Yes, it’s named Emilychromatic.
Definition? Colors I like. It’s that simple.
No. 03 emilychromatic is the most personal entry in the series. If a quilt is able to tell a story, evoke a mood, or start a conversation, it’s because it’s the product of the care its creator has put into it: the craft, creativity, artistry, and even whimsy. This is no less the case when a quilt is a collaboration between designer, sewer, quilter, and even fabric manufacturer. As color is one of the more emotional aspects of any visual art, emilychromatic takes the series in a new, less abstract direction: where no. 1 monochromatic explored minimal color palettes and no. 2 polychromatic roamed the entire spectrum, no. 3 emilychromatic is grounded in Emily’s own favorite colors.
The first three entries in the Color Continuum series were drawn as a whole, most of them during and shortly after Color, Block & Quilt was released. As the quilts were finalized on the computer they naturally started falling into three distinct categories. And then I started sewing … but not necessarily in order. Maybe not the best idea, but sometimes you just want to sew *that* but NOT *that* that day. Thankfully self-publishing gives me the freedom to do what I want, when I want it.
Now for the projects of no. 03 emilychromatic…
Bauble: This was the first quilt I sewed when we moved into the new house in October 2013. The fabric had arrived before the move and it was just sitting there begging to be cut and sewn. Did box #3,284,220 really need unpacking?
I love the neutrals of the whites and greys with the splashes of pink and orange with some of the calming blues I love too much.
Chi: Chi started out as a run-of-the-mill X quilt. I wanted to do one but it had just been done and done again. Then the chis came to life. Xs but different. Perfect. This quilt originally used the Sunset charm pack … but at the last minute that changed.
When the Kona Emily Cier Designer Palette started having about the same release schedule as emilychromatic, it was a perfect match and this was the perfect project to switch to the new palette. A little change here, a little change there and ta-da!
Gloaming: This quilt came to life during the end of Color, Block & Quilt. I was working on some of the curve blocks and made a change here and there and this is what it turned in to. If you are an instagram follower, you know how much I love sunsets. This is the quilted version of the sun shining up on those couple little puffs of clouds while the last bit of sun sets behind the Olympics.
The real life version:
Nexus: One quilt I had wanted to try for quite some time is a celtic knot of sorts. I didn’t want it to be super traditional and this is what that idea became. Working out from the middle, with each round a different color and building atop the previous round.
On an unreleated note, I’m so happy the weather cooperated for these pictures. November isn’t always the best for pictures outside around here … ahem.
Fracture: This quilt was intended to be full zig-zagged lines with varying widths but in the process of drawing it, I started to like the unfinished, fractured look. It stuck. I loved it. And because I still do love rainbows, I had to add a little bit of a rainbow element to the book.
I would like to thank so many people for helping get this release done. A torn labrum in your shoulder does not mix well with quilting deadlines. I’ve always been bad at accepting help, but with four days notice of surgery with three quilts that needed to be sewn and friends are showing up at your doorstep with sewing machines and irons, you learn to say yes. Many, many, many thanks go to Kathy, Grace and Martha for piecing, ironing, binding and in general preventing me from going crazy.
Many thanks also go to Angela for quilting all of the quilts and to Ruth for binding those last few and making sure they arrived back here ready for pictures.
One last thought: In the 30 Quilts for 30 Years post I mentioned how all my quilts end up with white-ish backgrounds and how I tried to break that in Smithereens. Obviously all these quilts were put together, either on paper or with fabric, before that self-challenge because all of them are white-ish. It is emilychromatic, so maybe that’s just a-ok.
Two thumbs up to Snow, White, White (again), Silver and Shadow quilts!
Tomorrow, we can talk about Percolate. <3
On to Color Continuum no. 04 … most of which was thought up while on post-surgery painkillers. This should be interesting…
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And the winner is Bee (firstname.lastname@example.org) whose loves Medium Grey (don’t we all?!). I’ve sent you an email Bee! Thanks everyone for sharing your favorites.
Smithereens is what happens when crazy meets crazy. The description for this one is quite appropriate and sums it up nicely:
Emily likes to play with rotary cutters much like Edward Scissorhands likes to play with hedge trimmers. ‘Smithereens‘ is what happens when Emily and her rotary cutter meet a roll-up. Much chaos ensues.
The Summer 2014 Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton colors were fresh and new when this project started and I couldn’t wait to play with them. The best way to play with that many new colors all at once is with pre-cuts of course. Add in a background color and ta-da! After laying out the triangles, I auditioned backgrounds. I seem to make most quilts with White, Snow, Natural, Parchment, etc backgrounds. I really do try to branch out but that rarely seems to happen of late. So one day I sat there in Illustrator and went through every bold color in the Kona line. Regal was the winner… with a vibrant orange as the second choice. The result was Smithereens … maybe this will make me stop using white as a background in every quilt.
For the Giveaway: One lucky person will win a charm pack of the Emily Cier Designer Palette (oh wait, that’s me!) from Robert Kaufman and a copy of Smithereens from me. To enter, comment below sharing your favorite go-to Kona color. Comments will close 10am (pacific) Tuesday, December 2.
Speaking of the Emily Cier Designer Palette, the projects that accompany it are in the shop and available for pre-order now. Color Continuum no. 03 is also available from Amazon. Lots more details on Color Continuum no. 03 and Percolate this Wednesday!
Check out all the other beautiful quilts from the 30 Quilts for 30 Years!
Saturday, November 1st: Johanna Masko
Sunday, November 2nd: Alyssa of Aria Lane
Monday, November 3rd: Dorie of Tumblingblocks
Tuesday, November 4th: Megan of Canoe Ridge Creations
Wednesday, November 5th: Daniela of Cozy Quilt Designs
Thursday, November 6th: Faith of Fresh Lemons Quilts
Friday, November 7th: Anita Grossman Solomon
Saturday, November 8th: Debbie of Esch House Quilts
Sunday, November 9th: Alex of Teaginny
Monday, November 10th: Darlene Zimmerman
Tuesday, November 11th: Nichole Ramirez with Aurifil
Wednesday, November 12th: Rita Hodge of Red Pepper Quilts
Thursday, November 13th: Lee of Freshly Pieced
Friday, November 14th: Julie of Jaybird Quilts
Saturday, November 15th: Latifah of The Quilt Engineer
Sunday. November 16th: Elizabeth Hartman
Monday, November 17th: Erica of Kitchen Table Quilting
Tuesday, November 18th: Karrie of Freckled Whimsy
Wednesday, November 19th: Valori Wells
Thursday, November 20th: Marilyn of Quilt Moments
Friday, November 21st: Cortney Heimerl
Saturday, November 22nd: Shayla and Kristy of Sassafras Lane Designs
Sunday, November 23rd: Shea of Empty Bobbin Sewing
Monday, November 24th: Carrie Strine
Tuesday, November 25th: Rachel of Stitched in Color
Wednesday, November 26th: Liz of Lady Harvatine
Saturday, November 29th: Carolyn Friedlander
A little over seven years ago I had a crazy idea. Over the past seven years I’ve sewn hundreds of quilts, published 75 individual patterns, published three books through traditional routes and self-published three more books.
For a little celebration, seven of the most popular Carolina Patchworks patterns will be on sale for $7 each for 7 days.
Emily took a wrong turn on the way downstairs and found herself at the hospital, where they mistook her for a patient and operated on her shoulder. While she’s recuperating, replies may be slower than usual and orders will take a few days longer to ship out. She’ll be back to capacity in a few weeks.
Or in other words: Emily fell. Surgical repair. Shipping and emails slow. Back to normal soon.
Friday 9/19 Update: Orders went out Tuesday and today. I got through some emails but not all. One handed typing is not fun! Thank you for your patience!
Wednesday 9/24: More mail out!
Monday 10/6: Mail went out twice last week and will again today. I’ll be back to the normal shipping schedule by the end of the week.
Emily likes to play with rotary cutters much like Edward Scissorhands likes to play with hedge trimmers. ‘Smithereens’ is what happens when Emily and her rotary cutter meet a roll-up. Much chaos ensues.
Uses one roll-up plus background yardage.
Finished quilt size: 70″ x 86″
Quilting by Angela Walters.