Secret Garden Block 2 and a Coral Color Reflection

>> Monday, February 15, 2016

secret garden block 2

It's a long weekend here - Family Day today. I've already spent some time quilting this weekend and have the next Secret Garden Block to show for it! This is one of the many projects that Pat Sloan has going on this year. 

blocks 1 and 2 of the Secret Garden BOM

Block 1 and 2 of the Secret Garden designed by Pat Sloan

I really like how the blocks look together - the first one looks like it is expanding or *blooming* and the second one looks like it's retracting. Interesting how the coral color is becoming an accent. Already I am starting to browse through fabric collections to find a coral fabric I like to include as the sashing for the quilt.

A fun way to search for a color in fabric is using the color grid option at Hawthorne Threads. Check out the fabrics with coral in them from my recent search.

Coral is not really a color that I've used before - it's not peach and it's not pink. Somewhere in between. It's more of a shade of orange getting close to a pastel which I rarely choose.

border of halloween 1904 closeup

Which is interesting because, when I took part of my Halloween 1904 quilt top to my local quilt store, the comments were about how my oranges were more peachy than pure orange.

Somehow this turned into a color reflection! But that's part of what I love about working with colorful fabrics - they are always leading me down rainbows of discovery about myself and how I see the world.

What color are you playing with today?

With Joy,

Sarah Vanderburgh


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