Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Too Early for Candy Corn?

At moda we initiated a staff challenge.
We were designing some basic 12 pack patterns using Bella solids. These patterns were designed as"blueprints". No color, just let your imagination decide.
 To test the process, several of the office staff jumped in to take the color challenge.

I choose Peaks as my quilt pattern. 
It was selected to be featured in the current issue of QUILT, April/May 2013. 

They called it Candy Corn because that is exactly what it looks like.

Working with all solids is not just for the Amish. 
However, it was a bit of a challenge for me. 
I learned to quilt in the days of muslin backgrounds and little tiny brown calicos. 
I was taught solids were not forgiving.
 My quilting teacher would say, "If your points don't match it will really jump out,
so stay clear of solids." This is the same teacher that wouldn't let me use plaids.
EGADS!
Thank goodness time has changed and we have so many more fabric options. 
30 years later and we probably have too many options. 
How does one decide?
If you want to take on a solid project but are not sure that you may be breaking the 
"color wheel code" 
of using primary, secondary or complementary 
colors effectively, do this.

Pick your absolutely favorite fabric with TONS of colors. 
Choose your absolutely fav fabric. Pick solids that match the print. 
Remove the print fabric and you will have the perfect combination of solids.
You will need 12 fat quarters and a background.

Add a punch of color by using your colorful print as the back. 
I used a Zen Chic grey pindot as my binding. It was a bit unexpected. I love it!
I am so into oranges, greys and citrus colors that I 
didn't mean for the quilt to look like candy corn.
 Okay, not really. 
This design would make adorable Christmas trees also.
Ask at your favorite store to see if they are offering 12 pack quilt projects.

Thanks, Maggi Honeyman for the quilting. You're the greatest!


10 comments:

  1. I'm loving the candy corn quilt.

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  2. I just made this quilt top as well in all blues and it turned out beautiful. I now can see the benefits of working with solids.

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  3. Love your Candy Corn so much that I ordered the kit. Great quilt!

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  4. Looks really great and those solids do work well together.
    Gal

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  5. Love this quilt and your advice for choosing which solids to put together.

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  6. It's never too early for Candy Corn.

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  7. Congratulations for being publised .Fabulous quilt!!

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  8. Love the results. So creative and colorful!

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  9. Ohhhh! I can see the possibilites much clearer! This could also be used for a teacher - can you see the pencil points too?
    thanks, great post!!

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  10. what is the backing fabric that was used? loving that print but can't fint it.

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