Monday, February 24, 2014

seeing purple {pantone in sketches}

A couple years ago when my husband was out of town on business, I decided our house needed a little sprucing up.  Naturally, I painted the master bedroom purple in his absence ;o)  So it should come as no surprise (whatsoever!) that this year's pantone color of the year has me a bit giddy.  (As do the prizes for the 2014 Pantone Quilt Challenge.  Eep!)

On the cutting table in anticipation of both?

Last summer's stack of succulents+sunrise-inspired fabrics for a pseudo-clamshell quilt made using an old school block called "Grandma's Fan" (BB# 4096), which (when set on point) bears a certain resemblance to the succulents that brought about the original pull:

Needless to say I haven't quite figured out a name for this one, but pretty sure Grandma's Fan is not it.  If you have any suggestions for me, please do share!

Also in the cutting line-up is an array of low volumes and purples, which will soon be transformed into some fave-b-c's inspired by my little one's rather large personality:

I can guarantee the finished quilt will be a step up from this sketchy mock up.  Just how far of an upgrade will depend on whether I'm suffering from tunnel-vision in thinking this was a worthy concept to begin with ;o)

2014 Pantone Quilt Challenge: Radiant Orchid

For those of you who aren't familiar with the Pantone Quilt Challenge, this year it's newly hosted by my friends Anne of Play Crafts and Adrianne of On The Windy Side.  You can find everything you need to know (and more!) on either of their blogs: Play Crafts or On The Windy Side.

Hope you'll be joining us on this red-violet adventure!


  1. uhhhhhmmmm, that curved piecing looks INTENSE!!!! i'm interested to see how that's made!

    1. me too, I bought the fish pattern and curved paper piecing is not really explained. Do we do it with the paper on? If you take the paper off it isn't paper piecing?

    2. Deb, I'm so sorry for just now noticing this! Yes -- the paper piecing is exactly the same with curves as with straight lines, so you keep the paper on. The only difference is with the assembly, as you might want to remove the papers from the *outer* curved sections before joining (just because the paper will make it trickier than it needs to be).

  2. my suggestion is to call it insane Sarah :-) or wait a MARMALADE :-D sorry I couldn't resist.

  3. love the fave-b-cs! such a cute list - I think we have the same daughter ;-)

  4. Oh, I am SEW looking forward to your progress on this one!!!

  5. Two very cool ideas. Your colour pull from the succulents was perfect for this challenge. Will be awesome to see it in quilt form. I'm desperately trying to come up with a clever pun or twist on succulent, but I got nothing! Lol. Will look forward to seeing what you come up with.
    E xx

  6. Ooo I love both of these! I cannot wait to see them transformed into quilts!

  7. Wow, all that cutting looks intensive. How about the name "field of violets".

  8. I have my very small challenge top already made. I'm starting to like this color more and more as time goes on. Your challenge looks pretty amazing!

  9. GUh, you know I am so in love with this. I can't wait to see you make it a thing in fabric. :D
    To me it looks like Koi scales, but those super fancy god-like Koi that showed up in crazy Japanese artwork. Koi God{dess} is a totally appropriate name, right? LOL

  10. Purple waves of grain? *America the Beautiful" song :)

  11. I really like this new color and I think it could be very popular this season. What do you think about the combination of yellow and blue in clothes? I think they go together very well and show courage. I would like to sew a skirt out of similar materials, but now I am not at home and I do not have access to a sewing machine. But recently I came across bellewholesale reviews on the Internet and it seems that many people like the quality of their clothes and fabrics. If you have booked there then I would like to hear your experience too.


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