Sunday, February 10, 2013

Searching for Emerald

Searching for Emerald

In the middle of that ring of green Kona fabrics - a Farmer's Market bundle I got from the Fat Quarter Shop - is a swatch I ordered from Pantone. It is Emerald, the colour of the year, Pantone 17-5641 TCX. So, it seems none of these greens are Emerald.


You will remember that last year the colour of the year was Tangerine Tango and it was the Tangerine Tango Challenge that led to me making Shattered. So I thought I might enter again this year. You can too, the details are here. And truthfully, all you have to do is use green, any and all kinds are fine.

Searching for Emerald

But first I wanted to try to find the real Pantone Emerald - which frankly is not the colour I see as emerald, but that is only its name anyway. That is the Solids Crew bundle that I received from Simply Solids. No Emerald there.

Searching for Emerald.

Nicolette from Dutch Comfort, suggested that Emerald was more blue, so I pulled out my Kona Poseidon bundle, that I had ordered from Pink Castle Fabrics after I used the old one to make my first Mod Pop quilt - Whitewater. It seems I must always have this stack on my shelf as these are probably my most favourite colours.

Searching for Emerald

There were a couple of hopefuls in the blues, Kona Emerald, Sage Candy Green and Everglade (moving clockwise from top left). But, nope, these are not Emerald either.

Searching for Emerald

How about Kona Jade Green? Another no. I left this photo partly uncropped to show you how I sometimes trick my camera into getting the colours closer to right. Usually I just crop that extra bit off.

Searching for Emerald

So the verdict is, not one single fabric in my sewing cupboards comes close to reading as Emerald. The closest is that a couple of Kaffe Fassetts prints have a tiny bit of Emerald in them. In fact there is no piece of clothing in my house either that is this colour. Maybe it will be everywhere in fashion in the spring?

Playing with Emerald

I have cut up the Farmer's Market and Solids Crew fabrics and am hoping for inspiration to strike. I have one idea that may work, I will be trying it this afternoon.

A sea of ninepatches

These are just simple nine patches that I have been making in the meantime. I think that these will become a simple Irish Chain quilt, which is still one of my most favourite patterns ever. You can read about another Irish Chain I made here. Well, and I just have to show it to you too, it is under the mini Irish Chain I made in the Doll Quilt Swap a couple of summers ago.

DQS11 on my original Irish Chain

Seriously, I have been waiting too long to make another one of these, look how great they are.

DQS11 Quilt, finished, and in the mail, hope you like it partner!

Well, I knew you wanted a closer look at that mini too.

A stack of nine patches

The blocks look so nice all stacked up - they are 6.5" square, I think I have almost enough for a whole quilt. And I have a niece who adores green - what do you think, maybe it will be for her.


I have a couple more of the colour swatches, if you want me to send you one, just let me know. If  a bunch of folks are interested I will draw by random number. 

It is my birthday today. Besides searching for Emerald and playing with greens, I am eating cupcakes and relaxing. Loads of cupcakes - my diet has been going well and I will be back on it tomorrow, but we all know there are no calories on your birthday, right.

Enjoy your day.