Thanksgiving Week Colors: Orange Thursday

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who celebrates this American holiday. I know I have many international followers and you are probably aware of this special day. It's about family and food and reflecting on all we are thankful for.

I'm thankful for being able to play with color. I'm not too excited about browns and oranges, but I did find that I've dabbled in those colors. Here are a few from that Gee's Bend collection. Housetop 4 Block was one of the first I interpreted for Windham Fabrics with the permission of the Gee's Bend Collective. You can see a few more pics of these (and the original quilt) by clicking that Etsy link.

Housetop 4 Block Quilt: 57" x 65"
Gotta love that orange in there, boldly playing with the red and yellow as though it belongs (and it does!)

Next is a quilt I designed and taught several times. This uses a large, 12-1/2" height Dresden ruler (with an 18 degree angle). I call this Orange Crush. It is NOT paper pieced and there is very minimal waste when trimming the pieced wedges (ie, about 1/2").

Orange Crush: 30" block, 41" x 41" quilt
This pattern is available in hard copy only and comes with the 12-1/2" wedge ruler AND a second pattern made using the ruler (Black Licorice). You'll have to wait for tomorrow (BLACK Friday) to see Black Licorice! Or you can take a peek at my Etsy store by clicking that link. I'm just saying . . .

12-1/2" Vortex Ruler (with markings every 1/2"). 18 degree angle
The pattern is multi-page (10), with several in color (so the cutting makes sense!). Check it out in my Etsy store.

How about this orange print elephant? He (or it could be a she, right?) is still just a cutout, but I do have plans.

Orange elephant
And one more orange appliqué: a Hawaiian inspired block. This is a variation of the vintage Mountain Mist Friendship Plume. And, yes, it is the same fabric as that elephant!

Friendship Plume Pillow: 16" block; 20" flanged pillow
OK. So much for orange. Orange you happy about that? Tomorrow is Black Friday (a shopping day) here in the USA. I bet you can't guess the color I'm featuring then.


  1. Love the Orange Crush and the Elephant. I wouldn't have guess that the Orange Crush quilt was made with wedges.


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