Thursday, June 13, 2019

The Coral of the Story - Pantone Quilt Challenge 2019 Flimsy

"The Coral of the Story"

The Pantone color of the year for 2019 is Living Coral, and here is my Pantone Quilt Challenge entry. I decided to call my quilt "The Coral of the Story". I fully intended to finish the quilt for this challenge, but, "life" happened, so I completed the flimsy and am entering the "Just-the-Top" category of the challenge.

Julia Hacker "Lolita" print on left; Pat Bravo "Wonderlust in Bold" on rightt

When I first got wind of this challenge, I went in search of inspiration. I found it on Blink Art in the form of Julia Hacker's print "Lolita". For some reason that print spoke to me! When I searched for fabric with coral, Pat Bravo's "Legendary" collection popped up, and Wonderlust in Bold was a nice representation of "Lolita" in my eyes. So I based my quilt around that fabric.

I went with a nice coral "Lovely" by Sandy Gervais and added other complementary fabrics I loved (see list below). Although it is hard to tell by my photo, there is a border around the main part of the quilt that matches the "stripes" in the pattern, and I will add a binding in the same color. I recently celebrated my 71st birthday, and my very smart husband gifted me with an Etsy gift card which will supply the backing for the quilt, probably a small print in coral and white.

I fell in love with Busy Hands Quilts "Home Awaits" pattern, and it seemed a good choice for featuring the fabrics I loved. The pattern was one of the best written patterns I've used, with excellent tips for pinning and pressing. However, my issue with reading patterns continues, and I mistakenly cut 2.5 inch background pieces instead of the 2.25 inch pieces specified in the pattern. The pattern was very forgiving though, and I was still able to make it look good enough for our guest bedroom!

I will add another blog post after I turn this flimsy into a quilt, but in the meantime here are the quilt details:

The Coral of the Story details:
  • Flimsy size: 58" x 72"
  • Wonderlust in Bold by Pat Bravo
  • Lovely by Sandy Gervais for Moda
  • Grunge in Teaberry by Basic Grey for Moda
  • Autumn Vibes Cozy Ditzy Plum by Maureen Cracknell for AGF
  • Garden Dreamer Twinkle Star Berry, Moment in Time Light, and Bumblebeez by Maureen Cracknell for AGF
  • Gold solid from stash
  • Green solid from stash
  • Creamy white solid from stash
  • Bloom Floral Scroll and Bloom Floral Scatter by Makower UK
  • Meow or Never Watercolor in Robin's Egg by Erin Michael for Moda

This post is linked to the link party hosted by Bryan House Quilts and no hats in the house. I thoroughly enjoyed doing this challenge and plan to do it again next year. Go check out all the beautiful quilts as well as the amazing prizes list from generous sponsors!

Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts
I am also linking to Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts; and since this quilt was my OMG for June, I am linking to One Monthly Goal at Elm Street Quilts!


  1. Happy Birthday, Linda, a bit after the fact! I can’t recall if I sent best wishes earlier. Such pretty colors in your quilt. It will make a lovely addition to your guest room. I guess if you are going to cut in error on a pattern, it’s better to cut too big than too small, right? I’m glad it all worked out for you. I’m looking forward to seeing how you quilt it.

    1. Thank you Janine! Regarding the error, yes it is better to cut too big. I am looking forward to making the pattern correctly though. ;)

  2. Your quilt top looks beautiful Linda! I love the fabrics you used... I love the large florals particularly! Christine xx

    1. Christine thank you! Now I'd like to make one in smaller prints and maybe even a dark background. But I need to get this one quilted first. ;)

  3. Personally, I like "The Coral of the Story." :-) I also love coral and this looks beautiful.

  4. It's a great quilt, one that I am bookmarking for future reference!

  5. Lovely quilt top. Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your project.

  6. Great job, Linda! This is a perfect choice of a pattern to show off your lovely prints!

  7. Those are wonderful prints for Bernie's pattern. I loved seeing it here in another set of colors. Good luck with your entry. Congratulations on finishing the top.


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