Colors, Winning, and Stashing

I haven’t kept count so I can’t calculate the odds, but I’ve commented (and jumped through other hoops) on many a give-away. Well, blow me away, I finally won one! The give-away was at Susan’s Desertsky blog back in early May. Having more restraint than usual, I didn’t shop with my coupon till last week; I wanted to wait till I had an idea. And after my trip through eastern Washington on the way to Wisconsin, I had the beginnings of a color plan from the high desert.

So  a few color palette exercises later, and I was off to the Dakota Cabin site to order from their selection of Moda Bella Solids. No suspense, here are the fabrics I chose.

fabric selection

The top one, peach, appeared on several of my palette exercises; the other three just looked like what I thought I was seeing. I’ll have to keep shopping for the in-between values, but that will keep till I have a better idea of what I want to do.

Here are a couple more color palettes from my travel photos.

first palette

This one gave me a nice selection of the peachy hues. The darks are the inside of the train–not really part of the scene. But I almost always like at least a wee bit of dark, so I kept them.

I tried this one for more greens.

palette trying for greens

I see so much green here, so many tints, tones, and shades. Yet when I move the circle to try to capture one of them, the color is often a variation of brown/peach. I’m thinking I need a close up with a larger area of each green; otherwise it seems the color selected is some sort of composite.  At least I have a start. (I’ll just have to do a repeat trip. 🙂    )

Back when I started to play with Palette Builder, I tried to remember who had led me to it. I’d saved the URL, but not the blogger who introduced me.  Today when I read this color inspiration post, I figured Kitty Wilkin of Night Quilter must have been my source. Palette Builder is a great toy, though I’d not rely on it fully for color decisions.

Linking with Molli Sparkles Sunday Stash



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7 responses to “Colors, Winning, and Stashing

  1. Congratulations! I, too, if given the chance, would shop for solids right now. Pretty selections. Funny how so many people think of deserts as brown…they aren’t.

  2. quilt32

    I think you made some good choices with your winning coupon.

  3. Palette Builder is such a great toy! I can’t remember where I first saw it either, but I suspect it was here…
    So, thanks!

  4. dezertsuz

    I think your color choices were excellent! Those are all colors that come to mind when I think of northern Arizona, which is high desert, and home of the painted desert.

  5. Cher

    you did great! good luck in collecting more fabrics to go with what you have in mind…

  6. Lovely fabric picks!! There’s a good chance you saw the palette builder on my blog since I play with it weekly, but it’s SUCH a fun tool that I wouldn’t be surprised if you saw it elsewhere, too! Thanks for linking, and I am looking forward to seeing where your inspiration takes you! I’ve been meaning to make a quilt directly from a color palette and haven’t had the chance yet. Maybe I’ll boomerang the inspiration right back from you and choose a palette!

  7. Well, that was wonderful to win! Lovely fabrics too!

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