Blog hop! How to build color palettes for quilts (+ giveaway!)


Beyond NeutralWelcome to our stop on John Adams’ blog hop for his book Beyond Neutral: Quilts Inspired by Nature’s Elements. John issued a special challenge to his blog-hop participants. The mission, if we chose to accept it:

1. Choose an inspiring photograph from nature.
2. Use the subject or colors from the photograph to create a color palette that you might use in a quilt.
3. Create a collage of fabric choices based on your photograph.

Accept the challenge we did! Our marketing graphic designer, Sarah, was ready to give John’s idea for choosing quilt colors a try. Here’s how she approached the experiment.

Sarah's nature color palette
Photo © Bogdaniacob | – Autumn Landscape Photo

Sarah's Beyond Neutral color palette
Sarah’s fabric choices, top row, from left: Golden Illusion from Essentials by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery; River Ripples from Emmy Grace by Bari J for Art Gallery; Deep Water Provincial from Botanique by Joel Dewberry for Free Spirit; Chestnut Cloud Cover from Bungalow by Joel Dewberry for Free Spirit. Center row, from left: Orange Diamonds from A Beautiful Thing by Zoe Pearn for Riley Blake Designs; Teal Aztec Ikat from Botanique by Joel Dewberry for Free Spirit; Cream Stampede from August by Sarah Watts for Cotton + Steel; Green Ticking Stripe from Savannah by Dear Stella. Bottom row, from left: Dark Indigo Cotton Solid from American Made for Clothworks; Dark Rust Cotton Solid from American Made for Clothworks; Cantaloupe Mini Confetti Dot from Savannah by Dear Stella; Gold Mini Confetti Dot from Savannah by Dear Stella.

Sarah says: “I LOVED using John’s method to create a color palette for a quilt! Since I started quilting, I’ve been afraid to combine fabrics that weren’t already part of a fabric line. After trying this, I feel much better about my ability to mix orphan fabrics, whether from my stash or from last season’s leftovers that I found at the quilt shop with favorite new fabrics.”

Are you up for John’s challenge? Create your own color palette from a nature photograph, pair it with a quilt from Beyond Neutral, and upload it to Facebook, Pinterest, or Instagram with the hashtag #beyondneutral. We’d love to see what you come up with!

Quilts from Beyond Neutral

> See all 16 nature-inspired quilts in Beyond Neutral

(buy the book, get the eBook FREE)

Now that we’re all inspired to make our own versions of John’s gorgeous quilts, we’ve got a copy of the Beyond Neutral eBook to give away! For your chance to win, tell us:

What part of nature inspires you most: the land, the sea, or the sky?

Leave your answer in the comments and you’ll be automatically entered to win. We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck!

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Katherine, who says:

“Landscapes inspire me the most. Earthy tones with bold colors of the flowers. Thanks for the opportunity for a freebie.”

Katherine, we’ll email you about your prize. Congratulations!

Follow the Beyond Neutral blog hop for even more chances to win the eBook:

Monday, August 25: Quilt Dad
Wednesday, August 27: Stitch This! (that’s us!)
Friday, August 29: Sara Lawson
Tuesday, September 2: Molli Sparkles
Thursday, September 4: Cut to Pieces
Wednesday, September 10: Lily’s Quilts
Monday, September 15: Fat Quarter Shop
Tuesday, September 16: Jaybird Quilts
Wednesday, September 17: Quilts from the Attic
Friday, September 19: Mrs. Schmenkman Quilts
Wednesday, September 24: Monica Solorio
Friday, September 26: Katy Jones


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