Apr 6, 2012

Coordinating Vintage Sheet Fabric Tutorial

With so many gorgeous fabrics out there, choosing the right fabric for a project can be overwhelming. To help us out, I've asked the expert, Liz Taylor from Liz Taylor Handmade to share her tips with us.

 Choosing colors when you are using vintage sheets is really fun. A lot of sheets were produced in similar color palettes, making coordinating super easy!

 For the first example here I wanted the quilt to have an overall feel of blue and purple. Most sheets that have those 2 colors are also going to have at least some bits of green or other colors, which is fine. I like to have the extra pops of color to add another dimension to the colors, but I don't want them to be overwhelming. 

Sometimes it is easier to decide which colors you don't want in the quilt. In this case, I didn't mind having a couple of bits of pink, but I definitely wanted to eliminate yellow and orange.

You also need to keep in mind the saturation of the colors. If you have one or two prints that are significantly darker or lighter than the rest then your eye will be drawn to them in the quilt instead of an overall feel.

The next color palette I chose is what I consider a "candy colored" group. It is my go to color scheme for many of my vintage sheet projects. Pink, yellow and aqua with bits of green are my favorites. Luckily, it is a color combo that seems to be readily available.

I also love to add stripes, plaids and polka dots when I can. Again, just another dimension to the quilt and it helps to break up all the floral prints.

These are leftovers from a quilt that I recently completed. You can see there is a good mix of colors, stripes and polka dots.  I also like to add a modern fabric here or there as fun mix.

This is the same group of fabrics without the greens/blues for a softer feel.

Of course, the possibilities are endless, yellow/orange, blue/green, yellow/green/orange (citrus)

I think the most important thing to remember is to use what you love.

Thank you so much, Liz for writing our guest tutorial today. You have such a great eye. I hope that everyone feels inspired to play more with their vintage sheet fabrics.

Are you an "expert" on something or do you have tips to share? Would you be willing to write a guest tutorial on the Vintage Sheet Blog?  Leave a comment or email me. And, don't forget to thank Liz for her amazing tutorial.

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Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

Love the pillows! :-)

Mrs. Mordecai said...

Thanks for this tutorial. There's a project I want to start but I always have a hard time with the colors.

nest full of eggs said...

the pillows, curtain & quilt are soooo pretty :D

Junette said...

Very useful tips. I love the pillow with leftover strips!

Heather Cartwright said...

great write up

marlene@ByTheSeam said...

Thanks for the tips. You said it....use what you love. I just made my first quilt from sheets and love how it turned out. So soft and cuddlie. I will be making more things out of sheets and I will keep collecting them as well, especially as fabric gets more expensive.

marlene@ByTheSeam said...

And by the way.....I love this blog

Liz Taylor said...

I am so glad that you all like the tutorial. Picking out the fabrics is one of the best parts of making a quilt :)

Simple Simon & Co said...

What a great post! I loved it!

Quiltingranny said...

Such inspirations!

MerryBlissmas said...

This is so helpful! Thank you! This should definitely be tagged (labeled) "Scrapbooking." It is one of the most difficult things I do with scrapbooking - trying to figure out what colors go with what colors. Sometimes I don't realize I've gotten it wrong until the whole project is done.