Choosing a colour or a pattern for a quilt will be the hardest decision you face when it comes to making a quilt. You will most likely be in possession of a quilt made by a loved one. Not only are they warm and comfortable to snuggle with, they are a reminder of the love that is bestowed upon by that person. It will serve as a source of comfort and happiness even if you’re so far away from home. You can make a quilt for yourself or a loved one as well. It will be a lovely way of telling a person that you care.
It can be quite difficult to learn the first time you start quilting. But with enough time and practice, you will gradually start to improve. Familiarise yourself with tools that are used in quilting such as quilting accessories, rotary cutters, quilting hoops etc. You also need to be better acquainted with quilting techniques and understanding which patterns go together. There are so many patterns to choose from such as geometrical shapes, lines and dots, Australiana animal prints, funky designs etc.
One of the hardest things to decide is the colours you will be using on the quilt. Even though coordinating colours can be easy for a designer, it can be quite hard for a novice. Most of it hinges on your personal preference. If you’re gifting it to someone, consider what they’re favourite colours are and what patterns they are partial to. You can create a quilt with a batik fabric as well. Different colours inspire different emotions. For example, red signifies energy and liveliness, green denotes healing and yellow expresses happiness.
You can also play with light and dark fabric. Think about where the quilt is going to be. You can choose a lighter colour if you want to brighten up the room. Darker colours express intimacy and cosiness. Think about what kind of bedding you have. Maybe you can match the colours of your quilt to the colours of your room. You can even use bright colours for a quilt that will help liven up a room. The bright colours will attract attention. This will make the piece stand out from the rest of the room.
Know your primary and secondary colours. A colour wheel will further help you with understanding which colours work well together. You need to create a colour palette that will make for a unified design. Decide what your dominant colours will be. Bright or dark colours tend to catch our attention more. You can complement it with a neutral background. These colours are usually white, grey or beige and they will not attract a lot of attention. You can even use one colour for the whole quilt. You can highlight differences using different textures or tones of the colour.