I've gotten a lot of compliments for my colour choices. I'm very grateful and thank you all for that. I try not to plan too much and work by instinct, not theory. I learned at the Kaffe Fassett classes I took earlier to work fast, very fast, and almost throw the fabrics on the design wall without thinking. Then you use the creative side of the brain, not the analytic. We precut the fabrics before the class started and in an hour we had put up the whole center of the quilt.
The quilt in this post is an example of how well "not planning" can come out. This was a mutual project I did when I taught a beginners class here where I live. The girls were told to pick out 2 lights and 2 darks from their stash and cut 8 squares of each. They where sorted in a stacks whith one of each fabric from all. Then they were told to sew a light one and a dark one together without planning, to make squares of triangles. I picked only four of the fabrics in this quilt plus the borders, but I think it works well anyhow.
What I mean to say is, try to learn as much about which colours you like. Look in magazines, on pictures and painting, in the nature or whereever. If you see a shade or hue you like, try to memorize it. Have an active relationship with colours. Then it's much easier to work by instinct. I think my colour choises is much based upon the cold clear winter weather and the short and intense summers we have above the Arctic Circle, not the knowledge of colourcircles and other theories.
I don't know if you girls really need this; you all make so excellent quilts with lovely colours, but I'd like to share my thoughts.