Thursday, March 31, 2016

Mad for Solids: Announcing our Sweet Sixteen!

Last week we told you about our Mad for Solids bracket...today it begins! 



We've asked 16 quilters to pick their own 8-color bundle from our Painter's Palette Solids collection. Through a random drawing, we've sorted those bundles into a bracket, March Madness-style, and these designers' bundles will be competing against each other over the next two weeks to help name the "Best Bundle." 

Here's our bracket, and then below you'll find images of each designer's bundle (plus SKUs so you can find the colors you like best at a shop near you). Voting will start in a separate post. Enjoy all of these gorgeous palettes!
Click on bracket to enlarge



Carnival 
By Shelley Brooks of A Pigeon in Pungo (IG: @shelleybrooksquilt)

"Carnival is a spring fresh array of solid colors that are so sweet you can almost taste them.  Cotton candy, snow cones, and ferris wheels all evoke fun memories and this combo is reminiscent of the colors found at those spring festivals. Ombre shades of pinks and purples paired with light shades of green and blue are balanced out with a silvery grey to create the Carnival palette."
Fabrics (from left): 121-016 Pale Silver, 121-073 Sangria, 121-078 Bubble Gum, 121-069 Carnation, 121-076 Apple Green, 121-040 Bright Aqua, 121-029 Lavender, 121-080 Amethyst


Graphic Brilliance 
By Lynette Holliday of The Craft Divas (IG: @craftdivabizzylady)
"I chose the range of colors in my bundle for a number of reasons. First, I knew my bundle would include black and white. When designing these are always staples that I believe enhance the design and also when placing color against them it allows the color to appear even more true and vibrant. The next color selected was Amethyst due to purple being my favorite color and Amethyst being my birthstone. The other colors selected are colors I believe compliment the Amethyst directly and work well with each other. They are bright bold colors that fit my artistic and modern aesthetic."
Fabrics (from left): 121-004 Ebony, 121-000 White, 121-054 Tangerine, 121-080 Amethyst, 121-067 Christmas Red, 121-013 Teal, 121-076 Apple Green, 121-003 Pencil Yellow


Steel City Spring Bundle
"I chose these solids because these are my favorite spring colors. I also chose a variety of blues and grays to make the colors pop. There is a lot of rain in Pittsburgh in the spring, and I love the colors of the flowers against the steely sky."
Fabrics (from top): 121-049 Coral, 121-003 Pencil Yellow, 121-071 Green Sheen, 121-061 Wasabi, 121-019 Lapis,  121-022 Haze, 121-090 Smoke, 121-026 Navy
Fire and Ice
By Stephanie Ruyle of Spontaneous Threads (IG: @spontaneousthreads)
"I chose this bundle because it plays of some of my favorite colors (oranges and pink) against cerulean blues and yellow greens. The three closely matched neutrals are a calm palette and a great background trio to mix."
Fabrics (from top): 121-059 Bronze, 121-053 Paprika, 121-073 Sangria, 121-077 Moss, 121-050 Cadet, 121-011 Mist, 121-016 Pale Silver, 121-010 Silver
Springtime Ombres
By Kristi Schroeder of Initial K Studio (IG: @initialkstudio)
"This pink and blue ombre bundle is a great addition to any fabric stash. Use them together or separate to create a fun, colorful quilt. The sky is the limit!"
Fabrics (from left): 121-073 Sangria, 121-079 Raspberry, 121-068 Rosebud, 121-078 Bubble Gum, 121-37 Daydream, 121-025 River, 121-019 Lapis, 121-008 Royal


Sanctuary
by Jackie Skarrit (IG: @jskarritt)
"Every summer we work with sea turtles on Anna Maria Island off the Florida coast. This grouping of fabrics reminds me of the beaches, sea and skies on that beautiful island."
Fabrics (from left): 121-013 Teal, 121-025 River, 121-039 Jade, 121-076 Apple Green, 121-072 Honey Dew, 121-054 Tangerine, 121-011 Mist, 121-066 Lipstick


Wild Dandelion

by Jayne Willis of Twiggy and Opal (IG: @twiggyandopal)
"I've always thought of dandelions as the first show of spring.  From golden golds to bright yellows, they command attention! This bundle was inspired by dandelions against the evening sky at dusk. Dusky spring evenings are plain and simply…magical!" 

Fabrics (from left, front row): 121-059 Bronze, 121-058 Gold, 121-003 Pencil Yellow, 121-063 Citrus, (from left, back row) 121-016 Pale Silver, 121-037 Daydream, 121-022 Haze, 121-015 Mahogany


Tropical Storm

By Anne Sullivan of Play Crafts (IG: @playcrafts)
"After a long winter, I was ready for some bright colors! I paired warm sunset colors with tropical water blues then added two greys for balance. It reminds me of sipping umbrella drinks on the beach during a tropical storm."

Fabrics (from left): 121-013 Teal, 121-039 Jade, 121-058 Gold, 121-054 Tangerine, 121-068 Rosebud, 121-028 Red Violet, 121-090 Smoke, 121-011 Mist


Gibson
by Stephanie Peterson of Peas in a Pod (IG: @stephiepeterson)
"The old Gibson guitar factory is located in Kalamazoo, Mi, where I live. I was inside the building at my daughter’s tryout for the Kalamazoo Academy of Rock. Behind her were some windows that had some peeling paint on them. They were large, factory-style windows. I loved the colors and design of the windows, so I took a photo. This color palette is based on the colors of that window. I plan to make a quilt based on the window design and colors!"
Fabrics (from left): 121-011 Mist, 121-016 Pale Silver, 121-010 Silver, 121-041 Taupe, 121-020 Sky, 121-022 Haze, 121-050 Cadet, 121-014 Grey


Ocean Waves

By Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs (IG: @meadowmistdesigns)
"I started to chose my palette by selecting some fabrics in a range of from light to dark in my favorite color, blue. To add a little interest, I added in some of greens and really liked how they popped against the blues.  The palette is is very calming and reminds me of the gentle tide of the ocean, hence the name Ocean Waves."

Fabrics (from left): 121-000 White, 121-072 Honeydew, 121-076 Apple Green, 121-034 Hunter, 121-020 Sky, 121-031 Turquoise, 121-049 Cadet, 121-001 Midnight


Banff National Park

By Lorna McMahon of Sew Fresh Quilts (IG: @sewfreshquilts)
"I am naturally drawn to a color palette that includes blues and greens. Think cool waters. A lake. And the clear, blue sky. The yellow adds contrast. Think of the warmth of the sunlight and new spring growth. The white and grey additions provide depth. Think of rocky mountains and fluffy, lazy clouds. Picture perfect. Nature."
Fabrics (from top): 121-000 White, 121-005 Bright Yellow, 121-061 Wasabi, 121-062 Pale Aqua, 121-040 Bright Aqua, 121-016 Pale Silver, 121-010 Silver, 121-014 Grey


Popsicle Stand

By Cynthia Muir of Ahhh Quilting (IG: @ahhhquilting)
"I chose this bright, fun palette because it reminds me of summer fun, the playfulness of childhood and of course, Popsicles!"
Fabrics (from top): 121-027 Purple, 121-040 Bright Aqua, 121-025 River, 121-076  Apple Green, 121-016 Pale Silver, 121-005 Bright Yellow, 121-054 Tangerine, 121-066 Lipstick


Elite Eight

By Cindy Wiens of Live a Colorful Life (IG: @liveacolorfullife)

"I chose some saturated colors that 'play well together,' along with a couple of calming neutrals.  While I'm not sure any of these colors are part of actual team jerseys, only the best colors make it to the Elite Eight of a fabric competition." 
Fabric (top row): 121-014 Grey, 121-011 Mist, 121-073 Sangria, 121-061 Wasabi, (bottom row): 121-030 Bordeaux, 121-039 Jade, 121-054 Tangerine, 121-060 Sulfur


Bittersweet

By Christine Perrigo of Contemporary Custom Quilting (IG: @ccpquilt)
"My inspiration for this palette is driven off of my desire to constantly challenge myself. Pink is not a color that I gravitate towards, however it happens to be my daughter's favorite color. I chose some of the pink tones that were just a bit off or "dusty." Then I then added my favorite color black, so that there could be a bit of her and me represented together. To allow myself some flexibility in the palette I added the light medium and dark values in each color."
Fabrics (from top):121-047 Shell121-073 Sangria, 121-028 Red Violet, 121-030 Bordeaux, 121-091 Snow121-011 Mist121-090 Smoke, 121-004 Ebony 


Pop of Orchid

by Stephanie Palmer of Late Night Quilter (IG: @latenightquilter)
"I'm obsessed with the color wild orchid this year. I can't get it off my mind. I love it most when it appears as a pop of color where you least expect it. So although this palette is comprised of my usual favorites - aqua, teal, blue and gray, the orchid leaps out and demands attention, breathing life into what otherwise would be just an ordinary collection of analogous hues."
Fabrics (from left): 121-010 Silver, 121-020 Sky, 121-000 White,  121-013 Teal, 121-024 Orchid, 121-076 Apple Green, 121-062 Pale Aqua, 121-072 Honeydew


Celestial Lights
by Yvonne Fuchs of Quilting Jet Girl (IG: @quiltingjetgirl)
"My original inspiration for this palette was to create an ombre bundle, because I have a love for transparency designs and piecing. As I was creating the palette, the touch of Sangria really modified the grouping for me and made me think about the gorgeous Aurora Borealis that can be seen from space."
Fabrics (from left): 121-073 Sangria, 121-008 Royal, 121-038 China Blue, 121-040 Bright Aqua, 121-000 White, 121-029 Lavender, 121-027 Purple, 121-080 Amethyst


These designers are all on Instagram, so you can see their bundles and follow them to watch what they do with their eight solids. (Follow us on Instagram by clicking on the link in the right hand sidebar.) All of the voting will happen here on the blog--we'll be posting two "games" per weekday for voting, by you, our Inspired by Fabric friends, both old and new. 

Voting is now live! Click on the "Home" tab at the top to find the current games. 

Besides the fact that it's fun, why should you vote for your favorite? The designer of the "Best Bundle" will receive 1-yard cuts of their bundle, and we'll randomly draw two voters from the Championship game to also receive cuts of the winning bundle. So vote for your favorite and you just might win some for yourself! (And good luck choosing...all of these bundles are gorgeous!)

See the entire 84-color selection of Painter's Palette Solids here.
Thanks for playing along with our Mad for Solids Bracket!

66 comments:

  1. Gorgeous color choices....it's going to be hard to pick my favorite!!

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  2. Such beautiful palettes! It will be hard to choose.

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  3. So beautiful! I need to buy more solids! :-)

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  4. Fantastic colors. Now I want them all.

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  6. Is "All" going to be a choice?!? It'll be hard to pick one!

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  7. This looks like a lot of fun and a TOUGH call on who will win!

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  8. All of these bundles are gorgeous! It will be very hard to pick just one favorite.

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  9. Beautiful solid colors if I had to pick it would be the pop of orchid.

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  10. Love the Bittersweet collection. Beautiful color combination.

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    1. The collection was chosen by Christine Perrigo of Contemporary Custom Quilting

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  11. I want to "play" with a Tropical Storm.

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  12. game 1: Carnival By Shelley Brooks

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  13. game 2: Fire and Ice By Stephanie Ruyle

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  14. these are all such gorgeous colors. wow this would be such a hard choice. i would start with POPSICLE STAND
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  15. I have to go with Popsicle Stand as it features all the rainbow colors.

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  16. My favourite bundle is Sanctuary.

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  17. It is a tough one! I am stumped. Carnival would be a good choice.

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  18. My pick is Banff - love the natural colors.

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  19. Banff national park by sewfresh.
    Im confused, it looks like we are to choose from twosomes.

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  21. I have fallen in love with solids lately , these are just gorgeous!

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  22. I choose Banff National Park by Sew Fresh Quilts and Popsicle stand by ahhhhquilting

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  23. Game 1: carnival by Shelly
    Game 2: Fire and Ice by Stephanie

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  24. Banff National Park By Lorna McMahon

    Bittersweet By Christine Perrigo

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  25. That's a hard one...love them all...I guess I prefer Fire and Ice

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  26. Pop of Orchid by Stephanie Palmer from Late Night Quilter

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  27. Some tough calls already! Going for
    Game One: Springtime Ombre by Kristi Schroeder
    Game Two: Tropical Storm by Anne Sullivan

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  28. I vote for Elite Eight By Cindy Wiens and
    and Ice By Stephanie Ruyle

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  29. On April 5 my votes go for Ocean Waves By Cheryl Brickey in game 1 and Popsicle Stand By Cynthia Muir in game 2.

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  30. My vote goes to Banff National Park by Lorna McMahon.

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  31. I'm liking Elite Eight. Dreaming of what I could make with that group.

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  32. Bittersweet
    By Christine Perrigo of Contemporary Custom Quilting

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  33. Bittersweet
    By Christine Perrigo of Contemporary Custom Quilting

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  34. 1. LOVE Elite Eight. 2. Pop of Orchid

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  35. For Game 2 I vote for Banff National Park

    By Lorna McMahon of Sew Fresh Quilts (IG: @sewfreshquilts). Awesome!

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