I get a lot of emails from people asking for advice choosing quilt colors. I always point them to the Shiny Happy People group where they can see many, many different quilts made with my patterns – usually using different colors than what I used in my samples. Really – seeing a finished quilt is the very best way to imagine it in different colors!
So I’ll be making more of an effort to show my quilt patterns in new color combinations – just to show as many options as possible. 🙂
I recently remade the Noisy Farm quilt, using it as an example to how you can add sashing to any of my quilt patterns. While I was at it – I changed the colors too!
Here’s the original quilt in a crib size.
And here’s the new version.
In addition to adding the sashing – I used radically different colors!
I made the original sample before I had fabric bundles in my shop, so it’s not easy to say exactly what fabric packs they’d use now, but the Warm Neutrals would be the best choice for those natural-colored animals. The backgrounds are mostly greens and blues, so the closest match would be the Green Batiks and Blue Batiks.
The new version uses the Rainbow Sherbet bundle for the background blocks – pretty pale pastel solids. They really do look like soft sherbet colors. 🙂
For the animals I went totally UNnatural with all kinds of fun colors and a wobbly, hand-painted gingham print. Here’s a close-up view of a silly pink sheep with a little turquoise mouse popping into the frame.
I love it!
For the sashing I used Hash Dot in linen, also Michael Miller Fabrics. I liked how it has a slightly barn-ish feel while still balancing nicely with the soft pastel background fabrics. Sorry – I don’t sell that one in my shop, but you can search for Linen Hash Dot and lots of online sellers will pop up.
So there you go! New colors and a new layout for a totally new look for a favorite quilt pattern.
Want to know how to add that sashing? Here are the posts you’ll need for that.
- How to Add Sashing to a Quilt
- How to Add Sashing to a Quilt As You Go Quilt
- Sashing a Shiny Happy World Quilt – with specific fabric requirements and cutting instructions for all my basic quilt sizes