Last week, I wrote about choosing fabric for your fall quilts. But choosing fabric is just one facet of the first step to beginning your quilting project. What about choosing a color palette? If you’re like me, you continuously go for the same colors and are afraid to branch out. The result: quilts that look the same. Others have trouble zeroing in on the exact colors they want. After all, there are so many to choose from.
We have all been overwhelmed walking into a quilt shop and staring at the rows and rows of fabric bolts. But with a little bit of preparation and inspiration from online color tools, you won’t have to fear choosing colors for your next quilt project!
Design-seeds.com is the perfect tool for any type of creative person. Users post color palettes they’ve created using multiple swatches. You can scroll through the most recently posted color compilations or search using their useful filters. The site has dedicated categories for each season. If you’re looking for a color palette that coincides with winter, click on that category. I find the seasonal search quite handy for quilting.
Colourlovers.com is another great site to search through color palettes. The best tool on this site is the Create a Palette. This tool allows you to pick up to five colors and save them to browse through later. You can also print the swatches off and take them your local quilt shop to match fabric. If you found a photo online that is full of color inspiration, upload it and receive color recommendations. How is that for inspiration? This is the color palette I created. I think it would suit a baby quilt quite well:
I’m really in love with one tool on this site. Quilters often find color inspiration from photos. Quilters also usually have a preference for the brand of fabric they use. Play-Crafts.com married these two ideas to create their Palette Builder. After you upload a photo to the site, it matches colors from the image with specific lines of fabric. You can choose to match it with all Kona Cotton colors, Moda Bella Solids or Aurifil thread colors. Are you in love yet?
Do you have any online quilting tools that are bookmarked on your computer? Share with us in the comments below!