Shades of Orange

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Unfortunately I had to take my photos without sunlight so the colors aren't very true and this post is about color. Oh well.
Orange! Yes I've been saying it is the new red. Well it is, sorta. Orange is a forgotten sister to red but some designers are taking it out for a spin lately. And I like it. Spring seems an odd time to use orange, I know. But I've joined Jan'e s rainbow color block swap. And I chose orange. If you are interested in a block swap go to Jane's blog and sign up. I think it will be fun.
My camera makes these oranges look sorta sickly. Sorry. I pulled a few orange fabrics off the shelf to consider using. I was wondering if I could use all the shades of orange. And the picture does show that there is a wide variety from very yellow orange to red orange and then brown orange. We'll see how it goes once I start cutting and sewing.
I chose this block to do. Everyone has been making bow ties lately and so I thought I'd get in on the act. This block finishes 12" (which is the required side for the exchange) and I get to make 4 little bow ties in each block so I think that means I can use 4 different fabrics with orange in each block. The swap is pretty simple. Everyone can choose the block and color they want to make as long as it measures 12" finished. And I only have to make nine - 12" blocks.

It isn't like I need another project. But I couldn't resist this one. Thanks Jane. And congrats on that new grand baby!

One more thing I've been meaning to tell you. Lori Holt has a new blog called Bee In My Bonnet. She likes bees too. Go see Lori and say hi. Lori is a local gal around my parts and a great quilt designer. She has fabulous ideas and her blog is great. We cruise the same local haunts but I haven't met Lori yet. We'll have to fix that soon.
Lori is a quilt designer after my own heart. She has designs around vintage ideas. Look at this incredible quilt. It is an applique quilt designed around Grandma's Kitchen and that is what it is called, too. Isn't it darling. My sister-in-law Lorraine has made several of Lori's quilts and they are stunning. I swiped this picture off Lori's blog to show you. I've added this quilt to my list of "wanna dos". It looks so fun. Check out Lori's side bar to see all her designs.

Have a great Wednesday everyone.

-nanette
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27 comments

Amanda said...

I know what you mean about oranges looking sickly in the wrong kind of lighting. I was putting some oranges together for a quilt and put away two of them because they looked yellow. The next day I was looking at them again because I didn't remember them being yellow. I looked at them in natural light, and, sure enough, they were orange.

Your block swap sounds like fun. I may have to go check that out. I love the bow tie pattern. I made three bow tie quilts for each of my three grand sons when they were born. They're fun to make.

rachel griffith said...

oh how fun.
i am in jen's color block swap.
you are going to have fun with this swap nanette.

and lori's quilt, grandma's ktichen, is too cute for words.

PamKittyMorning said...

Love Lori's work, so cute. Love your oranges and of course love bow ties!

PamKittyMorning said...

Love Lori's work, so cute. Love your oranges and of course love bow ties!

Busty LaRue said...

I LOVE your orange fabrics! Can't wait to see what the blocks end up looking like :)

Sherri said...

Thanks so much for the link to Lori's blog...I'd never seen her work before, and I LOVE it!!! I'm trying to decide about Jane's swap...I wasn't going to do any until I finished my PIF gifts, but her swap is so tempting! And your orange fabrics are great!

Dionne said...

I love your oranges! They look fun. Oh, it's a swap I haven't signed up for yet?! Wow, I'll have to check it out.
Cheers,
Dionne

ElizabethandJeff said...

Did they have that quilt hanging up at Broadbent's maybe a year or so ago? It looks so familiar. I love vintage stuff and can't wait to check out her blog.

I love orange. It always shocks me when somebody says they don't like it. It feels sunny and citrusy in the summer and makes you ready for pumpkins in the fall.

madrekarin said...

I love orange, it's such a happy color. So sad it is so maligned. I'm in love with the fabrics you have chosen. Pure orange delights!

em's scrapbag said...

Thanks for letting me know about the swap. I signed up. Should be fun.

Nedra said...

I just discovered Lori's blog last weekend also. Don't you just love her quilts? I've been frustrated in the past because she didn't even have a web site. Now a blog is even better because we get to read what is going through her brain as she creates!
I love the orange. I had never been an orange person until I moved to st. G and now it's all over my house. Who would have guessed?

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh Nanette, your oranges are going to be great, thanks for posting the swap, I just opened up a new section. and Lori's quilt, is a dream, how beautiful!

Jackie said...

I love the orange bright and happy! Lots of Vitamin C!

Catherine said...

Your orange fabrics are wonderful -- so cheerful and bright!! Need those on a grey day in March. :-)
Oh, that swap sounds like fun but I promised myself nothing, no swaps this year after I get the Four Seasons quilt finished. It's tempting, though ...

That new blog is wonderful! Thanks for posting the link!

Fiesta said...

I love that quilt Nanette. I will check out Loris blog. In the meantime check out my blog. Lily's quilt is all done!

Momoo said...

I agree orange is a very happy color. I also have problems getting my photos to reflect the actual color, they seem too bright or too dull much of the time. I've been seeing bow ties in blogland too. I plan to someday use my dad's old ties to make a bow tie wall hanging. Maybe I should do it soon.

oodlesandoodles said...

I'm starting to like orange, too. I have a few vintage pieces with little bits of orange, and they're so cheerful! I wouldn't want a house full of orange, but little bits here and there - yes! Barbara

Susan said...

I am an orange person especially paired with pink. A few weeks ago I was in JoAnn's and orange was calling to me so I brought home nine different cloths. When I see bright oranges I think spring and the country muted orange reminds me of autumn.

I am heading over to Lori's blog. Her "Grandma's Kitchen" is gorgeous.

Shari said...

Orange really gets a bad press but it is a fabulous colour! It's fresh and happy and perfect for spring! Your blocks will be fabulous!!!

pratima said...

Your choice of orange fabrics is wonderful.
What a fun swap. I'm knee deep in various projects to participate, but I'm going to enjoy it from the sidelines :)
Lori's Grandma's kitchen is so sweet. Thank you so much for the link. Her work is beautiful.

flora said...

Hey!
I met Lori in Broadbent's yesterday. I think we need to get her to come to Alpine one of these days!
For a retreat (really, in the works), or Tuesday night or lunch? Really! Her designs (and her blog) are so great.

Lori Holt said...

Nanette'
Thank you so much for telling your friends about my blog and showing my quilt. Your kind gesture and sweet words are SO appreciated.

I love the orange fabric- the swap sounds fun! I might have to check into it and see what it's all about:)
Thanks a bunch!
Lori

Rumi said...

I love orange! The bowtie blocks will really "pop" with your choice of fabrics!

Kaaren said...

Thanks for the head's up about Jane's swap. I just HAD to join in all the fun too!


Love the oranges. That would have been my choice but I got there too late. (wink)

Des said...

I need a tutorial on swaps. They overwhelm my brain. I think it's all the reading. :) I know it's necessary, but couldn't we have video instruction??? :)

I really, really want to do a swap of somekind. Just need to find the right swap for me.

Nan said...

I have been a fan of orange for quite some time now. I have some of the fabrics you show, and I love them! I haven't quite figured out what to do with them, but I do like the bowtie idea. I may copy you, Nanette.
I have seen Lori Holt's patterns before, and I think she's a very talented lady. I'll stop by and say hi to her.

happy zombie said...

I just recently discovered Lori and love her stuff... and her too. She reminds me of you... super wonderful awesome talented. SWAT!