My 2019 Pantone Coral Challenge quilt ended up being a creative surprise. There were several designs, that are now in the “make later” pile. The mini is compete. It is 23.5″ on three sides and the height is 20.25″. Yes it ended up being a triangle. It is made up of triangular blocks. The pattern was determined by the grid drawn across a photo of a pair of my favorite coral earrings. Then to add a bit of whimsy, I added yo-yo flowers. I like a quilt to tell a story. This one of the modern background of two of my favorite Florida, USA, colors–coral and turquoise. Then very old fashion flowers to direct the viewers eye to the angles of the quilt.
The Quilt: Coral Garden
A close up of the yo-yo flowers.
I went online to see what Pantone posted regarding the color “Living Coral.” What I found out, is when you try and copy-save an image, you get the web address. This didn’t help me, who does not own a connected smart phone. (I compose on a laptop and use an iPad for other work.) I wanted a few samples of the color coral, and found them at my local HD paint department. Yes, household paint chips match Pantone colors. I just re-noticed that our web theme is coral with turquoise!
Then, when I went for fabric, it started with a zipper on a spinning rack of zippers. There, right in front of me was a coral zipper, and a turquoise one also. I took it around the shop, and with the help of a sales person, found three tones of coral and three tones of turquoise. At the end of the day, the zippers came home also. Next up: Choosing a pattern.
Here is a picture of my fabric selection. Couldn’t resist Kaffe Faccett nor the zippers.
As part of a growing and changing quilter, I take classes, sign up for teachers blogs and enjoy the work people share on public media and at guild meetings. One teacher, Jenny Lyon, who is an amazing free-motion quilter, writes each week. She includes updates on works in progress, who, what and where she had or is teaching and then she adds sweet places to check out. In one of her recent posts, she mentioned the Pantone Quilt Challenge 2019 – Living Coral. You can access it from Bryanhousequilts.com or nohatsinthehouse.com.
It seems I was meant to work on this challenge. Everything coral, shirts, jig-saw- puzzles and many of my husbands seashells caught my eye. I downloaded the rules, bookmarked several inspirational pictures, and purchased coral fabric from one of my local fabric stores. Instead of getting started right away and blogging every week, my husband and I went on a three week trip to Colorado, Utah, Arizona and Texas. I’m home now and ready to design, piece and quilt.
Here are a few pictures of my recent work.
Green Flash Scrap quilt
Artful Log Cabin
Flamingo Vest accessory