Color Selections for Pinwheel QAL

There  have been several discussions on the Qube Facebook Page about color selections for the Pinwheel QAL because this is a “mystery” quilt. This time the layout is different because this is a row quilt and that seems to be perplexing for some. Thus, I thought I would do some color layout and give you some examples of how this might be done. In the yardage recommendations, the horizontal solid borders and the outer border are given as separate yardages. Thus, one can use a different color for these borders, or one can select one of the dark, medium, medium light, or light fabrics for these borders. My recommendation would be to go with the dark or medium.

This is one example where I chose fabrics from a collection and then used a separate “dark” for the outer and horizontal borders. This is a rendering from EQ8 and the overall colors are darker than my preference, but I think it shows the example of how the dark, mediums, and light fabrics can be distributed throughout the blocks and pieced borders.

This is another rendering where a print is used for the outer and horizontal borders and colors are pulled from the print.  Again, these are colors pulled from the EQ8 library and not my preference, but an example of color distribution throughout the quilt.

And this is the quilt with actual pieced quilt blocks in it. I think you can see how it will sparkle when you use your own fabrics in it.  And remember there are different options for the quilt blocks and pieced borders. You will not necessarily be using the ones seen in the image below.

  
 

Author: Marjorie Busby

My blog is about helping other quilters learn to use great tools in their quilting through what I can teach and through finding other bloggers who have good information. In addition, I am a mother and grandmother. Other hobbies include any other stitchery which makes me happy at the moment. I worked in clinical research for most of my career. I am now retired and enjoying every minute.

6 thoughts on “Color Selections for Pinwheel QAL”

  1. Hi Linda, Click on the QAL link on the blog menu and you will find links to the Yardage information. This QAL is for members of the AccuQuilt Qube FB group. I could not find your name as a member of that group. Please join the group to follow the QAL.

  2. Hi Marjorie,
    First, thank you for doing another QAL! I’m off to my LAQ this morning with my finished top from the last QAL.
    Second, I’m trying to pull fabrics from my stash for this next QAL. I want to make one of the larger sizes (10 inch or 12 inch) but I’m having issues with not having enough yardage. I have enough of a print (floral, of course!) to be the horizontal and outer borders but when a pull from my stash to coordinate most of my cuts are 1 yard. The print has purple, blue, green and white primarily. Would it work to do some of the pinwheels in dark, medium, light purple (with white), then others in dark, medium, light blue (with white)? I’m really trying to fight the urge to go out and buy more fabric and instead use my stash. Based on this post, it seems like this would be OK but the mystery nature of this QAL has me nervous!

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