There's been a lot of buzz around Kona's Colour of the Year and, I must admit, I'm loving their choice. Crush is inspired by the deep reds and purples found in freshly cut blood oranges. Yum!
This particular hue maintains a beautiful balance between bold/saturated and bright/warm. It's not as dark as sanguine or as sweet as watermelon - it's a playful medium tone that'll easily pair with high to medium contrasting fabrics as shown in Satomi Quilts' Fall Blooming sample, or with low contrasting fabrics like Lo and Behold Stitchery's Knitted Star and Modern Handcraft's Hexie Pillow samples.
I tried my hand at incorporating crush into my own patchwork designs. Scroll on to learn more about my approach and to browse some show-stopping mock-ups.
How I Incorporated Kona Crush Into My Star Quilts
Patchwork is partly an experimentation in colour play - the first challenge is to find a palette that'll highlight the story you're trying to tell with your piecing. So while crush may have us crushing, we've got to take a moment and evaluate how to make it work for our individual projects.
After loads of experimentation, I found myself drawn to the mockups where crush was not the most dominant, so I steered away from using it as a background colour. Instead, I leaned into shades of blues, and used neutrals - like buttermilk, peach, and caramel - to balance the designs into stand-out star quilts.
Have a browse through the examples below (a selection of my Constellations Series) featuring three effective and interesting palettes. Oh, and feel free to take notes on your favourites, or bookmark this page for future reference!
Note: The colour swatches below appear in the same order as the fabric requirements in each of the patterns. Borrow them if you'd like!
The Square of Pegasus Quilt (#tsoppattern)
TSOP Baby Quilt
TSOP Large Throw/Bed Quilt
Lyra's Hymn Quilt (#lyrashymnquilt)
The colour palette featured in the Lyra's Hymn mockup below is an unexpected gem! The icy blue background perfectly showcases the saturated colours I added to the mix. Crush takes centre stage as the main portion of the star and is complimented by denim blue, cerise, and a pop of gold. The buttermilk neutral provides some high-contrast and brings these unexpected colours into a harmonious design.
Lyra's Hymn Baby Quilt
Lyra's Hymn Large Throw/Bed Quilt
Nesting Phoenix Quilt (#nestingphoenixquilt)
These Nesting Phoenix mockups below capture what I had imagined when I first designed the star. The moroccan look of the design lends itself so beautifully to a tiled quilt layout.
Dark blue backgrounds are one of my favourite choices - they're gender neutral and provide a stark contrast without being too dark or dull.
In this example, I'm demonstrating a quick and easy way to take a foundation paper pieced block and make it into a larger complex-looking project. The trick is to alternate the colour layout of your stars.
The baby quilt mockups use the exact same palette, but I've changed where each of the colours are placed. Follow Kona's crush from one design to the next - do you see how a simple change can affect the overall look? This strategy excites the eye and engages viewers more than a repeating block ever could.