Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Not quite green with envy

More like baffled with green.
I've gone cold then hot then cold on the whole Emerald as Pantone color of the year idea. Why do I care, you ask? Because Ali over at a.squared.w is hosting an Emerald challenge, and I mentally jumped on board during my "hot" mindset. Plus, she extended the deadline to St. Patrick's Day (both fitting because of the green and helpful for all of us last-minute quilters).

The "hot" mindset started when I saw this post by Lindsay over at Hawthorne Threads. Suddenly emerald looked cool. Add in the fact that you could use any shade of green in your project, not just emerald, and I was sold.

I wanted to create a quilt inspired by the look of crops in fields, like these photos:

When I started sewing, I just didn't like it. Long story short, I went down a few variations, and ended up with the idea for angled strips of a variety of greens alternating with solid strips. 
But now I'm cold again, trying to decide what color to use with the solid strips. 

I started with dark brown, as that's what I'd bought for my original idea. Then, thinking opposites, I pulled out the leftover orange-red from my bullseye quilt. On another trip to the quilt store, I grabbed the mottled light green, cream, and the butterscotch color. 

What do you think? Do any of these colors grab you? Other ideas? I wandered through the quilt shop, holding my pieced green strips up to every color and nothing gave me that "ah ha!" moment.
I'd love to hear your opinion!

p.s. Linking up with WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced.
p.p.s. Okay, so my quilt has very little emerald in it. I know.


  1. Oh you should you should!!! Looking forward to seeing what you create :)

  2. I actually like the blue cutting mat you see behind the green. Maybe use blues?? Love your blog! I just finished a burp cloth sewing project - hoping to be as good as you someday. :) Hope all is well!

  3. I agree with Jenny, I thought the blue was already part of it, I like the cream, it looks like the grey in your picture. The orange-red looks a little to hot and distracts from the pretty greens. Good luck.

  4. What a great idea. I haven't seen green like in your picture for Months! I love the blue too. I also thought it was fabric. I like the grey and a small bit of brown, but worry about the red being too strong. Maybe small touches would be okay. I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with this. Good luck!

  5. I vote for the creamy/grey color! Lovely greens you've chosen!

  6. I'd try a narrow brown strip with a wider mottled green.

  7. I like all your strips with that. But I cannot get into the emerald thing at all. I love Ireland, but I don't have a lot of interest in making an Emerald quilt! :-) So, I get it!