Wednesday, 4 February 2015

WIP Wednesday - Marsala edition

I was inspired by a few people who jumped at last week's announcement of the 2015 Pantone Quilt Challenge: Marsala and started their entries, to start my own Marsala quilt.  Last year, just after Marsala was announced as the 2015 Pantone Colour of the Year, my mum sent me this lovely bunch of flowers to celebrate a promotion at work (oh yeah, I got a promotion at work, yay).  I was very impressed with how on trend these Marsala coloured roses were, and also how well these unexpected colours work together.


I've used my Marsala pull from last year, and added in some intense blue/purples, some burnt oranges and a smattering of slightly browner fabrics as well.  


I have a general plan, which is to use a combination of traditional blocks and my own designs, in a medallion setting.  I'm going to let this quilt develop as I make it though - that's often the most fun.


This is the first block, and I'm really happy with how it has come out.  I don't think this quilt will be particularly modern, which kind of worried me at first, but now I've decided I don't care.  I'm excited about making it, and I think that's the most important thing about a quilt.  I'm aiming to have a quilt top finished by the entry deadline (although of course, as organiser, I won't be entering my quilt).

2015 Pantone Quilt Challenge: Marsala

So, anyone else getting started on their Marsala quilts?  We are sharing on instagram using the hashtag #pantonequilt2015.  A quick tip for tagging your photos on instagram - if you find the hashtag you want to use, and click on it, when you go to tag your photo it will auto-complete.  Much less chance of getting the spelling wrong that way!

I'll be linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced:

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18 comments:

Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl said...

I placed my fabric order for the challenge last night, so I am just barely getting started. I have some ideas for the design, too, but I will wait until I can see the fabrics in person to really get going. I like your inclusion of bright blues and purples!

Becky (My Fabric Obsession) said...

I love where your quilt is heading! And yes, it's all about being happy. And stepping out of your box too. :)

Camilla said...

Congrats on your promotion! The quilt idea so far and the fabric pull is looking very you, so important with a quilt-that's when creativity often flows best I think, in our own zone with something that chimes with us.

Kirsten said...

Love the colours in this block Adrianne - congrats on the promotion!

Teresa in Music City said...

You've got a great start there! Love the whimsical butterflies flittering here and there through it :)

Debbie said...

Great start! Love all the color in yours....I'm working on mine. The top and backing are done but I'm mulling over quilting until I can get it basted!

Leeanne said...

I love those flowers! Congratulations on your promotion.

audrey said...

What a great fabric combination! I read your last Marsala post and started thinking about those weird 'Marsala' type fabrics I've bought in the last couple years. I wondered about making for your challenge, but I'm not all that 'modern'.:) It's a very intriguing challenge though!

maria said...

Beautiful colours, I love your fabric pull.
It's great to read that you don't mind that the quilt will not be particularly "modern" but are going with what you love.
I'm planning a medallion quilt too which I'll be designing as I go along. I'm using a Monet painting as inspiration for the colours.

magistra said...

I love the block you have made so far and your mix of fabrics has great colors. I can't wait to see it finished!
Beth

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Have to say I don't love masala but that block is really gorgeous!! Beautiful combination of fabrics! Congratulations on your promotion :) x

Marly said...

Lovely collection of fabrics; good luck in the challenge.

Barbe said...

this a one challenge i'm enjoying, i didn't realize how much Marsala is in my stash, mixed in with some great colors. my fav designers kaffe, tula and AMH use it alot. such fun

Stephie said...

Spicy - that's the word! Part of my favourite colour range. Love the way you added the blues in echo of the beautiful bunch of flowers, what a lovely way to remember your promotion!

Liz said...

It's very Important not to care (what other people think)!

bee said...

thinking about a color of the year quilt this year - not sure I'll have the time, but feeling inspired!

Gemini Jen NZ said...

Well that is serendipity in action! Getting the bunch of flowers at just the right time to inspire your colour choices! Very cool, I look forward to the results.

jodydeschenes said...

honestly i have to say i don't even understand when you say you don't think it will be particularly modern...WHY NOT? because marsala isn't a color that's normally used? please understand right now i am not yelling at you (: i am yelling at 'modern' and its definitions and it all just makes me crazy. i'm glad you at least said you didn't care. your first block is beautiful, you made it, it's 2015, made with recent fabrics, actually with 'traditional' HST's - but those are just all little facts, so traditional/modern, who cares? quilting is an art that has been around a long time, has some offshoots, keeps evolving. and you are making a cool quilt, challenged by someone's color of the year. GOOD for you! your first block is great and the finished product will be great...you're creating something...and that's great! go you & go marsala!