’ve finished a quilt:

Christa Watson“When fabric designers use a defined color palette, it’s easy to mix and match among their collections in one quilt. You can easily substitute fabric from a designer’s newest line to replace older fabric that’s out of print. If you have an older bundle that doesn’t have enough pieces for the quilt you want to make, try mixing fabrics from older and newer lines to get the pieces you need, or throw in a few pieces from your stash to round out a collection.”

A great reason to head to your stash and to the quilt shop!

You’ll find all of the patterns above in Christa’s book, Piece and Quilt with Precuts—see more projects from the book here. And if it’s Christa, you know she’ll share exactly how to machine quilt your quilt too—no “quilt as desired” to be found in her books.

Christa sent us a pretty Pinwheel of her Modern Marks fabric to give away to one lucky winner today!

Piece and Quilt with Precuts giveaway

To enter to win the Pinwheel plus a copy of Piece and Quilt with Precuts, tell us in the comments:

What process do you use for choosing colors for your quilts?

  • I like to follow the colors a designer chooses as closely as I can.
  • I look at the values the designer uses, and then choose my own colors in those values.
  • I wing it—sometimes it works, and sometimes . . . 🙁

We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck—and if you’ve got a color tip to share, please do!

Comments are closed for this post.

Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Kathie, who says:

“I look at the designer’s colors, but usually I do my own colors, especially if I have a specific person in mind.”

We’ll email you about your prize, Kathie—congratulations!


887 Comments

  • Sometimes I look at the values and choose my own colors, other times I totally sing it. Very rarely do I follow the designers colors.

    —Sandy Allen on February 16, 2018
  • B I like to use my own fabrics, thanks for the great giveaway!

    —Carol Nelms on February 16, 2018
  • I look at the values and choose my own colors.

    —Karen W on February 16, 2018
  • I’ve both followed the designer colors and chose my own.

    —Sheila on February 16, 2018
  • I think it depends on the mood I am in when I am at the fabric store. Lots of times I go by what the designer has shown us because that is why I love the quilt. But I am also trying to step outside of my box and learn to choose other colour combinations.

    —Betty Meyskens on February 16, 2018
  • I use my own colors and fabrics.

    —Sharon on February 16, 2018
  • I choose colors with whimsy… kinda matching my mood at the time…I’m working on a sunny yellow quilt right now which daily brightens my gray, foggy, soggy winter days!

    —Mary Pugh on February 16, 2018
  • I look at the values the designer uses, and then choose my own colors in those values.

    —Sam on February 16, 2018
  • I usually wing it. Sometimes it works and sometimes it’s a learning experience.

    —Cathy Cavagnaro on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it!

    —stephanie on February 16, 2018
  • I do colors to the main fabric that I have selected.

    Lorie McAnelly on February 16, 2018
  • I look at values and choose my fabrics in those values OR I find a fabric in a print I love and choose fabrics that coordinate with the scale needed for the pattern. I have the original book and would enjoy owning this one, too!

    —Eileen on February 16, 2018
  • If I’m making a baby quilt I usually start with a border fabric and pick colors from there.
    For me, when I use a new pattern I find it works best if I stay close to the colors on the pattern. Then once I know how it goes together I feel more confident trying new color ways

    —Denise K on February 16, 2018
  • I do basically wing it and choose my own colors.

    Jocelyn on February 16, 2018
  • Sometimes I use my own fabrics, but mostly I follow the designers colours if I like them, lol! Right now I’m into blue quilts!im making a star sampler quilt with blues and yellows! It’s comig along nicely!

    —Judy on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it.

    —Molly Skeen on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it—sometimes it works, and sometimes . . . 🙁 A friend and I were talking yesterday about seeing past the colors a quilt is made in on the pattern and both of us said we had difficulty with it. I think this book would help with that AND a jelly roll is always welcome. Thanks for the chance to win both.

    —debby on February 16, 2018
  • Sometimes I choose the same colors as the designer, but mostly I look at the values & choose my own colors.

    —JoyceLM on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it—sometimes it works, and sometimes . . . 🙁

    —Kristine R. on February 16, 2018
  • I consider the values the designer uses and apply that to a fabric line I like. Thank you for the opportunity to win this great book!

    —Barbara Reifsnider on February 16, 2018
  • I try to use my own color scheme. Most of the time it works. I enjoyed seeing the quilts in different colors. It makes a difference.

    —Nancy B on February 16, 2018
  • I choose what I like, but try to look for values if that is what makes the pattern.

    —Pat on February 16, 2018
  • I usually start with one print and add from there.

    —Janet on February 16, 2018
  • I usually use my own fabrics, but I do look at what the designer has chosen. Thanks for this opportunity!

    —Ann West on February 16, 2018
  • I look at the values the designer uses, and then choose my own colors in those values. I love brights like Kaffe Fassett and Tula Pink. Christa’s new line is GREAT!

    —Lisa Huckins on February 16, 2018
  • I usually fall in love with the colors and design of a quilt, so I tend to follow the designer’s color choices.

    —Kris on February 16, 2018
  • I like to choose my own colors. If I REALLY like the designers choice, I’ll buy a kit, it available

    Robbi on February 16, 2018
  • I always take an idea and make it my own. I usually change more than just the colors.

    —Judy Maggio on February 16, 2018
  • This is something I want to learn more about. When I find fabric, I then pick a pattern. The designers colors are just a choice and a sample of how the pattern is put together.

    —Terri on February 16, 2018
  • Select from my stash! Love to see the different effects…

    —S Haddad on February 16, 2018
  • Usually I pick my own colors.

    —patricia geishirt on February 16, 2018
  • Look at the designer values and then chose my own colors

    —Christie on February 16, 2018
  • I do what I want! Always. I have certain colors and styles that I love so I just do what feels right.

    —April Lopez on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it. Usually after I have thought about it for several days and have auditioned several colors together.

    —Janey on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it. It’s hard for me to plan

    —Lynnette Lamance on February 16, 2018
  • So far I’ve followed the designers colors as close as possible but I plan to start using more of my own fabrics. I really hope I win the drawing – I’m LOVING those bright colors!

    —Pam on February 16, 2018
  • The color becomes the biggest thing for me. I labor over what fabric will go into my quilts. I lay out so many fabric until I find just what I’m looking for. Contrast is sometimes the hardest thing.

    —shirley on February 16, 2018
  • i am on a fabric diet so i choose what’s already in my stash and try not to buy more if at all possible.

    —carolyn montgomery on February 16, 2018
  • I always look a what the designer uses – but I try my own choices on my "designer wall" – I can’t always see in my mind how things will look until I pin things up together.

    —Annie Bauer on February 16, 2018
  • I decide where or who I am doing the quilt for and what colors it should be. Then pick a main print and blend my color in from there. I have a great time picking fabric and my closet is a good reference for that statement.

    —Cathy H. on February 16, 2018
  • It depends why I am making the quilt. Sometimes I use the fabric I have and hope it works, sometimes as close to the designers colors as I can get and sometimes I shop and shop looking for something that I like.

    —Sandra Allison on February 16, 2018
  • I look at the values and choose my own. Choosing my fabrics is my favorite part!

    —T. Parker Chiudioni on February 16, 2018
  • I like to pick my own colors and fabrics. Occasionally I’ll use same as designer.

    —Kimberly on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it. I like to make quilts in the colors I like or the color the person who I am making the quilt for likes. I want the quilt to reflect my taste not the designers.

    Brenda Boynton on February 16, 2018
  • I often just wing it–trying to whittle down my stash. Currently almost finished with one of Christa’s designs–Rainbow Taffy. Love it!

    Kathleen on February 16, 2018
  • I like to choose my own colors.

    —Carol Melcher on February 16, 2018
  • I usually pick a designers line that I like and i think will work for the pattern i have picked. I am not comfortable just looking at fabric to know what will work the best for the pattern. I need help in this department.

    —Lisa Newton on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it—sometimes it works, and sometimes… I use collections of fat quarters that I’ve purchased together. Then I just need to find background and border fabrics to coordinate.

    —DM Diana on February 16, 2018
  • I go with the floW! It was surprising to me to see how different two small wall hangings turned out in two different colors.

    —Liz Adams on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it—sometimes it works, and sometimes . . . 🙁

    —BJ Stultz on February 16, 2018
  • Sometimes I like to pick out the border fabric first, and choose the piecing fabrics to coordinate. If the quilt is for a gift, I like to choose colors that the recipient would love… or sometimes a designer’s collection will just ‘sing’ out to me! Christa Watson’s colors would cheer up even a cloudy, gray NW day!

    —Gina Milano on February 16, 2018
  • Always look at the values the designer uses. It’s always fun to try fabrics in colors or prints out of my comfort zone and this giveaway would do just that!

    —Karen on February 16, 2018
  • I try my hand at picking my own colors for a quilt and when I have an "ick", the next one I stay with the colors of the model quilt.

    —DanyseF on February 16, 2018
  • I like to choose my own colors. That’s why I don’t like to use kits.

    —Nelda Mohr on February 16, 2018
  • use designer’s value in colors but pick my own. try to use
    scraps but that can be hit or miss but scraps are used

    —mab on February 16, 2018
  • Making a quilt with the colors provided is boring!I like to put my own spin on things. Most of the quilts I make are donated so I have a great way to experiment.

    —Judy Thompson on February 16, 2018
  • I tend to look at suggested values and choose my own colors. I am generally very pleased with my choices. I’m looking forward to exploring this book.

    —Colette A. Wilson on February 16, 2018
  • Rarely will I use the colors the designer used unless I really like those fabric designs. Usually I will use the designers color values and select my own fabrics.

    —Sharon Nowak on February 16, 2018
  • I usually look at the values and choose my own colors, but sometimes I do wing it!

    —Karin on February 16, 2018
  • i choose my own fabrics because it’s one of my favorite parts of quilting…the color ways. But if I love the designers fabric choice and the pattern, I’ll do a replication.

    —Roxann Burns on February 16, 2018
  • I like to choose my own colors

    —Carolyn Hightower on February 16, 2018
  • I usually just wing it but a lot of my quilts have red or blue in them. Love this line of fabric and colors

    —Barbara lotthammer on February 16, 2018
  • I like to pick my own colors but I do use the colors on the salvage as a guide and I try to incorporate scraps when I can. Another great giveaway!

    —Grams on February 16, 2018
  • I look at the values the designer uses, and then choose my own colors in those values.

    —Teresa Knittingdancer on February 16, 2018
  • For the most part I wing it… it usually works.

    —Vicky on February 16, 2018
  • I like to choose my own colors. I have had a few disasters, but most times it works.

    —Kay on February 16, 2018
  • I look at the values the designer uses, and then choose my own colors in those values. I like a fabric to ‘jump’ out to me and then I go from there.

    —Robin Johnson on February 16, 2018
  • I try to use colors that match a pattern but then…
    I usually chose flora’s. OH, and I love to use blue/white and I find myself going toward red’s.

    Nancy Jo on February 16, 2018
  • I look at the fabric that a designer uses mostly for the pattern within the fabric. I then pick my own colors, usually to go with the decor. Thank you so much for this giveaway.

    —Virginia Bronner on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it! I usually go to my stash first and try to use what I have.

    —Karen A on February 16, 2018
  • I usually use fabric from my stash trying to follow the values of lights and darks of the original design.

    Ruth Janssen on February 16, 2018
  • Usually its the color of the fabrics that draws me to the quilt, so I try to use fabrics close to what the designer used.

    Joyce Jensen on February 16, 2018
  • Sometimes I wing it (generally with OK results) and sometimes I use the designer’s colors but pick the ones that speak to me. Thanks for this awesome giveway!

    Susan Mulvihill on February 16, 2018
  • I usually choose my own colors unless I am using a kit or block of the month.

    —Velva on February 16, 2018
  • First use my stash, then buy more if needed. Thanks for the giveaway!

    —Twyla Johnson on February 16, 2018
  • I usually love the designers color choices but I still tend to wing it and go my own way. I may have a favorite of the moment color or fabric and I try to match that and then make the quilt. A wonderful giveaway-thanks for the chance to win!

    —Debbie on February 16, 2018
  • I consider the hues and values suggested and then choose fabrics that I like and those that make sense to me.

    —Sally on February 16, 2018
  • I usually wing it and haven’t had any come out bad. If I am in a hurry or just really love the set, I will use a full layer cake or jelly roll. I also like to mix and match precuts.

    —Nancy Bart on February 16, 2018
  • Unfortunately, I usually wing it! As you say … sometimes it works, and sometimes … well let’s just say there are some UFOs languishing in the closet 🙂

    —Jan LaBeause on February 16, 2018
  • I like to use the color wheel to find contrasting colors – it never fails me!

    —Cynthia on February 16, 2018
  • Sometimes I choose the colors the designer uses and sometimes I choose my own. It just depends on how much I like the way the original pattern looks.

    —Susan Griffith on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it and it usually work So!

    —Cheryl on February 16, 2018
  • I do best when I look at the values the designer uses, and then complement those with my own fabrics in those values, particularly to get more variation in scale and patterns.

    —Regina Harris on February 16, 2018
  • I look at the values the designer uses and then choose my own colors in those values

    —Joel Sellers on February 16, 2018
  • I like kits, so I don’t have to pick…but of course have plenty of precuts in my stash and when I find a precut pattern I like, using a precut I already love, works for me everytime.

    —Jade on February 16, 2018
  • I consider the values that the designer uses then choose my own

    —Linda Mill on February 16, 2018
  • I use patterns as a jumping off point and then pick my own fabrics, often starting with what’s in my stash and supplementing from there.

    —Kathy Swenson Leonard on February 16, 2018
  • I look at a design and if it isn’t in colors I’d choose then I work it out in colors I like, sometimes I nail it, sometimes it’s ok., and occasionally it goes to the charities.

    —Ruth Anne on February 16, 2018
  • I always use my own color choices. I have a big stash, but I always buy more for a new quilt, or if I see something I really like. I love colors, nice and bright.

    —Debbie Clayton on February 16, 2018
  • I am in each category. LOL I never really thought about it until now. I just love color – all of them!

    —Lena T on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it. Using my own choice fabrics, sometimes I check the designer’s ideas for values.
    Love the giveaway. Thanks.

    —Pamela Wright on February 16, 2018
  • I usually wing it with colors and fabrics I like. As you say, sometimes it works. And other times it makes an entirely different look but I like it anyway! Thanks for the chance to win!

    —Kathy G. on February 16, 2018
  • I always wing it! Que Sera, Sera!

    —Cathy on February 16, 2018
  • When choosing colors for my quilting projects I look at the values used by the designer then choose my own colors in those values.

    —Virgi on February 16, 2018
  • Sometimes I follow the designer’s colors as best as I can and sometimes I wing it but it rarely works. But I am the one the most critical of my own work. So it might work but I’m just being picky.

    —Mary George on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it—sometimes it works, and sometimes . . . 🙁

    —Karen on February 16, 2018
  • I look at the values the designer uses, and then choose my own colors in those values. I love to use my favorite color combinations.

    —Carol on February 16, 2018
  • I lay out bolts and switch them around until I am pleased. I am probably a fabric stores worse nightmare. I do try to put them back neatly and where they belong.

    mandy whalen on February 16, 2018
  • I’m trying to use up all my scraps, sometimes my quilt looks ( in a way) like the designer’s but more often than not it’s completely different.

    —Hedda on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it…most of the time, it works!

    —Patti Tarallo on February 16, 2018
  • I find the designers perspective helpful, after all, it was what drea me to the pattern. If however once I start creating I am dissatisfied with the results, then I will change fabrics. I find Modern Marks an exciting collection, have to find some of it . Thanks for an interesting blog.

    —Cheryl Buoni on February 16, 2018
  • Because I have more than enough fabric in my stash, I pick my own, but will use the value from the pattern as guidance.

    —Kathy on February 16, 2018
  • I like to wing it!

    —Anne-Carter on February 16, 2018
  • I usually wing it – sometimes looking at values, sometimes not.

    —Regina Arlauckas on February 16, 2018
  • I use the designer’s color values, but love to see what I can do with the stash on hand!

    —Betsy on February 16, 2018
  • Certainly the colors a designer uses is what draws me in, but I often choose different colors. Sometimes that works and other times . . .
    ~smile~ Roseanne

    Roseanne on February 16, 2018
  • I generally wing it – with mixed results! But you learn along the way.

    —Debbie Holley on February 16, 2018
  • I usually follow the colors the designer uses, because that is what caught my eye.

    —Cindy on February 16, 2018
  • I usually follow the designer’s colors as that is what drew me in to begin with. I am not usually happy with my own color choices.

    —Verna on February 16, 2018
  • I have the best luck following the designer’s values with my color choices.
    Thanks for a chance at a new book to play with 😊

    —Joyce Scanes on February 16, 2018
  • I like to choise my own colors. If it’s a really special quilt I like to use colors close to the example since that is what caught my eye in the first place!!

    —Annette on February 16, 2018
  • I use my own fabrics. My philosophy is that it is my quilt so I can do it my way!

    —Cindy Fraher on February 16, 2018
  • I usually wing it — love the scrappy look!

    —barb on February 16, 2018
  • I usually wing it, but am trying to look more closely at the designers values. Then choosing to use them or do the opposite. Just realizing that the value often makes or breaks the design.

    —Kathy on February 16, 2018
  • I always use what colors are given to me and go from there

    —rachel on February 16, 2018
  • • I wing it—sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t!!!

    —Rose on February 16, 2018
  • I like to choose my own colors.

    —June on February 16, 2018
  • I always choose the colors that make me feel good and bring a smile to my face! Then I take a pic with my phone and edit pic to grayscale to be sure I have sufficient contrast to work in pattern.

    —Cheryl A Ringering on February 16, 2018
  • I love Christa, and all her color choices. When I choose colors for a quilt, I usually choose colors that ‘go’ together!!

    Norma Anderson on February 16, 2018
  • I love the process of choosing my own quilt colors.

    —Kathleen T on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it with varying results.

    —Jean on February 16, 2018
  • I want a quilt that is mine. I try to make it my own.

    Cathy Beverage on February 16, 2018
  • I like to mix it up, but love to incorporate fabrics from way back with new fabrics, and I wing it. I rarely follow closely what the sample quilt colors are, because I love exploring new "takes" on designs.

    —marianne on February 16, 2018
  • I think of the reason for the quilt or who will receive it and choose colors that I know will compliment one another for the purpose or that the recipient will love. I love to switch it up from the designer colors and see what happens!

    —Amy on February 16, 2018
  • I love to see what the designers choice of colors are but also love to pick my own!

    —Julia Boyd on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it unless I fall in love with the fabric and pattern that is he designer used

    —Christine E. on February 16, 2018
  • It depends. I sometimes used the designer’s colors but may substitute if their use doesn’t inspire me. Other times, my inspiration may come from a line of fabric in the LQS.

    —Janet B on February 16, 2018
  • Sometimes I use the designer’s colors and some times I wing it. Usually I like the way they turn out.

    —Kris B on February 16, 2018
  • I choose my own colors but often consider the designer’s values.

    —Jane on February 16, 2018
  • Wing it, mostly I do great!

    —Diane B on February 16, 2018
  • I choose my own colors. Thanks for the chance to win.

    —amy f on February 16, 2018
  • For the most part I like to choose my own colors. There have been times where the colors a designer has chosen have drawn me to the quilt and then I go with those.

    Shannon W on February 16, 2018
  • I’ll follow a designer’s lead sometimes, but I usually wing it.

    —Sheila Honeycutt on February 16, 2018
  • Wing it! Makes everything interesting!

    —Janice on February 16, 2018
  • I guess I wing it hope for the best. I always like everyone’s else better than mine. I have gotten better at using my color wheel.

    —Louise M on February 16, 2018
  • Most of the time, I like to use my own colors!

    —JJ on February 16, 2018
  • I choose my own colors but often use a focus fabric that I like to guide my selections.

    —Diane on February 16, 2018
  • I pick colors based on who or what the quilt is for. If making for myself, I will always get teals in there somehow! If for a friend, I’ll select their favorite colors.

    —Nancy Thone on February 16, 2018
  • I use my own color scheme. I love the spools alternative – you don’t even see the spools

    —Glenda Britten on February 16, 2018
  • I usually wing it. And with oh so many years of quilting under my belt, I’ve had some really "wangy" and unexpected results. But I’ve also had some hits, and that’s what keeps me going. I’m learning all the time!!

    —Paula on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it. Usually use my stash. Never know if it’s a winner or not. But lots off until!

    —Jan on February 16, 2018
  • Most of the time I try to match the designers, but sometimes I use completely different colors

    —Barb Hoover on February 16, 2018
  • I like to pick my own colors. But when I am trying to use a color that I’m not fond of or don’t use often, I sometimes look at a fabric collection that includes that color to give me ideas. This happens to me with orange, except when I’m thinking autumn leaves, and with purple.

    Color is such a great adventure. The adventure doesn’t happen if you don’t start off in some direction. You can always recover later or learn from a mis-step.

    —Kiki on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it a lot, however I’m a sucker for a cute bundle so often I’m only adding to a bundle not pulling from scratch. Cute book!

    —Katie Peterson on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it- sometimes it works, and sometimes… I am not one who follows patterns or color options. I use the pattern as inspiration; I tweak it by saying "I know what the designer color combination looks like, I wonder what this color combination will look like":)

    —JaniceCarole on February 16, 2018
  • I like to use my own fabrics

    —Sabine on February 16, 2018
  • Typically I wing it. But once in a while I love a look so much I copy it as best I can.

    —Angi Tedford on February 16, 2018
  • I go by the designers values and then choose the colors that work best for the person that is receiving the quilt.

    —Pat Brich on February 16, 2018
  • I do all of the above. Sometimes I’m drawn to a pattern because of the colors so I use those colors. Sometimes I use the same values because I like the contrast or the way the fabrics play together. Other times I wing it and pick pick fabrics that catch my eye or dig into my stash and go scrappy.

    —Becky on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it… but really go for the earthy colors. Sometimes I do depend on what is in a charm pack to make the quilt look as I’d like!

    —Page on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it. So far that has been sucessful.

    —Gayle on February 16, 2018
  • I like choosing my own.

    —jo on February 16, 2018
  • I usually go with what the designer has chosen because that is what attracted me to the quilt, however I select my own colors when I like a particular pattern. Thank you for the opportunity to win this generous drawing!

    —Carole on February 16, 2018
  • First, I look for hue intensity within a three color choice. Then I narrow the choices with the most contrast possible. Finally, scale of pattern must also add more contrast with some small and some large. A mix of geometric and organic is ideal.

    —Berte on February 16, 2018
  • I enjoy picking out my own twist on any pattern. That’s the fun in making quilts, making it your own!

    —Claudia on February 16, 2018
  • Sometimes I use similar colors to what has bee designed other times I wing it.

    —Pam on February 16, 2018
  • I totally wing it, just like I do most things in life! Luckily, most of the time, my choices work! Love me some precuts and this book!

    —Kathy E. on February 16, 2018
  • I usually go with the designer’s choice, because that is usually what first attracted me to the quilt. Then while making it I envision what it would look like with colors I would choose. I am a little gun shy in choosing my own colors, but I will get brave someday and just do it. 🙂

    —LisaDian on February 16, 2018
  • Depends on the pattern and what drew me to it. For some I try to copy the designer’s color choices; for others I like to wing it. I generally use bright colors and am not as confident choosing softer ones.

    —Ginny on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it & I usually change the design, too.

    —Kathy Retherford on February 16, 2018
  • I use the advice of quilters I admire and trust, then tweek if something isn’t quite to my taste.

    —Kathy R on February 16, 2018
  • Check out the values and then wing it. Usually works and sometimes works really GREAT!

    —Joan K on February 16, 2018
  • I often mimic the colors in the example, but I am trying harder to choose my own color scheme more often.

    —Cindy French on February 16, 2018
  • I usually consider the designer’s color scheme, since that is what catches my eye initially. But, I do sometimes change either partially or something completely different.

    —Debbie on February 16, 2018
  • I usually wing it. I like to make it my own. Thanks for his post. I loved looking side to side at the same quilt made different. Very cool!

    Mary

    —Mary Kastner on February 16, 2018
  • I look at the values the designer uses, and then choose my own colors in those values. Sometimes ! wing it! I’m all over the place!

    —Colleen on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it. Sometimes it works and sometimes…

    —Linda on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it and choose my own colors.

    —Heidi on February 16, 2018
  • I love using my own stash when I can, but some of the designers’ ideas & color play is outstanding. I stay pretty flexible because it’s all about the creation of the quilt whether for myself or a gift for someone else. I do have some great quilter friends that share their input as well. That’s when it really is fun & interesting. Love this giveaway. Thank you.

    —Sharron Hord on February 16, 2018
  • I pick my own colors. Which works most of the time. I do have some failures.

    —Elaine Litton on February 16, 2018
  • I try to use the color wheel but find sometimes its best to just lay bolts of fabric out on the counter

    —Charlotte Jones on February 16, 2018
  • I mostly wing it but I try to keep the scrap in more than one block.

    —AnnaMarie Werner on February 16, 2018
  • I rarely copy exactly; use values but choose my own color way.

    —MaryJo Mrvichin on February 16, 2018
  • I love putting my own colors together

    —Kathy Luehrs on February 16, 2018
  • I like ollections…and wing it it a little….and fill in what ever I need

    —De baker on February 16, 2018
  • I never buy kits or use the designer’s choice. I pick a focus fabric then find fabrics to match it. The only time I that I do differently, is if I find a jelly roll collection I REALLY love…then I will try to find solid or tone on tone to supplement the fabric in the jelly roll.

    —J Fanning on February 16, 2018
  • Most of the time, I look at the values and use my own fabric choices. Thanks for the great giveaway.

    —Liz Dyer on February 16, 2018
  • I still am not too good at picking my own fabrics – I need to start trying but I tend to go with precuts or lines I like or I ask the Quilt Store personnel to help me with my decisions, but I would love to start trying. I tend to buy more kits than just fabric – sometimes I love fabrics but when I don’t know what I am going to use them for yet without a plan I just won’t buy any and then I miss out. I love to see them in different colors like you have shown here. I would love this book. 🙁

    —Debra Ellis on February 16, 2018
  • Usually I am making a quilt for a special person and or occasion so I determine what that person likes color wise as my starting point. if making a quilt as a wedding present I try to use their wedding colors so it is more personel. I do like to work with fabric lines as well and sometimes even a kit.

    —Martha on February 16, 2018
  • Sometimes I wing it if I have fabric to use up! But if I really like the quilt by the designer, I try to follow it pretty closely!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win this great book!

    —Kerry Linklater on February 16, 2018
  • I choose my own fabrics. I already know what their’s looks like. I have made quilts that look totally different just by changing the values and color in a quilt. I also like to change up the size of the blocks for a different look. If in doubt I print it in black & white and then make a decision on color. That is the fun of quilting. 🙂

    —Kay Menefee on February 16, 2018
  • I look at the designers example and chose my own fabrics. My fabric choices are based on the person for whom the project is gifted. For examples, my sister loves pink while my cousin prefers purples. The gift is tuned to their color preferences.

    —Stephanie L. on February 16, 2018
  • I look at the values the designer used – then hope my version works.

    —Karen on February 16, 2018
  • I like to use the colors the designer uses. Usually this is what catches my eye to begin with.

    —Nancy Lewis on February 16, 2018
  • I like to choise my own fabrics snd colors though I do pay attention to the values used by the designer. Thanks for the giveaway!

    —Gloria Cotten on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it—sometimes it works, and sometimes not so well!!! I do use a lot of scraps in my quilts, so most are very "scrappy".

    Great giveaway!!

    —Lillian K on February 16, 2018
  • Every quilt is different sometimes I see a fabric I love and then look for a pattern, other times it’s a pattern and I find the fabric that looks right. I love the precuts and have just finished my first barbell from some awesome batiks.

    —Marsha Houk on February 16, 2018
  • I frequently follow the colors shown but I am getting more adventurist and choose my own colors more often lately. I love scrappy quilts which is why I love precuts.

    —Donna Olson on February 16, 2018
  • Usually choose my own colors; they depend on my mood. Most times my quilts turn out just fine!

    —Amy Cofer on February 16, 2018
  • I combine: I look at the values the designer uses, and then choose my own colors in those values.
    I wing it—sometimes it works, and sometimes .
    Usually trying to use up what I have and sometimes try to find local fabrics that will give a similar look

    —Virginia Smith on February 16, 2018
  • I usually try and really look at the pattern and then decide what shade of color I want to use. Then I go from there and pick colors that will all go together. Sometimes it all goes together and sometimes it just doesn’t work like I had in my mind.

    —Pam Parker on February 16, 2018
  • I go with designer. I have a hard time visualizing colors.

    —Barbara D on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it – part of the fun is exploring how colour and patches work in tandem.

    Gail on February 16, 2018
  • Sometimes I have a precut waiting for just the right project. When I like the pattern and precut it’s a match!

    —Debbie Eide on February 16, 2018
  • I trust myself for color choice but look at the designer’s choices for inspiration. I am always pushing myself to include a new color or technique.

    —Darlene Schrag on February 16, 2018
  • I am new to quilting but my mom has quite a stash so I choose from her fabric and easy patterns she has

    —brook on February 16, 2018
  • I seldom use the designer’s choice of fabrics, but the values are key to reproducing the design in a manner that brings out what attracted me to the design in the first place. Besides, how else will I reduce my stash?!

    —Carol Johnson on February 16, 2018
  • I have used all three methods for deciding on fabric. With mixed success on method 3.

    —Nancy on February 16, 2018
  • I’ve used all these methods. When I first started quilting I tended to follow the designer’s colors. As I’ve matured in my quilting journey, I look at the values the designer uses and choose my own colors. And now, I’m more willing to just wing it. Still, sometimes that works and sometimes….;-).Even when something doesn’t work the way I want, I still learn something.

    —Claire on February 16, 2018
  • Depends on the recipient, but the inspiration from the patterns is important to me.

    —Jenny on February 16, 2018
  • Most of the time I wing it. I find that color draws me to a quilt. But, if I don’t like the colorway, I look at the design element and try to fit it what I have in my stash. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t.

    —kraftykc on February 16, 2018
  • I sort of wing it and use what colors I have before I buy any more. I’m really trying to use up what I have, which is fun to see what I come up with.

    —Karen H on February 16, 2018
  • I like to follow the colors a designer chooses as closely as I can, at least the first time I make the quilt! The next time I go another direction. Yes, I make a couple versions of the same pattern!

    —Lenore Schmidt on February 16, 2018
  • I love to choose the colors and can spend hours in a quilt shop looking for just the right combination.

    —Jane on February 16, 2018
  • All of the above! Just depends on what I want to do with that particular pattern/quilt!

    —Pat on February 16, 2018
  • I usually choose my own colors, but sometimes the designer’s choices are so perfect, why fix it if it ain’t broken!

    —Debbie Y on February 16, 2018
  • I pick my own colors.

    —Carolyn on February 16, 2018
  • Depends upon the colors and design. If something POPS I may follow but I usually go with what my heart and eyes like. Like I love the lollipop or pinwheel effect of the precuts . Just imagine what a quilt would look like made like that for a child…The designers of today are amazing.

    Sandra Nelson Beck on February 16, 2018
  • I pick a favorite piece of fabric and then design the colors around it.

    Sandy on February 16, 2018
  • I like choosing my own colors. So guess I wing it. Others love my color combos. Really like these fabrics and the book is great! Would live to win this opportunity.

    —Marilynn on February 16, 2018
  • I pick my own. Love the book, so interesting
    to see how a quilt looks so different by changing
    the fabric!

    —laura on February 16, 2018
  • I love the new brights…but I also like traditional blocks. So I usually choose my own colors.

    —Emily on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it—sometimes it works, and sometimes . . Or I like a kit that all done up for me with a pattern. Thanks for the giveaway.

    —Rita S on February 16, 2018
  • Sometimes I follow the color suggestions–but, lately I’ve been winging it because I decided to use mostly stash. I’ve been pretty successful.

    —Joy Kidwell on February 16, 2018
  • I usually look past the values the designer uses and then choose my own colors. OR I find one print I like and match everything to that print assuming if I like those colors in a print – I’ll like it in a whole quilt and it usually works out OK.

    —Carolyn S. on February 16, 2018
  • I typically follow the designer’s colors!

    —Ashley on February 16, 2018
  • I choose colors I like and I think go well together. If I like the colors of a designer I’ll use them but I’ve never been one to follow.

    Jennette Layng on February 16, 2018
  • I like to refer to the designers values and then play around to create my own

    —Diana on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it with what fabrics I have!!

    —AS on February 16, 2018
  • There are some colors I don’t enjoy working with, so I guess I wing it.

    —Sandy K on February 16, 2018
  • I often wing it but with a bit of restraint within color harmonies!

    —Rochelle on February 16, 2018
  • I do both! I love the harmony of the designer’s choices!! I do buy a lot ….( and, I mean A LOT!!) … of precuts, as well as yardage, to add my own visions to my quilts!! “SEW many beautiful fabrics… SEW little time!!! “😊

    —Pam on February 16, 2018
  • I usually have fabric in mind, find a pattern, and go for it. I rarely use fabric in the same colors as the maker, but I must admit that the samples catch my eye.

    —Deena McLarty on February 16, 2018
  • I like to use my own color scheme, but sometimes I follow the ideas of the designer.

    Eileen on February 16, 2018
  • I tend to follow the colors a designer chooses as closely as I can. I figure they are the experts!!

    —Marg on February 16, 2018
  • I usually use my own colors from my stash.

    —Vicki H on February 16, 2018
  • I always look at the designers work and then I do my own thing, unless it’s a gift. Then I work in that persons colors.

    —Cinda Thompson on February 16, 2018
  • I have always loved to see other color options for quilts. I love the designs of some designers, but not the fabrics they use. For me the color must be something that turns me on. I want to enjoy working on the project as well as enjoy the final results.

    —Janet A Moyer on February 16, 2018
  • I do look at the designer’s choices to get ideas but I then pick my own fabric combinations.

    —Janna Lee on February 16, 2018
  • I mostly look at the values and use my own colors and stash.

    —Suzanne on February 16, 2018
  • I look at the values in the quilt the designer uses but I tend to pick my own colors from my stash .. I use a design wall & pick & choose.

    —Mary on February 16, 2018
  • I follow the designers colors and then I will see what fabrics I have that will work

    —Rhona on February 16, 2018
  • It depends, when I loves a pattern, I can follow the colors a designer chooses. And sometimes, I wing it.
    Thanks for the giveaway, I love colors 😃

    —Anne on February 16, 2018
  • I usually choose my own fabrics, often using the designers values of color

    —Susan MacLeod on February 16, 2018
  • I usually follow the designers colors because it is usually the colors that pull me in and make me want to make it. I might tweak it a little, but i need to make it like I see it! Hope that makes sense. thanks.

    —Sherry J on February 16, 2018
  • I’m beginning to dabble in choosing fabrics on my own, but I most often choose fabrics similar to the pattern.

    Jennifer Drahnak on February 16, 2018
  • First I look at who it is for and what they like but I do like to follow the designer it depends what drew me to the quilt the color, the design or both.

    —Nancy Bonnette on February 16, 2018
  • I’m not confident enough to completely choose my own colors. I like to use a designer’s fabric line exactly as they have done in the pattern.

    —Knella on February 16, 2018
  • Drawing inspiration from a focus fabric, I add many fabrics in a range of values to it.

    —Celeste Delostrinos on February 16, 2018
  • I choose my own fabric and sometimes wing it.

    —Louise smith on February 16, 2018
  • I find a group of fabrics that I like, find or create a pattern, and add or delete as I go. So far the results have always been what I was going for.

    —Linda on February 16, 2018
  • I like to choose my own colors. Sometimes I have a color scheme in mind, then go hunting for a good pattern to use with it.

    —Michele on February 16, 2018
  • I look at the designer’s values and then pick my own colors, sometimes I just wing it

    —Judy P on February 16, 2018
  • Sometimes I copy the colors that the designer has used in the original quilt, and sometimes I use colors of my own choice.

    —Diane on February 16, 2018
  • I like to use the example of the designed quilt but have to or rather want to touch and feel when possible the actual fabric to see how the different colors go together.

    —Ellen Theobald on February 16, 2018
  • I usually have a fabric line/palette I’ve fallen in love with, then I search out a pattern I think will work for the mood I’m after. Sometimes that means designing my own pattern or my version of someone else’s design.

    —Bethany on February 16, 2018
  • I look at the designer’s values and then pick my own colors, sometimes I just wing it and if I really like to colors the designer chose I will go with that.

    —Judy P on February 16, 2018
  • I like to chose my own colors, but I do look at kits to get some ideas what they put together and I have purchases a few kit. I usually find a color I like and go from there.

    —Virginia on February 16, 2018
  • I look at the values that are used by designer and find the colors that suit my taste. Always try to use what I have, but who doesn’t love a trip to a fabric store.

    —Carol Pleskoff on February 16, 2018
  • I like to pick my own colors but enjoy getting ideas from various patterns.

    Lorene Soderstroom on February 16, 2018
  • Right now I’m working on a quilt using the backing as inspiration. It’s difficult to come up with the right combo, which makes me appreciate the pre-cuts created by designers!

    —Robyn Gronning on February 16, 2018
  • I always look at the color values in the pattern and then look to see what I have that would look good for the pattern. Scrappy is really good because a lot of the time I will be short a half yard to use all of one color, so I like to really mix up the fabrics.

    —Terry on February 16, 2018
  • I follow this author on her website and signed up for her class on Craftsy. Being disable, I can still quilt using a walking foot that to Christa. I use EQ7 importing the fabric I am using to make sure that the layout of the quilt in my head is what the quilt will look like when finished.

    —Joey on February 16, 2018
  • I’m kinda chicken, so I follow the designer’s choice of colors as closely as I can.

    —Mary on February 16, 2018
  • I usually pick my own colors!

    —Carol Koehn on February 16, 2018
  • Sometimes I choose my own and sometimes what is in the pattern and sometimes I buy the kit because I like it.

    —Linda on February 16, 2018
  • Sometimes it depends on what I have on hand or the look I’m going for. This is a wonderful book and could really help me with new ideas.

    Jeannine Snyder on February 16, 2018
  • Value!

    —Vicki on February 16, 2018
  • Mostly wing it!

    Joyce on February 16, 2018
  • It depends. The colorway is usually what attracts me to a quilt first. Then I analyze the pattern for its level of difficulty. Sometimes I can imagine it in another colorway, but most times not. My attempts at putting together fabric completely on my own are not usually successful.

    —Robin on February 16, 2018
  • I usually choose my own Colors by looking at the values, but sometimes I’ll follow the designers color scheme if I really like it

    —gina stroman on February 16, 2018
  • I often use a focus fabric to pick fabrics. Sometimes I end up not using the focus fabric. I use collections when I need something quickly.

    —Cheryl on February 16, 2018
  • I look at the values the designer uses, and then choose my own colors in those values.

    Iva Spell on February 16, 2018
  • I look at the values in the pattern and pick my own fabrics. I bought a FQ bundle of Modern Marks so used those in one of Christ’s patterns (Squiggles). Would love to win the pinwheel fabrics to match up with the leftover pieces from the FQ’s!!

    —Lucy on February 16, 2018
  • I look at the values then pick my own colors. I love blacks with brights.

    —Winks Krislen Horlings on February 16, 2018
  • Most of the time I wing it, pick my own colors unless I really love the colors in the design. I also prefer white backgrounds to other colors.

    —Cynthia Fedak on February 16, 2018
  • I find myself "liking" quilts based on the original colors in the magazine or book or pattern. Then I add my own colors – sometimes successfully – sometimes not!!

    —Carla W Cherry on February 16, 2018
  • I choose my own colors based on the values the designer used, and sometimes I make other minor tweaks.

    —Laura on February 16, 2018
  • I like the designer colors most. But usually use my stash on the second go round! Love the giveaway.

    —Elizabeth S on February 16, 2018
  • When it comes to choosing color, I usually just wing it. I like brights and am not fond of using white, so I think of ways to rework a design. I love the whole Modern Marks line!

    —Kathy Hellesen on February 16, 2018
  • I like to use my own colours but have been trying to venture into a wider palette. This book just might assistin branching out! Thx for chance!

    —Cathy Cameron on February 16, 2018
  • I usually follow but getting more adventuresome!

    —jackie norwood on February 16, 2018
  • I most often follow closely the colors the designer chose.

    —Lin H on February 16, 2018
  • Lo vuelo, a veces funciona, y a veces… Saludos.

    Translation: I wing it, sometimes it works, and sometimes … Greetings.

    —Margarita on February 16, 2018
  • I might use the designer’s colors as a suggestion when shopping, but I end up winging it because I find other fabrics that I like more, and that starts a new palate.

    —Janet T on February 16, 2018
  • I like to choose my own colors. I design most of the quilts that I make, so I don’t have any examples of colors. All of my quilts have turned out great!

    —Vicki on February 16, 2018
  • I look at the book – I look at my stash – and the final product is somewhere in between!

    —Marilyn Rose on February 16, 2018
  • I will use my own colours unless the designer’s colours are in a combination that I love. Making up a sample block sometimes helps.

    —MoeWest on February 16, 2018
  • Often my color choice depends on my fabric stash!

    —Louise on February 16, 2018
  • I pick the main piece and work with colors and values that I like to go with it.

    —Gladys Bacon on February 16, 2018
  • I usually go with my own values of color for a design. I see the designer’s fabric then I do my own fabric choices.

    —beth d. on February 16, 2018
  • I love to create color schemes that use complimentary colors. I am drawn to quilts that have that unexpected pop of color that is in contrast to the overall scheme.

    —Sarah Tarelli on February 16, 2018
  • I usually try to follow the designer for colors.

    —Charald Comeau on February 16, 2018
  • Generally I look at the values the designer uses and then choose my own colors in those values. If I am making a quilt for a specific person and it is not a surprise I often ask what their favorite color is, then select a pattern that will highlight that color the best. At other times, I reverse the values in the original pattern for added contrast. It is great fun to see the final creation!

    —Florence Duheme on February 16, 2018
  • Love the fabric and quilts. I do a bit of all three. The last quilt
    T I planned I went with value and changed the color somewhat.

    —Becky in Georgia on February 16, 2018
  • Lately I’ve been mak8ng baby quilts so I use the colors new Mom has picked for the nursery. Not always what I would choose but it’s not for me.

    —Lynn Bohlmann on February 16, 2018
  • Sometimes I have fabrics that I want to use in a quilt and choose the quilt pattern based on my colors. Other times I will see a quilt pattern and use the colors the designer has chosen. Thanks for the chance to win a wonderful book.

    —Jill on February 16, 2018
  • I look at the values the designer uses, and then choose my own colors in those values.

    —Catherine on February 16, 2018
  • I look at the values the designer chooses – then i use my own colors based on those values – but sometimes I do just have to wing it!

    —Susan Spiers on February 16, 2018
  • I try to follow the designer’s choice of colors when creating a new quilt top. Their choice of color is what attracts me to the quilt pattern, so I wouldn’t change it too much. Thanks fir the opportunity to win fabric. Makes me happy thinking about it.

    —Barb on February 16, 2018
  • I’ve done it any number of ways. Usually the only time I try to duplicate is when I fall in love with that particular quilt and it’s fabrics.

    —Judy graczyk on February 16, 2018
  • I look at what colors and patterns of fabric that designer uses-but usually choose my own colors.

    —Doreen on February 16, 2018
  • I tend to audition fabrics and then choose the pattern based on how the fabrics speak to me. Mistakes happen, but that is just part of the process. All quilts are beautiful to me, so I usually end up happy. Thanks for the chance to win this great book.

    Barbara on February 16, 2018
  • Yeah, I wing it. You’re right, sometimes it works, sometimes it ends up as a donation quilt! That’s not to say that I only donate ugly quilts, but warm is warm, no matter what it looks like!

    Barbara Johnson on February 16, 2018
  • It is hard sometimes because designer quilts are so beautiful but I always try to make my quilts reflective of me and my tastes at the moment. Doesn’t always work but I learn and move on.

    —Maryann Holevas on February 16, 2018
  • I’m afraid I wing it!

    —Ginger on February 16, 2018
  • Once and a while I will follow the designers values, but usually I wing it—sometimes it works, and sometimes .

    —Donna W on February 16, 2018
  • I usually choose my favorite colors or holiday colors for a designer’s pattern that I like. However, sometimes the colors in the quilt pattern are what draws me to the quilt and I will then duplicate those colors. Thanks for the opportunity to win the book!

    —Bette on February 16, 2018
  • I look for a focus fabric that grabs me. Hopefully in a color combination that I have not worked with lately. Then after finding that focus fabric I look for a pattern that will work. Again I want something that I have not done if possible. There are some types of quilting that I can’t do or don’t wish to take that much time to do well. this method for me keeps my projects fresh. I enjoy the magazines and the blogs but usually I use them for color combinations and easier patterns but I rarely follow what they tell me to use.

    —Susan on February 16, 2018
  • I usually chose focus fabric and pull colors from it, sometime I use colors the designer chose.

    —Virginia Over on February 16, 2018
  • I do use the designer’s color scheme as a guide but then add my own touches to make it personal to me.

    —Marion on February 16, 2018
  • I tend to follow the colors of the pattern because usually it is the coloration which drew me to the pattern. Sometimes I change up backgrounds for interest.

    —Sharon K on February 16, 2018
  • I’m frequently drawn to patterns shown in my favorite colors however I also do change it to my selections. When I try to wing it it doesn’t work out as well. Thanks for the book,it looks great!

    —Linda on February 16, 2018
  • I have a large stash I am trying to use so I wing it. 😁 BUT I have used Christa’s fabric for her quilt a long SQUIGGLES.

    —Patty White on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it! I like choosing my own colors with guidance from the quilt pictured on the pattern. For me, it helps to have some place to start.

    —Susan Stanton on February 16, 2018
  • Lately I’ve been doing scrappy. On another I’m choosing similar colors to the pattern cover-cuz I love it!

    —Lesley on February 16, 2018
  • I use all of them, some times I will go with what the designer has chosen, or sometime I go with scraps, and other times I want to use my choose, or if I know the person getting the quilt, I go with fabrics I know they would love!! Thanks for the chance to win a wonderful book!!!

    charlote on February 16, 2018
  • I tend to look at the values and then pick my colours from there.

    —Peggy on February 16, 2018
  • I usually will look at what the designer has chosen, and then from there, choose my own. Thanks for this giveaway.

    —Judi on February 16, 2018
  • I like to use the colors the designer uses. I do not have enough confidence in my color selection yet. Love the precuts.

    —Nancy Norris on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it-sometimes it works, and sometimes…🙁

    —Amanda Gartman on February 16, 2018
  • Like to chose my own.Such a neat giveaway! Thanks for sharing!

    —Linda on February 16, 2018
  • It totally depends. Sometimes I wing it, sometimes I use a specific line of fabric, and sometimes I follow the designer’s guidelines! It’s fun to see all the different results.

    —Rebecca Keizer on February 16, 2018
  • I usually wing it — using bright colors that I love.

    —Dorothy M on February 16, 2018
  • I feel as if I finally have enough confidence in my color choices but it has taken a long time to get there!

    —Diane on February 16, 2018
  • I consider my audience first, if it is a gift the color is dictated by what colors the recipient likes, then I I play with color value and saturation. Then I wing it!

    —Loree Odom on February 16, 2018
  • I usually wing it. That said I have one pattern I am following the designer’s choices

    —Renata on February 16, 2018
  • I can’t think of a time that I followed a pattern’s example for hues; I buy fabric when I see something I really like and save it for future projects. When I decide to use a new pattern, I first look at what I have on my shelf. Then I determine what will contrast and compliment my feature fabric and often use bits of leftovers from other projects.

    —Marty on February 16, 2018
  • Usually I wing it. I love actually seeing different fabric choices and the difference it makes to the finished project though.

    —B. A. Fellers on February 16, 2018
  • I pick a color and then look at the color wheel to help me pick the rest of the fabrics. I use Joen Wolfrom’s 3 in 1 Color wheel. Thanks for the giveaway.

    —Marcia on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it for the most part.

    —SUE GOODIN on February 16, 2018
  • I have done a bit of all three methods, use similar colors, use palette values and wing it. It all depends on what appeals to me and fabrics available to me.

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    —Mary D on February 16, 2018
  • I go to my stash find coordinating colors then start my quilt. Sometimes I find colors by the color wheel. Thanks for the chance to win your fabulous book and fabrics.

    —Karen on February 16, 2018
  • For me, the best part of quilt-making is the excitement of picking out my own fabric. Thanks for the chance to win this great give away.

    —Denise Riendeau on February 16, 2018
  • I usually choose my own but values in the pattern. And sometimes I just wing it,

    —Lori on February 16, 2018
  • blending scrapes from MANY years of sewing

    LINDA FICKLING on February 16, 2018
  • I usually wing it! I’ve got to justify my stash somehow!

    Jannette B. on February 16, 2018
  • I pick colors based on the recipients likes and dislikes.

    —Kathie L on February 16, 2018
  • It depends on the pattern I’m using. I like to incorporate colors and fabrics from my stash and scraps whenever I can, too.

    —Joye on February 16, 2018
  • If it’s something seasonal, I follow the designers colors closely. Also, if it’s my favored colors. Otherwise I dig through my stash and put fabrics together myself.

    —Alexia Jandourek on February 16, 2018
  • I love being able to try and figure out if colors work or not, but usually work great even if i didn’t think they would.

    —Debbie S. on February 16, 2018
  • I tend to buy designer collections so there’s a variety of colors that go together, otherwise I stress over fabrics and colors.
    I follow Christ on social media and would be thrilled to win this awesome giveaway!

    —Fran Bianchi on February 16, 2018
  • I seem to wing it.

    —Vicki Allen on February 16, 2018
  • If I’m not using red and brown in a quilt somehow I always end up with a patriotic theme. I have lots of red, white/beige, and blue scraps.

    —Lisa Timmer on February 16, 2018
  • I mostly pick my own colors but I ABSOLUTELY love using the pre cuts! It’s already done for you which is why this book would be a great help in using all those pre cuts I have in my STASH!

    —Tiffanee Noack on February 16, 2018
  • Sometimes I go with the colors the designer picks. Sometimes if it’s a scrap quilt I just use my stash and hope for the best.

    —Barb W on February 16, 2018
  • I often go with the designer colors but I’m trying to branch out on my own! I want a quilt to be mine.

    —Ellie on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it. I rarely purchase precuts.

    —Jean H on February 16, 2018
  • I use all three techniques, plus I sometimes purchase kits because I love the colors.

    —Janet G on February 16, 2018
  • I look at the values, who I am making the quilt for, and their color preferences, and choose my own colors. Hoping to use more of my stash this year.

    —Karen B. on February 16, 2018
  • I quite often choose fabrics similar to the designers or sometimes use my own colour ways. Looks like a wonderful book. I would love to win it!

    —Lois on February 16, 2018
  • I am extremely new to the quilting world!! But I love it so much!! As far as picking colors I am still pretty unsure about it. I just mainly start with picking colors that I like and go from there. I am definitely having fun learning though!!

    —Tiffany Hearn on February 16, 2018
  • Value & contrast reign supreme in my quilts! I love 💕 your fabrics and cannot wait to get your book. Thanks so much

    —Barbara dahl on February 16, 2018
  • Honestly I do all 3. Sometimes the designers choices just speak to me, sometimes they don’t. Sometimes I blow it. Oh well I tried.

    —Christi on February 16, 2018
  • I look at the values, then choose my own. Sometimes, I pick a fabric I like, then I pull colors from there. I was taught that when I first started quilting. Thanks for your give-a-ways. Peggy K.

    Peggy K. on February 16, 2018
  • Pretty much wing it, pulling from my stash.

    —Beth T. on February 16, 2018
  • If I see fabrics I really love, I find a pattern to show them off or I make up my own design. Sometimes, if I see a pattern, I try to find fabrics similar to design.

    —Kay on February 16, 2018
  • Usually I wing it..and sometimes I then live with the woulda/shoulda.

    —Pearl on February 16, 2018
  • I use my fabrics. I have such a large stash that I need to usp so I can buy more. I enjoy your suggestions.

    —Jean Jacobs on February 16, 2018
  • I do and have done all three, but lately I have been making scrap quilts where anything goes or purchased kits. Thanks for the chance to win the book and fabric!

    —Laurie C on February 16, 2018
  • I do half and half sometimes follow the designer/pattern and sometimes I like to wing it1

    —Lee on February 16, 2018
  • I look at the values the designer uses, and usually work from stash. It’s also fun to flip the values for a different look.

    —Sally on February 16, 2018
  • I like to pick colors that I like , and adapt a pattern to those. Love working with bright colors. But love blues, purples. Not necessarily together though.

    —Lynn O'Hern on February 16, 2018
  • I prefer to follow the designers. They have a job because they are good at designing fabric.

    —Cindy on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it.

    —Dixie on February 16, 2018
  • I look for ideas from designers but shop first in my stash and then add extra colors as needed.

    —Pat on February 16, 2018
  • I have used the colours of the pattern but also do patterns in my own chosen colours. Thanks for a chance to win

    —Connie Gerhold on February 16, 2018
  • I look at the values the designer uses and then choose my colors

    —Karen Bergt on February 16, 2018
  • Wing it. It’s fun!

    —Virginia on February 16, 2018
  • I Often wing it, and most of the time it works, with the occasional fabulous flop.

    —Phyllis Funk on February 16, 2018
  • Depends upon the quilt….most times I just wing it and use what is in my stash.

    —Karen Keeler on February 16, 2018
  • When making quilts for gifts I usually try to use their favorite colors or colors that will match their decor. When making quilts for fun I tend to go a bit wild…love color and am nots crazy about the latest fad of using all cold colors. These are not inviting to me. Love to surprise myself, and others, with color.

    —Sheila D on February 16, 2018
  • I usually try to follow the values the designers use, unless I happen to have the fabric they used. Amazing what a difference there is between the quilts in the book.

    —Elaine on February 16, 2018
  • Sometimes it’s the designer’s colors that grab my attention; other times it’s the pattern, and I can picture it made w/ fabrics I already have, or choose at the quilt shop!

    —MS Barb on February 16, 2018
  • I have always selected my own fabrics in my own color choices – never occurred to me to do anything else.

    —Elizabeth McDonald on February 16, 2018
  • I generally make a black and white copy of the quilt I want to make, then choose my own colors. Sometimes, i will make it like the designer does. I really do like when 2 color ways of the same quilt are shown. I will take pictures at quilt shows of the same quilt in different colors. It does make a difference when I choose the fabrics.

    —Carina Z on February 16, 2018
  • I usual have an idea of one or two colors Then start grabbing fabrics from my stash & playing with scraps checking value and color for what works in the pattern idea.

    —Barbara Thomas on February 16, 2018
  • I sometimes follow the colour/values scheme of the artist and try to incorporate fabrics from my own stash, but I also sometimes just make a purchase of fabrics that ‘talk to me’ and tell me that they will work with that pattern. Most times I am right, but I am still always learning!

    —Linda on February 16, 2018
  • I have done both…choose the colors the designer has used and also chose most of the fabrics from my stash. Thanks for an awesome giveaway!

    —Judie Harron on February 16, 2018
  • Hi there!
    I have a very good sense of what colors work well with others….but often wing it just to see what will happen.
    Thanks & Quilty Huggs!

    —Jacqueline on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it and use my own fabrics/colors. Sometimes I get into trouble and make mistakes. I have several well-used seam rippers.

    —Linda J Changaris on February 16, 2018
  • I use a colour wheel to choose fabrics, but I tend to buy a lot of blues and greens, so those always work. Then there are the designers whose fabric lines are so scrumptious I just can’t resist!

    —Laurel on February 16, 2018
  • I am in love with fall colors and purchased pieces of material that I think go together-and hope to find a pattern that agrees with me.

    —Ann Parazin on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it! Have a fun day!! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

    —Angela J Short on February 16, 2018
  • I try to use similar colors and values, if i really like the feel of the quilt. Sometimes its impossible to find the exact fabrics when sewing up an older pattern.

    —Sharon S on February 16, 2018
  • I am a bit of a scrappy girl… but I will sometimes use the designers colors if they speak to me. Usually though, I choose my own colors

    —Faye Parker on February 16, 2018
  • I try to choose my own color combinations… Sometimes it works and sometimes not quite right.

    —Stephanie on February 16, 2018
  • Values are important to me but I still wing it more often than not.

    —Linda Pierson on February 16, 2018
  • I like to look at what designers do & then take my own fabrics & see what I like. Live modern marks fabric

    —Tamara Gassen on February 16, 2018
  • If the picture is in colours I like, I will try to match the design, otherwise I go by values. Thanks

    —Carol on February 16, 2018
  • I tend to wing it & go with what I have. Since I make a lot of scrap quilts, anything & it all goes.

    —Nancy Harvey on February 16, 2018
  • Usually I have fabric I want to make a quilt from and then I look for a pattern that I really like and that suits the fabric. Other times I see a pattern I just have to make and I look for fabric in the color way that I like (or someone else likes if it’s a gift).

    —Lora Whitfield on February 16, 2018
  • I completely follow the colors of the designer. I don’t have the gift!

    —Delinda on February 16, 2018
  • I am more likely to “wing it”. I find a fabric or two that I love, buy some coordinating fabrics and then go searching for possible patterns. I know what if I didn’t but enough fabric….that is the creative challenge to make it work anyway

    —Freda on February 16, 2018
  • I choose what I like following the designers suggestions for values and size of any prints.

    —Pat on February 16, 2018
  • I use both the design colors and add colors of my choice.

    —Marsha Nelson on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it most of the time, but love to see how the designers put colours together 👍❤️😀

    —Vivienne Franklin on February 16, 2018
  • I choose whatever is pleasing to my eye but sometimes I have a specific goal in mind such as the civil war reproduction quilt I’m going to make for a friend

    —Bernadette on February 16, 2018
  • I will sometimes follow the designer’s values and then many times wing it and hope for the best. 😯

    —Marie on February 16, 2018
  • I love looking at the variety and different ranges the designer puts together. I do like to add additional fabrics from my stash tho

    —Jodi Kuhlers on February 16, 2018
  • I choose my own colors. Although I have plenty of precuts, I also have quite a collection of fat quarters – from a trip around the country – that I love to put together.Isn’t it wonderful how a change of color can add drama to the most ordinary of quilts?

    —Linda Voltz on February 16, 2018
  • I pick my own!

    —NancyB from Many LA on February 16, 2018
  • I try to use the designer colors as my guide.

    —Kathy h on February 16, 2018
  • I usually wing it, but do try to pay attention to color values if the design is dependent on contrast.

    —Debra Reber on February 16, 2018
  • I try to go with dark, medium and light. It doesn’t always work for me. I try to do better with each quilt I make, but I think it’s the hardest thing to do.

    Arlene Kuchcik on February 16, 2018
  • I find I use the same fabric designers over and over, and I tend to mix and match the fabrics from their collections.

    —Karen on February 16, 2018
  • I almost always wing it… I walk through a fabric store and/or dig through my fabric stash bins until I find what pops out at me. I love to be surprised by the end result of my choices!

    Gina K on February 16, 2018
  • For me it is a combination of both. I sometimes have the fabric and come on the pattern. Or the times I have a pattern and then try to find the fabri I want for it. But a lot of the times I find a fabric line I fall in love with and will buy it and go from there. I love fabrics and the colors. I always like to feel the fabric and the way it feels in hand. A try fabriholic.

    —Rosemary Komar on February 16, 2018
  • I like to change the colors to my favorites, and try to use what is already in my stash. I also frequently switch the light and darks.

    —Jo Reid on February 16, 2018
  • It depends on the quilt. Sometimes the fabric in the pattern is so stunning that I want to follow that. Sometimes it just depends on what color mood I’m in at the moment and what’s in my stash.

    —Virginia in AK on February 16, 2018
  • If I am making a gift, I ask for colors. If I am making it for charity, I try to go with male and female colors, or with colors that go well together..and sometimes I got with the colors the designer uses…

    —Marla Brown on February 16, 2018
  • I try to not have all my Quilts look alike. So I’m constantly trying new colors. Sew love to quilt!!!!
    .

    —Vicki on February 16, 2018
  • I must say I usually wing it – my style is quite scappy so there’s lots going on, however sometimes I use a whole collection only if I love it.

    —Pauline C on February 16, 2018
  • Grab a couple of handfuls of scraps and start cutting! Guess that counts as a "wing it"!

    —Bev Gunn on February 16, 2018
  • What usually originally attracts my attention about a design is the color, so I like to use the designer’s colors. If I choose to make the same pattern a second (or more) time, I would probably choose different colors.

    —Sharon on February 16, 2018
  • I look at the values of the designer and then choose my own fabric with similar shades in my favorite colors, or some of the favorite colors of the person I am making the quilt for.

    —Laura Greathouse on February 16, 2018
  • Cute ideas, and great colors!

    —Karen S on February 16, 2018
  • I like to choose my own colors.

    —marsha melkonian on February 16, 2018
  • I usually pick colors that jump out at me.

    —Teresa Kiker on February 16, 2018
  • I have a really hard time picking fabric, but don’t always like a designer’s choice, either, so wing it. Or, hello collections in precuts

    —Dawn Hollingsworth on February 16, 2018
  • Love the book and the fabrics!! I use the designers colors as a guide and sometimes substitute different colors. I love the use of colors ! Thanks for the opportunity to win !!

    —Nancy C on February 16, 2018
  • If there is a theme, I will let that guide the color selection. Other times I will follow the designer’s color scheme or use different colors with the same tonal qualities.

    —DebbIe on February 16, 2018
  • I look at the values the designer uses and then choose my own fabrics. I would love to have this book and fabric!

    —Susan Stein on February 16, 2018
  • I try to follow the designer’s values and pick my own colors, but sometimes I end up winging it! Then again, sometimes I get the kit with the designer’s fabrics, too. But I love seeing patterns in multiple colorways!

    —Kari on February 16, 2018
  • I rarely make a quilt in the same colors as the designer used. I definitely prefer to put together my own color palette.

    —Julie in GA on February 16, 2018
  • I choose my colors depending who Im making it for or what room it will go in.

    —Anna Mae Remmick on February 16, 2018
  • Choosing colours is a fun process and i go for colours i enjoy working with the most – not much brown or orange in my quilts ! Thanks for the opportunity to vote and win .

    —Marlene Coates on February 16, 2018
  • I usually follow the designers colorway, that’s what attracted me to the pattern….

    —Joni A Keefer-Giancola on February 16, 2018
  • I struggle with picking fabrics. Most of the time I see a pattern in the colors that drew me to the quilt and will try to imitate the sample(adding a few tweaks of my own). Now that I have discovered precuts I am much more pleased with the finished product. The hardest part has been done for me.

    —Lynn Darcy on February 16, 2018
  • I usually follow as close as I can to the designers colors!

    —Joanne esper on February 16, 2018
  • Frequently follow the designers colors unless I have an inspiration from fabrics in my stash.

    —Sue on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it—sometimes it works, and sometimes . . . 🙁

    —Cindy S on February 16, 2018
  • I still feel like a relatively new quilter, so sometimes I follow the designers color schemes and sometimes just the values. Although, I am figuring out that while I like the patterns, I don’t really want my quilt to look like “all the rest”, so sometimes, I go out of the box on color. Sometimes it works, sometimes, not so much!

    —Diane on February 16, 2018
  • I use the colors the designers have used. I know it works and I duplicate it.

    —Frances Claassens on February 16, 2018
  • I look at the Fabrics/values the designer choose and then choose my own.

    —Marianne on February 16, 2018
  • I am using fabric that I already own and choosing my own color combinations. I like to think that I’m good at that.

    —CHARLOTTE KEY on February 16, 2018
  • I usually wing it and yes sometimes I’m happy and sometimes not so much

    —Rho on February 16, 2018
  • Sometimes I look at the values and wing it. Otherwise I am often inspired by a collection!

    —Rhoda on February 16, 2018
  • I myself never use the same fabrics the designers use to make their quilts — in truth the designers probably get the fabric for free so they are basically just selling the fabric and incorporating their design into the quilt.

    With that said I sometimes use the same color schemes to create my quilt. However, being the scrappy quilter that I have become I love to make quilts using what I have on hand and then add a few others into the mix to make it all work ouy coesively.

    Keep in mind that you could have 20 people making the same quilt using the same color schemes but all 20 quilts will end up completely different based on color placement or variety.

    I love Christa’s designs and the fact that she is a scrappy quilter as well. Thank you for sharing such great ideas!

    —Sue F on February 16, 2018
  • I usually ask the recipient their favorite colors or the colors in their decor. Then I look for fabric by theme and those colors. After picking my inspirational fabric I pull colors from that fabric

    —Teresa Ayars on February 16, 2018
  • I usually follow the designer or wing it, picking the main fabric then then the accompanying fabrics.

    Terri Ashbacher on February 16, 2018
  • I tend to use the colours a designer uses in a fabric I love to help me pick colours or I use a precut bundle.
    Thanks for a great giveaway

    —Anne Dawson on February 16, 2018
  • Usually I follow what the pattern author did, but sometimes I wing it! I LOVE the examples in this book- and would probably copy the brights:)

    —Peg Lown on February 16, 2018
  • I would say I do a mixture – sometimes I follow the colors, because I like them and I have them or can find them. Sometimes I choose to follow one color and change the rest. And then sometimes I wing it, paying attention to value but using my scraps instead! Thank you for the chance to win!

    —Sherry Whalen on February 16, 2018
  • Oh it absolutely varies from project to project. Sometimes I follow the designer and sometimes I just follow my heart. Rarely am I disappointed either way!

    —Kathy M. on February 16, 2018
  • I look at the values and choose my own colors in those values

    —Lois Capper on February 16, 2018
  • I like to use fabric from my stash, firstly. Then, if that isn’t working, I go out looking.

    —cindy mizer on February 16, 2018
  • I usually start with the designers fabric line and choose my color way and add to it from my stash (or head to the fabric store 😊) if needed.

    —cj on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it 🤣

    —Lise Saur on February 16, 2018
  • I like to follow the colors a designer chooses as closely as I can. Also, I usually pick the precuts in my colors that I love.

    —Maclary on February 16, 2018
  • Sometimes I just wing it and see how it looks, other times I will use the exact fabrics that the designers have used.

    Sherry Casto on February 16, 2018
  • Typically, color is what draws me to a quilt design, so I often want to use the same colors the designer used. But sometimes, I adopt the designer’s values in other colors, and then some other times, I go off the rails!

    —Laurie on February 16, 2018
  • I like to choose from my stash….any piece used can be replaced by something new!

    —Pat O. on February 16, 2018
  • I look at what designers are producing in colours and designs but I was quilting way before there were so many designers selling precuts etc. So I shop by the color or value I like and by the print I like so sometimes I wil buy one or two fabrics from the same line but rarely do I buy more than that😊

    —Sandy Sandvik on February 16, 2018
  • sometimes the fabric pictured is what I love about the quilt, but most of the time I pick my own fabrics, or have a group of fabrics I want to use together, and go in search of a pattern that will do them justice

    —Judy Palmer on February 16, 2018
  • Sometimes I follow the designers color pallet, and sometimes I just wing it!

    —Pat on February 16, 2018
  • I use colours from within a designer usually….they have done all the hard work!!

    Anne Boundy on February 16, 2018
  • Most of the time i use the colors the designer suggest as a place to start then i play around with different color combinations until i find what i love.

    —Peggy K. on February 16, 2018
  • I usually start from what i already have in my stash, and add to it. Sometimes i’m not sure and i ask my husband , but he’ll just say ‘yellow’ !
    Thank you for the lovely giveaway .

    —Ofelya on February 16, 2018
  • Sometimes I follow the colors, but most of the time I do my own colors.

    —Jeri L on February 16, 2018
  • I usually look at values the designer made and do similar in the quilts I make.

    —Eleanor K HunzingerI on February 16, 2018
  • I look at the values the designer uses and then choose my own in those values.

    —Karen Jautaikis on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it most of the time.

    —Teri on February 16, 2018
  • I try to use what I already have in my stash…so I guess you could say I use my own colors!

    —Marcia Burt on February 16, 2018
  • The fabrics the designer uses are usually what draw me to a certain quilt. However, due to budget limitations, I have to use what I can find in my own stash.

    —Karen Kopp on February 16, 2018
  • I mostly wing it but try to use a color value chart that is in my head – and try to use what I have. It works most of the time…..

    —Marion Lisko on February 16, 2018
  • I like to wing it, but I do make sure my values are paramount!

    —Sandy on February 16, 2018
  • I vary from pattern to pattern. Sometimes I’m inspired by a fabric range, other times I love what the designer has put together and sometimes just have a go at putting a selection on my own.

    —Gail M on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it usually.

    —Kim Mueller on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it using the colours I have in my stash. I like to look at quilt photos to see which combinations are most appealing.

    —Judy Anderson on February 16, 2018
  • I usually wing it on fabric. I do like precuts and when I find a good deal, I grab them up, then I have to find a way to use them. I don’t think I’ve ever gone out and just bought ALL the fabric for a specific project. I do like fabric collections—designers doing the hard work for me.

    —Janet Meeks on February 16, 2018
  • Usually wing it with what I have in my stash.

    —Patricia R Gossett on February 16, 2018
  • I usually use what’s in my stash, probably paying attention to lights and darks.

    —Janet deschamps on February 16, 2018
  • I look at the designers’ choices as suggestions…sometimes I love the colors they’ve chosen and sometimes I know I have goodies in my stash that will give me the look I like. I find I work more with primary colors and brights, although my personal preference for my own house runs more to the Civil War era colors. Crazy, but that’s how it is!

    —Debbie on February 16, 2018
  • I normally wing it and hope it works ❤️

    —Helle S on February 16, 2018
  • I have to be honest. It is either one extreme of totally winging it or following the designer’s lead and do it just like them.

    —Janice Mc Laren on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it—sometimes it works, and sometimes…

    Heidi Biller on February 16, 2018
  • I look at what I have in my stash that might work and either supplement with new fabric, or just outright by a new bunch of coordinating fabric in colors depending on what’s trending or on my current mood.

    —Lisa Doiron on February 16, 2018
  • I look at values, then colors. I had trouble at first picking what worked but studying others work first helped me improve my own. Just because I like something doesn’t mean it will work with the next thing. Bright sunlight does not work well with inky darkness, I had to learn good progression. I am not there yet.

    —Ann Austin on February 16, 2018
  • I usually depend on the pattern designers’ choices or as close to them as possible the first time around. I’m a little design challenged so I put their knowledge to work for me. Their choices are usually what draw me to the quilt pattern in the first place.

    —Liz F on February 16, 2018
  • I’m usually drawn to a pattern by the colours used by the maker, so I tend to go near the original

    —Inger Martinson on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it.

    —Janna on February 16, 2018
  • Sometimes I follow exactly with same fabrics or as near to the color pallet as the designer is using. Especially with pieced quilts. Applique is another story. I almost always wing it using mostly my stash.

    —Laura on February 16, 2018
  • If the pattern is in a color I love, I can follow directions. If it’s the pattern instead of the color that I love, I will make it my own.

    —Mary Lou on February 16, 2018
  • I find a tone of the color that attracts me the first time I see a new line of fabric and go from there to include other lines that will create the look I have in mind.

    —Kathryn Smotryski on February 16, 2018
  • I examine my stash to see if anything fits and ask my daughters for their input.

    —Juanita D on February 16, 2018
  • More often than not, I will use the same color way that the designer used.

    —Joanne L Wilson on February 16, 2018
  • I’ve seen certain quilt pattern cover photos that I’ve loved and copied just as is. But I usually select my own colors.

    —Kit on February 16, 2018
  • I like to follow the colors a designer chooses as closely as I can

    —Lynn Throndson on February 16, 2018
  • I like to choose my own colors which sometimes is not a wise decision.

    —Joan Hanson on February 16, 2018
  • I like to choose my own colors, but I do pay close attention to the values a designer uses. Sometimes, I don’t think there is enough value change in theirs, so I try to improve on it.

    —Lynn D in NC on February 16, 2018
  • depends on why I’m making the quilt. If its for my own entertainment then winging it is more fun. However if it is for someone or something special then I use what fits the need

    Joyce on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it! Sometimes it works, and sometimes . . .☹️

    —Norma Harvey on February 16, 2018
  • I’m a winger -I wing it! Sometimes it works, and sometimes . . .☹️

    —Norma Harvey on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it but looking at the designer options definitely help me visualize alternative color schemes!

    —Ann on February 16, 2018
  • I guess I have done both A and B. Most often I think I use my own colors.

    —Nancy A on February 16, 2018
  • I pretty much wing it with fabrics I have on hand.

    —Judith Martinez on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it – sometime sit is a hit!!!

    —ali on February 16, 2018
  • I usually try to keep the exact same fabrics as the designers! (I’m not very good with choosing colors myself!

    —Lauren on February 16, 2018
  • U mistly like to follow the designers colors, but sometimes I do wing it.

    Deb on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it, and we know how that goes sometimes!

    —Robin M on February 16, 2018
  • All three of the above, it just depends on the quilt.

    —Susan on February 16, 2018
  • I like to choose my own fabric colors .

    Teri on February 16, 2018
  • I look at what designers use but then use my colours.

    —Marlene on February 16, 2018
  • I would normally just wing it but as I get older I am trying designer lines as it takes out the guess work

    —Donna M on February 16, 2018
  • I go to my STABLE = stash totally above and beyond life expectancy, and start pulling out colors that I like together.
    Sometimes it works and sometimes I make a calico cat = so ugly it’s pretty…

    Linda W Miles on February 16, 2018
  • I look at the values the designer uses, and then choose my own colors in those values … hopefully, all from my stash. 😉

    —Kristine Sveinson on February 16, 2018
  • There are patterns that call for "organized" colors, so I try to get the line of fabric the designer has made. Then there are the fun quilts and I choose my own colors. Most of the time they are a success and then there are the disasters. 🙂

    —Karla A Bannerman on February 16, 2018
  • I look at the values and choose my own colors. Thanks for the chance to win.

    —Karen McMahon on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it—sometimes it works, and sometimes . . . ��

    —Susan on February 16, 2018
  • I let the colours in the store speak to me or else I choose something from
    My stash (which is what I am trying to whittle down this year!

    —Kathy Rankin on February 16, 2018
  • I may not choose the palette of the quilt designer, but I typically stick with the collection of a fabric designer.

    —Melissa Q on February 16, 2018
  • I try to use fabric from my stash.

    —Betty Gracie on February 16, 2018
  • I usually have one fabric with colors to choose from or to go with, but I may follow the values on the pattern. Thanks for a marvelous drawing from Christa, one of my faves!

    —Glenna D. on February 16, 2018
  • I’m new to quilting, so I choose my own colors based upon the values the designer uses. But really, I rely on the help of my girl friend who is an accomplished quilter, and who knows my tastes VERY well!!

    —Cheri Leistner on February 16, 2018
  • I usually like to do something that I like so it would be a controlled winging as I somewhat follow the the color suggestions of the designer.

    —Kaye Davis on February 16, 2018
  • I started quilting with the ladies from Holden Church a few years ago. I love being the designated scrap quilter! As a result, I use EVERY color available and then get creative with the quilt blocks!

    —Sharon T. on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it! I have worked in graphic design for years now and my favorite part has always been when I choose colors. There are times when I look at a pattern I automatically see it in a different colorway.

    —Cristen on February 16, 2018
  • I choose colors for my quilts by first drawing out the quilt design on graph paper. After I choose the design then color comes second only to design, colors are auditioned with colored pencils. Old fashioned yes, but this is the way that I enjoy the process most.

    —Jessie Stampfli on February 16, 2018
  • Sometimes I look at the values and choose my own colours (or go with the opposite), at other times I go out on my own. Typically I don’t follow the designer’s original project exactly.

    —K Yee on February 16, 2018
  • Often I look at values and then choose my own fabrics, rarely do I use the designer’s fabrics or in the last case, I found a number of fabrics that said"we are quilt" and then I found a pattern.

    —Tamara on February 16, 2018
  • I like to use my own colors mostly but sometimes follow the colors the designer uses.

    —Diane Pfeifer on February 16, 2018
  • I usually wing it using fabric from my stash

    —Barbara Schamell on February 16, 2018
  • I look at the value the designer uses, but then use my own fabric choices

    —Carol on February 16, 2018
  • Pretty much I throw all the fabric in one pile and pick out what does not work.

    —Joann N on February 16, 2018
  • I love to choose my own colors using values I love!

    —Sandra stokes on February 16, 2018
  • I do a bit of all three options. Some quilts I will follow the designers color pallet, other times I will totally go my own way, throwing caution to the wind. Most times I choose my own colors using the designer’s values as a guide so the pattern will show through.

    —Cindy on February 16, 2018
  • I like to find a focus fabric that I like and try to pull colors from that. Sometimes I use fabric from the designer’s line of fabric, sometimes I combine it with other fabrics from my stash.

    Sandra Alfano on February 16, 2018
  • Great looking book.
    Love the bright modern colors too.
    If I like the design I usually try to follow the value rather than the same fabric.
    Its not easy to get the same fabric anyway by the time books are published.
    Good luck with the book launch!

    —Kathie fleming on February 16, 2018
  • Sometimes I use one designers fabrics in a project that I’ve seen in a magazine or video. Other times, I wing it. A recent finish was a "wing it" one – scrappy #182DaySolstice by @PatSloan. I love how it turned out, but I didn’t plan the colors before I started. Totally winged it!

    —Judy Chastain on February 16, 2018
  • I pick a fabric that sings to me on the day and try and fit others into the theme. Makes for some interesting choices!

    —Jenny N on February 16, 2018
  • I usually pick my own colors.

    —Sandi on February 16, 2018
  • I choose my own colors, and it works! Also, love seeing how others use color in their designs. Thanks for the giveaway, and new book!

    Denise L. on February 16, 2018
  • I guess I wing it! I use what I like most of the time. Sometimes if I really like what the pattern designer used I’ll try to get as close as I can if I can’t find what they used.
    Thanks for the chance to win 🙂

    —Debby on February 16, 2018
  • I usually wing it. Love choosing my own color scheme and picking out the fabrics.

    —Linda Ahn on February 16, 2018
  • I like to follow the colors a designer chooses as closely as I can.

    —Sabrina van Ginkel on February 16, 2018
  • Tough question; I’ve made quilts using complete lines from favorite designers. And I’ve made quilts with fabrics from my own stash. I like both but somehow feel more content when I work with my own selection of fabrics. Sometimes it works; sometimes it doesn’t. 😀☹️

    —HadasMyrtle on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it every time. It usually works for me.

    —Lovena Moore on February 16, 2018
  • I look at the values that the designer uses and then I use those values to choose my own palette. A black and white photo of the design is very helpful. Sometimes when I see a design in colours that really sing to me I follow the designer’s suggestions. Thanks for offering this giveaway.

    —Audrey on February 16, 2018
  • I would be more likely to use the designer’s values and work with my own fabrics, especially if I was doing a seasonal or special occasion quilt.

    Elizabeth Engman on February 16, 2018
  • I usually follow the values the designer uses as well as darks, lights, and mediums and then choose my colors from there. Often I do wing it with my own color choices. Thanks!

    —Marie Eddins on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it—sometimes it works, and sometimes . . . 🙁 I like to choose my own colors.

    —Dorthy Clendenning on February 16, 2018
  • I try to work with the values of the colours. Always learning where colour is concerned

    —Kerry Grose on February 16, 2018
  • I’m a winger. Lol. I like bright colors. If the quilt is for someone else, than I use their favorite colors

    —Joanne Roberts on February 16, 2018
  • I like to use my own colors but follow the pattern’s value. With that said, loving the brights in the Modern Marks line!

    —Cathy on February 16, 2018
  • I’m a "winger." I start with fabrics I like, find a design, then add and remove fabrics/colors until everything pleases me. I don’t want to duplicate what someone else has done!

    —Sandy F. on February 16, 2018
  • I’m a “wing it” kind of quilter, though I don’t ignore the choices the designers make. Those choices are the jumping off point for all kinds of ideas.

    —Cathy Cunningham on February 16, 2018
  • I love this -great question ! I
    Sometimes by a kit and Mostly follow it but usually I lik to
    Carefully evaluate the color values and
    Overall design and use my own fabric choices.

    —Pat Hale on February 16, 2018
  • I love using a designer’s complete line, but just as often I fall in love with a bold focal fabric and work from there.

    —Marie P on February 16, 2018
  • Most of the time I consider the designer’s values, then substitute my choices with theirs.

    —Marianne from TN on February 16, 2018
  • I pick my own colors, but pay attention to the values the designer used.

    —Veronica Culley on February 16, 2018
  • I like to look at the color/fabric choices the designer used. Then I use the values they used to help me pick out my own fabrics.

    —Pam G. on February 16, 2018
  • wish I could think out of the box, but I usually can’t envision anything else but what’s in the printed pattern sticking as closely as possible to the original.

    —Roz Agulnik on February 16, 2018
  • I really, really get interested in working with the values of color. I always feel if the value isn’t right it throws the whole pattern off.

    —Janet Brown on February 16, 2018
  • I look at the values the designer uses, and then choose my own colors in those values. I love the Modern Marks colorway!

    —Ann Brassell on February 16, 2018
  • I use my own colours based on value

    —Kay Fernihough on February 16, 2018
  • Love the precuts in coordinated sets, but I am pretty good at putting my stash together, and my daughter as backup help! So, mostly a and b but lots of c’s!

    —Sharon Schipper on February 16, 2018
  • I try to use my own colors, often I need help!

    —Mary J on February 16, 2018
  • If I LOVE the example I may try to duplicateit, but usually I’ll use my own fabrics and make I my own.

    —Welton Renee on February 16, 2018
  • I like my own colors most of the time, but sometimes a new collection is too good to pass up. Great book to help with visualizing quilts in different colors.

    —Eileen Heinze on February 16, 2018
  • I like the colors a designer has in their collection but I’m becoming more confident in choosing colors that I like that go together.

    —Tracy H on February 16, 2018
  • I enjoy collecting fabric and will have to sew until I am 407 years old!! Winging it is fun.

    —Becky on February 16, 2018
  • It just depends. If I am really drawn to the colors the designer has used I will follow suit. If I really like the pattern but not the colors so much I will choose my own but follow their values. Sometimes I will reverse the value of the fabrics just to see how it changes.

    —Deena on February 16, 2018
  • I look at the designers options and then choose my own colours.

    —Joy Dickson on February 16, 2018
  • I find a pattern then I have a color combo in mind. So most of the time I wing it & if it turns out great if not lesson learned!

    —Deb Givens on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it—sometimes it works, and sometimes . . .is the closest option. I choose colors carefully, and almost always I like the results!

    —Carol W on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it 🙂

    —Jeannie on February 16, 2018
  • I like to lay out numerous fabrics from my stash all over the floor, arranging and rearranging and see what makes my heart flutter!

    Brenda Johnson on February 16, 2018
  • Sometimes wing it, other times try to use similar values. Sometime both can not work out great, other times it helps make it your own!

    —Ashley on February 16, 2018
  • I think about who I am making the quilt for. Look at my stash first, see what I may be able to use. Then start planning how I am going to start putting the colours into the quilt. Love that part most of all, the planning.

    Wendy Vincent on February 16, 2018
  • I do both.

    —Donna Whitney on February 16, 2018
  • I will spend hours getting the right colors together…

    —Maggie on February 16, 2018
  • I try to choose my own colors from what I have in my stash but using the same values as the designer.

    —Sharon on February 16, 2018
  • I go with my favorites !

    —Kate jones on February 16, 2018
  • I look they my stash & try to use what I have

    —Victoria Banks on February 16, 2018
  • It really depends on the quilt. If there is an element that I want to enhance I will pick a ‘feature’ fabric for that element and then choose coordinating fabrics for the rest. If it is a more scrappy look I am after then I choose 3-7 fabrics in up to 6 different colours and mix them up.

    —Joy Hopes on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it 😬 Yikes!! Need to learn desperately about colors!!!

    —Sheryl olsen on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it. I nearly always choose my own colors — often quite different from the pictured design. Most often I am pleased with the result.

    —Candy Gawne on February 16, 2018
  • I just use the colors that make me happy and sometimes add something extra that I don’t always use.

    —Diane on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it…unless I fell in love with the designer’s fabric colors and that is what sold me on the pattern. My sister says the stash is way too big.

    —Vicki on February 16, 2018
  • Thank you for the generous giveaway. I love this fabric line. With respect to choosing fabric, I’m a look at the values the designer uses, and then choose my own colors in those values.

    —Laura M on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it and yes sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. Thankfully most of the time it works.

    —Debra Bopp on February 16, 2018
  • I pick my own colors and wing it. Sometimes it turns out great, other times merely passable.

    —Sandy May on February 16, 2018
  • I usually wing it and am usually very happy with the results.

    —Cathy Wilson on February 16, 2018
  • I like to follow the colours the designer uses as I am still learning!

    —Katie Shanahan-Jones on February 16, 2018
  • I like experimenting with different color combinations. I’ll find samples of quilts that I like the color scheme. Thanks for opportunity to win the fabric and awesome book.

    —Polly on February 16, 2018
  • Sometimes I use the same colors as the designer if I like those choices. Otherwise, I go with the value they use and choose my own colors. But I have also been known to wing it!

    —Dottie Macomber on February 16, 2018
  • I tend to wing it and hope for the best. I have ended up with some great looking quilts.

    —Virginia Worden on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it lots of times, but if I really love the cover photo I’ll stick pretty close to that color scheme.

    —Debbie Camp on February 16, 2018
  • I use my own color palette. If I can find a bundle from a designer in the colors I like, all the better, since I like precuts!

    —Madeline Wallace on February 16, 2018
  • I really like bright colours and usually follow this route!

    —Carol Jiles-Davis on February 16, 2018
  • As a brand new quilter, I have been relying heavily on the designers eye. This is another reason why I love pre-cuts!!

    —Angela Stiff on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it- sometimes it works sometimes it doesn’t

    —Patricia Newhouse on February 16, 2018
  • I either use the same values as the pattern calls for or most of the time I just wing it with what I have on hand or what fabric I see that sparks my fancy.

    Mandey Clark on February 16, 2018
  • I look at the designer’s ideas but also try to wing it:) The stash is calling to make more quilts

    —carol mandel on February 16, 2018
  • I use nature and how colors work together in the seasons.

    —carol on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it! I like to pick my own colors and I tend to keep the background color the same for all blocks to tie it all together!! I enjoy picking the fabrics and colors!

    —Judy DeLaet on February 16, 2018
  • I look at the values and then choose my own colors.

    —Jetta on February 16, 2018
  • I definitely look at the values and then I find those values within the color palette I’m using.

    —Sandi on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it and hope for the best

    —Sylvia on February 16, 2018
  • When you fall in love with a quilt it is hard to decide whether it is the design or the colors. My experience has been I need to stay as close to what colors speak to me. If I start a quilt and the fabric stays silent, it is very hard to finish the quilt as much as I want to. No magic but trial and error have gotten me the fabrics that speak and if I follow the designers colors, I always include the verbal colors in my collection. I have been able to incorporate some oldies with some new and the harmony I find produces the quilt that becomes my new favorite.

    Jeanie Stanley on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it. Sometimes it works and sometimes I donate the quilt!

    —Terri J on February 16, 2018
  • I value what the designer does but since those fabrics aren’t always available …… I may have to wing it!!

    —Kathi on February 16, 2018
  • I try to wing it using some of the fabric in my stash and supplementing from the quilt shops.

    Jeanette Jensen on February 16, 2018
  • i look at the values of the designers fabrics & choose my own colours to roughly match the values…..but very much go with my own colour ways.

    —suzanne on February 16, 2018
  • I like to use my own choices unless I love the whole color line.

    —Sue Neumaier on February 16, 2018
  • I like to pick my fabrics.

    Fay on February 16, 2018
  • I always do my own thing. I do realize I am drawn to certain patterns because they are colors I like. Then I really have to look at the pattern and question whether I like it because of the pattern or just the colors. Thanks for the opportunity.

    —Deanna Plotts on February 16, 2018
  • I often struggle with changing colors. I found that if I make a black & white copy and color it in that it really helps me see what the quilt will look like in different colors.
    I would love to try this new line of fabric!

    —Sally Matlock on February 16, 2018
  • I tend to chose patterns by their colors which I know limits my options. I am often surprised to see a pattern I didn’t like in another colorway! Thanks for the giveaway!

    —Janis T on February 16, 2018
  • In choosing colours for my quilt, I go first with how I want the quilt to feel. Is it happy, comforting, modern or just looking for love! I then choose the colour palette and move on from there. I am fortunate that I can see patterns I. Different colours. I think it comes from being a military wife and constantly redecorating a new house or married quarters, I would love to win. a give away just once! Thanks for the inspiration,

    —Tracy on February 16, 2018
  • I prefer to choose my own colors and fabrics 😊

    —Laurie Anders on February 16, 2018
  • I find a fabric I like and work to build a pallet that complement it!

    —Cate Callard on February 16, 2018
  • I do a little of all 3. First I check my stash to see if I have what I need. Usually find a few fabrics but seem never to have exsctly what I need then need a trip to a quilt shop. Others times I like color choices suggested and try to match as closely as possible. But where I live not to many places to buy fabrics.

    —Shirley Wiltshire on February 16, 2018
  • I haven’t got the confidence to choose my own fabrics for a pattern so I try to match the designer’s choices.

    —Cindy on February 16, 2018
  • B-I look at the values the designer uses and then choose my own colors in those values.

    —Janet L. on February 16, 2018
  • I’ve tried all three ways. Sometimes it’s great, sometimes a disaster. I never know. (But if it’s a disaster, I still have a quilt!)

    —Suzie on February 16, 2018
  • I usually try to stay close to the designer’s colors. I find that is what catches my eye first.

    —Theresa Joachim on February 16, 2018
  • I usually choose my own fabrics based on who or what I’m making the quilt for, but the designer’s fabric choices also influence me, especially when the colors speak to me!

    —Joan Lapham on February 16, 2018
  • I look at the values the designer uses, and then choose my own colors in those values. I do not feel comfortable yet making the entire color choices for a large quilt on my own yet.

    —Jackson Watkins on February 16, 2018
  • I usually look at what is in my stash and go from there. Sometimes I see a fabric and find a pattern that shows the fabric best.

    —Janine Ernst on February 16, 2018
  • I look for the values of the designers or quilters quilt then choose my favourites but once in awhile I have been able to get the same precursors. This is an exciting giveaway!

    —Alfreda R. on February 16, 2018
  • I look in my stash and then look again and wish I was better at colours! All part of the fun

    —Sue prentice on February 16, 2018
  • It depends upon the pattern and the fabric line shown. Sometimes I think hard about the “what ifs…”. Sometimes I can imagine alternate color ways, especially when trying to sleep. Kinda dream the other ways I’m thinking.
    Often I choose the designers way since they have great art sense. I’ve used my stash and bought kits. Love it all.

    —S Brewer on February 16, 2018
  • Wing it!

    Rachel Gray on February 16, 2018
  • I usually wing it.

    —kathy on February 16, 2018
  • I subconsciously absorb the designers value placement and adapt to my own colour scheme, which I chose from available fabrics in my collection. I rarely buy specific fabric for a dedicated project, as I buy what I like when I see it.

    —Deb on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it…..

    —Mary Lowrey on February 16, 2018
  • I am all for winging it!!

    —Sue Cahill on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it and love choosing colors.

    —Jane Larke on February 16, 2018
  • Sometimes I copy the colorway of the designer then other times I go. With my own choices. Fabric line might decide it too.

    —Kathy on February 16, 2018
  • I like to choose colors/prints I like but often end up using the same colors as the designer. Eliminates the guesswork.

    —Rossy on February 16, 2018
  • I like to use my own colors sometimes. Then I will find patterns I love but can’t find the fabric used in pattern.
    Christa’s patterns and fabrics are fabulous!!

    —Bambi on February 16, 2018
  • I do both. I tend to buy fabric lines and supplement from my stash

    —Ann Eldridge on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it—sometimes it works, and sometimes . . . 🙁

    —Linda M DiVall on February 16, 2018
  • I usually wing it. If I am making a quilt for a special person I choose colors that they like, use my stash and or buy some of a designers fabrics.
    Most of the time it works great.

    —Peggy S on February 16, 2018
  • I like to follow what the designer has chosen unless it is a scrappy quilt then I let go and follow what I like. thanks for the giveaway.

    —Renea on February 16, 2018
  • A wing and a prayer. I prefer to put my own ‘stamp’ on my projects. I like to be different.

    —Diana O on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it most of the time but their are a few designers that I really love and I will follow them.

    —Perri Ann Kaufman on February 16, 2018
  • I would say 99% of the time I like to choose my own color, relying on the designer value selections. I only go along with the colors on a pattern if they happen to hit on a color combo I love! Sewing with a color palate that pleases sure makes the journey of creating pleasurable.

    Paula on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it–sometimes it works, and sometimes (usually) it could be better.

    —B J Kinney on February 16, 2018
  • I usually wing it, but have recently, finally, learned I need to study the values in the quilt and then choose my own very carefully!

    —Trisha on February 16, 2018
  • Take a picture of it and look at it later

    —Barbara on February 16, 2018
  • I use all 3. Sometimes I go with what I feel suits the pattern from my stash.

    Laura on February 16, 2018
  • I usually go with my favorite colors but I am always fascinated by seeing the combinations that quilt designers use.

    —Nell on February 16, 2018
  • I look at the designer’s colors, but usually I do my own colors, especially if I have a specific person in mind.

    —Kathie Feller on February 16, 2018
  • I use their values and add my colour choices.

    —Lynda Duguay on February 16, 2018
  • Usually I wing it following some of their colors and values and then regret I didn’t follow theirs more closely.

    —Connie German on February 16, 2018
  • I’m one of those people who "wings" it, although I like to cone up with a color palette before diving into the fun task of picking fabrics.

    —Heidi on February 16, 2018
  • I play with some colors that are catching my eye. Thanks for the give away!

    —Tawnie on February 16, 2018
  • I like to pick my own colors. I have done a lot of art work and painting so I think I have a pretty good eye for color.

    —Jackie Wisherd on February 16, 2018
  • I try my best to use the batiks I have on hand. Sometimes successful, sometimes not so much so.

    —Veronica Belton on February 16, 2018
  • I like to start with an inspiration fabric that has many colors and select other fabrics that match those colors.

    —Aimee Wofford on February 16, 2018
  • I look at the values the designer uses, and then choose my own colors in those values.

    —Sonia Parham on February 16, 2018
  • I use whatever colors interest me at the time.

    —Ola Norman on February 16, 2018
  • First if making for a friend?? I look at their colors of their bedroom… And go further with shams too….

    —Theresa Morgan on February 16, 2018
  • I usually follow the designers coloresy.

    —Shari K on February 16, 2018
  • I pretty much look at the pattern, no matter what colors are used, and begin to envision how it will look in my favorite quilt colors—blue and brown! Boring, I know, but….

    —Jenny Reed on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it!! Sometimes it works and sometimes not so much.

    —Rose Landon on February 16, 2018
  • I’m new to quilting and am inspired by the designers choices. Looking forward to spreading my wings!

    —Dawn B on February 16, 2018
  • I usually follow the designers colors. For that reason I like to see alternate color schemes.

    —Margaret Dalmer on February 16, 2018
  • I like to follow the colors a designer chooses as closely as I can.

    —Charlene on February 16, 2018
  • I look at value and play around with different colors/fabrics.

    —Kathy Timmons on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it–sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t. Thank you for the giveaway.

    —Joyce Carter on February 16, 2018
  • I go with what I like!

    —Helen on February 16, 2018
  • I start with a fabric I absolutely love and work around that fabric, checking the colour wheel as well to introduce other complimentary pops of colour.

    —Deirdre Mooney on February 16, 2018
  • I look at the values the designer uses & make adjustments but then there are times I see it totally in a different light!!

    —Leigh Ann Prange on February 16, 2018
  • I usually like to make the first one close to the design sample, esp when using solids. If I make it again, I use my own colorway…😍😍

    —Jilly on February 16, 2018
  • I use my own color vision and often struggle for hours when I try to switch darks and lights. Then I go back to the designer’s values and fix them!

    —Patricia Ludwiczak on February 16, 2018
  • I make a lot of quilts for the veterans as I belong to the QOV and my leader of the group always has me pick out the material for a quilt were going to make as she said I always do a good job choosing the right tones of of the reds and blues or what ever we decide to choose in colors. I also make quilts for my relation and I always try to make one just looking at the pattern and I some times twerk it some. I like choosing my own material and the colors. I will go to different quilt shops until I find just the right colors that I want to use.

    Phyllis Kelso on February 16, 2018
  • I often use the colors the designers have chosen.

    Joyce on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it! Most of the time, anyway.

    —Angela Webb on February 16, 2018
  • I usually look at what the pattern shows for values. But sometimes I like just winging it. That can create some very interesting variations.

    —Sue on February 16, 2018
  • Definitely choose my own colors.

    —Cynthia Wilbanks on February 16, 2018
  • I usually look at the values of the design and then choose my own colors.

    —Zanymouse on February 16, 2018
  • I sometimes go with what the designer does, sometimes I don’t. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t!

    —Bridget on February 16, 2018
  • I like to follow the colors a designer chooses as closely as I can. Thank you for the giveaway!

    —Janie M on February 16, 2018
  • I love scrappy quilts so I find a general feel for those quilts and often use a focus fabric for inspiration. So I guess I wing it with a little bit of thought.

    —Jeanne on February 16, 2018
  • I mostly wing it as I use a lot of scraps.

    Shirley Clark on February 16, 2018
  • I use the colors that I love. Usually a black for the neutral and then jewel tones.

    —Judith on February 16, 2018
  • I like to follow the colors a designer chooses as closely as I can.

    —Susan L. on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it! I can see the design in other colors, and usually it works. Thanks for the suggestions.

    —Maryellen on February 16, 2018
  • I either look at the values the author/ creator uses or ill wing it. I am usually pleased with this he results. I’ll only use the exact same colours when I buy a kit for a class or when I absolutely love the fabrics used.

    —Angele on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it…mostly it works 😀

    —Lin on February 16, 2018
  • I’m usually drawn to a quilt pattern by the colors the designer has chosen, but I usually choose my own colors for my quilt. And yes, sometimes it works and sometimes…

    —Nancy McFall on February 16, 2018
  • i am not the best at picking colors. Sometimes i will wing it and hope it turns out like i want

    —Nancy on February 16, 2018
  • I like to follow the colors a designer chooses as closely as I can.

    —Molly Riemann on February 16, 2018
  • I basically follow the colors on the quilt pattern because I don’t have the ability to envision any other way. I save alot of pictures online and take pics at quilt shows to get ideas. I can be very indecisive if trying to chose on my own and it gets overwhelming. I sound like a mess LOL.

    —Nancy on February 16, 2018
  • I use fabrics from my stash, but try to follow the designer’s color choices.

    —Bonnie on February 16, 2018
  • I use fabrics from my stash, but try to follow the designer’s color choices. Thanks for the great giveaway!

    —Bonnie on February 16, 2018
  • I look at the values the designer uses, and then choose my own colors in those values. Or sometimes I go in a completely different direction!

    —Carol Vickers on February 16, 2018
  • I put the different fabrics together until I find the ones that make me feel good.

    —Ardella gayheart on February 16, 2018
  • I tend to pick my favorite colors which are well represented in my fabric stash.

    —Beth DuBord on February 16, 2018
  • Wow. I sometimes like the designers colours and sometimes look for designs that will suit the person I’m making the quilt for. Other times I wing it .

    —ELIZAJANE on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it … SOMETIMES IT WORKS AND SOMETIMES…. If I see a pattern in colours I love, then I love the pattern.
    If I don’t like the colours, then I can’t envision it in MY colours and therefore miss out on a lot of beautiful, do-able, patterns.
    My ‘winging’ it usually means I’m trying to use up my stash.

    —JanG on February 16, 2018
  • I sing it! I like to follow my guy and see where it leads me. Sometimes it’s successful and sometimes it needs some tweaking.

    —Mary Ellen Sakai on February 16, 2018
  • Sometimes I will follow the designer, but usually just "wing it". Would love to try with these fabrics.

    —Debra W on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it! I pick from my stash and hope, hope, hope that it works out!!!

    —Kris Valle on February 16, 2018
  • I look at the designer’s colors frequently using their values…sometimes using my own colors or at times using their colors.

    —Marilyn Fite on February 16, 2018
  • I like to use kits as the colors are all chosen for me or use what I have close to the original design. That is after all what has drawn me to that quick.

    —Susan T on February 16, 2018
  • If I find a design I really like I generally try to get frantic from a particular line of fabric. I like this line of fabric as it really makes colorful quilts.

    —Vickie on February 16, 2018
  • If I like the color pallet I will use the same or similar colors — I try to use as much from my stash as I can and only buy a fey key pieces.. If I don’t like the color pallet I will wing it. I really like when a quilt is shown in different colors — it helps me decide how I want to implement it.

    —Tess on February 16, 2018
  • I grab a print I love and wing it from there….happyness04431@yahoo.com

    —Anna brown on February 16, 2018
  • I have a list of colors that I want to use for future quilts so I usually wing it.

    —Lisa Garrett on February 16, 2018
  • A little of follow the designer colors and a lot of wing it. I’ve always liked Christa’s books and just LOVE her new fabric line.

    Joy P on February 16, 2018
  • I usually choose my own fabrics. While I do look at the desgner’s values, I do not always follow them. My colors usually work, though not always my favorite in the results.

    —Carol on February 16, 2018
  • I choose my own colors after looking at samples

    —Isabel Rodríguez on February 16, 2018
  • I pick a print with multiple colors. Then I blend in solids and small prints that match colors in the print I picked.

    —Rolena Eliot on February 16, 2018
  • I look at the values a designer uses and go from there.

    —Kristal Jacobson on February 16, 2018
  • I use the values of the designer and use my favorite colors.

    —Mary on February 16, 2018
  • I definitely get ideas for color combinations by looking at the quilts of others online, in magazines, and in books. However if I come across a beautiful line of fabric that "speaks to me", I can usually envision it in a unique design of my own or a pattern that I have had a mind to use or jump off from. I currently seem to be drawn to brights, and sometimes those with a bit of metallic sparkle. There are lots of gold, silver, and even some rose gold out there today, but I would love to find a manufacturer using a bit of metallic copper. I love the brights in Christa’s new line, "Modern Marks".

    Patty on February 16, 2018
  • I usually finding a pattern I like them add my own colors pallet. And currently I found fabric I loved and had to search for the pattern that would show it off the best.

    —Laina on February 16, 2018
  • I usually use my own colors. Guess I wing it… :-}

    shirley marvin on February 16, 2018
  • I usually look for a pattern that will go with the coordinating colors I have. I try to use the same values that are in the quilt pattern with my fabric.

    —Kathy on February 16, 2018
  • I usually wing it, and sometimes it works, and sometimes it goes in the ufo drawer. Thanks for the awesome chance to win!

    —Pam on February 16, 2018
  • I like to wing it mostly it is surprising how different a quilt will look from the original when you change it up a bit.

    —Christine Anderson on February 16, 2018
  • I look at the colorway –then choose my own colors.

    —Donna McGraw on February 16, 2018
  • Choosing the colors is the best part. I pick a focus fabric or two and then pick colors that coordinate well.

    —Alicia on February 16, 2018
  • After I had a few large quilts under my belt I noticed they were of the same coloring – fall colors. So, I decided to have "break out" colors the first was orange, now I am using aqua. I may even venture to use purple.

    —Becky Schultz on February 16, 2018
  • I usually have to wing it and use what I have on hand. After all how can you be disappointed in a creation you have put your heart and soul into.

    —Carolyn Norton on February 16, 2018
  • I look at the design and then decide on fabrics. I usually will put a couple of different color ways on design wall helps to see the colors together and then can swap if I need to.

    Susan Ross on February 16, 2018
  • I do what I want & to my eyes it always works, lol. Guess that’s winging it? It’s always fun!

    —Gail on February 16, 2018
  • I like to follow the colors that the designer selects. That’s why I love precuts!!

    —Christie on February 16, 2018
  • I wing it but I may wait for the perect combination of pattern and fabric for a special quilt.

    —Brenda Oakes on February 16, 2018
  • When it comes to choosing a colour scheme for a quilt, I usually follow what the designer has chosen as I am terrible at selecting colours. I agonize for hours and end up choosing their colours anyway.

    —Jill Davies on February 17, 2018
  • Sometimes I use the colors in the original quilt but use fabric from my stash, sometimes I chose my own colors.

    A. Bouwman on February 17, 2018
  • I go my own way with colors and fabric selection

    Brenda Reid on February 17, 2018
  • I do a mixture of all three options depending on the quilt

    —Jo on February 17, 2018
  • I look at the values the designer uses ,and then choose my own colors in those values. Love this give away! Thanks for the chance.

    —Hanke Fijnvandraat on February 17, 2018
  • I wing it. Usually it works. Thanks!

    —Delaine on February 17, 2018
  • I like to wing it! I enjoy the colors the designers use though!

    —Penny Potts on February 17, 2018
  • Early in my quilting career, I followed the values the designers used. Now I like to change things up a bit and think outside the box. Sometimes I just wing it and it doesn’t always work out!! 🙂

    —Kathy on February 17, 2018
  • I have a unique stash and a unique creative voice. Why do what everyone else is doing? 😁

    —Nyla-Jean on February 17, 2018
  • Have to admit I kind of stick to the same colors and tones. I am trying harder to get out of my box. Something unexpected

    —Ruth B on February 17, 2018
  • I love putting colors together!

    —Heather H on February 17, 2018
  • I usually follow the colors of the designer but will sometimes try to change it up if I think I can go scrappy. Sometimes this works and other times not so much.. that’s when they become charity quilts

    —Patricia Currey on February 17, 2018
  • Sometimes the color is chosen for the person I am making the quilt for. Sometimes from my stash, and sometimes to shadow the colors in a pattern. And, sometimes you just fall in love with the designer’s fabric/colors.

    —Teresa Harfner on February 17, 2018
  • I wing it, but definitely pay attention to value.

    —JoAnne on February 17, 2018
  • A combination of all 3. And that is what art is for me. Fabric is very pretty.

    —Gail Kent on February 17, 2018
  • I rarely use colors seen in patterns – I usually use my own choice of color as winging it is my favorite way to make quilts. Finding a pattern I like is the main issue since I try to visualize them in my choice of colors.

    —Joy B on February 17, 2018
  • I like to follow the colors a designer chooses–sort of…if I like the color or have it in stock.

    —Marcia P. on February 17, 2018
  • I wing it. Probably need more help than I admit to.

    —Patricia Hersl on February 17, 2018
  • I wing it, but already have an idea of using a grouping of my fav colors.

    —Vivian Fitzpatrick on February 17, 2018
  • I do mostly BOM and Samplers but sometimes pick my own colors to fit recipients favorites.

    —Barbara H. on February 17, 2018
  • I do like to look at the values for wise placement but then I usually wing it. It usually works and I always have fun with that method

    —Diana on February 17, 2018
  • I kinda go with the colors chosen by the designer.

    —Martha Cook on February 17, 2018
  • If I’m choosing from my stash I lay different combinations out and play with it til I’m happy. If I’m shopping I tend to use a line of fabrics made to go together. For me this is the hardest part of quilting!

    —Carol on February 17, 2018
  • I wing it, which mostly works. If all else fails, I stand at least six feet away and squint!

    CHERYL ENGLAND on February 17, 2018
  • I usually take the designer’s values, especially regarding light versus dark, and then work out my own colourway

    —Sarah Heath_Brook on February 17, 2018
  • I like to wing it and try different colors! It usually works for me.

    —Laurie Halama on February 17, 2018
  • I look to my stash first. I wing it.

    —Melanie R Varela on February 17, 2018
  • I often use the values a designer chooses, but then use my colors . I like to start with a large print, with similar values, then choose mine to coordinate. I like these colors and patterns, they are ones I am currently using, and moving away from my old comfort zone.

    —Glenda McCarthy on February 17, 2018
  • If I like the color scheme of a quilt, I will use the same colors. If not, I will pick my own colors.

    —stitchinmom on February 17, 2018
  • I pick a patterned piece of fabric that I like then pick fabrics that I like with it. Sometimes in the same line but most times not.

    —Jo-Anne Cooper on February 17, 2018
  • I mostly wing it but take values the designer used into consideration when choosing my own colors.

    —Timi Bronson on February 17, 2018
  • I wing it!

    —Meghann LaBadie on February 17, 2018
  • Often times I wing it using my stash and adding some here and there and sometimes it works.

    —Rosalind Gutierrez on February 17, 2018
  • I almost never copy colors in a pattern. I start with a fabric I like; if a print I look for colors in it. I consider color theory options. I know what I like. I know how color draws the ey, and about value. I do what appeals to me.

    Nancy Bekofske on February 17, 2018
  • I’ve both winged it, using colors and patterns that interest me, and I’ve used jelly rolls. Oddly enough, the fabrics in the jelly roll I used did not coordinate as well as I’d hoped. Sometimes you can do better than the designers, lol.

    —Jodie S. on February 17, 2018
  • I look at the colors the designer uses and I may use them or I may change the colors to suit my fabric stash. Sometimes I use the favorite colors that my grandchildren tell me they want in their quilt. 🙂

    —Sheila Fernkopf on February 17, 2018
  • I choose my own. Sometimes I start with one fabric and build on that. It often takes me longer to decide on fabric than to make the quilt!

    —Cathy on February 17, 2018
  • I consider the colors/fabrics presented by the designer. But I ultimately go with my own choices, which usually include orange and/or lime green 😎

    —Barb on February 17, 2018
  • It depends on the situation. I may use all 3 methods! Thanks fir the opportunity to win!

    —Janet Nykiel on February 17, 2018
  • I usually base the colors for a quilt on a fabric or picture I like.

    —Betty nelson on February 17, 2018
  • I usually choose my own fabrics, but sometimes I like to buy kits already put together.

    —Linda Cartwright on February 17, 2018
  • I choose my own colors.

    —Quilting Tangent on February 17, 2018
  • As a beginner I would try to follow the colors in the designers collection. Now I’m more brave and step out on my own more using value and scale to sew more interest in my quilts. Love the idea of redoing quilt in different color palette.

    —Julia Stavran on February 17, 2018
  • I wing it. Most of the time it eorks.

    Laurie on February 17, 2018
  • I use a combination of all three. The colors and values of the designer are my inspiration, but I am usually sewing from stash instead of new fabric. Thank you for an opportunity to win some lovely fresh fabrics!

    —Laurie A. on February 17, 2018
  • Mostly I follow the values or wing it, but sometimes I fall in love with and have to have the fabric the designer chose.

    —Caryn Goulden on February 17, 2018
  • I rarely repeat the designers choicez, but I do take note of value…then let the fabric fly!

    —Pam Reim on February 17, 2018
  • I like to follow the colors of the designer.

    —Linda Christianson on February 17, 2018
  • I fall in love with the picture that the designer chooses….choosing my own colours is out of my comfort zone right now……maybe in the future when I’m a "seasoned quilter, I’ll try the other 2!

    —Donna Toivanen on February 17, 2018
  • I usually start with a focus fabric used in a border and bring in colors and same types/style/feel of fabrics to match. If I like color scheme in pattern I will use the same.

    —Kathleen McQuiggin on February 17, 2018
  • I go with the designer choice cause that was what initially appealed to me.

    —Martha Cook on February 17, 2018
  • I usually just go by instinct. When I am going to make something, the majority of the time, I already have an idea for the major colors. I not, then it’s time to start thinking!

    tricia p on February 17, 2018
  • I wing it

    —Kate French on February 17, 2018
  • If I’m making it for someone I generally go with what they like. Otherwise, I totally wing it!

    —Lynn H on February 17, 2018
  • I try to use what I have (and that’s a lot) and base my color selections on the values the designer used in their pattern. Sometimes I have what I need, sometimes I need to shop for the ‘right’ fabric(s).

    —Sherry Watkins on February 17, 2018
  • I like to use suggested fabrics if possible, but usually go by value and working from my stash, which never gets smaller, no matter how much I use.

    —Darla on February 17, 2018
  • I look at the values the designer uses, and then choose my own colors in those values

    —Jayne P on February 17, 2018
  • Sometimes I wing it. Sometimes follow the designer colors. Depends on the project.

    —Barbara on February 17, 2018
  • A little of each. It depends on the project, but I enjoy adding my own choices.

    —Lorrie on February 17, 2018
  • I’m a copy cat.

    carolyn on February 17, 2018
  • I like to follow the colors a designer chooses as closely as I can ❤️

    Karina Moncada on February 17, 2018
  • I work with color intuitively.

    Wendy on February 17, 2018
  • It really depends on what I have available at the time. I try to get as close to the patter that caught my eye for the first build. Then if I like the pattern I will try another colorway.

    —Cynthia on February 17, 2018
  • Sometimes I follow the designer and sometimes I wing it

    —Leslie Wittenberg on February 17, 2018
  • I definitely wing it!

    —Mary G. on February 17, 2018
  • Sometimes I follow the designer quilt but often I have some fabric I have prepurchased and have been waiting to use.

    —Rita Long on February 17, 2018
  • I wing it, even as I try to adhere to the designer’s original palette. Thanks for the opportunity.

    —Carmen Rowan on February 17, 2018
  • I wing it and sometimes I love it sometimes not so much
    😳

    —Gwen Gooda on February 17, 2018
  • I am totally blind, but I have a vivid imagination. I have to trust sighted people to pick out the colors based on the descriptions I give them of my vision. The texture of the fabric is very important to me as well. Please feel free to look at my website theamazingquilter.com and share.

    Diane Rose on February 17, 2018
  • Sometime I follow the designer’s colors and sometimes I use my own with the same values.

    —Sherril McGann on February 17, 2018
  • I use various processes for deciding on what fabrics to use for a specific quilt. Sometimes I use colors very similar to what’s pictured on the pattern, especially if the quilt is going to be sold. If I’m making a modern quilt, I use whatever is in my stash, using neutrals and maybe one other color.

    —Diane W. on February 17, 2018
  • I totally wing it!! Or use inspiration from someone’s quilt I like.

    —Michele LaRoe on February 17, 2018
  • Most of the time I look at the values and choose my own colours. I like to make scrappy quilts using lots of different fabrics.

    —Linda Webster on February 17, 2018
  • I more or less have always been ‘a wing it person" and feel this book might give me some constructive thinking help to make the project more to my liking!

    —Betty on February 17, 2018
  • I like to choose a focus fabric and pull colors from that. If using a commercial pattern, I will often change one or more colors to make it mine.

    —Linda Towers on February 17, 2018
  • I usually wing it. but i’m pretty good with color.

    —Kim Brownell on February 17, 2018
  • I like to look at quilt books and magazines and see the interesting color combinations. I am amazed sometimes what colors look good together. It makes me more bold with my choices and trying something new.

    —Rosemary Allen on February 17, 2018
  • I guess the best answer is I wing it. I don’t want to use exactly the same fabrics as the designer but sometimes I do want the same colors chosen.

    —Deb C on February 17, 2018
  • I am drawn to quilt by the colors and pattern that the designer has chosen. Most often I will use similar colors like the pattern shows.

    —Vicki Sprain on February 17, 2018
  • I like to use the designer color!

    —Helen on February 17, 2018
  • I look at the values the designer uses, and then choose my own colors. I like to use what I have in my stash and add to it if necessary.

    —Kathy Reece on February 17, 2018
  • I use a designers choice of colors but then I add my own twist on it

    —Christine Lockhart on February 17, 2018
  • I look at the values the designer uses, and then choose my own colors from my stash, and maybe add new fabric to it.

    —Kathy Reece on February 17, 2018
  • I look at the values the designer uses, and then choose my own colors from my stash.

    —Kathy Reece on February 17, 2018
  • I look at the colors that the designer uses and try to stick fairly close to that, but if I don’t like a particular color, I’ll try to find something that will look good in its stead.

    —Teri Gailey on February 17, 2018
  • I’ve done all 3 methods mentioned. Jelly rolls make it so much easier nowadays to just copy the designer’s sample if you love the colors. Emulating the shades, colors, & style of the designer works too! But I also just use my stash & try to
    figure out what goes best with what. This method always takes the longest & gives me a headache! 😉🤕😅

    —Jan B.. on February 17, 2018
  • I try to use the designer’s quilt as an example of what to use and will use what I have available. Since I also do an occasional quilt for the Project Linus chapter I am a part of, I will check the donation table, where other ladies put what they no longer need or want, and see if something there will help. Otherwise, I find winging it can be a lot of fun.

    —Judith on February 17, 2018
  • I wing it—sometimes it works, and sometimes…it doesn’t.

    —Christine M on February 17, 2018
  • I wing it—sometimes it works, and sometimes . . . 🙁
    I check my stash and …..

    —nancy on February 17, 2018
  • definitely wing it! (mostly). it’s all so much fun.

    —Debby Sales Hames on February 17, 2018
  • I usually like choosing my own colors but I get inspiration from lots of quilt blogs, books and magazines.

    —Pam on February 17, 2018
  • Sometimes I use the designers’ colors because they are beautiful and nothing I ever would have come up with on my own. Most of the time however I use what I like and have on hand. I do love the great variety of precuts and knowing the whole line will work great together. I have mixed out of date fabrics with new ones from the same designer too!

    —Sara on February 17, 2018
  • I use all three ways. Some of my choices are disappointing, but I am learning.

    —Chris on February 17, 2018
  • I look at the values the designer uses, and then choose my own colors in those values.

    —Rommy on February 18, 2018
  • I will take a photo of the room I am making the for..for inspiration
    Then after I have chosen the pattern…it takes a long time
    to chose the fabric..colors and design. Also it will depend
    on whether the person I am making it for is into modern or
    traditional. I love the process…it all makes quilt making
    an art!!!👍

    —Sandy on February 18, 2018
  • Sometimes I try and follow the designers colours closely, but lots of times I’ll go with my own choice

    —Jane Ricketts on February 18, 2018
  • I love using my own colors! I almost never use the color the designer used! It so fun to use the color I love!

    —Danette Roundy on February 18, 2018
  • I usually stay in a fabric line of my choosing. Sometimes I pick and choose based on his and scale.

    —Donna Sever on February 18, 2018
  • What makes my eyes happy are what I choose for quilts I want to make. I gravitate toward jewel tones and my favorite colors are in the turquoise to aqua range.

    —Kim Van Buskirk on February 18, 2018
  • I wing it mostly – learning as I go.

    —Kerrie on February 18, 2018
  • In making a quilt, I try to stay within a designer line. Not necessary the line the designed used in the quilt.

    Kristie on February 18, 2018
  • Depends. Sometimes I go with what the designer used and sometimes I wing it.

    —Kim Light on February 18, 2018
  • I wing it so I make something unique. I have favorite colors that I often use but sometimes I like to experiment with different combinations.

    —Lisa Marie on February 18, 2018
  • I’ve just started quilting….. and I really struggle with colour and fabric choices. I live in a remote area with no quilt shops, so I shop online… this compounds the problem I’m having with colour choice, as so many times, what I get in the mail is not quite the colour I pictured….which leads to more shopping😬😬

    —Donna on February 18, 2018
  • Sometimes I use the designers colors, but not necessarily the exact same fabrics, because you can’t always find them. Other times I go through my stash & use some of those–sometimes it works & other times it doesn’t, but I can always make pillows & tote bags out of them.

    —Linda on February 18, 2018
  • What a great post and giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win.

    I wing it. I can generally look at a pattern and know exactly what fabric and colours I want to use. Very seldom does it not turn out, lucky me.

    —KJ on February 18, 2018
  • Like most things in life, when fun is involved I just wing it!!

    —cindy m on February 18, 2018
  • I generally will try to mimic the value of the example but the specific color family i may change. i tend to be more conservative than modern

    —Sue on February 18, 2018
  • I pretty much wing it.

    wren on February 18, 2018
  • I am starting my first quilting project … ever … and I am using a collection. I love vivid colors and will hopefully have the confidence to wing it on my next project. ;$

    —Carrie Mitchell on February 18, 2018
  • This would be a good way for those of us who have little experience with quilting to get off to a successful start.

    —Julie on February 18, 2018
  • I wing it! Unless i buy a kit and then i usually add my own touch somewhere, somehow.

    —Colleen O'Hogan on February 18, 2018
  • I choose a fabric that I really love and pair it with complimentary fabrics.

    Thanae on February 18, 2018
  • I usually wing it unless I really like the picture of the quilt, then I will stick as close a possible to the colors. This year I have to pull from my stash because I promised not to buy anymore fabric until I use most of what I have. :(((

    —Julie A Craven on February 18, 2018
  • I usually wing it! But there are times I follow the designers colors!!!

    —Lori Lynn Parsons on February 18, 2018
  • I look at values….and choose my own. A rebel at heart!

    —Melody Lutz on February 18, 2018
  • I used to be the first option, I tended to use the fabric design that the designer chose. I have started to branch out now that I have a little bit more experience. If i ambuying fabric for a particular project, I get advice from the people in my local quilt shop, in the last year because I have been a little more adventurous, choosing my own fabric and I am now – sometimes it works and sometimes I do the block again! I am trying to see if I can mix and match.

    —Michelle on February 18, 2018
  • depends on how much thinking I have time for – little time? use a collection, lots of time…wing it from the scrap piles

    Joyce on February 18, 2018
  • #2. I Look at the Values of the designers & make the choices from all they offer! So far, it works for me! BUT, I have been known to wing it with different designers & it has also worked well! The Fabrics & Colors & the Amazing Designers Out there now, make choosing So Much Easier!

    Jacqueline Taylor on February 18, 2018
  • I have been known to wing it with different designers & it has worked well! The Fabrics & Colors & the Amazing Designers Out there now, make choosing So Much Easier!

    Jacqueline Taylor on February 18, 2018
  • I wing it…and really could use some help! Thanks for the chance to win your generous giveaway!

    —Margaret Lawrence on February 18, 2018
  • I totally wing it! It usually works 😉

    —Brandy on February 18, 2018
  • I am number 4- I use the designers line and then tend to mix with complimentary solids. I just love quilting on solids.

    Dara on February 18, 2018
  • I look at the values used in a quilt. I do tend to stay away from "medium tones". I like a big contrast. I usually am happy with my choices.

    —Tracine Charest on February 18, 2018
  • I do all of the above. If I fall in love with a quilt in the designer’s fabric choice I’ll follow it exactly (or very close) but a lot of times I’ll just follow their value or wing it.

    —Deb on February 18, 2018
  • I wing it. Still learning to look at fabric as a quilter rather than a garment sewist . Who knew the two skills were so different?

    —Barbara Takemoto on February 18, 2018
  • I look at the values the pattern uses and attempt to apply the same color values with the assistance of my quilt store help. I have to be 100 percent happy of the color combo before l can move forward and start the quilt.

    —Anne on February 18, 2018
  • I usually wing it! I buy fabric I like and then look for a project/pattern that I like! I’m still learning, so it doesn’t always work out… but it is always a lesson!

    —Colleen Gonzales on February 18, 2018
  • Sometimes color choices are easy with certain patterns others not so much. I would love to get your perspective on colors and value and not wing it so to say. Thank you for the giveaway and helping quilter’s gain confidence in areas we may not be.

    —Sandra Smith on February 19, 2018
  • I follow the colors a designer chooses, not by choice, but by necessity. Choosing and mixing colors,to me,is the most difficult part of making a quilt.

    —Diane on February 19, 2018
  • I’m definitely a winger! I do have a good color sense and it usually works.i love putting colors and patterns together.

    —Mary Nell Maule on February 19, 2018
  • I like to wing it. Most times it works out for me. Love the fabric bundle and the book!

    —Pam M. on February 19, 2018
  • Most of the time I look for fabric that talks to me, then match up other fabric by color and value. It depends on the project also.
    Thank You for this Giveaway

    —Amy W on February 19, 2018
  • I love to choose my own colors.

    —Amy W on February 19, 2018
  • It depends on the pattern. I am drawn in by the designers color choices sometimes the pattern fits what I have been collecteting in my stash.

    —Shellie Vandeman on February 19, 2018
  • It depends on the designer. So, any of the above!

    —Jeanmarie K on February 19, 2018
  • I’ve often started with a pack of precuts and added other fabrics, more or less keeping the palette the same.

    —Chris on February 19, 2018
  • I tend to let a print fabric inspire my color choices, or go with color wheel knowledge.

    —Peggy Hallstrom on February 19, 2018
  • Choosing my own fabrics and colors is the most creative part for me. I love to see the same design done in two or three variations!

    —Sherry C on February 19, 2018
  • sometimes a little of each happens. a lot of it depends on who it is going to.
    *I look at the values the designer uses, and then choose my own colors in those values.
    *I wing it—sometimes it works, and sometimes . . . 🙁

    —Lori Smanski on February 19, 2018
  • With the quilts I’ve done that I liked the most, I started with the fabric and started looking for a pattern to enhance it. Then I looked at the pattern and found complimentary fabrics to go along with the one I had started with. I like bold, bright colors and big florals, so I’m always looking for patterns that would work with those. I have favorite colorways and when I see a pattern I like, I tend to explore those colorways first.

    —Teresa W. on February 19, 2018
  • I usually wing it

    —Karen on February 19, 2018
  • I make a lot of donation quilts so the destination or recipient helps to determine the color family or prints I use. Preemie quilts for the NICU are either masculine or feminine because dads don’t want their precious, tiny newborns in the wrong color!
    I also donate to Quilts of Valour and I prefer country colours, warm and comfy looking.
    But, for me… modern fabrics or bright, cheery fabrics

    Carolyn on February 19, 2018
  • I try to use what’s in my stash so I start pulling things out until I feel I have the right combo. Sometimes it works but sometimes it doesn’t

    —Betsy Lewis on February 19, 2018
  • I like to follow the colors a designer chooses as closely ad I can. With an extensive stash, I can usually come pretty close.

    —Roberta Johnson on February 19, 2018
  • I tend to wing it, but I love the idea of using bundles and not having to stress/ overthink my color/ fabric choices 🙂

    —Sarah J on February 19, 2018
  • I usually follow the pattern pictures

    —Becci on February 19, 2018
  • Sometimes I look at the values the designer uses, and then choose my own colors in those values, but other times I just wing it!

    —Heather G on February 19, 2018
  • Wing it and pray!

    —Michelle Rodriguez on February 20, 2018
  • I look at the values the designer uses, and then choose my own colors in those values.

    —Darrell H on February 20, 2018
  • I like to follow the colors the designer uses in a particular quilt, because that is what I fell in love with. I have, however, used my own colors in several huge applique quilts and they turned out great! This quilt book is a sooooo happy book! Fun to win.

    barb h on February 20, 2018
  • I choose colors that I like, or colors that go with the home of the person I’m making the quilt for. I can find a pastel quilt (I don’t like pastels) and use jewel tones instead.

    Cheryl Parker on February 20, 2018
  • I wing it. Sometimes it works better than others, but in reality I use so many scrappy fabrics anyways, it always looks ok.

    —Susan Burney on February 20, 2018
  • I always wing it.I always just pick whatever colors pop out in my mind. My last quilt was varying shades of purple.

    —Carla C on February 20, 2018
  • I look at the values from the designer, then try to work from my stash. If I’m making it for someone special, I may purchase fabric, and interpret the pattern in a very different way.

    —Marcia on February 20, 2018
  • I wing it—mostly it works 🙂

    —Carmen on February 20, 2018
  • I love to look! And I spend a lot of time looking.
    But when it comes to making the quilt, I want my own signature to the color choices. Obviously I must have liked the original but I know what that looks like. Why would I want to spend all my time and money making the same thing. I have to bring something uniquely "me" to the quilt.

    —Susan Waits on February 20, 2018
  • I wing it!!
    You never know……it may be brilliant!

    —Darcie on February 20, 2018
  • I wing it occasionally, but prefer looking at the values the designer uses and then choose my own.

    —Judy B on February 20, 2018
  • I usually plan my own colors. I choose a design and "play with the rainbow."

    —Melanie D on February 20, 2018
  • I usually choose my own colors.

    Barbara Winkler on February 20, 2018
  • Sometimes I use the original as a starting point, but I am quickly off on a tangent. I love trying different colors to see what happens..

    —Elaine Chamberlain on February 21, 2018
  • If I purchased a pattern because I liked the colours, then I’ll try to mimic them, or I just wing it, make a sample block and try new colour way.

    —Theresa McLeod on February 21, 2018
  • Just love her Modern Marks; I use it in my EQ stash all the time.

    —Walter Reim on February 21, 2018
  • I usually wing it or ask for a little help from my friends. The book looks interesting. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.

    —Deborah B. on February 21, 2018
  • I pick my own colors!

    —Beth Formica on February 21, 2018
  • Wing it, and honestly, sometimes it does work and sometimes it’s a disaster. But it’s fun.

    —Mom C on February 21, 2018
  • I look at the values and choose my own

    —Cindy K on February 21, 2018
  • I like to follow the light and dark scheme that the designer used but with my own fabric and colourway.

    —Michele T on February 22, 2018
  • Usually I wing it!!

    —Fireside Quilter on February 22, 2018
  • I look at the values and then choose my own colors.

    —Cynthia on February 22, 2018
  • I chose my colors either by the order that someone makes for a quilt they want me to make or I chose the colors by the ones I have available

    —Kellie Campbell on February 22, 2018
  • I just wing it and hope for the best!! But I do love what a lot of the designers work with. They’re quilts are always so beautiful. Christa’s quilts are gorgeous!

    —Katherine Kraft on February 22, 2018

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