WIP Wednesday: Mastering Marsala

Green Swallow Sommelier top

The past couple weeks I’ve been working diligently on my entry for the 2015 Pantone Quilt Challenge.  If you haven’t heard about it, the idea is to make a quilt using Pantone’s color of the year.  This year’s color is “marsala” which I was originally calling “masala” and was confused because it’s not very curry-colored…  It is quite a different color from the previous jewel-toned colors of the year, radiant orchid, emerald, and tangerine, so it had a bit of a mixed reception.

At some point I decided I was up to the challenge of making a quilt in marsala but I found I didn’t really have any appropriately colored fabrics.  I was really feeling ready to work on it right then though, so I attempted to make a quilt that would read as marsala without a lot of actual marsala (I also ordered some more fabric online to add in later on).

Green Swallow Sommelier detail

After doing lots of planned cutting and piecing with my Modern Building Blocks, I felt like doing some impulsive improv style sewing, so I started out chain piecing lots of little scraps with some of the larger pieces of fabric I had dubbed “marsala-ish,” such as that Kaffe Fassett shot cotton stripe, Kathy Hall’s textured solid in rhubarb, and what I like to think of as the most delightfully hideous batik ever.  I’ve also been hoarding some of the Riley Blake neons and I realized the green goes pretty well with marsala.

Green Swallow Sommelier detail

I started adding in some touches of the neon green and more structured pieced stars from the Mary Knapp book I’ve mentioned previously and Carol Doak’s 50 Fabulous Paper Pieced Stars which I checked out from the Auckland Quilt Guild library.  As I was constructing the circling swallows star, this quilt got its name, “Green Swallow Sommelier.”  The finished top is 54 x 70 inches.

As much as I would like to get this quilted by the April 24th deadline, I don’t think it’s very likely at my usual quilting pace and given everything else I’m working on, so I will probably end up entering the “Just the Top” category.  There is, however, time for you to make something marsala to enter before the deadline!  You can find more info over at On the Windy Side.

I’ll be linking up to Freshly Pieced a little later on.

Green Swallow Sommelier top

12 responses to “WIP Wednesday: Mastering Marsala

  1. Robyn this is another amazing quilt. I really like the way some of the blocks are framed with the solid colours. And the splash of lime green livens the marsala colours.

  2. Marsala done Robyn style! I really like the juxtaposition of the improv pieced blocks with the more traditionally pieced (though not traditionally colored) blocks. The green adds a zing!

  3. Wow.. your quilts certainly are a visual feast! I love the mixture here of improv & traditional, and the neon green was a very clever addition! Linda

  4. Marsala has not exactly been at the top of my list of favorite colors, especially in comparison to radiant orchid, but this top might actually bring it into the “take a second glance” category. Very lovely composition, and I love all the non-marsala accents that make it pop.

    Greetings from Germany,


  5. I really like what you have done with marsala- isn’t it a challenging color? The lime green pops of color work really well. Marsala just calls out for a bright color to bring it to life! This will be a beautiful quilt!

  6. Beautiful and fun (as usual). I wasn’t sure about the green, but it really beings out marsala-ness of the quilt. Great interpretation.

  7. This is just excellent! It reads very much like a great piece of abstract art, AND, it is quilty and marsala too. Great job!

  8. :O

    This is really incredible!! I love, love, love this and all the things going on in this quilt and hidden around it. The fact that it’s all marsala-ish really ties it together even though the shapes and fabrics vary greatly. The pops of green give this just enough zing to keep it from going muddy. Seriously impressed with this!

  9. This top is lovely, I really enjoy the way the colors play so well together and all the interesting blocks and shapes you’ve created. It’s clear the modern building blocks was a great source of inspiration for this beauty!

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