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One of my favorite features in my newsletters is my Kona color palettes. Today I'm sharing my latest here with you.

Through some technical research I selected Surf as the Kona color closest to PANTONE's Classic Blue, their color of the year for 2020. I used PANTONE's provided hex code for Classic Blue and compared to my Adobe library of Kona swatches.

Each of these Kona palettes uses Surf in the top position. Colors are listed in clockwise order, starting from the top.

(1) Surf, Lake, Cyan, Storm, Copen, Oyster.


(2) Surf, Breeze, White, Acid Lime, Limelight, Geranium.


(3) Surf, Peacock, Cerise, Black, Deep Blue, Valentine.


(4) Surf, Glacier, Cactus, White, Limelight, Teal Blue.

I find inspiration from a variety of locations. Check out today's newsletter to see where my inspiration for the third palette came from.


I've only scratched the surface of what you could partner with Classic Blue. More palettes are certainly forthcoming.

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I was inspired after I finishing my last 6 blocks to continue and finish my Waterfall quilt top. I started by putting all the blocks up on the design wall. With this type of project a person could move blocks around for a long time, but I opted to stick with the initial layout and get to sewing. I made just one switch as I was trimming and sewing the blocks together.

I'm so happy with the colors in this project, all chosen from my shelves a year ago when I started the project. The beauty in this pattern comes from having a range of values. I used the black and white photo below to check that my fabrics had a wide range of values. This is a great trick for assessing value when you are using prints and/or multiple colors.

The Waterfall quilt pattern is by Amy Ellis of Amy's Creative Side. My version is the (generous) baby quilt size, 45" x 54", which we will use as a small lap quilt. I love that it's a pattern you could make multiple times and they'd all be a little different.

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I submitted three quilts to QuiltCon and all three will be staying home with me come February. I'm bummed to not be able to attend the show this year due to a variety of schedule conflicts on my end. Congratulations to everyone who will have quilts hanging in Austin and to everyone who put their work out there and submitted to the show.


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Pantone Ultra Violet All About Angles (also a workshop I teach)


Modern Antique Tiles


If you'd like to see more of the amazing quilts that aren't going to QuiltCon, check out the #quiltconreject hashtag on Instagram.

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