Up for the Challenge!

One of my favorite quilt shops, Red Rooster Quilts, is hosting a Customer Challenge Contest using the 2019 Pantone Color of the Year…Living Coral.

The challenge is to use one fat quarter of Living Coral and one other fabric to make a Mini Quilt that is 20 inches square or less.  Needless to say, challenge accepted!

I decided to pick my fabrics first and then work on a design.  I’ve been interviewing fabrics from my stash and definitely need some advice.

A.  Is this plaid too dark?


B.  Are these polka dots too big for a mini quilt?


C.  This might make a modern mini, but what about this pattern…too busy?


D.  Who can resist a paw print?  Go or No Go?


E.  This makes things bright!


F.  Nautical meets living coral…hmmm


G.  These mini dots are cute, but what about the color?


H.  Color is nice, but is this print too large?


I.  This is a pretty floral print, is it too busy for a 2 fabric mini?


J.  This batik is interesting, I’ve always liked it.


K.  This print might be too big for a mini…what do you think?


What combinations do you like?

What other colors work well with Living Coral?


24 thoughts on “Up for the Challenge!

  1. Meg our-house-quilts says:

    All of your combinations are good (except maybe the mini dots IMHO), but it is the design of the quilt which should dictate the scale of the other fabric. I love the last option, but not if you are making small blocks.

    • Gray Barn Designs says:

      Thanks, Meg…good point about the quilt design…maybe I should have started with the design first! Which comes first, the chicken or the egg?

  2. piecefulwendy says:

    I like C, H and J, just because each one is so different. Maybe play a bit with green, purple or aqua/teal? Kona Splash is a color of the year too, wonder how that would play with this one?

    • Gray Barn Designs says:

      Yes, I like the contrast as well…color choices always provide me with a challenge. I’m always second guessing myself. Thanks for helping to narrow things down!

    • Gray Barn Designs says:

      Thanks, Chela! C is becoming the front runner. I agree with you on the Living Coral, it’s growing on me. It reminds me of Florida and the beach, but not a color I gravitate to.

  3. rl2b2017 says:

    Wow – some stash you have, with great choices. I always think of the color wheel first for direction. Directly across is blue-green. What one speaks to you? I love D the paw prints (last post is why), E is happy looking and springy, and K is striking. But I’d go with whatever you envision – and what modern means to you. I have to throw in A because it’s so subtle. Happy Thursday to you. ~smile~ Roseanne

    • Gray Barn Designs says:

      Thanks, Roseanne! It’s always a challenge for me to narrow down fabric/color choices…I’m thinking I should have started with 3 fabrics…it might have made picking a final fabric easier!

    • Gray Barn Designs says:

      Thank you for weighing in, Danice! I do like the living coral with navy, I think it’s a nice contrast.

  4. laura bruno lilly says:

    I’ve narrowed it down to three viable options (based upon finished size of the piece as well as personal aesthetics):

    E if you’re in a ‘bright’ mood, the scale, color palette and design work for me
    F fits the bill for a ‘contrast’ effect with a subtle ‘theme’ fabric (seemed like you were attracted to the contrast effect with the number of darker selections presented)
    J if you’re in a ‘managable modern’ mood with a contrast effect, the scale, color palette and design work for me

    Good luck!

    • Gray Barn Designs says:

      Well, it looks like E is now the front runner…I am going to make a decision today…honest! Thanks for your comments, I appreciate the help!

  5. mary says:

    I personally like the darker colors with the coral. I do like the black with the dots but you are right they might be too large on a mini. From there I would see either the dog prints or the anchors.

    • Gray Barn Designs says:

      Yes, I have ruled out the black and white dots. I must admit, I am partial to the dog print but like the anchors, too! This shouldn’t be so hard…maybe I should have started with a pattern?

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