Ask 100 quilters what the hardest thing about the entire machine quilting process is that could range from picking the quilt pattern to doing the last bits of the border and 8 out of 10 will say the same thing - choosing the fabric!
With all those prints and colors out there, it’s no wonder that finding the perfect fabric for a quilt design is so hard.
Well, for anyone who struggles to make quilt ideas come to life, here are a few tips to make the process of choosing the right fabric just a little bit easier.
With the right inspiration, you can pick the perfect color scheme and patterns to create an incredible, color-coordinated quilt on a great machine like the Juki TL2010Q that will wow people!
1. Color Pattern Swatches
The easiest place to start looking for a color palette for your machine quilting project is with pre-existing color palette swatches.
Countless examples of professionally arranged color palettes can be found on Pinterest and Design Seeds in every color, shade, and hue you can imagine as inspiration.
If wanting to try making your own palette, colors can be arranged on sites like Coolers and Paletton as well.
2. Favorite Photographs
Photographs are a great source of color inspiration for quilting machine projects.
Choose a photo that has a specific desirable feel or uses colors in a way that you find appealing and then break it down.
Build a custom color palette using the individual colors that appear in the photo.
3. Explore the Fabric Line’s Coordinating Offerings
Fabric designers frequently create entire lines of fabrics centered around one pattern specifically for quilt making and other projects where corresponding colors are desired.
If you see a desired fabric print or color, look for other offerings in that same design line.
Collection lines are frequently featured in the fabric shops or you can find the information on the bolts.
Also look for the designer name on the edge of the selvage where the name is usually printed.
The selvage of a print fabric should also have a few colored dots as well, that can be used to individually match colored fabrics to a print you happen to like.
4. Topical Prints and Matching Colors
Instead of starting out with one particular color, why not start out with a print that you want to feature on your quilt?
Choose prints and patterns that reflect the person who will be the recipient of the planned quilt, then simply choose your supporting colors from those used in the print pattern.
5. Experiment with Contrast, Hues, and Shades
A great way to come up with a color scheme centered around one favorite color is to play around with contrast and hues.
The same color in a variety of contrasts and mixed with some neutral color can look striking and the same goes for using different hues or shades of the same color.
Monochromatic or duotone palettes can look very nice with the right block and quilting stitch designs.
6. Play with Print Pattern Scale
When wanting to use more than one fabric print in your quilt design, experiment with colors that correspond to both and the print design size.
Prints don’t have to all be the same size to look great together.
Consider how larger prints and smaller prints can work well together when used certain ways to come up with an appealing combination.
7. Make Some Sample Blocks
The quilt you make with a versatile quilting and sewing machine like the Juki TL2010Q will involve many hours of effort and creativity.
The last thing you want is to be unsatisfied with the results because the colors don’t look how quite right when stitched together.
An easy way to prevent that from happening is by buying small amounts of all the fabrics being considred, then make a few quilt blocks in all the combinations and arrangement ideas you have.
Seeing it all together may help make choosing colors and prints less difficult.
Use Creative Inspiration
Picking out the right fabric colors and prints is one of the more difficult parts of the machine quilting process according to most of you quilters out there.
When you have grand ideas for a fabulous quilting machine design but are hung up on the palette, these ideas will surely help!