When deciding the color palette I wanted to use for Color Chaos, I was a little stumped. I made several super different palettes in illustrator of my ideas to see if anything felt right.
I liked all of these options, but nothing was super jumping out at me. So I decided to go scroll Pinterest and look at my Color board. Did you know I have a Pinterest? I love going on a pinning photos of flowers, art, landscapes that inspire me with color. Here is a look at my board.
From scrolling and looking at the images I realized I really wanted to play with a rainbow but not primary. I wanted there to be an evolution of yellows to reds and pinks and all the way to blues. And that is how I came up with the final mock up for my palette.
These are all Kona Cotton Colors and I had a blast playing with my Kona color chips to find the gradient I liked.
So yummy. It is a rainbow without it being a traditional rainbow. I used colors that are saturated but slightly not a "true" primary color. I love the variety it brings to the palette. Yummy yummy.
When we were sewing up this sample, it was go time. We had a deadline and we had very specific weeks set aside to make each sample. For some reason, I didn't take any photos of the in between process of cutting and making the blocks. I have columns though!
I threw this columns over the door to my studio and you miss some of the colors in the columns. So here is a snap of the back of the door with the missing color combos. It's a happy mess of fabrics!
I always try to pick my favorite column, some are bold and bright and some are more muted but stand out amazing when all sewn together. I think these may be a few of my favorite columns.
I sew this quilt top into two halves first. And then sew the halves together and I snapped a couple photos of the halves.
Then two halves become a whole quilt! Ta-da!
I just am so happy with how this quilt top turned out. I love the color transitions. I love the softer colors next to bolder colors. There is a little bit of sparkle to the quilt. YES!
The quilt looks different from every angle and I love that!
I found a new long arm quilter here in Portland, OR. Her name is Emily and she runs So Sunny Quilts. I love meeting other quilters, especially locals. It is fun to get to know more about our communities. Also, she only works like 2.5 miles from my house which is another big win. We decided on gold thread for the quilting and using the Time Warp pantograph. I love the texture and smooth edges to the quilting. It sort of plays up the "chaos" of Color Chaos.
No matter how many times I lint roll a quilt or find all the lose thread, I always find more. That is me picking any lose threads off the top.
We backed this quilt in Kona Sheen Dazzling Blue and we bound it in Kona Cotton Acid Lime. I love how the bright neon yellow/green frames the quilt. I wanted a happy binding instead of maybe a darker one that grounds it more.
I love shooting our quilts in this studio - Sunbeam PDX. The white walls, the big windows, the lush green trees outside, the plants inside, the furniture, the props. I just want to move in.
I also love that they have a big wall of shelves that you can style out. They already had all of this vintage glassware and I filled it in with fabric bundles and flowers and other props from around the studio. I love doing this kind of stuff.
I always appreciate how much variety Amy gets in our photoshoots. She is always thinking about different little set ups she can do. Different areas of the studio to shoot in. She directs me when I hop in the photos. And then she sends me the most gorgeous images ever. I love her!
All you need is one of these fabric bundles and you have all the fabric you need to make the Color Chaos Cover Quilt!
Amy told me to put my arm up, so I put my arm up. That is how these photoshoots work.
Also! We got to go on the roof of this building for this shoot. It has a beautiful view of the Fremont Bridge, the Train station and just the skyline itself.
There we go! You made it. So many photos, so much inspiration. I hope you enjoy making a Color Chaos quilt!