Inspiration for a Color Palette

Inspiration for a Color Palette

Ever find yourself in a color rut?

You find yourself going back to the same type of fabric palette again and again. 

One of my favorite ways to get out of a color rut and pull together a palette that is interesting, different, and fun is to use an Inspiration Print!


How this works: start with a colorful fabric that you love, then pull in some other fabrics that include colors found in that Inspiration Print.

This is like having your favorite fabric designer pull together a color palette for you: it is already there in the print! 

Take a look at this example:


I started with this lovely print on the left. It is large in scale and contains several different colors. So, with it in hand, I dug around in my stash looking for fabrics that match the colors in this print, which are gold, aqua, and green.

I pulled my aqua lined print, it's a nice small-scale "blender" print that will help the Inspiration Print to stand out.

Next I found the green batik which will add a nice organic texture to the quilt and also acts as a "blender".

Finally, I grabbed 2 golds: the gold print as well as the solid.

I love the resulting palette-- everything goes nicely together and the Inspiration Print really connects everything cohesively. 


It can also be helpful to use the registration marks in the selvage to create your palette:

Your turn! Go grab a fun, colorful print, and pull together a fabric palette using the colors in that print! 


If you'd like to dive deeper into color, we have a full Color Curriculum inside Meander. It will take you from unsure or insecure with color to a master! Click here to learn more!


We'd love to hear from you! Did you do the exercise above? How did it turn out? What is your favorite way to pull together a fabric palette? Leave a comment below and let us know!

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I have little time for yet another online-lessons opportunity, but if I could see some examples of what you have done with the fabrics you show, it might help me make up my mind. Thanks. Suzanne


How much does it cost?

Linda Bott

Omg you make it soooo simple…thaank youu love your training and ideas

Sharon riley

Shannon, you will up there near Pat Sloan! Welcome to VA……it is a beautiful State.

Judy Moyer

Thank you for sharing your ideas. I enjoy trying new things and you inspire me to do just that! I will miss thinking of you as my neighbor, but wish you the best in your new home.

Janine Ramseur

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