Category Archives: Colour Blog Series

Grey: Guest Posts {Nydia Kehnle + Nicole Daksiewicz}

This month’s color is Grey. We have two amazing guests this month. I am so excited for you to read their posts.

First up, is Nydia Kehnle. I met Nydia during Quiltcon 2015 and have always loved her work. Her improvisation quilt that included both machine quilting and hand quilting, won an award that year.  She is an amazing designer, and photographer. I have been so excited to see her quilt pattern/design collaboration with Alison Glass, her releases of embroidery designs and experimentation with improvisation. Recently, she has been teaching some of her techniques at Glamp Stitchalot and next year at Quiltcon. Check out her thoughts on photography and how it influences her use of Grey.

Instagram: @nydiak

Nicole, from Modern Handcraft, was one of the first people I met in this virtual crafting world. If you don’t know her, she has a great sense for modern design and craft beers/ciders. You might know her from her Hexie projects but she has recently been releasing some amazing new quilt patterns. Grey is one of her favorite neutrals. Find out how she uses grey in her projects and in naming her son ;-).

Blog: @modernhandcraft


Aqua + Teal: A Colour Blog Series

I love using aqua and teal in quilts, though aqua tends to be more common. There is so much variation in fabrics on the market today with these particular colors. I use them  often to add a pop of color, as a great intermediate color or to add more depth to a blue color palette.

Aqua + Teal with Blue

This quilt, that I recently finished for my son, is an example of adding a little more depth and variation to this very blue color palette. The use of teal and aqua helps the eye to continue to move over the quilt.


Aqua + Teal as a focal point

I used aqua with these improv. blocks originally just as a filler. As the blocks came together the aqua provided a focal point and pulls the viewer in.


Likewise, with this warm color palette the aqua stripes provide a focal point for the eye to rest within strong and busy prints.


Aqua + Teal balancing color

I use aqua and teal as a balancing color a lot. This first quilt, Moorish Pyramids, is made using Imprint line from Katarina Roccella. I love this line and for this quilt I was using the greys, whites and navy as neutrals.  The aqua and mustard provide the focus and balance for this quilt.


Another line from Katarina, Wonderland, is such a great girls line. As I was playing with the pinks and browns, I realized I needed something to balance this warm palette. The aqua print was perfect for adding the balance. And who would not like those great girl characters in this print.


The aqua and teal within Jungle Ave Tapa, provides a balance to the hot pink and the starkness of the white, without taking over the other colors. IMG_0406

Lastly, the aqua and teal in Phased Circles quilt, is a great intermediate color that worked alongside of the 3 warm colors; mustard, orange and hot pink. I do not think the blue or green would work as well with these. PhasedCirclesComplete

Aqua and Teal for Christmas

I like to use aqua, red and grey as an alternative to the traditional green and red palette for Christmas.  It’s one of my favorite combinations and used here for my Christmas Stocking.

Winner – Giveaway

The winner for this month, the $50 Fat Quarter Shop Gift Card and Fabric Bundle of Katarina Roccella’s Art Gallery Prints is Cathy W. Congratulations!! I will email you shortly for your details.

Aqua + Teal: Guest Post {Katarina Roccella} + Giveaway

This month is focused on Aqua and Teal. The fabulous Katarina Roccella, does an amazing job introducing the color for this month over on her blog today. She has used various shades of aqua/teal in each of her fabric collections. Her collections also have great complementary color palettes.

Left – Right: 1+2. Avant Garde; 3+4. Imprint; 5+6. Lavish.


To say thank you to all of you for following along on the color blog series, the above bundle of Katarina Roccella’s fabrics (provided by Art Gallery Fabrics) is up for grabs + a $50 gift card from Fat Quarter Shop.

All you need to do is leave a comment below on your favorite color and how you want to use it. I will post a winner October 30th at 6pm, along with my post for Aqua + Teal.