Sunday, 8 March 2015

Marsala - will I, or won't I?

The Pantone colour of the year for 2015 is Marsala. Mmmm, my teenagers might say "what a fail", and I originally thought that too.  However, I was going through a box in my stash and I found these 6" strips of Kaffe which came in a bundle (I would never have chosen them myself).

Ha, I thought, I guess I could make something very small out of these and enter it into the competition Adrienne is running on her blog - On the Windy Side. The mini category includes cushions and even mug rugs.

As an aside, Adrienne's blog is called that because she lives in Wellington too. Yesterday it was so windy that 3 shipping containers blew off the wharf and into the harbour! Now that doesn't happen everywhere does it.

I thought that if I was going to work with these fabrics I would have to brighten them up somehow, so I sat them next to green on my ironing board for a few hours.

Then I found this useful website .  After looking at their pictures I decided that this wasn't really Marsala afterall because they described Marsala as similar to red wine.

So I put those fabrics away and went digging again.  These fabrics look much more like red wine to me, and I'll be much more happy using them than the browns. Fortunately the same greens still work well with them.  I love that Jane Sassaman print on the left.  It was in my welcome bag when I joined the guild last year.

I'm now thinking more of a cushion that a mug rug, or maybe even both. Or two cushions so one doesn't look out of place. I definitely don't want to do a quilt, and I won't have time either. Entries open on 17 April.  I know that sounds ages away, but I've got lots of other things to finish.


Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl said...

Oh I really like the second fabric pull, especially how 2 of the marasala prints pull into the greens so well.

Julie said...

Marsala is such a hard colour to find, I think anything from grape, raisin through to red wine covers it . Look forward to seeing what you make.

Unknown said...

I think brick red to a dark mauve. The color has really grown on me. It looks great with the green in your pull!

Granny Maud's Girl said...

It is a hard colour to define, isn't it!
I like the fresh green with it. I am not sure if that is in the challenge rules, but if I were making something just 'because', I would add the green too.
Three shipping containers??

Lorraine said...

The fabrics in the bottom photo scream - pick me! Love them.

Carol Q said...

yep - the second fabric choice definitely sings out to me Wendy

Helen@Till We Quilt Again said...

Oh how lucky to find that site that had several colors that work so... well with Marsala. I have not been a fan of the Marsala till seeing the link you posted!