If you were to ask me 5 years ago what my least favorite color was, I would have quickly and enthusiastically insisted it was orange. I can’t even explain to you why. Maybe it was the orange-ish poofy 8th grade graduation dress I wore in 1990 that scarred me. I wish I had a picture to share. You’d totally be on my side. Imagine one poofy sleeve and layered ruffles. It was hideous!

But somewhere in my sewing world, the color orange started to grow on me. It started creeping into my projects in small doses. First it was a more muted version, let’s call it coral. I like coral! It’s pretty and on the pink-ish scale.

Fandango by Kate Spain for Moda was where I started to dig on corals.

But then, it’s more funky sister, Halloween orange (I’m talking bright, slap you in the eyeballs, orange) made its way into my fabric stash.

This was a recent purchase from Marmalade Fabrics. That have great fabric of the month clubs for the color wheel. How fitting that April's color is birthday month!
This was a recent purchase from Marmalade Fabrics. They have great fabric of the month clubs for the color wheel. How fitting that April’s color is orange…my birthday month!

Now I find myself looking for reasons to use orange. I just love the pop of excitement it adds to a quilt. It’s really becoming a favorite. Is it a trend? Who knows. But I’m loving it at the time and can’t get enough of it.

I made this pillow just to have some orange in my room
WIP from a year ago. Pulling this out made me fall in love with the fabrics again (Heirloom by Joel Dewberry). I really need to get working on this. 

I was playing with Anna Maria Horner’s Feather Bed pattern last night. I started making it with the gray background and I just wasn’t feeling it. In fact, I considered ditching the project altogether because I wasn’t all that excited about it. But I decided to try it against the orange background and I love it! It’s amazing what a pop of color will do to a project.

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I never intended to make the full quilt, but I think I’ll add a couple more feathers and make it a pillow.

The newest color on my dislike list….purple. Looking at my stash, I have no purple. I don’t hate it as enthusiastically as I thought I hated orange. But I’m curious if that will change soon too. Quilting has definitely changed how I look at color.

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