When we owned our shop, Linderella’s Quilt Works, many times we heard our customers say they were “…just no good at matching fabric or picking colours” or that they had a favorite piece of fabric but just no idea what to place with it….well, here’s an easy tip that will never fail you….look to the selvage edge….yup – that’s right! Those colourful little dots not only tell you every colour the screen printers used in creating that fabric – but it also serves as the handiest guide in the universe to help you mix and match other fabrics with it!
For example, pictured below is a wild piece of Kaffe Fassett (well – actually most of his fabric is pretty wild, right?!) And to the right – are the selvage dots located on the edge of the fabric. There are 12 color dots varying in values of pink, purple, chartreuse, teals, orange and even a bright red and a ruddy brown-like burgundy (check out #6 & #11). I never saw these colours in the print until I looked at the selvage.
First, I went to my Kaffe stash – Here’s a quick pull that mixed nicely with this print – lovely! But I know, I know – some of you are saying, “….too easy – everything Kaffe goes with Kaffe…..”
Ok….how about this combination? These are some gorgeous new batiks from Laundry Basket Quilts – designed by Edyta Sitar’s for Andover Fabrics called “Splash of Color”! I love that ruddy red (#11) and would have never thought of picking that colour would it not for the selvage dots. This collection is available now so yes, please go to your local quilt shop and ask for it!
(Full disclosure here: Edyta and I met at Quilt Market and she liked our Colourwerx patterns so much that she asked if I would use some of her batiks to make a few new samples of my patterns using her new batik line – Why yes! :-), of course I would be delighted to!! These projects will soon be posted.)
Actually I do think I like this batik combo better than the Kaffe combo above as the batiks give that Kaffe fabric a whole new rhythm. Not pictured but equally beautiful would be a mixture of a half dozen Kona Cotton Solids mixed with the Kaffe print to really set it off! (Of course batiks don’t have a selvage edge so if you’re starting with a favorite batik and stumped – seek out your colour wheel for guidance or the assistance of your quilt shop.)
So dig deep in the stash for that favorite fabric you’ve been fondling all these years, study the selvage edge and then head off to the quilt shop to match fabrics to make something gorgeous! Until your next colour fix! ~ Linda & Carl