I had the honor of setting the challenge description for the December Modern Design Lab (MDL) design challenge. Instead of using a photo inspiration this month, I wanted the challenge to revolve around color, so when I found the Behr Color Trends for 2020, I thought they would be a great option for the challenge.
- Cedar Spice: Earthy & Approachable
- Red Pepper: Deep & Dramatic
- Bubble Shell: Soulful & Floral
- Dusty Lilac: Vintage & Soft
- Dragonfly: Luxe & Costal
- Rumba Orange: Lavish & Exotic
- Creamy Mushroom: Cozy & Versatile
- Bluebird: Bright & Spirited
- Battleship Gray: Adaptable & Grounded
- Back to Nature: Fresh & Invigorating
- Charismatic: Energetic & Optimistic
- Secret Meadow: Eclectic & Global
- Graphic Charcoal: Modern & Refined
- Light Drizzle: Soothing & Serene
- Painter’s White: Soft & Composed
I considered going to Home Depot to get the exact color swatches, but knowing that my stash is rather small, I just pulled my laptop into my studio and color matched to the screen as best as possible. I was impressed I was able to find something to represent each color.
I pulled the image of the colors from the Behr website into Inkscape and thought about what I want to make. This month, the Aurifil Artisan challenge is a holiday themed project, so I was hopeful I could come up with a design that fulfilled both needs.
I designed a fun radiating star design using a sawtooth star and flying geese, and then spent a lot of time enjoying all the color options that the color palette offers! Ultimately, I let my fabric dictate which color palette I was going to use and settled on this design:
The size of the quilt I will be making is based on the smallest amount of fabric I have on hand, which is a little bit smaller than a fat quarter.
I did have to order more Kona Cotton in Charcoal for the background. I’m aiming for a 36″ square quilt top.
I have to admit that I initially was pretty wary of what I’d be able to accomplish with this color palette, but as I was putting away the fabric I didn’t opt to use, I rearranged it into rainbow order and was delighted in this arrangement. Sometimes just moving things around a little bit can make a big difference!
Have you ever designed a quilt starting with color inspiration?