Monday, October 11, 2010

Fear of Bright colors

I wonder if there is some professional name for people like me who have a fear of quilting with bright colors. In my stash, I have accumulated bright fabrics. I have received a lot of them as gifts and the rest I believe my cats have snuck in while I was out of the house. I don't buy them..but there they are. I love looking around blogland and seeing quilts that people have made that are bright. I just can't do it myself! I seem to lean towards darker, warmer colors. When choosing fabrics from my stash for a project, when I come across the brights, I finger them lovingly..and put them right back.
Then..a quilt I saw on Stash Manicure that I KNEW was just perfect for my brights. It was a snowball quilt and I knew it would be perfect for a friend of mine who had just had surgery. You might remember this quilt:

It turned out to be one of my favorites. So cheery and happy!! So, if you have some fabric..or color..or design that you seem to avoid using in your stash, I challenge you to find a pattern and to give it a just might be your new favorite!!


  1. It's wonderful. Well done on finally taking the plunge into brights. I know what you mean as I shy away from country colours and pastels. I just don't know where to start with them

    Love and hugs Gina xxx

  2. It's wonderful. I bet your friend is thrilled with it.

  3. I'm sure your friend loves the quilt and will treasure it for years to come. All your quilts are beautiful and you have such a giving spirit.

  4. I know EXACTLY how you feel! LOL I'm trying to "get over it!" LOL but the thoughts of CUTTING into all that color just intimidates me all to heck! :-D I'm slated to begin Kim McLean's Roseville Album pattern with bright Kaffe/etc. fabrics as soon as I complete my lovely (in perfectly gorgeous dark-like colors! LOL) Circuit Rider quilt top. Hope my foray into the "bright side" will turn out as gorgeous as yours has turned out! :-)
    Mary Lou

  5. We'll have to switch - I think all I make is bright!

  6. Thanks for your comment on the Quiltville list about my Double Delight finally finished. I have it all folded up, ready for Show and Tell on Saturday.

    ...and I've added you to my Google Reader - you have some neat things here!

  7. Reenie-When I am going to use a fabric or a color grouping that I am not comfortable with I try an easy pattern-something like Yellow Brick Road or one of the strip patterns. I can always gift the quilt if I really don't like it. And you also have permission to not ever use brights again if you don't want to. I don't use Thimbleberries-EVER!