I get asked a lot on the custom quilts and the guest book quilts about how to go about choosing your own fabrics. Some folks need no help and sometimes they need A LOT of help. Sometimes I don’t have time to help as much as I would like to so that is why I’m having this post.
In all my custom quilt listings, meaning the ones where you choose all your own fabrics, the description gives you a link to a fabric shop and how many fabrics for you to choose. Sometimes it’s hard to know where to begin. I like to begin with a color palette, I think it is the easiest way, especially when I’m working with the wedding guest book quilts. Most people have a particular color in mind, so we should start with that.
This is not the only way to do this, there are lots of ways and you should find one that works best for you, but this is for all that ask my advice.
Let’s say you have a color in mind, let’s say blue, but you don’t know what else you want. Go to pinterest and look up ‘blue color palettes’. An army of selections will pop up. Choose a palette that works best for you and ‘pin it’ to a new board where you are going to put your fabric choices. Here is the color palette and photo I chose.
Now be sure that you have a new board created in your pinterest and a color palette pinned to it.
Now that I’ve chosen my color palette, I need to find fabrics that fit in it. Go to Hawthorne Threads, a really great fabric shop that I use all the time.
There are many ways to search for fabrics here, but we are going to use the color grid since we are trying to match fabrics to specific colors (see bottom arrow), but the search bar is another great way. Like if you were doing a deer themed wedding, you might put deer in the search bar and all fabrics with deer will pull up, just an option.
When you click on the color grid, you have the options of many colors, choose a color that best matches your color palette. When you see a fabric that you like, click on it, and then pin it to your board on pinterest. Here is my board here for this particular color palette.
Doing it this way will help you choose fabrics that match your color palette, but it will also give you a good idea what all your chosen fabrics will look like together. If you don’t like one, delete it, simple as that.
This is not going to work for everybody, but hopefully it will help some. I would love to know any helpful ideas you have when choosing fabrics for a quilt, wedding or anything else, or even if this has worked for you.
Thanks for reading!