Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Emerald progress

It seems that there is a lot of disagreement about what Emerald actually is. In my (clearly minority) opinion emerald is a very green kind of green, and Pantone Emerald is actually teal. But then I did once spend an entire day being teased by the other members of the LMQG for saying my cardigan was blue when everyone else thought it was purple (yes Pennie, I am talking about you). Maybe I have something wrong with my colour perception. In any case, the organisers of the Pantone Emerald challenge have decreed that any shade of green will do, which is fab because I bought this stack at Quilt Market. I love it when a non-plan comes together.

I really love the colour gradation in these bundles so decided to make an improv quilt with a similar ombre effect. The green panel is about 80% finished at the moment and I am planning on surrounding it with a swathe of neutral pieced from biggish pieces. Or I might decide to keep it as a mini if I run out of time.
please forgive the horrible blur
Once again I find myself wishing there were more hours in the day.

30 comments:

  1. I agree, emerald is a greeny green like an actual emerald gem. The Pantone one appears to be too blue to me, a bit blue and a bit muted to my mind. Then again, who are we to question Pantone? :)

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  2. I'm with you on the green. I have some emerald earrings and they are green, green, green! (They're not big. I'm not bragging, they are just really pretty and a deep pure Irish type green.) Love your improv peicing. Looks great. Can't wait to see how you piece this as well.

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  3. I'm with you on emerald - maybe we've all been influenced by the Wizard of Oz?!! I love your green piecing!

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  4. It should be a rich bright green. And as green us my fav colour I've fallen totally in love with what you are doing.

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  5. Do you know, I'm not sure I could define emerald if you paid me! Kind of a mid deep green maybe? I'm not at all a green fan though, which is probably why I've never pondered it ;o) Your project looks fun though

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  6. The quilting world is not ready for true emerald green. My birthstone is emerald (and perhaps the reason I love green so much?) so the Kona Emerald is not right in my mind. Quilting fabric in 'emerald' --> very very little out there. Like I said, the quilting world was not ready for emerald to be the colour of the year!

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  7. its looking fabulous, quite lost with out my sewing - although my emerald challenge bundle is awaiting me at home! Can't wait to see your emerald quilt finished...

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  8. Emerald is definitely green (to you an me anyway). I do love the ombre effect too !! Can't wait to see how it'll end up :)

    Now that I think about it, I think emerald is the only shade of green I don't really like. I don't know why.

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  9. This definitely looks like the emerald city to me. Great quilt.

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  10. This looks amazing - the ombre effect is stunning!

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  11. It looks stunning, and yes, I think the Pantone is a bit odd, so it is not just you xxx

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  12. beautiful, but I would expect nothing less from you :-)

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  13. I agree that emerald should be greeny green! I didn't see the cardigan incident so I can't comment. Love the green quilt - makes me want to buy those lovely Kona bundles. I have a colour card now so I (should) know what I'm doing!

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  14. I'm with you. Emerald is the colour of, well, emeralds! :)
    It's been quite strange seeing teal pop up everywhere. I like your solution though. And I'm sure there's sone emerald in there somewhere. Probably more than one - emerald for everyone :)

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  15. Your quilt looks like it's been dip dyed, tis lovely.

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  16. This is beautiful, Charlotte! I agree that the Pantone Emerald seems a bit more blue than what I think of as emerald :)

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  17. Love! You are just too clever my dear, I wish I could improv as beautifully as you. And totally with you on the colour perception - my other half and I are constantly disagreeing on navy vs black - I swear he just can't see navy at all ;o)

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  18. Love it!

    I had the same thoughts about that "emerald"...

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  19. Your quilt is wonderful. I have lots of greens but am not at all sure what I will make.

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  20. I agree, emerald is the green in the top pic! I too was curious about the blue tones in the pantone version of emerald. (And I kind of miss orange!)
    Love the improv quilt!

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  21. love it!! this is going to be beautiful!

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  22. Agree, pantone Emerald looks bit teal-y to me too. Love what you've been up to though!

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  23. Very Gees Bend Charlotte - LOVE.IT!!!!!!!

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  24. Agreed on the green! Now if only it would start looking like this outside - come on Spring!

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  25. oooooh... aaaaaahhhhh! Wow and other exclamations! This is really, really fantastic.

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  26. Charlotte I agree with you in regards to what emerald should probably be but can I also suggest that you may have a partial colour blindness. I do which is unusual for women. Ive done the special test so I can say for sure that I can read some of the dot numbers and some I can't. I do have trouble with reading some blues and greens though I will fight to the death to defend my opinion! ��

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  27. Looks gorgeous, even if it's not the "official" Emerald! I think the bottom row looks most Emeraldy to me, can almost imagine Dorothy dancing towards it!

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thanks for making my day!