It didn’t look that way!!

Have you ever looked at fabric in the store and then had it look completely different at home?

The most likely culprit is the lighting, but it could also be because of the background that the fabric is sitting on.

Here is an example…..

I was pulling fabric for my “Olive Inspiration” block and took a photo to add to the blog. This was the photo……

No No No….that is NOT the color of my fabrics and I would NEVER eat an olive that was this color!!! Actually, I would never eat an olive anyway, but that is another story!!

I took a second photo, this time against a white background…..

YES….THAT is the true color of the fabric!!

So, if the camera sees the colors differently based on what the background is, would the eye not do the exact same thing??

Today’s Terrific Tuesday Tip is…..

AUDITION FABRICS ON A NEUTRAL BACKGROUND!!!

It will make a world of difference!!!

Back to Black and White

Do you ever look at fabrics and wonder exactly which ones are lighter in value?

You would think that it would be an easy task, but sometimes the eye is NOT as sensitive as we think. OR, more probably, our mind is not as sensitive at developing the picture that our eye sees!!

You can purchase these color evaluator glasses….

……OR….. take a photo of your fabrics….

….and then save that photo as a Black & White image……


It works great and is available wherever your phone is!!!


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Another “Color of the Year”

When I posted about the Pantone Color of the Year, several people commented that there was also a “KONA Color of the Year” so I knew that I had to check it out.

KONA is a line from Robert Kaufman Fabrics that features only solids.

For 2022, they announced that the Color of the Year was COSMOS!!!!

Like the Pantone color of the year, I can get into this one!!!

As I did more searching about this color, I came across the Missouri Quilt Company page that features this color, and they provided several FREE patterns for quilts featuring Cosmos….

You might want to check them out for yourself!!

Now that I used the Pantone color (Veri Peri) to pick fabrics for a quilt, I guess that I need to do the same with Cosmos!!!


What do you think about this color? Is it something that you would ever use??

What would your color of the year be???

Challenge finished….almost

Throughout this past year, I have been involved in the 2021 Monthly Color Challenge presented by “Patterns by Jen“. This challenge was based on food….my favorite inspiration!!!

During the year I have enjoyed Lemons, Limes, Blueberries, Cherries, Pineapple, Pumpkin, Yams, Potatoes, Eggplant, Oranges, Grapefruit, and Olives…..

Now that the challenge has ended, it is time to put the quilt together…..

OR IS IT???

In 2022 there is ANOTHER challenge…..this time focusing on spices……

Now, doesn’t THAT sound interesting!!

So, instead of completing my quilt for 2021, I am going to keep the blocks and wait until I have finished the 2022 challenge. That way I can make a larger quilt and enjoy the results of both years of blocks.

Why don’t you think about joining me on this new journey? Check it out HERE.

There are a number of challenge participants who have actually finished their quilt!! Check these out…..

Everyone Deserves a Quilt

Daybrook Designs

True Blue Quilts

Create With Claudia

Ending with Olives

I recently finished the 2021 Monthly Color challenge from Patterns By Jen. The last block was based on one of my UN-favorites…..olives!!

My best memory of olives was seeing trees in the Duoro Valley of Portugal….

I sure wish that they tasted as good as they look!!!

I bought a bottle….

…and spent a little time examining the inspiration…..

It was fun to look thru my fabric and pick the perfect colors…..

I thought that the print was reminiscent of the pimentos stuffed in each olive.

Cutting was easy (just 4 squares)…so easy that I failed to take a photo before I started sewing…..

In a matter of minutes, I had the 1/4-square triangles made….

And three seams later, the block was finished….

Each month we are supposed to share our favorite recipe using the food, but that is impossible for me to do. However, Michael does enjoy a martini, so here it is…..

This has been a fun challenge and I have learned or perfected a number of techniques during the year.

Now I can’t wait for the 2022 Spice Challenge to start…..

Why don’t you join me??

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