Selecting Coordinating Solids – Online, sight unseen!

Have you ever found a perfect collection of yardage fabric, fat quarters or other precut  and dreaded the process of taking them to the fabric store to find all of the coordinating solids?  (That’s me every time!)

I always see questions on quilting forums wondering what fabrics match certain lines.  For my latest project, Curve it Up, I decided to try out the Moda Palette Builder site.  I am in love!  I order most of my fabrics and supplies online as it leaves my spare time outside of work for my real hobby, sewing and quilting (not shopping)!  I am color challenged, and can use all the help I can get.

Step 1: Take photos of your print fabrics, either one at a time, or simply copy an image from a seller or manufacturer that shows the fabric or the whole line!

I purchased this line from Missouri Star Quilt Company!

True Colors – Anna Maria Horner Fat Quarter Bundle
by Anna Maria Horner for Free Spirit Fabrics

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 Step 2:  Check out this site and upload your fabric image(s), and follow their directions. 

http://blog.modafabrics.com/palette-builder/

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Move the white circles around your fabrics to select the colors you are interested in pulling out.  I know that I have enough fat quarters to use in two quilts, so I orders enough solids to coordinate as well.    (These are not my final color images, so the words are blurred, as this is not exactly what I ordered)  I am happy to share what I did order if you are interested.

When working with an entire collection of prints at once, I found it difficult to pick the smaller areas, but zooming in on my browser helped.

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You can add additional colors (up to 9) to your selection by clicking the  green (+) box.  This adds additional circles that you can move around.  DO tweak the shade selection until the “Bella Solids Shade” looks like it represents your fabric.
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I spent some time doing this, and ordered quite a few 1/2 yard solids.  I was very happy with the outcome!  What do you think?  I will be using these prints and solids for the upcoming quilt along.

Step 3:  Order your fabrics with confidence!

I think that the only fabrics that was not quite right was my white background.  There are so many shades of white, I wished that I had selected a slightly more off white fabric for this line of fabric.   I ordered the Bella Solids – Off White Yardage, and could have gone just slightly more to the cream side. I will have to pick up some fabric color cards one of these days.  (one for the wish list).  However, I’m going to go with it and see how it turns out!

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