Friday, 2 September 2011

Dead Simple Quilt - picking a palette

OK so it's time to pick palettes. After going round in circles with a number of Design Seeds palettes, I've settled on this one.


My next step was to dig out some Kona solids to match the six colours in the palette and I've chosen ash, snow, candy green, coal, cerise and sand. In real life the cerise is a good match but the photograph has made it look quite a lot redder.


If you do not already have one, a Kona colour card is a wonderful investment - a small square of each Kona solid is stuck onto the colour card so you can see the actual colours of the fabrics you are going to be using. It is also an enormous help when ordering fabrics online if the shop carries the Kona colour card to ask whether the fabric you are buying matches a certain Kona colour. You can buy one of these at the Fat Quarter Shop in the US and at Simply Solids in the UK.


Another way of achieving the same thing would be to invest in Kona's dark and light Bounty of Basics boxes which give you the opportunity to pull FQs of every Kona colour and see how the colours all play alongside each other. I am not suggesting you invest $350 just for this QAL but the Bounty of Basics boxes are a wonderful tool for the serious quilter. Perhaps put them on your Christmas list! Again, these are available from the Fat Quarter Shop. Here are mine with the six palette colours sitting on top.


Alternatives if you have no Kona colour card or Bounty of Basics boxes are to collect paint chips / cards from your local DIY store and use these for colour matching or to take a great big children's felt tip pen set and pull out the colours from these to make your palette. And of course if you haven't yet added the button to your blog, here it is again.

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Once you have chosen your palette, head on over to the Lily's Quilts Flickr group and share photos of whatever you are using to pull you palette together. Remember, you cannot use the Design Seeds photos on Flickr, so if your palette is chosen from one of those, how about writing a blogpost about it and linking to that post from the Flickr group.

21 comments:

  1. Gorgeous palette! I'm looking forward to your next step (and seeing what other people are choosing)!

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  2. Lynne,

    Just ordered the Kona card! I will start my planning. Going to finish up Hexalong quilt as fast as I can. What pattern are you using?

    Carol

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  3. I will adopt that box if you will stop liking it ;)
    Really nice colours!

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  4. Might have known you'd have the box(es) of delights!! And Mandys been oos of the colour card for a while... But once I do get my mitts on one there'll be no stopping me! Cant wait! Really love your palate choice, its sublime!

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  5. Great choice Lynne! Am thinking of yellow/grey myself - can't get past that front door they have on the cover of their book! Not sure what Kona colours they translate to - will need to work on that!

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  6. Love the palette! Now get to work! LOL

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  7. I'm joining! I'm looking around thru posts & trying to remember if I saw you post a fabric quantity to have on hand. If so, pls remind....thx.

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  8. Ooh, I love the palette you've chosen! Beautiful colours!

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  9. That's a great palette. The cerise adds a nice contrast to the others.

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  10. Oh good...I've my palette all picked out for a bit. I took a picture of my design seeds inspiration, so hopefully that is okay to use on flickr. I'll write a blog post about it too though.

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  11. great palette!,i have chosen mine too. looking forward to hearing more details!, fabric quantities etc.

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  12. I think you should giveaway the rest of your quarters in your boxes of joy! Lol

    I'm totally kidding! Just give them to me! I mean, you already have a color card... You don't need the actual fabric! Lol

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  13. I came here via Caroline's blog Rubies & Tigers. I've wanted to make a quilt for ages, but didn't know where to start. I'm so excited about this. I'm off now to browse some palettes :)

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  14. yikes!! I haven't picked my palate yet! Guess I'd better get busy....I had narrowed it down to 3 choices that I looked at a week ago, so that's a start.

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  15. I just realized that your design seeds choice is one of the three I am looking at! good choice!

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  16. Love your colour choices. It's going to be fabulous.

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  17. Oh my! I am so far behind. I have a photo I took in my head for a palette, I just have to make it. I'm a bit scared ;-) I know I have asked something like this before but since I can't afford buying more fabrics right now I would like to know if I understood it right and if one FQ per color is enough. I like your choice!

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  18. Gorgeous colours! Does design seeds have a website? I am now using the aurifil and very pleased with the results! Great value too. X

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  19. Hey chica... I'm gonna order my fabrics today. am I missing where the yardage is? I wanna order now before this baby comes so I will do it later. Make sense?

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  20. Thanks for the QAL, I'm very new to this but having a go!

    I've picked a palette I like, but having doubts now, especially as yours is so fitting!

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