Most of the year, the landscape in the desert southwest has a neutral landscape of sage and stone. There are varying shades, but most are the dull greens and taupe. You may get splashed of red sandstone. But otherwise, it is relatively unremarkable.

Then, for a few days each year, the desert comes alive with bright colors. Last year, I was lucky enough to see it.

I was shocked at the bright pinks and yellows dotting the usually dull landscape. Of course, I had to stop for a photo.

Mother Nature can teach us a lesson with this burst of color. It is possible to take a very neutral area and totally transform it with just a pop of the right amount of color. In this case, the sage color was spruced up with magenta and yellow.

So how would this look as a quilt?

I decided to find out with my Floral Points Pattern. I kept the background light, like the dry grass of the picture. Then, I mixed the various greens, which had undertones of gray and yellow in them.

Finally, I added pops of magenta and yellow. Just small pieces here and there, like the cactus flowers.

This is an example of keeping the colors in the quilt in proportion to those in the picture.

The result was quite stunning.

Trust Yourself with Color! Do you doubt yourself when selecting colors? If you do, pick a photo you like, find the pleasing colors in it. Then, match those colors to fabric. You can then translate those colors into a quilt!

Happy Quilting!

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