Pantone Quilt Challenge 2019 Living Coral

Hello, hello! Today I’m sharing a few pics of my entry for this year’s Pantone Quilt Challenge, generously hosted by No Hats in the House and Bryan House Quilts.

Category: “Just the Top”

Size: 56″ x 56″

Quilt name: Parthenos Quilt

Country: Canada

Parthenos Quilt Pantone Quilt Challenge

The colour this year is Living Coral. I went for the brightest possible coral I could find (Kona Orangeade) paired with Kona Shell.

Pantone quilt challenge

My design inspiration (in addition to coral itself) is Oscar Niemeyer’s Brasilia architecture (pictured below is the Alvorada Palace, Photo from Wikipedia under Creative Commons licence; coral image from Pantone).

Pantone Living Coral Brasilia inspired

While researching a name for the quilt I went down a real rabbit hole about coral reproduction and then plant and animal reproduction in general and have christened this … the Parthenos Quilt.

Parthenos Quilt



My favorite 2- and 3-color modern quilt patterns

Over in the Modern Color Workshop for quilters we’ve been talking about solid color, so I thought I’d share some of my favourite modern patterns for trying out any new and interesting color combinations that have caught your eye (whether they came about through the workshop or are some of those lucky matches that arise by happenstance in your sewing work space).

Signal Modern Mini Quilt

First up is actually one of my own: the Signal Modern Mini Quilt. If you’re looking for a bite-sized project, this is it. Coming in at around 19″ x 19″ it makes for a nice modern wall hanging and is a good way to play around with colors some more without making a big commitment.

Woven Diamonds

Next up is the Woven Diamonds pattern by Peony and Fern. You may recall I made a version of this using a mix of prints, and I was so happy with how quickly it came together and how it turned out. Claire’s original design calls for three colors, and the results are really striking.

Tuesday Plaid

This Tuesday Plaid quilt pattern by Seemed to Be quilts is on my to-do list. It’s such a sweet and elegant design that takes advantage of different tones of the same color to create that woven plaid effect. So technically this is more than three colors but I very much wanted to include it hear because it’s such a fun opportunity to play with color value.


Finally, the Sonoran Chain Quilt is a gorgeous new pattern from Village Bound Quilts. You can see in the photo below the completely different impact you can achieve by choosing shades of a different colors and placing them on a black versus white background. The pink/coral version seems ethereal, almost translucent, while the black version has tons of graphic pop, almost like the electric glow of a Lite Brite set.


image credit : all photos courtesy and property of their respective quilt pattern creators




Milky Way Sampler quilt pattern by Blossom Heart Quilts

I just sent my Milky Way Sampler quilt off to the long armer for some deluxe treatment, then realized I hadn’t posted about it yet! So here’s a little rundown, to be followed up with the finished product once the quilt is back and bound.

paper pieced star quilt pattern

The Milky Way Sampler Quilt blocks

This foundation paper piecing pattern by Alyce of Blossom Heart quilts was so fun to make. Each block in this sampler is named for a star in the milky way.

paper pieced star quilt block

One of the things I love about Alyce’s design is that it takes advantage of what paper piecing does best: crisp lines and sharp points. What better way to highlight this than with prismatic stars?

star quilt block

Quilt color palette

For my stars I was trying for a mid-century colour scheme … I’m not sure if I really achieved that but I am really happy with the mix of bright-but-slightly-muddy ‘almost solids’ I used, mostly prints by Libs Elliott, Cotton and Steel, and Carolyn Friedlander. The little samples below are all from the Cotton and Steel Add it Up series, in a super soft unbleached cotton.

Quilt color palette

Quilt layout

Originally this project ran as a block-of-the-month, with twelve blocks, but the bundled pattern includes the deluxe center star, which gives you the perfect place to pull all of your sampler colours together in one block. (Without the center star you can use an alternate layout in which the blocks are in rows and not set on point.)

Milky Way Sampler Quilt by Blossom Heart Quilts


Midway through my blocks I found the perfect backing, this dreamy constellation-y print from Lizzy House’s Print Making collection.

Lizzy House mid-century fabric


Next step for my Milky Way Sampler as I mentioned is long arm quilting and binding.For the binding, I’m thinking something scrappy but I’m not sure. (Suggestions welcome!)


Milky Way Pattern by Blossom Heart Quilts

Lizzy House Printmaking fabric, from The Workroom

Classes I took to first learn paper piecing:

Polk Block: Paper Piecing with Scraps

Paper-pieced Quilts