The Value of Coral: A Work in Progress

Coral is just about the perfect color as far as I’m concerned.  It sits so nicely between pink and orange which is one of my favorite color combinations.  So when Pantone announced the color of the year for 2019, I was ecstatic!  So far this is my second project to incorporate Living Coral, and I have another in the works that has lots of coral pieces included in a wider color scheme.

I think a lot about value when I design a quilt, and success of this particular design depends on it.  A monotone interpretation of the color Coral helps create the illusion of dimension.  Living Coral has a value that sits near the middle of the value scale, so I selected two lighter fabrics and one darker fabric for the design.  Since coral doesn’t easily go to a really dark value without drastically muting the color, I selected a dark violet for the receding squares. The dark, cool color ended up setting off the coral nicely.

I have thoroughly enjoyed exploring a mostly monotone quilt with more traditional piecing techniques, and I can’t wait to finish it up!

Quilt (top) Stats

Title:  The Value of Coral

Size: 42″ x 56″

Techniques:  Machine Piecing

Fabric:  Solids

Thread: Pieced with 50wt Aurifil

This quilt top is my entry in the 2019 Pantone Quilt Challenge hosted by No Hats in the House and Bryan House Quilts.  I hope you will check out all of the exciting entries!

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My Year of Color

The majority of my social media time is spent on Instagram, and that is where the majority of my projects are shared first (although the blog posts are far more thorough!)  If you don’t already follow me on IG you can see my profile page here.  We all go through different phases in our creative processes, and I think its fun to try to identify trends in our own work.  One company that helps us do this is Makelight, which offers free individual color reports based on your Instagram posts at yearofcolour.com.  This is what my year looks like in color:

2018 Year of Color

I feel like this year’s report matches my personal aesthetic more than the one from 2017.  The increase in bright, warm colors makes me very happy!  They both have a lot more brown happening than I would have hoped, but since I take the straight-on photographs of my finished quilts on the side of a brown house, I suppose this will continue to be an issue!

2017 Year of Color

If you have Instagram, have you tried this out?  Do you think the colors accurately represent your year?