Poof! Add a magic color to your quilts (blog hop + giveaway!)

From A Modern Twist

Welcome, all A Modern Twist blog hop-ees! We’re excited to be a stop on Natalie Barnes’s blog hop for her new book. Natalie is a contributor to popular Martingale books including Fun-Size Quilts, Kitchen Stitches, and Set the Table. We’re thrilled that she now has a book of her very own, which includes a special chapter written by famed machine quilter Angela Walters.

A Modern Twist offers solutions for those three Cs of quiltmaking that most quilters struggle with from time to time: color, contrast, and composition. In her friendly, you-can-do-it style, Natalie walks you through “best practices” for the three Cs that will inspire you to kick your quilts up a notch—all without complex sewing.

Square Rectangle quilt
“Square Rectangle” quilt from
A Modern Twist

For her blog hop, Natalie asked us to talk about one of the three Cs from A Modern Twist, and we chose COLOR. Here’s one of our favorite color tips from Natalie: have you tried it?


Use a “Magic” color to make a quilt sing

Magic colors are unexpected colors that really go with nothing else in the selected color scheme. The founders of the Little Quilts shop—Mary Ellen Von Holt, Alice Berg, and Sylvia Johnson—originally coined the term in the 1980s.

Magic colors in quilts

The magic color in my quilt “Hexagon Scramble,” which consists primarily of Halloween colors, is the lilac pink.

Hexagon Scramble quilt
“Hexagon Scramble” from
A Modern Twist

When you think of Halloween, you typically think of oranges, grays, and blacks, maybe even a dark purple. Pink brings to mind spring, bunnies, sundresses, and sandals—completely unexpected. A color like this is to be used sparingly, as a . . . well . . . a zinger! A surprise. A treasure. An unexpected gem.


A Modern TwistYou’ll find more tips for improving the color, contrast, and composition of your quilts in A Modern Twist—use Natalie’s advice again and again! You’ll also learn to:

  • Twist and turn simple blocks to create impressive, random-looking designs
  • Trust unusual color combinations and choose fabrics with confidence
  • Play with the three Cs in 13 projects: quilts, table runners, wall hangings, place mats, and quilted storage boxes

How do you choose color for your quilts: stick with a tried-and-true formula, fly by the seat of your (thread-covered) pants, or a little of both? Tell us in the comments and you could win a signed copy of A Modern Twist! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

Follow the A Modern Twist blog hop each day and enter to win a copy of the book, signed by Natalie herself!

Sunday, March 1: Natalie Barnes at beyond the reef
Monday, March 2: Latifah Saafir at Latifah Saafir Studios
Tuesday, March 3: Teri Lucas at Generation Q Magazine
Wednesday, March 4: Julie Herman at Jaybird Quilts
Thursday, March 5: Martingale at Stitch This! (that’s us!)
Friday, March 6: Rose Hughes
Saturday, March 7: Amy Smart at Diary of a Quilter
Sunday, March 8: Carolyn Friedlander
Monday, March 9: Victoria Findlay Wolfe
Tuesday, March 10: Amy Ellis at Amy’s Creative Side
Wednesday, March 11: Angela Walters at Quilting is my Therapy


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