The Power of Asking

One of my big picture goals for 2016 was to “seek rejection”. A large part of that philosophy is learning about the power of asking, and I have had a lot of personal growth in 2016 because on many separate occasions, I took a deep breath and asked a question.

Today, I want to pass on news that I am very excited about. When I wrote my blog post to introduce everyone to my Oh Happy Day quilt, I was thrilled to share that I learned that Robert Kaufman was renaming two of their solids. In particular, a fabric that I used in Oh Happy Day was known as Pale Flesh and renamed to Shell. I later noted the names of the color matched Aurifil threads I had used in the quilting, and the thread that I thought blended best with Shell was#2420 (Fleshy Pink).

A few of you picked up on that in the comments, and I thought it couldn’t hurt to send a polite inquiry to Aurifil.

Today I am happy to announce that Aurifil has chosen to rename three of its threads:

Flesh (2205) is now Apricot
Pale Flesh (2315) is now Shell
Fleshy Pink (2420) is now Blush

The updated color names can be viewed and downloaded as a PDF.


It was a powerful reminder to me that sometimes change can happen from just a simple question or request.

31 thoughts on “The Power of Asking

  1. ritainalaska says:

    oh, dear! asking is not meant to seek rejection …you may risk rejection should you ask, and you may get rejection if you ask simply because it carries and or implies your asking tone may not be worthy of an answer. it’s all in the attitude. ask because you’re interested, curious, or just because. but never seek rejection! thank goodness you had the gumption to question their naming of that fabric. who would buy a yard of pale flesh?!
    [I have great grand kids who look about as young as you are – thus, my nosy old lady butinskiness]]

  2. Vera says:

    cool! those names were not good :) well done!

  3. Cindy says:

    The new names make more sense.

  4. jayne says:

    I admire that you are pushing yourself and it has to be a wonderful feeling when you are not rejected! It takes a lot of guts in my opinion! I don’t think I will ever get to the point of ‘asking’, it is so out of my comfort zone!

  5. Miriam says:

    Thank you for making a difference! I caught the “antiquated ” or exclusive names, too. I actually remember when Crayola had the color “Indian red” (they also had flesh pink). It was an interesting color, but I never thought it looked like a person’s color, so I thought in my child’s mind it referred to something I didn’t know about, or maybe coloring of a horse. I never liked flesh pink; being a Cali girl, I preferred tan!

    Rita, I’m also old enough to be Yvonne’s grandma.

  6. You never know until you ask. You asked and they listened. You for you, Yvonne.

    1. Good for you, Yvonne. Need more coffee.

  7. Yvonne, I am so glad you took the time to make the request. Small changes can have a big impact! Until recently, I’ve always referred to the Aurifil thread colors by number, but some suppliers list them by color name. I’m going to print off the chart and do a little inventory of my threads this weekend!

  8. Tamara Hutchinson says:

    Small steps add up! Thank you for risking a rejection, and creating change!

  9. acbeier71 says:

    Isn’t is amazing, Yvonne? Sometimes it’s the little things that make us feel good everyday. This put a smile on my face when I read my morning e-mail. Congratulations.

  10. Paula S. Pike says:

    Nicely done Yvonne! It absolutely doesn’t hurt to ask. The thread colors are lovely.

    Now to go become Mrs. Santa for the morning.

  11. Paige says:

    Thank you the link to the Aurifil chart!

  12. Wonderful reply and solution to your query. And the new names are so much better, visualising them is my way to know they suit the fabrics and threads,

  13. Hurray, no more man skin names, haha! I hope they also take my request for mermaid thread seriously!

  14. Lisa says:

    You Rock! It’s a small thing but small things can make a big difference.

  15. Emily says:

    That’s a great change! I also missed your Oh Happy Day post somehow, so I didn’t know about the Robert Kaufman change, either. Do you know what the second color name they changed was? I tried to find it on their site, but as a librarian, I find their site terrible to search or find what I want, especially when it comes to their solids.

  16. cauchy09 says:

    Nice job, Yvonne! xoxo

  17. Karen says:

    Well done! You never know until you ask!

  18. My dad always said, ‘Don’t ask. Don’t get.’ It never hurts to ask nicely. :)

  19. Amista Baker says:

    This is so awesome!! Bravo to you for sticking yourself out there and asking for change!

  20. Jinger says:

    Way to go Yvonne!

  21. Kaja says:

    Good for you!

  22. Izzy says:

    I really admire you for seeing something you feel isn’t right and doing something about it. It may be small, it may only be a thread name, but in the end, small things add up to a big change. And if all of us did that, imagine what would happen!

  23. This is something I have been working on with my daughter. If you don’t speak up and ask or inquire or state an opinion, change does not happen. If you do ask, put yourself out there, or state your opinion, change may happen. It may not but at the very least, you know your tried. The fear of rejection can be paralyzing. But what a sense of accomplishment one feels if change happens.
    I think you have made huge strides this year Yvonne. Kudos on all of the hard work this has taken.

  24. Camille says:

    Sometimes it is difficult to recognize a need for change until someone brings an issue to your attention. I was unaware that Aurifil thread was known by a name as well as a number. Your inquiry resulted in glorious new names for those colors. Kudos to you!

  25. Awesome! Be proud of yourself :) Words are powerful, including the names of thread!

  26. Looks like it’s pretty hard to seek rejection with the quilt community. Everyone is so open and friendly. Glad you asked and received. Go girl!

  27. Jasmine says:

    That is so cool! The new names are so much better.

  28. Much improved! You never know what you can do with a question :) Mind you, I’m often too nervous to ask, lol. Thanks for the link to the colour chart.

  29. Ask and ye shall receive. Kudos to you!! What was the other name change?

  30. What a great goal for 2016. I bet it did change your life. Have you read “Year of Yes” by Shonda Rhymes? it is hilarious and chronicles her year saying “yes” to things that scared her. You might like it!

I really appreciate the time and thought you take to comment, and I look forward to conversing with you. :)