Tuesday, August 11, 2015

2015 Summer Book Club: Simply Color by Vanessa Christenson

Hello everyone! Welcome back to our 2015 Summer Book Club. Today, we're chatting about our love of color through the Simply Color books by Moda Fabrics Designer, Vanessa Christenson of V & Co
Who can resist these sweet books packed with beautiful photographs and a series of patterns that focus on one color at a time. There's Red, Orange, & Yellow (with Blue, Purple, and Green on the way). It's definitely a collector's item for color lovers! 

Although we love color, we love monochromatic hues as well. Jocelyn decided to create the Creamsicle quilt in Modern Background Paper collection and Black Bella Solids
Our pattern writer, Krystal decided to make the Star Student bag into an Ipad case with a mixture of Cotton + Steel and L's Modern Basics by Lecien Fabrics. 

Now for our 2015 BIG BOOK GIVEAWAY! We are giving away a stash of our favorite books and some surprise prizes to one lucky winner. For a chance to win, here is how to enter...
1. Let us know what your favorite color to use in your quilts is in the comment section of the blog!
2. Winner will be announced September 5, 2015

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MaryAnn Guappone said...

Recently, I have been trying to put a bit of turquoise in every thing I do. It is fun to see how I can work it in.

Phyllis Jaco said...

I'm enjoying Red, now.

Billy'sgirl said...

I use a great deal of pink, sometimes a very pale pink as background fabric, but mostly pink prints as the focus fabric.

Anne D said...

Blue is a favourite colour so often appears in my quilts. Thanks for a great giveaway.

Gretchen said...

Purple is my favorite color and I have quite a few purple quilts. I'm adding the Purple Simply Color book to my list :)

Debby said...

I seem to include some shade of red in everything I make lately. Thanks for the giveaway.

Pat said...

I am drawn to blue which finds its way into nearly every one of my quilted projects. Thanks for the giveaway! peks1001(at)yahoo(dot)com

Afton Warrick said...

I love blue in the for of aqua, teal, and turquoise.

Laurie said...

Red by far. Almost every quilt I make has red in it somewhere. My kitchen is even done in vintage red and white. Red makes me happy.

Linda said...

Hi,I'm liking grays lately>gray+aqua,gray+raspberry,gray+black. Thanks for sharing!
msstitcher1214@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

My favorite color to use in quilts right now is pink. But I certainly like pink, blue, red, yellow, and green.

Jan Sessions at jcmcenter@msn.com

hollymade said...

I love to use greens in my quilts.

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

I like to add yellow, sometimes the gold form of yellow and sometimes sweet pure yellow.

Ecochic said...

White! I love it as a sashing to tone down whatever colour scheme I have going on. It is a great go to when I create modern takes on classics.

Janet M said...

I love how Aqua looks with the right shade of almost any color.

Kellie Warren said...

I am in a GREEN phase right now. It really pops. You can go so many shades with it and it always looks great but i really love the kelly greens and lime greens for ppretty color.

Kate said...

I'm currently loving the mint-aqua-teal family. Thanks!

Rebecca said...

My favorite quilts all seem to have white backgrounds. It is just so fresh and happy. I've played with other background colors, but my favorite is always clean white.

ME said...

Purple, no contest! However, not many of the people I make for like purple, so grey is my runner up.

Susie said...

Oh I do love red and yellow

Patti Snyder said...

I've recently started putting a bit of yellow in all of my quilts - it just seems to give them a happy glow. Thanks for the chance to win!

HeatherK @ A Reformed Heath'n said...

I find blues popping up more often than other colors. No matter how I try, those are the prints and solids I'm drawn to most =)

Alice Cristina Porosanu said...

Red has been my choice for the last few months. Thanks for the chance to win!

mama dub said...

I love all colors in quilts but my real favorite is red. Thanks for the chance to win.

Ava Troxler said...

I always seem to try to find a way to include purple. It doesn't work all the time, but I give it my best shot. Also, I'm enjoying the turquoise and red with white combinations like what is in Winter Wonderland.

Amista Baker said...

Mine is most definitely Aqua/teal. It's a great unisex color and can be used in lots of quilts :)

linda schiffer said...

My most favorite color for quilting with is indigo - combined with white, cream, gold, red ... many beautiful choices.

:) Linda

p.stitches said...

Blue is my favorite and I want to make a quilt with aqua/mint colors.

Lauradublin said...

At the moment I'm loving orange!

Andrea York said...

All shades of blue! maybe with a bit of green. My favorite colors!

Debbi said...

Pink is my favorite. I try to sneak it in!

Sigi G said...

Does white count?? Since I've started to quilt - I just love all bright colors, but it is still hard to move away from my favorite, white, 'background' fabric :)!!

Meghan Heslin said...

Love blue and it appears in most of my quilts:)

magistra said...

I definitely have to have some teal, usually as a main color, but definitely in there somewhere in almost everything I do. Luckily, my daughters like teal, too :)

Regina said...

My motto is that every quilt needs a little blue in it!! I am eagerly anticipating Venessa's Blue book.

Lisa Marie said...

Aqua seems to find its way into most of my quilts -- it looks good with so many other colors!

Strlady said...

Every quilt must have some red in it. I often bind my quilts in Red.

dortha said...

I love blue but also red. I like to make scrap quilts so really they need some of every color.

WalkingWithFeathers said...

Grey has always been a favorite, but one day I'll start including my favorite colors to wear - fiery oranges and corals, minty turquoise sand sea glass.

Georgi said...

I love blue ~ from aqua to teal to navy! Thanks for the chance ~ fingers crossed!!

Patty D from NC said...

A blue /aqua / teal color is my favorite. Thanks for a chance to win!

Jaia said...

I've using grey in everything lately. It's such a great color that goes with everything!

Carol said...

I love the V & Co. color books too, looking forward the the purple, green and blue. My favorite color to use in my quilts is Aqua.

Vicky said...

Blue for me. Dark or light, I don't care.

Diana @ Red Delicious Life said...

By far, my favorite color to add to all my quilts is aqua!

Lauren Block said...

Aqua makes me most happy and I really think it goes with just about everything!

Caity-Jo said...

Dark chocolate brown is my choice.

Deb said...

I love quilting with REDs.

Mine-rSewFun said...

I would have to say green...especially the softer shades. Such a relaxing, inspiring color for me!

Cindy Grimm said...

I love using yellow in my quilts. Yellow just always makes me smile.

Mary Roberts said...

I almost always have purple somewhere in my quilts.

Fribble said...

Another vote for yellow.

Esther Grimes said...

I've been really slow to get on the gray bus but I'm finally realizing how the right shade can be just the right thing.

Maggie Miller said...

Red seems to brighten up quilts, giving them a pop of color.

Susan McGlasson said...

I have to say red. Seems to go with almost anything! Thanks for such a great giveaway!

Melissa said...

I love rainbow! But if I have to pick only one color, I pick purple :)

Jette said...

I love using orange/ curry all the burnt colors.
In my repro quilt I love to use as many colors as possible.

Anonymous said...

I am pretty to new to quilting. So I haven't chosen one color over another a whole lot yet. I really love them all. Purple does have a soft place in my heart though.

determineddebby at gmail dot com

Christine M said...

I love using red when I can.

Elaine K said...

I like using red!

Kathy Davis said...

My favorite color to incorporate is red!
kdavis1@centurytel.net

Diane Motley said...

I always seem to find a way to include blue.

Hildy said...

That's an easy one: white, aqua and red! White is almost always there, aqua most of the time and I think red in every second quilt.

Denise said...

Orange. I always have a piece of orange in every quilt. It is like a secret signature for me and my favorite color since childhood. I have done lots of quilts in orange and white only.

Steve & Nicole Worthington said...

My favorite color is purple, however, my last few quilts have had a touch of orange in them. I love the way the bright color makes the pattern sparkle.

Pank said...

My favorite color to work with is pink!

Debbie B said...

My favorite colors right now seem to be purple, orange and teal. Thanks for the giveaway!

KathyinMN said...

Its blue. I try other colors, really I do, but its always a blue of some shade that's my favorite.

Annette said...

It must be green. I seem to have so much green scraps.

Sheila said...

Red's the color for me. Thanks for the give away!

debbie said...

I like pink in my quilts.

Diane Beavers said...

Warm like the sun:) orange, gold, yellow, red.
Thank you!

Rebecca Parsons said...

Navy!! It's so much my favorite color I really view it as a nutral :)

The Reader said...

Any and all shades of blue.....always.

Rebecca said...

Chocolate Brown!!!
I mean...what can go wrong with a rich deep chocolate?

I find myself reaching for it a lot to balance out a quilt combo or solve a problem in someone else color play.

caroldee said...

Black and Yellow
I have several stacks of them
and can't cut them.

Kathy said...

blue - I'm a blue girl through and through

Bonny from Cat Den Mountain said...

Green is my favorite color but it doesn't always make its way into a quilt.

Donna W said...

Green is my favorite color - any shade!

Abby said...

I love red, purple, and gold.

K Hardy said...

Always Red !

Rosemary said...

This is a really tough question. I've always been a green/teal/blue person but I love a touch or splash of red.

Laura said...

My favorite colour is blue-blue-green family. Fun giveaway. Thanks.

Lynn said...

My favorite color to use would be turquoise. It seems to coordinate well with just about any color and adds a beautiful pop of color to any project.

Shasta Matova said...

My favorite color to use in a quilt varies depending on my mood and the season. Right now, I think my favorite colors in quilts are turquoise, orange, pink, and teal.

Missy said...

Lately I'm really enjoying turquoise!

wanda said...

I love blue, so I make a lot of my quilts blue with purple in them.

Alexandra Sparks said...

Blue is my favorite color but I seem to be using lots of multi-colored batiks lately.

Anita said...

Has always been purple.

George Couldry said...

Lately I can't resist teal. It's such a wonderful pastel. I have a wine bottle that is just tinged a slight yellow color and has a teal foil at the neck. I think it would be a great color combo for a quilt.

Dyane Frig said...

Love, love, love red. Red adds such a vibrant color to quilts.

LeAnne said...

Blues and purples seem to creep into most of my quilts.

Kathy H said...

I have been loving the yellow and orange combination this summer.

Audrey said...

I like to add a touch of teal to my quilts. The colour makes me so happy. Thanks for offering this awesome giveaway.

Anonymous said...

Even though my favorite color is purple. I love quilts with brown and pink.

Chris Prager
christine_prager@yahoo.com

Dee said...

I AM DEFINITELY A RED GIRL:) MY SECOND COLOR IS YELLOW. THANK YOU FOR ALL THE EDUCATION YOU PRESENT I YOUR BLOG!!!

robin said...

Gotta have some red!

Alexis said...

It's not my favorite color, but I've been using tons of blue recently and am really enjoying the results.

Cari A said...

I love to add red to a lot of my quilts. It just makes them Pop!

Anonymous said...

My favorite color is blue but I love all colors in my quilts and tend to use a lot of colors. Thanks so much for the chance to win :)
Debby E
samtaylorcjsmimi at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

I've only made baby quilts so I've used lots of padtel but I'm making a big quilt next with lots of purple!
mabay1981@gmail.com

Jeannie A said...

My fav colors are blue and yellow... honestly I love all colors in my quilts!

Sorcha girl said...

I cannot say that I have a favorite color, other than white for backgrounds. My quilts have been crafted from a variety of colors based on the fabric's design and the intended recipient. This year I challenged myself to use light gray in the background with navy prints. I liked the look. Thanks for a chance in the giveaway. These books have been on my reading list.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

My favorite color to use in my quilts is turquoise!

PegP said...

I am on a bit of a teal tangent at the moment. But generally I am all over the colour wheel.

Studio TBF said...

Always have a punch of red.

Anonymous said...

Since I am a printed fabric freak I love all colors....but lean more to the fall colors, and I think rust is my favorite. I also love teal with the other fall colors. An since orange is the new black, loving it as well! See, can't decide! Thanks for the chance to win a new book. I need the inspiration! Helen G. hrglover@hotmail.com

Janna Saeger said...

My favorite colors are brights any bright color will do.

Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net said...

I love scrap quilts, so all colors are used, but I do have a redwork quilt in progress.

KMSC said...

My favorite color is purple so a bit of purple makes it into almost every quilt I make. Thanks for the giveaway!

Cindy Mizer said...

Blue, and turquoisey blue.

Lynda said...

I am obsessed with orange - not an easy color to put in some projects - so I have been working with greys - there are so many shades of grey (no pun intended) to work with!

Unknown said...

I love aqua and turquoise. Those colors often appear in my quilts. Thanks for the opportunity to win the prizes. Also, thank you for the information and inspiration I get from Jolly Jabber!

Nancy said...

My favorite is purple

Valerie Pate said...

My favorite color is pink and I use it whenever I can...all shades of pink. It just makes me happy :)

Kathy said...

Generally it's blues and greens, but lately I'm favoring yellow. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Anne said...

I love blue...it goes with everything!

Leigh K. said...

a color in the maroon - plum family

Denise Mitchell said...

I like working with oranges and yellows!

Linda Cejnar said...

I have mostly blues and purples in my stash. The quilt I'm working on is a multi-colored rainbow hue batik. ljbisme at msn dot com

sewok said...

Color for the summer and I guess for always is blue. I love working with it. Thanks for and opportunity to win!

Phyllis
ptl1957@hotmail.com

Jodie Tawn said...

Blue is my favourite colour to use at the moment!

Jodie Tawn said...

Blue is my favourite colour to use at the moment!

Jen Barnard said...

I love red in my quilts.
jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

Kath said...

Purple has long been my favorite color. I'm really a rainbow lover though, as my Pinterest will show. Thanks for this giveaway! ktsquiltdreama (at)gmail (dot)com

lalaluu said...

I use blue, of course. I love the color - from navies to turquoises to cyan to aqua - it's all beautiful!

Joan H. said...

Purple is my current favorite but I love all pastels.

Natureluvr57 said...

I always loved getting the largest brand new box of crayons because I would just drool over all the beautiful colors. I love them all but I am especially fond of purple. I love pastels, I love Jewel tones, I love muted colors....it makes choosing colors for a quilt hard to do but picking from a fabric collection really helps!

Melanie said...

Pink!!! These new books by Vanessa look fabulous....definitely on my wish list!

Kathy E. said...

Although I am passionate about purple, I gravitate towards using lime green in many projects. It just seems to complement so many other colors without standing out. I do love color of any kind!

Karen H said...

most of my quilts have blue in them but I also use other colors that give the quilts a country look

Nancy said...

I love all colors. I'm currently drawn to the Blue and Aqua family. So beachy !

Anonymous said...

I love a nice, buttery yellow! Though finding those yellows can be a bit tricky. Thank you! Sarah: crjandsbj(at)netzero(dot)com

Patricia said...

I'm a bright color person, usually avoiding browns and purples. That said, there's always that exception where I can resist blacks, browns, and purples.
Maybe these books will explain why I do color flip flops.

Patti

Debbie said...

I try to use a variety of color schemes, but somehow I always end up including teal fabrics in my quilts.

lindawwww said...

Right now my favourite colour to use is turquoise. And I love it paired with lime green.

lin.web.28 at gmail dot com

Kay said...

I would like all of my quilts to have red in them.

Kay said...

I would like all of my quilts to have red in them.

Marie Z. Johansen said...

Despite what I may think my favorite color is- it surely must be red!

I love making scrap quilts. No what my intentions may be as I start a quilt - I always end up up with lots of glorious, luscious, reds.
A recent quilt began as a scrappy kaleidoscope made using only the bits in my scrapbox. I have called it "My Scrapbox Had Red" !

I love how we each seem to gravitate to one color or color family! I always stay on "the warm side" of the wheel!

Emma Webber said...

I love using any shade of blue in my quilts.

Shauna said...

I love purple, especially if it is a deep dark purple.

Kathy Sue said...

I love turquoise and use it a lot. kathleendotlutzatcomcastdotnet

Pat K said...

I love to see a flash of lime green in a blue quilt, and I love red whenever I can sneek it in!!!

2sew4fun said...

I love adding a splash of intense pink to my quilts!!! but this summer yellow and orange are talking to me!!!

TisaIrish said...

I try to fit a text print in someplace in most of my quilts, usually in a grey/low volume print.

Kay Vanatta said...

My faves are turquoise and pink!

Mary said...

Red! It looks good with most everything.

Beth said...

Lately there is a pop of red in almost every quilt I make. This is pleasing my partner, who, from the beginning of my quilting life, has said that each quilt, regardless of its pattern or style, should have one red square in it somewhere. When I explained that that simply wouldn't work on some quilts he told me I was too didactic. I guess we're meeting in the middle. (And I am didactic.)

mom2three said...

I seem to always go for blues and purples... but my most recent project was rainbow place mats - so I guess you never know! :)

OhioLori said...

I always have shades of greens & blues in what I make...unless specifically making in someone's fave color! lol

Carrie P. said...

green is my favorite color to use in quilts.

Mindy said...

Definitely RED!!! Red and white quilts are my favorites and I try to make at least one a year.

Judy S said...

Love all shades of blue! From royal to turquoise, teal and squats.

Dody said...

I like scrappy quilts ,so all colors are great! But red and yellow are always included!

KathleenD said...

Aqua seems to crop up in most of my quilts.
I love Vanessa's Color books and especially her Color series fabrics!

Judy S said...

Love all shades of blue! From royal to turquoise, teal and aquas.

Angel Tucker, Daisy and Leo said...

I am a blue girl and love to include it in my quilts.

Margie V. said...

I am always drawn to orange-yellow- gold any time I see fabric-candles- flowers etc. Good question!!

Becky (My Fabric Obsession) said...

I think it's a tie between purple and blue for me!

susan said...

I try to add any shade of purple to my quilts

SheilaS said...

BROWN-yes that's right-brown. I know most people think actual colors-like red, yellow, blue, purple, green and I kinda like those colors also. But then I walked into the living room and looked at all my stacks of quilts and the one thing that I noticed that I hadn't thought about before was that my quilts all had something in common. Ninety-nine percent of the quilts were in various shades of brown. So...... I guess MY fabric color obsession is brown!

Lisa H said...

Orange is the colour I like to include in my quilts. For me it is base colour, almost the 'new black'. With so many shades of orange to choose from, there's always one I can use, even if it's only as part of the backing or label.

Reggie Fosberg said...

I always try to include some red, as in "heart of the home." My favorite is blue.

Katy M said...

I can't get enough of aquas at the minute :)

Rosyquilter said...

Yellow is my go to colour.. it is bright, cheery, happy and usually makes most people feel warm. I love sunshine so I think every quilt is good to have some variation of sun colours in the there.

Mary said...

Red .. I love red .. red/grey .. red/black .. red/cream .. red/white .. just give me red ;)

Judy Zoll said...

Red --brick red, Christmas red, country red.

Anonymous said...

I like blues, but lately having been going for purples and reds.


caspharm@yahoo.com

Ramona said...

Can't go wrong with red, although I am enjoying more of a coral color currently. I just love the way all the colors play off each other.

Ramona said...

Can't go wrong with red, although I am enjoying more of a coral color currently. I just love the way all the colors play off each other.

legato1958 said...

My favorite color to try to use in all quilts is Turquoise ( and Aqua) !
Susie

Mary Mac said...

Blue, no purple....no blue! Or maybe red. I love primary colors!

Mary

EllenB said...

I always add a bit of my favorite color, yellow. It always puts a happy place in a quilt.

JaneT said...

My favorite color for quilts is hodge-podge scraps. I am working on a king-sized quilt with each window made from a different color of fabric. Blue is my favorite color, but haven't made a blue quilt yet.

MtnJudy said...

My favorite color in quilts is warm gold or yellow.

MtnJudy said...

My favorite color in quilts is warm gold or yellow.

Ann Z said...

Robin's egg blue

Mary Preston said...

Purple for sure.

Susan McG said...

I seem to be drawn to orange - especially red-orange in my quilts. Depending on what it is paired with, it can work for a fall quilt (eg. paired with golds and browns) or it can be happy and fun if it is paired with blue or lime green.

Lesley said...

I love using Blues!

Nita M said...

end to use a lot of blue and green but lately have been working in coral and aqua.

Terry said...

I love using blues…especially colors found in the Caribbean.
cwayons(at)yahoo(dot)com

Frankie said...

Red is always my go to color -- it just makes me happy!

GranChris said...

It's blue for me. It calms a quilt down.

Rachel @ Quiltineering said...

Purple for sure!

Thanks for the chance to win :)

Rachel@quiltineering.com

Claire Sutherland said...

My favourite colour is blue. Thanks for the giveaway x
Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

Suzie said...

I love *Blue* so, I try to work it into my quilts or even the back of my quilts.

Kathy Kuhlenbeck said...

I have been using teal blue a lot lately and it gives the quilts a gorgeous "pop"

Shebandowan said...

My favourite colour of the moment is all shades of brown. Of course this changes from time to time depending on who or where the quilt/wall hanging etc. if for. Thank you for the chance to win your giveaway.

Janet

Christy said...

My favorite colors in a quilt right now are white and aqua. They seem to go with everything!

zaney said...

It seems as though turquoise is my go to color now. But I seem to be always running out of Kona Navy too. Thanks!

Elizabeth said...

Navy blue is my favorite color to use in quilts right now. I love using it as my neutral background. Thanks for the giveaway!

Annette Johnston said...

Red! Love these books! Congrats on a great idea.

yvonne craig said...

green is probably dominate in most my quilts then would be red. I like all colors though

DawnB said...

Right now I'm drawn to different shades of blue and gray. Thanks for the giveaway.

Jessica Allen said...

I tend to use a lot of blues and aquas, but I would really like to try to incorporate more yellow. Its such a happy, bright color!

Leota Krantz said...

I love red. Thanks for asking.

Anonymous said...

Purples and blues with greens are some of my favorite quilt colors.

bjkaup(at)huntel(dot)net

Country Girl said...

Blue for me especially if its for our house.

Tina said...

I like all colors. However looking through my quilts and projects, red seems to be in all of them..

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