Thursday, June 13, 2013

Today is brought to you by the color . . .

15 by 23 inches

I have finished the top for my challenge quilt.  This year the challenge was to pick a color (we drew crayons from a paper bag) and then make a quilt using that color as the dominant color and using the color opposite on the color wheel as a secondary color.  I drew orange.  At first I was a little disappointed, as I've never liked orange much (aside from Autumn and Halloween).  But lately I'm liking the new oranges more.  And I thought it's not much of a challenge if you go with safe colors.  So, even though I had the option to re-draw a crayon, I decided to go for the orange challenge.  I also had  to use some of the opposite color on the color wheel, which in this case is pure blue.  We could use black or white too.

This design came to me one morning as I was waking up.  I had the idea of a paint chip card.  I used Lazy Gal Tonya's Unruly Letters.  I don't know if this is "challenging" enough or not, but I'm happy with it.  Simple is good.  *grin*

I have waaayyyy over-bought fabric for this!  Each one of those rectangles represent at least 1/2 yard of fabric I purchased for this. Plus I bought about 1 1/2 yards of the solid orange.  Not to mention 1 yard of the blue.  Yikes.  I think I see another orange quilt in my future.  hee hee!  I'm considering a zigzag or chevron quilt.  It's kind of calling to me.

So, I have one month to finish the quilting and binding on this one.  Think I'll make it?  It's never a sure bet.

Yes, I'm all packed up!  Tomorrow starts my 3 day class with Gwen Marston at Quiltworks NW in Bellevue.  Whoo hoo!!   I'm taking the Small Studies class, and it's all about design.  It sounds a little scary but I know it will be loads of fun too.  And my friend Candy is stepping out of her comfort zone and will be taking the class as well.  This is gonna be so much fun!  I'll be exhausted by the end of the weekend, but it is soooo worth it!  I can hardly wait until tomorrow.


  1. Hi Sharon, I'm new to your blog and am so happy I stopped by. I l-o-v-e orange and I really like your new quilt. Have a great time at the Gwen Marston class - creative exhaustion is so worth it! Take care, Byrd

  2. Love the orangey quilt. It is so cute, can't wait to see what you do with the leftovers.

  3. Great little quilt! I'm sure it makes you smile just to look at it. Orange is kind of a funny color to use isn't it? I'm very curious to see what your next orange quilt will look like after this one. Enjoy your Gwen Marston class!

  4. I'm a huge fan of orange!! It's such a happy festive colour. Wishing you the best time in Gwen's class, I'm looking forward to hearing all about it and seeing what treasures you create!

  5. cute. I love orange. zigzag sounds fun, as does Halloween!!!! enjoy the amazing class with Gwen!

  6. Wow! How lucky you are to have scored a class with Gwen Marston. I had a Secret Pal one year who liked orange. I started looking for orange fabrics and other orange items for her. That was years ago and I am still looking for orange fabric and other things orange! I even made and orange and purple quilt.

  7. I took that class in Sisters years ago...great fun!!! I am sure you had tons of fun and Gwen is an excellent teacher as well. Can't wait to see the results from your class adventure! Ps..I love your orange challenge quilt..I recently did a similar buying spree of many shades of orange!

  8. I am finally staying long enough to comment!!!
    First, I love the small studies. I can't pick a favorite. Each one is yummy.
    Second, the orange challenge...
    I never liked orange that much either, until I used it for Orange Crush. It was then I discovered I loved orange. I think orange goes with every color!
    A small study using orange and other colors would be fun!!!


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