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Date: 1/9/13 7:01 PM

I want to do this quilt for my FIL.
Friendship Star

I looked at fabrics today and the dark blue will be too dark and prominate in the quilt. I need to make changes. Not sure what those changes will be yet, though.

I was wondering if this style of quilt could be made scappy or not. Each star a different color or use more than the 3 colors I have in this picture.

Fabric is so exensive and when I ask DH if I can buy enough to get started he wants me to wait a couple of months.

I looked at fat quarters and layer cakes too. Some of the FQ's were ok, but others are just not my cup of tea. I want it not to be too feminine, but not as masculine as the wall hanging I did for my hubby.

When I look online at scrappy quilts, I see colors that go well together. I have "some" that go well together, but many do not go with much. They were bought for clothing and not for quilts, so they do not go with much of what I have in stock. It makes life challenging for me.

I just left the quilt store thinking there is nothing I can do right now and this is depressing.

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Date: 1/9/13 7:06 PM

I think it can easily be made scrappy. If you stick to your darker colors for the stars, a consistent color or fabric for the bands (orange fabric in quilt) and then lighter fabrics for the squares (green on quilt).

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Date: 1/9/13 7:17 PM

Do you have scraps? If so, use them. I think scrappy would like nice, but I'm not making it. To make scrappy, would take some planning. What makes the colors "go together" is the fabric you choose for the background.
By the way, if you are in the quilt store and want a fat quarter of some of the fabrics, they will cut it for you. If may be less expensive just to buy a 1/4 yard cut.

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Date: 1/9/13 7:33 PM

Maybe I should buy a half yard each time I go there? A quarter yard is not very much, as it is 9 inches. I go often, so I could buy some fabric each time and it would all add up...

The background color is my hardest choice. I made the sample in orange, as it is opposite the color wheel. The green is just a good choice.

According to the color wheel, if I pick a blue and want the Tetrad colors, I need to look for a yellow and a red. I was thinking orange and green, but not correct.

Then if I choose the blue again, and want a split complimentary color, then I look at orange-red and yellow-orange. Umm, no. Boring.

The diad choice is interesting. Start with blue, and use the 2 colors that are the 2 spots away from the blue. This means use violet and green. Those I have seen together in fabrics and paintings, so I know they go together.

Now, if I start with something like Green, then the tetrad colors are orange and violet. No going to happen, I think.

If I start with Yellow, then I add red and blue. Very possibly a great choice of colors. A bit primary, but they do not have to be. I can get muted tones for the colors.

I think i will study the color wheel more. I am mainly looking on the back side at the Pure colors and what goes with what. I do not think along these lines very often, so I need to study color. I usually just buy fabric, but often I get discouraged when I can't figure out what to go with what---even if they come in the same color family group from Moda.

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Date: 1/9/13 9:13 PM

Hi Learn - I agree with Sharon 1952. That would make a fabulous scrappy quilt. Can you pick out your two main colors (background and the fabric illustrated as the green color) and afford those fabrics at this point? Then you could pick up fat quarters or half yard fabrics as you progress. Your LQS seems to be so helpful, I would ask them what they suggest. It will make a lovely quilt either scrappy or as you have illustrated. Best wishes for another successful quilt.

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Date: 1/9/13 9:19 PM

I like your idea of buying a half yard each time you go to the store. I also like Sharon1952's idea, above. With scrappy quilts you don't have to even THINK about a color wheel. Just dark/medium/light piles.

You mentioned earlier that you were short on light colors, so pick some light fabrics that aren't overtly girly. Maybe with some blue lines in them or something similar so they fit in the dark blue you already have.

Are the fabrics in your photo ones you already own or just representations of ideas you have?

I'd be willing to bet that you could make a great quilt with the fabrics you already own.

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Date: 1/9/13 9:49 PM

I will have to find a way. Oh, I know!!! I can cash in my cowie bank (it is a cow and not a pig). That has enough in it to pay for a 3 yards of fabric. I never thought of it until now.

I had a little over $43 it. I now have a use for it. I counted it all out. I am not sure how much fabric I will need yet, but now I can afford what I want.

I put in some fabric money in next paydays bills. I have not done that in months and I have just a small amount of stash to try to make something.

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Date: 1/9/13 9:51 PM

I have a few darks. More in the mediums and only a very few in the lights. I should lay it all out and take a picture. I'll do that and post again.

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Date: 1/9/13 10:09 PM

My LQS has a sale table filled with bolts of fabric for 6/yd. Does your shop have a sale area? Building a scrappy stash doesn't require a lot of fabric just plenty of variety in backgrounds and medium and dark values. 1/4 or 1/2 cuts are perfect for stash building. You may not have to think about the color wheel but you can still start building a collection of fabrics in various colors to round the spectrum.

My early foray into quilting was with a scrappy quilt. I started collecting 1/4 yard cuts of various colors. A little at a time can make it affordable and can add up easily over time. I remember thinking that a drawer full of fabric was too much....

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Date: 1/9/13 10:19 PM

Sounds like a great plan Learn. I save all the money from the washer and dryer too! I think I'll cash in my piggy soon. Have fun!

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