|"Olives" from Quilt Retro|
I'll step you through my thought process on one of my quilts. You can see how I attack a quilt and possibly glean something to apply to your quilts.
The Color Wheel for Quilters
Say "The Color Wheel" and a lot of folks freeze up. It does seem a bit mysterious and serious, but it's really a helpful tool for quilters - and a basic understanding is all you really need.
This is the basic color wheel. I work primarily in complementary colors and warm/cool colors. Complementary colors are blue/orange, yellow/purple, green/red. Warm colors are red, orange and yellow and cool colors are purple, blue and green.
"Olives" shown at top is done exclusively in complementary colors. First I chose a bold blue/orange combo because I love it the best! Then I knew red/green would be next, but I didn't want to match the intensity of the blue/orange colors, so I chose lighter colors - an almost sage green and pink. Almost any shade of a color will go with almost any shade of its complement.
For the the olives, I chose red and green again, rather than the third complementary color option of purple/yellow. I also chose this because olives are red and green. But, rather than being so literal with the olives, I made the olive red and the pimento green. (Yes, it's a pale green, I know it looks more yellow in the photo!)
When it gets right down to it, it's all personal preference. Finding your color style is just that - your style! You don't have to apologize or explain it - just create!