Ali at A.squared.W is hosting the Pantone's 2013 Color of the Year Quilt Challenge! I've been excited about this for a while but honestly, didn't really get busy on it until this past week. Nothing like leaving it to the last minute! Ali has a few rules for the competition. There are three different categories to enter: minis, quilts, and tops. To make your quilt, you can use greens (based off of emerald), a neutral, and one other color.
Mine is (obviously) a topper!
When I first heard of this challenge, my mind immediately went to The Wizard of Oz, and the emerald city! I knew I wanted to head down that road for my quilt. I knew I wanted my quilt to be scrappy with squares (my latest interest in quilting) and to mimic the skyline of the emerald city - and have a nod to the yellow brick road!
I'm planning on using Lizzy House Pearl Bracelets ( I think) for the backing, and probably yellow or white for the binding (any preferences?).
This topper measures 40 x 40 inches. I used only 2.5 x 2.5 inch squares for the entire quilt. I love how scrappy it is! Some of the fabrics are: Lizzy House Pearl Bracelets, Amy Butler Kabash in Emerald (home dec), Ovals Remixed, and a couple random fat quarters from my local quilt shop. Here are the fabrics I pulled all lined up (well, most of them - some were scraps that I added in).
Be sure to check out some of the other entries - everyone has done a spectacular job!
I had so much fun making this! It was so neat to work within a few parameters but to just have free rein to go at it without a pattern. I'm learning more and more about what defines my style as a quilter - and doing this really made me think more clearly about what I like in quilts!
Take care yall and enjoy this gorgeous weather! We definitely will be! :)