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If there is something you like but it isn't offered in your choice of color, let me know and I will be glad to work with you to get it made in your custom colors.

Thanks for stopping by - I look forward to hearing from you!

Charlotte

1001 Bluebird Lane
Rolla, MO 65401-8700
USA

877.598.1908

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Products: Custom quilts, handmade quilts for sale, embroidered kitchen towels,  baby quilts, vintage quilts, home décor collectibles,  personalized gifts, throws, quilt wall hanging, recipe books, wood refinishing products,  personalized embroidery services, quilting services.

What began in 1998 as a weekend trip with my mother to help find quilts for a friend is now a custom gift business. We make custom quilts in hard-to-find patterns, exclusive patterns with the artist's permission, and unique patterns I design. We also specialize in modernizing old favorites, such as double wedding ring quilts and making quilts out of printed photos, mementos, clothing and other fabrics. Baby crib quilts have become harder to find so we offer a variety of baby quilts in those smaller sizes that can easily be personalized with a baby's name and birth date.

Handmade quilts for sale and ready-to-ship quilts are always available for you if you do not have the time for custom quilts. Please browse in our Shop.

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Bluebird Gardens Custom quilts, handmade quilts for sale, ready to ship quilts, baby quilts, vintage quilts, home decor, collectibles, gifts, throws, recipes, wood refinishing, handmade and personalized services.

How to Pick Good Quilt Fabric Colors

One of the toughest parts of designing custom quilts, or any quilt, is picking the right quilt colors. If you don't have a color wheel, this is a good time to get one. You can download them for free, or buy one at most fabric stores.

I have mine mounted on a folded piece of white cardboard so I can look at it either by itself, or with fabrics I'm collecting. By looking at the color wheel, you can also quickly see what colors are complimentary and which ones are opposites.

Colors Affect How Quilt Feels To the Eye

If you want quilt colors that work well together, pick complimentary colors.

If you want quilt colors that pop or stand out, select opposing colors on the color wheel.

What Colors Do You Need?

When making or having a custom quilt made to match a decor, it's always good to have a sample of the foundation color you want to use. It can be a piece of fabric, clothing, paint chip, spool of thread - whatever accurately reflects the color tone you want.

Remember when looking on a color on a computer monitor, computer monitor colors are not the same so don't depend on computer monitor colors to be consistent.

If you are trying to match colors to a decor, select fabrics under natural light. Artificial lighting can alter the true fabric color. On the other hand, if the quilt is going to be only under artificial light, then definitely select fabrics in similar lighting!

Most of us have quilts that will be in areas that have both so test fabrics under both conditions.

Color Shade Tone, Tint and Temperature

Color Tone is a color than has been dulled by adding grey, such as colonial blue and old rose. These colors are less bright.

Color Tint are colors that have been lightened by adding white, such as sea-green, primrose-yellow, sky blue.

Color Shade is a color that's darker by adding black, such as olive green, mustard, indigo.

Color Temperature are the feelings colors convey. Red, orange and yellow are warm colors while blue, green and violet are cool colors.

What Are Best Neutral Quilt Colors

Pastel colors look best with a vanilla cream or soft white background.

Primary colors look best against a a strong white background.

Neutral colors are cream, beige, tan, brown, black, grey, silver, in their many shades, tints and tones. I also think of green as a neutral color.

Don't Be Afraid to Ask for Help!

Most fabric stores have excellent customer service so don't be afraid to take that coffee cup in and say you need fabrics that compliment that color. Fabric hunting can be a lot of fun!

More Quilt Color Inspiration

Whenever I see a color combination in a magazine I like, I will take a picture and stash it in my inspiration file.

I also watch people's choice in clothing colors and how advertisers catch our eye. Fashion trends can re-define how we accept color combinations, although quilts have been "mixing it up" since the beginning.

I also like to take walks and see what nature suggests. Some of my best quilt color combinations have been inspired by what was blooming in my garden!

                                                       Charlotte

From Our Customers

You matched up the colors perfectly, the quilt looks like it was MADE for our bedroom! Thank you for a most beautiful heirloom, we’ll treasure it always...

— Natalie and Josh in California
COLOR WHEEL EXCELLENT GUIDE FOR CHOOSING FABRICS

COLOR WHEEL EXCELLENT GUIDE FOR CHOOSING FABRICS

SELECTING FABRICS AND THREADS FOR CUSTOM QUILT

SELECTING FABRICS AND THREADS FOR CUSTOM QUILT

SAMPLE BLUE COLOR FABRICS

SAMPLE BLUE COLOR FABRICS

QUILT BACKS ARE ALSO A GOOD PLACE TO ADD COLOR

QUILT BACKS ARE ALSO A GOOD PLACE TO ADD COLOR

MY GARDEN IN SPRING WITH DAFFODILS BLOOMING

MY GARDEN IN SPRING WITH DAFFODILS BLOOMING