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Color and Cloth by Mary Coyne Penders – Giveaway!

An Oldie but Goodie, straight from Kaye’s bookshelf!

This unique workbook helps quilters develop the confidence and skill they need to choose the right colors and fabrics from the dizzying spectrum found in fabric or quilting stores. Readers will learn to develop a keenly personal sense of color and choose both a “focus fabric” and supporting fabrics that will add excitement to their quilt. Once all the exercises are complete, the workbook becomes a handy reference for making color and cloth decisions at home or while shopping.

Leave us a comment – we want to hear your funny (or not so funny) experiences with blending colors!

Giveaway ends next Friday, 6.17.11

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My favorite quilt color combination is scrappy. I will mix just about anything. I think the key is to use enough of a particular color or style of fabric. You can’t use all country calicoes in blue and mauve and throw in one patch of neon orange, unless you are making a statement about that patch! There has to be balance to have a visually pleasing quilt.

Michelle Lynch wrote these words on Jun 10 11 at 12:25 pm

When I was first learning to quilt I thought I knew a lot about color schemes…Well then I made a wall hanging that I just knew would look good when I got finished. After I got it done it just looked like a flash of clown colors. I family has always support my quilting but they even looked at it and didn’t have much to say. I still have it hanging on the wall and I use it as a bullet board for my sewing room. I have added notes from quilt receptions, swatches of material I am looking for and photos.

Sheryl Anderson stichingsheryl@yahoo.com wrote these words on Jun 10 11 at 12:43 pm

I’ve been quilting for a while now and I’m amazed at how I felt the need to mix only colors that matched. Print colors with solid colors to match the Print, and the same with multi-colors. But after finished sewing all the blocks together for a log cabin quilt in memory of our little doggie, I couldn’t decide what color to use on the border. My husband and I went upstairs to my material stash to look. We tried everything, nothing quite hit the mark. So I choose a yellow color for the border. Not even thinking about the back. Steadily finishing each part, saturated thinking about the back. While I was sewing I looked in my cabinet for more thread and saw a piece of brown with yellow swirls. I put it there to add to my material catalog of fabric swatches, just hadn’t done it. I picked it up and thought humm…. Maybe…., Yes the yellow swirls matched the yellow border. I was lucky with that one, but we saw the brown fabric before and passed over it earlier, while looking for border fabric. That just proves, patience always pays off in the end, and of course when looking for matching material think of the whole quilt and not just the part you are working on. I now gather all the fabric for a new project before I start, just as I should have with this quilt.

Karen Propes wrote these words on Jun 10 11 at 1:40 pm

my sense of color combos is awful…this book sounds like the answer to my prayers…what do I have to do to get it?

Jan Chevan wrote these words on Jun 10 11 at 1:59 pm

Sounds very useful.

Melodie Youngs wrote these words on Jun 10 11 at 2:40 pm

Color Color Color is one of the hardest things I have tried to work with. I see such beautiful colors in the magazine and I go to buy and oops remember to bring the magazine. My quilts are best when I use a kit but I really want to step out of the box and do more colors for my quilts. I sewed all through my kids growing up and when they didn’t want to wear home made I quit. Picked up quilting years later. Loved it and sew everyday now. I need the color book bad. Thanks

Sharon Brown wrote these words on Jun 10 11 at 3:28 pm

there has just got to be a easier way than my method, I design the quilt and choose colors from EQ7, go to my stash to realize I don’t have those colors, so I choose my main color and then it is me going through every tote that has fabric in it, trying to find just the right fabrics… most times it works, but my back is killing me from opening and moving all those boxes looking… there has got to be a easier way

Bonnie wrote these words on Jun 10 11 at 3:51 pm

A quilt isn’t finished unless it has something green in it!

Pat wrote these words on Jun 10 11 at 4:59 pm

I usually follow a pattern to make a quilt and try to buy the fabrics that are listed. Sometimes, I want to change the colors but feel so intimidated. I have a tendency like making a jacket or vest to go a little crazy. I like bright colors most of the time. I go a little overboard with some. This book would certainly be a big help. I need some help with embroidery also.

Sheila Wagner wrote these words on Jun 10 11 at 7:23 pm

My challenges have come from buying fabric online and then finding out when I get it that the color was nothing like I thought….

Regina wrote these words on Jun 10 11 at 7:42 pm

My not so funny experience, which really taught me to really watch colors, was when I was 7 years old and I was picked to sing a solo in the Christmas(yes Christmas back then) Program at my Elementary School. My Mom (God Rest Her Soul) decided that I needed a new dress for the Program and she was going to make it for me. I begged her to let me buy one and not make one. “You don’t have time,” I said. She was so proud of me that she felt this was so important that she make me a dress. Well, needless to say, the fateful day came and she brought me my dress, Yippee! I thought, it was a green velvet skirt. Things went downhill from there, as I got closer I noticed that she had sown the skirt with neon orange thread – including the top stitching. She had also made a green velvet vest and the nap was going opposite directions with the neon orange top stitching to go with it. The lining was a white fabric with a white fabric with orange and black on it (hmm, what holiday do you think of when you think of those colors), with gold buttons. My top was a bright, bright seersucker yellow with orange buttons. Being 7 years old, you do not say no to your mother and in 1972 you do not say no to your mother! I was devastated! I cried to my oldest sister about it afterwards and she made sure that I learned how to sew the next summer when I was 8 and I haven’t stopped since then!!! Thanks for the outlet!! Hope you enjoyed it. I never did tell my Mother how horrible I felt about that dress. Her heart was in the right place even though I got teased so royally bad about it for weeks. It still would have broken her heart. To this day, I swear that she was color blind, but we never did find out.

Loretta Aymond wrote these words on Jun 10 11 at 8:52 pm

Colour is like a magnet drawing or repelling my eye and giving my heart such joy when it’s “right”…I look longingly at quilts that have that balance and want so much to make one that looks good too. My first real attempt to quilt was after looking at a quilted placemat sample at the local quilt shop. I stared at fabrics and tried to gauge which one went with the other until my eyes crossed, (and my legs because the shop didn’t have a rest room.) When I finally picked three out for what I thought would be a simple rail block and took them home and strip pieced them and chopped them up, that’s as far as it went. Even though the fabrics looked ok apart, they just merged into one totally uneventful solid mass and I wondered where I went wrong. I didn’t have a clue. Since then, I’ve been searching for those clues and gleaning from art books, quilt books, teachers and trying to unravel the secrets of creating something beautiful with colour. It’s staring to make more sense but perhaps that mystery is what fired my interest in the first place to keep me learning?

rose wrote these words on Jun 10 11 at 11:12 pm

Sounds like a great book to add to any quilter’s collection, thanks!

LisaT wrote these words on Jun 11 11 at 10:51 am

I have to admit that I usually follow the pattern color sugestions.
Because I love Christmas color combinations many of my quilts look the same or at least similar! Your book would give me confidence to branch out with my own color combinations.

Jane Freeman wrote these words on Jun 11 11 at 10:20 pm

Well since I’m new to quilting I still make more circus looking quilts lol! Thank goodness for the ladies at the ships and kits!!!

nancy wrote these words on Jun 12 11 at 9:20 am

Add to my stash. I joined an online Mystery quilt group and went to purchase the fabric and ended up with all these weird prints and batiks that didn’t seem to go with anything. After cutting out the background pieces, realized that it all looked the same, I had to get a milder plain fabric for the background. The quilt turned out fabulous but now I have all this pink print strips that I have stored in my stash. I need this book.

Thank you!

Maxine Funk wrote these words on Jun 13 11 at 10:23 am

I’m a new quilter, I’ve done 3 so far. One was bright pastels for a 1 year old, the other 2 are from mostly the same fabrics, purples. Those were pretty easy to decide the fabrics, but now I’m having troubles, I’ve got 8 bins of fabric (from various stashes) but never enough choices for one quilt, and then once I gather the fabrics, I’m having troubles deciding on the pattern.

Cheryl H wrote these words on Jun 13 11 at 11:07 am

I’m getting a hugh stash of fabric since I cannot pass up any fabric that strikes my fancy…but I do need to know how to put them all together.

Karla Simmons wrote these words on Jun 13 11 at 11:07 am

My stash of green fabric increased greatly last year as I pulled together various green and cream prints to complete my son’s wedding quilt. Funny how a piece looks perfect, even with the sample swatches present, until you get it home open it up and lay them all out together. Or until you find the next ‘perfect’ choice. Now, of course, I have lots of green print fabric to make another quilt or two for him and his bride for their new home. Thankfully, they love green.

Dot Kirchmann wrote these words on Jun 13 11 at 3:43 pm

How do you get the book? I’m never sure how a color will look.

Laura Yeager wrote these words on Jun 13 11 at 9:47 pm

Oh boy, that is exactly the book I need!!!! I believe it was published just for me!!! I hace only made 3 lap quilts. I love color, that is….everyone elses. I am unsure how to use color, of color, I dont get the color wheel. I believe this book could change my life. Please enter me for this giveaway!!!

Linda King wrote these words on Jun 14 11 at 7:04 pm

I am a novice at quilting and I think picking colors and fabrics is what hold me back from doing more. This book could be a real boost to my self confidence.

SONJA HANSEN wrote these words on Jun 15 11 at 11:58 am

I’m not a young person except at heart and have just recently begun a love affair with quilting. Colors? Oh my! I am having a problem. This book would certainly be an answer to my prayers.

Leona Barann wrote these words on Jun 15 11 at 12:04 pm

I’m getting better, but have had problems in the past putting colors together. This book would make a huge jump in my knowledge of colors!

Rita Van Dyne wrote these words on Jun 15 11 at 12:22 pm

My husband is an 8 crayon kind of guy and thinks that all variations of one color go together. For instance, if it’s blue, it will go with any other blue. I have been trying to teach him color over the years. The other day he saw me comparing two greens and he said “No, that isn’t the right shade” and then looked at me with surprise and said “Oh my Gosh, where did THAT come from?” This book would come in handy for both of us. Happy Stitching!

Cathie Phillips wrote these words on Jun 15 11 at 12:25 pm

I have to admit I “borrow” ideas and audition many color combinations before I settle on a match. Very hard for me; this book would help. Will the book be available in local libraries???

Dustyroads wrote these words on Jun 15 11 at 12:58 pm

This book sounds like the book that would help me out a great deal. I have trouble putting different colors together and I can’t ask my husband since he is color-blind.

Marty Askins wrote these words on Jun 15 11 at 1:42 pm

I always want to use colors that match and not stray away. I would like to become more adventuresome with color combinations.

Diane Sanderlin wrote these words on Jun 15 11 at 2:15 pm

This book could help me learn to balance color. I have a pretty good sense of what “looks good” but could use some help in the balancing act.

Jennie Steward wrote these words on Jun 15 11 at 2:54 pm

I am still learning how to quilt and this is, by far, the hardest part for me. I’ve finished couple of baby quilts so far and both times I took the easy route and only used a couple of different fabrics. That didn’t make for an interesting quilt, but it was good practice for me. Now that I am trying to make a colorful quilt for my niece’s first birthday, I’m lost. I stood in the fabric store for over an hour and left empty handed. I need a LOT of help when it comes to colors and patterns, and this book sounds like the perfect solution. Thanks for the opportunity to win such a fabulous prize!

Katie wrote these words on Jun 15 11 at 3:42 pm

Color….clueless. That would be me!!!

Karen Anderson wrote these words on Jun 15 11 at 3:51 pm

No experience with color blending. But I love the basic, blacks, gray, whites. And then a pop would be any random color, because anything and everything will go with those 3 colors.

Thanks for the giveaway.

Alyce Che wrote these words on Jun 15 11 at 4:02 pm

I just love scrappy quilts it is a great way to use up some of the fabric in your stash. I make double sided receiving blankets and I always have about 6 or 8 inches left over so I decided to make a quilt out of them it is flannelette and all different pinks, it turned out quite cute.

Cynthia Davis wrote these words on Jun 15 11 at 5:14 pm

poor choices are my experience :(
I start great and finish ugly
The book would really really help
thanks so for the opportunity

Catie wrote these words on Jun 15 11 at 5:14 pm

I alsways have trouble figuring out what fabrics go with what to make a nice quilt. I am quite sure the book would help.
Thanks for the chance to win the book.

Cynthia Davis wrote these words on Jun 15 11 at 5:18 pm

This sounds like an awesome book and one that a lot of us would benefit from! I have completed one quilt and have two others in progress. I’m not really happy with the color combinations of any of them! I have no idea how to pick out fabric. :( Hopefully I’ll be able to figure it out soon!

Cassandra wrote these words on Jun 15 11 at 5:58 pm

I would like to sign up for the book give away, but CANNOT find out how to do that???? No link takes you to a place to do that. VERY difficult to figure out!

Dorothy Eggerss wrote these words on Jun 15 11 at 5:59 pm

I love to color coordinate all my fabrics for each project, but I would like to do a scrappy odd color project!
Thanks :)

Kim R. wrote these words on Jun 15 11 at 6:26 pm

Ilove to win this book too. I really need all the help I can get when it comes to getting my guilts colors right.

Carol wrote these words on Jun 15 11 at 6:59 pm

Effective, but not very funny … I take off my glasses to visualize my colours and how well they go together (or not). It works great, but that’s only because my eye sight is so poor! :)

Debbie C. wrote these words on Jun 15 11 at 7:46 pm

My color combinations are the worst. I really need some help.

Susan McLaughlin wrote these words on Jun 15 11 at 8:59 pm

I am just starting to be more adventurous with the colors in my quilts–this book would be helpful for sure!

sylvia wrote these words on Jun 15 11 at 9:30 pm

This color book would be a help to me. I love lots of color in my quilts, so some added advise would surely be helpful.

Barb wrote these words on Jun 15 11 at 9:34 pm

I have no sense of color combos What I think looks good can actually be the worst mistake ever. I always ask for help when purchasing fabric. This book may be the salvation of my quilting career

Jeanne Gwin wrote these words on Jun 15 11 at 9:56 pm

I have discovered i have a slight addiction to fabric (i ruthlessly cleaned out my linen closet so I could have room for it all) but when it comes to making anything with it im a little lost on how/when/where to use what fabric with what….PLEASE give me the book so I can use my stash up and not divorce my hubby because i need his side of the wardrobe for my ever increasing stash :)

Sammy wrote these words on Jun 15 11 at 9:57 pm

Just ask my friend who helps me with color, I need this book.

nancy seitz wrote these words on Jun 16 11 at 12:12 am

I need to break out from being “organised” and “matching” with colour. I find it extremely difficult to do “scrappy” quilts, although I love the look of them.
This book would give me the ‘push’ I need to be FREE..!
Besides, I have a lot of scraps I’ve saved from various projects and the book would help me to use them up successfully.

Sandy wrote these words on Jun 16 11 at 6:48 am

I love color. When I started quilting I was very limited in what colors I wanted to use. The more I quilt- the more my world of color expands!

DeAnn wrote these words on Jun 16 11 at 7:25 am

I made a quilt out of my husband’s old dress shirts (he works from home now). I thought it would be a fantastic way to use them (it was) and really gorgeous (it wasn’t). It was a combination of white, light blue, and some plaids thrown in. It came out icky!

Connie wrote these words on Jun 16 11 at 8:18 am

I often have issues with color. I find it helps to consult someone else to see what their eye sees…often different than what I first chose. Since my husband is colorblind, he often chooses fabric I wouldn’t ever choose. The interesting thing is, sometimes those “zingers” are what makes the quilt better!

Laura Greig wrote these words on Jun 16 11 at 8:24 am

My non-quilting friend has a gift for fabric color combinations – it is realloy hard for me, so I almost always make quilts from kits. I’d love to have the confidence to choose color combinations myself.

Suelynn Williams wrote these words on Jun 16 11 at 8:43 am

This would inspire me to get back into quilting,thank you for the chance to win.

BARBARA J EGGINK wrote these words on Jun 16 11 at 9:10 am

I’m just learning about color. In the past I’ve used collections where all the matching has been done for me. I’m ready to try blending on my own with the stash I have.

Ellen Ban wrote these words on Jun 16 11 at 9:34 am

There are times when I’m comfortable with my color choices and times when I’m pulling my hair out and banging my head against my desk because I can’t make it work. I’ve got a quilt top that I did in primary colors and as soon as I finished making it I asked myself if I’d lost my mind. But now I look at it and say maybe it’s not so bad, but at the time bright primary colors (all together in one top) just screamed at me and maybe scared me a little…lol I would love to have this book as I think it would help in many ways.

Lisa Jones wrote these words on Jun 16 11 at 9:39 am

That would be a wonderful book to win. My color combo trouble was with one of my first quilts, I carefully picked cute flannel fat quarters to make my son a quilt, he was about 3 at the time. I got home and made it all nice and neat realized what a horrible choice I had made black and colorful ladybug fq, green fq and blue cars fq. OH MY, what a mess but it was still loved by my son.

Kim B wrote these words on Jun 16 11 at 9:42 am

I’ve never had a quilt bleed – but only because early on I had a teacher that was fanatical about pre-washing everything and I have always done that. Additionally, just because I use a lot of hand dyed fabric, I always use a Dye Catcher sheet when I wash (I think Shout owns the company now, but they have been around for years under different names). Those things are the best – I use them with every quilt and wallhanging, as well as, any new clothing purchase. They “catch” all the extra dye and keep things from bleeding.

maryc wrote these words on Jun 16 11 at 10:12 am

I am sooooo color “brain dead” this would help so much..My husband is better with color than I am!

Margaret W wrote these words on Jun 16 11 at 10:22 am

I’m still learning about how to find nice color combinations and blends for my quilts. Thanks for the giveaway!

Christina wrote these words on Jun 16 11 at 11:12 am

Just starting to mix colors and sew crafty projects. This book would help a lot!

Carla Cooper wrote these words on Jun 16 11 at 11:31 am

Although I feel confident about mixing and matching colours, I love inspiration from all sources and this book looks awesome! Thanks for the chance!!

Mimi wrote these words on Jun 16 11 at 11:55 am

I am quite new to quilting and could use some direction and ideas. Nice giveaway book!

Hanna wrote these words on Jun 16 11 at 11:56 am

My biggest problem with color is that I love color so much, I buy based on love and in the end, my colors/fabrics either do not harmonize or are too monochromatic or simply too busy or too plain :/

kerrie wrote these words on Jun 16 11 at 12:08 pm

The hardest part of quilting is color. Wish I had a better sense of it!

Sueanne wrote these words on Jun 16 11 at 12:24 pm

I am just learning to crazy Quilt. Although I have been sane quilting for a while. I usually take a piece of printed fabric I like and take the colors from it. I would love to learn to pick my own colors.

Karol B. wrote these words on Jun 16 11 at 12:25 pm

I am new to quilting and I think this is going to be my biggest problem. I have some fabric jelly rolls and fat quarters of the same family of fabrics but I’m having a hard time seeing them in an existing pattern. I guess I just need to dive in but I’m sure this book would help. Thanks for the giveaway.

Pam wrote these words on Jun 16 11 at 12:31 pm

I have a tough time blending colors. I see quilts that look beautiful over-all but am surprised that they could somehow make that red go with that yellow, etc.

Carmen wrote these words on Jun 16 11 at 3:15 pm

I think color is so intimidating!!! First wall quilt I made, I used quite a variety of blues and when it was finished, I was so disappointed. It was so flat, really needed more colors to pop it. I tend to use alot of batiks now so it adds that variety of color but I really need more help. Hmmmmmm… sounds just like the right book!

Gay Schneider wrote these words on Jun 16 11 at 3:30 pm

well it this isn’t a really funny story but i have just finished my first year old university and i have got into the area i want which is printing and dying fabric and when i was making my final out come for my final project of the year the fabric i died which was a simple white cotton (which was hand died in the dying studio) i spent over an hour standing next the the boiling bucket prodding the fabric down so it took all over the fabric after i got it out and hand washed all the extra dye there was patches of ruined blues which looked liked tie die and i was gutted because i was getting close to my dead line and i was panicing but lucky enough i wasn’t too sure on what colour i was doing so i did a rich cherry red colour which came out lovely but as after i printed on top of the fabric i print the print and the fabric went all faded but lucky enough the blue fabric was better and the ruined area was at the end of the fabric which i didn’t need :) so all together i made my chair blue which the hand made butterfly print on and i used the red fabric for a cushion so my disaster became a good thing because i wouldn’t of thought to make a cushion too, and the reason i have chosen to do printing and dying is because i love to get my hands messy and try a lot of new things and work with a wide range of fabrics : ) xxx

laura foster wrote these words on Jun 16 11 at 4:17 pm

Color blending can be really difficult for me. There are times that I think the colors will go well together, only to find that I don’t like the mix once it’s put together. Having a guide would be really helpful!

Paula Wirfel wrote these words on Jun 16 11 at 4:57 pm

I would love to have help with color. I have done many kits and would love to have this book to help me make my own choices when buying fabrics for my quilts.

Ginny Ettlemyer wrote these words on Jun 16 11 at 5:22 pm

My color choices are atrocious! First they were too bland, then too much contrast. When I try to mix colors the patterns often stand out and do not fit, but I don’t see this until too late. I need help.

Helene Hutt wrote these words on Jun 16 11 at 7:18 pm

I admit I’m intimidated by color. Weird huh? I blame it on our bathroom in our house growing up. It was the last house our neighbor made (who by the way was colorblind). He decided his wife wasn’t going to pick out the colors this time since it was his last house. The bathroom carpet was red and black flecked, and the walls were lemon yellow tile. No wonder I need help :)

Nancy Sue wrote these words on Jun 16 11 at 11:06 pm

I love colors. usually blues and purples, sometimes green. often they mix well, but just as often they do not. oh well. i’m fairly good at matching colors, but sometimes things don’t quite come out the way you plan. on more then one occassion patterns that look good apart just did not go well once the quilt was finished. this looks like a great book to help me avoid these pitfalls in the future.
thanks for the giveaway.

Emily C wrote these words on Jun 17 11 at 12:59 am

I have discovered someone will alway like it and someone will hate it, no matter what you combine. I have a quilt hanging in a shop. A group of 3rd grade girl scouts were coming in for a lesson. One of the girls came to a screeching halt and said, “I love that quilt!” Her friend next to her stopped and looked at it and said, “I hate purple!” and they both walked away.

Vella Hermann wrote these words on Jun 17 11 at 11:12 am

I’m good (well, could be better, but not too bad) at color blending, but I consistently pick colors with all the same value. Then I panic and destroy the plan with some outlandish color or white when it’s inappropriate or I try to match and then everything winds up blurry. Your book would be wonderful. Thank you for the opportunity!

Stacey wrote these words on Jun 17 11 at 6:28 pm

I love quilting, sewing and knitting. I love it that is AFTER the fabric or yarn is selected. I struggle getting the look I intend. I have quilts that are best viewed with your head tilted, eyes squinted and lights dimmed. I have great fun making them and we always find a home for them.

Vivian wrote these words on Jun 18 11 at 11:15 am

This sounds like a good book to have, as a beginner in quilting, I have a very hard time with color. When I go to a quilt shop I see fabrics I like but then I am not sure how to put them together. I do believe this book will help a beginner to the experienced
Linda King

Linda King wrote these words on Jul 12 11 at 7:23 pm

I began making stitchery blocks from a BOM (free) and didn’t want to buy more fabric. I had these lovely fat quarters in black and bold large florals that thought would look good as the patchwork frame. I cut them up, sewed together and it looked just awful. I’m not using them. Since then I searched to see what others made with that fabric — only ideas found were plain pillows and a purse. Black oversized hot pink hibiscus do not play well with pastel birdie stitcheries. So, I do need help so avoid this mess again.

Marcia W. wrote these words on Jul 14 11 at 1:46 pm

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