Garden Color: Inspiration for the Quilter

If you’re a creative soul, you get ideas for projects from everywhere. The world around you is vibrating with energy and possibilities. You may find ideas for color combinations from a sunset, a person on the street, a run to the grocery store, but a trip to the garden is a sure bet for inspiration.  […]

Powerful Pastels

Look at this gorgeous, machine-embroidered quilts created by expert embroiderer, Mary Shroyer.

Dark and Light: The “Twang” of Contrast

“Twang.”  You know.  That  sound that reverberates in your being like the pluck of a bass guitar. Strong color contrasts have visual “twang”  – that sudden impact that leaves a resounding impression. Quilters call it “pop,” and that  is the reason that Amish quilts have such perennial appeal.  The dark background and the bright primary […]

The Colors that Draw You….and Digital Doodling

I don’t know why it is.  I’ve never read any scientific explanation or heard anyone theorize about the peculiar magnetism of certain colors to certain people, but it is a fact.  For some unknown reason,, specific colors appeal to different individuals. When you go shopping, do you always look at garments in a particular color? […]

Grass Green and Crystal Gray

It seems an unlikely pair….that sprightly green, somewhere between Kelly and apple, intermingling with a “glimmer of gray.” Imagine a spring lawn on a rainy morning. A gravel pathway into the deep woods.  Rocks on a mossy slope.  Then check out this unique color combo from Windham Fabrics collection called “Governor’s Palace.”  And doesn’t it look […]

Why Multi-Colored, Multi-Patterned Works, Example #2

Just another entry in the category of “Colors and Combos and Hues You Can Use.”   Check out this beautiful combination by Nancy Luschen using the Palindromes fabric from Paula Nadelstern and Benartex.  Nancy used one of the “Turning Twenty” patterns.  Somehow, all the riot of patterns and colors work together because they are all […]

Why multi-colored and multi-patterned works!

Look at this fabulous quilt by my friend  Becky. You can’t quite see the impact of seeing all of these glorious blocks put together into a King-sized quilt, but you can see the drama of even a small portion. You don’t need to have specific colors to make a quilt look coordinated.  This one works […]

Dying to be a Dress…..

  This new, vibrant collection from Dear Stella called “Oh, Happy Day!”  is just calling out to me.  Orange, pink, and blue on a solid navy background. (Love the feisty color combo!)   I’m sure it wants to be a dress, probably a retro-looking 1950’s style, with the dots used in a fitted, sleeveless bodice […]

It’s all in Black and White….

A lot of the fashion magazines are touting the power of black and white. Oh what you can do with a simple pair of black jeans and a crisp white top. But oh, how much more you can do with black and white prints! From classic to crazy to cool to couture, black and white prints are […]

Raspberry Sorbet in the Hot Sun

Think hot.  Think cold.  Imagine tasting smooth raspberry sorbet while sitting on a tropical beach.  Forget the old lore that certain colors clash, and let yourself savor the sultry feel of these hues. Orange.  Yellow.  Bright pink.  Who knew how refreshing they could be? Shop for the entire spectrum of color combos at