One problem I seem to have on a regular basis is purchasing a piece of fabric without any coordinated... just because I like it. Then once it's home, I cannot make a decision as to what it looks good with from my existing stash. Now, I could get around that by never buying single fabrics again, but that isn't going to happen. I'm a sucker for prints that make me happy, which often puts practicality out the window.
Then one day, while removing selvedges (the thick side edges of fabric) I had a eureeka moment. Those strips contain every color used in the fabric itself. So what an easy way to match colors!
This birdie fabric is a prime example. I keep trying to match it with red or green or light blue... boring. I had never thought of color #12 or #10 or #6 or #3. Looking at those dots gives me lots of options. I have learned to take the selvedge dot strip over to my stash and match from there. It seem really easy to notice the right coordinates this way. Works like magic!
I'm often surprised how many colors are in each fabric quarter I buy. If you still can't find a match, then take the selvedge to the fabric store. It really simplifies the process. Consider solids too.
Tip #2. Have you ever done this: can't find the right shade, so you use a fabric upside down? I've done it blues, and also yellows before.
Elle in Manitoba recently made a terrific blogpost on color.
I need advice. One fabric issue I have is with VERY large prints. I bought a bunch of this red & white print, and WOW it's large in comparison to my other fabrics. I think it's AnnaMaria Horner.
I just love these colors together, and was planning a picnic blanket. I think my polka dots are all gone now. It became binding on the St. Nikolaus quilt. How do you use small, medium, and large print fabrics? DO you mix them? Do you only buy from one line, or do you stick with charm & jelly roll sets? Do you have the kind of stash where everything goes together?
Please share! I would love to hear your thought on this.