The theme is week is COLOR.
What about color? One mistake I often make is dashing out in the middle of a project empty handed, only to stand in the fabric store and stare at 50 shade of blue, thinking "darn! I swear I'd remember which one I needed!" Thread, fabric... I do it all the time. I don't want to haul around what I'm working on, and I don't always have a sample to take. So, Tip #1 is to take a sample to the store. Color-matching Plan B would be to use these fabulous and free samples.
|paint sample cards from the hardware store|
I have a whole schwack of these in a big ziploc bag. It really comes in handy. So often I think I can pick out the shade of grey or green from memory... but as my kids would say, "FAIL". These color sample cards are really great when you want to audition a new color into the mix you already have. Plus, the backs are white so you can jot little notes on the back if you need.
My last tip is a repeat from one of my earliest tips. I still use it a lot. It's the selvedges. If you are trying to coordinate with a particular print, just take a look at the selvedge. It contains a dot of every ink used in the fabric itself.
Coincidentally, the black circle it's in will tell you if the color was printed properly or not according to the design. I'm always amazed at what colors I will notice I didn't notice at first. Take this fabric for example:
And now look through the color dots. There are likely to be some good ones you may not have seen right away.
I also have 2 books from our guild library that deal specifically with color. They are fantastic, and fairly new. One is "Quiltmaker's Color Workshop" by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr. WOW. I would have photographed every page to show you, but that's just wrong. It is a fabulous book. The second book I picked up is this one which is equally as good.
|a really great read for the summer|
Okay, now it's your turn. You have to leave a tip. It's like take a penny, leave a penny. Anything goes, as long as it is related to sewing and color.