We've come a long way since Henry Ford famously told customers he would paint their Model T any color they wanted, as long as it was black.
Today, there are so many hues to choose that there's a Color Marketing Council. In October, the council unveiled Provocateur in its monthly color alert. Two years ago, the council predicted that dramatic berry-toned reds would be the hot hue in Fall 2015 and it named the color trend Provocateur. It's making the scene now--even in our stash of fabric.
Get a free copy of the Happy Little Placemats pattern by Pati Fried and play with the beautiful Berry hues from Michael Miller Fabrics Cotton Couture solids.
Kathy Miller, co-founder and Design Director at Michael Miller Fabrics, saw Provocateur on the hue-rizon. Her ability to forecast color is why there are 14 berry-red tones among the 150 solid fabrics in the company's Cotton Couture line.
According to Kathy, color trends are influenced by where we live and fashion trends.
"Our surroundings matter when it comes to the colors we wear," Kathy said. City dwellers gravitate toward black and gray while people living in sunny states such as Florida, California and Texas prefer bright colors.
"To a certain degree, we're all chameleons," she added.
According to Kathy, color trends evolve over time.
"We've progressed through clean bright colors, pastels, navy and all shades of blue and gray to the latest Provocateur palette. When Kathy describes Provocateur, it's positively colorful.
"It's bold and daring, and a little goes a long way. It makes a strong statement," she said. To complement Provocateur, Kathy suggests colors of olive, loden, gold, plum, violet, amethyst, lagoon, amber and cinnamon.
So that your own stash is Berry-ready for the season, you have a chance to win one of four Berry fat quarter bundles, courtesy of Michael Miller Fabrics. Each bundle includes all 14 Berry shades from the Cotton Couture line and Stashed! is adding a year's subscription to Generation Q Magazine. The total value of each prize is $100. To enter the drawing, tell us why you need to have Berry colors in your stash right now. The entry period ends Oct. 25 at midnight PST. We'll draw winners on Oct. 26 and notify them by email. Good luck!
You know Victoria Findlay Wolfe from her books, a Best in Show award at QuiltCon 2013, numerous magazine cover stories and a lively blog. Now the non-profit Schweinfurth Art Center in upstate New York has chosen Victoria's work for a special exhibit.
Traditions Made Modern: Wedding Ring Quilts by Victoria Findlay Wolfe runs Oct. 31 through Jan. 3.
In promoting the show, the art center says Victoria takes the classic quilt pattern to a bold new place. The Schweinfurth should know. It has boldly exhibited quilts, gallery style, since 1981. In addition to a lecture by Victoria on Dec. 4, Victoria will teach a workshop Dec. 5-6 with students learning her techniques to make a floating four-ring version of the Double Wedding Ring Quilt.
Also through Jan. 3, the art center will exhibit a juried collection of 68 quilts in a show titled Quilts=Art=Quilts.
Victoria's work will also be featured at the International Quilt Festival in Houston Oct. 29 through Nov. 1. The exhibition will include 16 of her double wedding ring quilts along with vintage versions and antique wedding dresses. For more details, go to International Quilt Festival.
Free Project Starring St. Nick
There's still time to put your house in fine holiday order with a fast, easy and--maybe best of all--free modern block pattern.
With St. Nick's Star, designed by our own Community Editor Scott Hansen, you can make a table runner, bed runner, placemats, mug rugs, holiday pillow or wallhanging.
If you're ready to turn your creativity into commerce, check out Sew Pro.
For budding fabric and pattern designers, bloggers and authors who want to go pro or grow as a pro, Sew Pro is a place to get advice from those who have been there, done that with great success.
Class topics include to how to price products, propose books to publishers, organize trunk shows, develop partnerships and cross promotions, monetize blogs and secure copyrights. Industry big-wheels are signed on to teach: The faculty includes designers Pat Sloan, Tula Pink, Alison Glass and Sarah Watts, and Windham Fabrics President Mickey Krueger.
Sew Pro was developed by Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness and Brenda Ratliff and Hayley Grzych of Pink Castle Fabrics.
"Sometimes, making the product is the easy part and everything that comes after takes the largest amount of work," Sara said.
Get ready to go. Sew Pro is scheduled for Sept. 15-18, 2016 in Chicago. Get more details atSew Pro.
And the Winner is ...
Congratulations to Sheri Rufo Lodice, the lucky Stashed! reader drawn in the September giveaway.
Sheri won a prize package (valued at $160) of four fabulous quilting books and a one-year subscription to Generation Q Magazine!
QuiltCon 2016 is Calling
Since launching in 2013, QuiltCon has become the world's largest modern quilt show and competition. And if facing off in the quilting equivalent of Thunderdome isn't enough to flip your stitch, remember that there's more than $10,000 in prizes at stake.
There are several categories including one for youth under age 18. Quilters are invited to make as many entries as they want.