Color Theme Creator for Quilting

Sophia - Picture it...

Let me set the scene here, or as Sophia would say, “Picture it…” You’ve been sitting in front of Pinterest for the last 3 hours looking at quilts. Stop, stop, stop! Which one of you just said, “pfft”? Ok, 5 hours. You’re getting ideas not only for patterns, but for colors palettes. Red, black, teal… Tangerine, lime green, white… you get the idea. But when it comes time to actually go to the fabric store, you can’t remember all those beautiful color combinations.

I did it yesterday, myself. Spent about an hour staring at bolts of fabric, finally decided to get a cart, put a few bolts into the cart and there I was doing it again… straying from my original plan of sticking to one color scheme. I have THE hardest time only selecting a handful of colors. There are so many beautiful quilts online and the prettiest seem to be the ones with a few bright colors, but my mind goes crazy when I’m in the store and I just can’t stay on-task.

I’m good at co-ordinating colors once I have a focus fabric, but I suck at coming up with original color themes. Before I know it, I’ve got a cart full of fabric because I like ALL the colors, yet I have no idea how I’m going to use any of it. Yea, I know, that’s how stashes are built, but I need to get a handle on the spending.

This morning I thought, what if there was a cool tool that I could use to create color theme ideas for quilting? What if there was a way for me to track the colors I see from all the talented quilt makers I see on Pinterest?

I just love the colors in Vanessa’s quilt. Teal, cherry, black and white theme.

Vanessa's Block Quilt

I have a color picker that I use for website graphics. It’s a pretty slick little eye dropper that grabs both the RGB and HEX values of a color from any image on my computer screen. So I picked up the colors in Vanessa’s block quilt and put them in the color tool over at http://www.colorcombos.com/combomaker.html and here’s what I came up with…

Vanessa's quilt colorsIs that slick or what! SewQuickly, baby!!

Right now you can’t save your color combos, but you can download a .png file of them. If you register on the website with your email address, they will notify you when the program is updated to allow saving your color combos.

UPDATE: Friday, January 19, 2013 – A couple days after I wrote this and explained how to use the color picker that I used, the stupid thing decided to stop working, after all these beers. So I had to hunt for a new picker. I found one called Color Cop and will work just fine. (download link below). They have some nice reviews on all kinds of pickers and they’re free, but free comes with a price is you don’t pay attention.

BEWARE when you install Color Cop or any others; read the dialogs on the screen and uncheck any checkboxes that want you to install toolbars and/or replace your default browser home page or search engine.

Download Here:


Free Download:

ColorCombos tool: http://www.colorcombos.com/combomaker.html

Free Color Pickers: http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-color-picker.htm

Enjoy!

Keek

 

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