Quilt Retro Launch Party – Day 8

Solids! Solids! Solids!
Let me start by saying that I adore solids (in case you haven’t picked up on that by now)! And right now is a good time if you do – manufacturers are coming up with all kinds of interesting colors and even subtle weaves to give a plain solid a little spark. And of course there are all the near solids (those that have a little variation in the color but still look solid overall – like Moda Marbles) that blend in with prints to give your quilt top even more pizzazz.

But finding solids is tricky. Not all brick and mortar shops are carrying them and sometimes their colors are limited. That’s when I turn to online stores. One of those is Kathy Mack’s Pink Chalk Studio. She carries tons of Kona Solids (my favorite!), Free Spirit Designer Solids and Moda Bella among many others. Click here to see her complete selection. 

The quilt, Olives, is a perfect representation of how I like to use solids best – with complementary colors. For some reason, I return to a complementary color scheme again and again. In this small quilt, I use red and green twice and my favorite – blue and orange. Any shade goes with any shade of its complement. Try experimenting with complements and see what you can come up with. Or maybe it will lead you to something else!

Complementary colors.
Can you see them?

I didn't want the olives to be a literal interpretation of a real olive, so I switched the colors - the pimento is green and the olive is red. But why are they in a row??? Some things are unknowable!
Today’s guest is the wonderful Kathy Mack. I have been part of Pink Chalk Studio’s solids club since the beginning and have loved getting a package of fat quarter solids every month in the mail! Of course she has tons and tons of prints in the most gorgeous colors. The customer service there is top-notch as well. Head over to her blog to enter for a chance to win the book! And look around the store while you're there. I'm sure you'll find something you can't live without!

Thanks for coming today! To order your own copy of Quilt Retro, follow one of these links: Pickledish OR Amazon

If you didn't get a chance yesterday, please go visit Deb Rowden. She has a great opportunity to win two of my egg potholders!

If you've missed any of the party, you can catch up here:
Thursday 10/6: Me!
Friday 10/7: Angela Walters of Quilting is My Therapy.
Monday 10/10: Jacquie Gering of Tallgrass Prairie Studios.
Tuesday 10/11: Deb Rowden of Deb Rowden’s Thrift Shop Quilts


  1. Congrats on your new book. Looks like some really fun ways to use solids.

  2. thank you for the opportunity to expand my horizsons!


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