Q: Why did the orange stop rolling down the hill?
A: It ran out of juice.
Okay Q-bies, now that we’ve got your ears back from bad jokes (and we’re not promising we’re done yet) let’s talk about one of our favorite things: The color orange.
We’re living in the season of orange here in the states. From Halloween to Thanksgiving, it’s all about the orange. We contend that until recently, orange was one of the most misunderstood and underappreciated colors. But the color times, they are a changing. Now orange in all of its glory, from hot fire red to sweet and juicy peach, is popping up in all sorts of places. Clothing, furniture, house paint, cars and, of course, fabric! It’s kinda hard to avoid, so we say, don’t try. Instead embrace your inner orange and enjoy.
Orange is the perfect color to spice up all sorts of quilts. When used as a complement to blue, it draws the eye in over and over. It’s just as effective with its secondary pals purple and green. The trick is often to play with the hue—make it lighter or darker when you’re playing with purer hues of another color. Or just go all out and make that statement when using orange’s pure tone with red and yellow, its color wheel neighbors. It’s all good.
So why are we chatting up orange today? Well, we have a guest in the GenQ house– Emily Cier, author of the amazing book, Scrap Republic: 8 Quilt Projects for Those Who Love Color, by C&T Publishing. She’s done a brilliant thing here and started her blog tour organized around colors. Each day, as she turns the color wheel, another site will host her brilliance, and we picked orange.
Scrap Republic is the best answer to that age-old quilter’s question: What the h— do I do with all of these scraps? Emily (of Carolina Patchwork fame) has eight quilts all made from a rainbow of scraps. No color is left behind in her designs, which have you sort your scraps into color families before working through the projects. From the smallest possible group of threads to large scraps big enough to serve as background fabrics, you will never again question the value of that little leftover piece.
If you have scraps, (yeah, right, who doesn’t?) grab this manual and turn them into quilts.
Now back to orange. Let’s start with the word, which is weird enough. “Orange” comes from a transliteration of the Sanskrit naranga, which comes from the Tamil naru, which means fragrant.
Oranges are associated with fertility–and by extension weddings–because orange trees are an evergreen that simultaneously produces flowers, fruit and foliage. (Sorta like the quilter who works on several things at once, or the multitasking mom?)
Here we have a picture of Megan’s famous orange stash. No, this is not some new cocktail recipe (though this is such a good idea that we decided to make one up for you all; see below). This is what she said about it:
“I love orange. My iPad cover is orange. My favorite mug is orange. And I have a small collection of orange fabrics going, which is small only because I am picky about my prints.”
Jake used to hate, hate, hate orange. Had something to do with a difficult parent and his choice of an orange Plymouth Volare station wagon that embarrassed the heck out of her when she was growing up. It screamed 1970s and that was painful enough. But as a grown up quilter, she noticed that her fave palette for most projects was based on the combination of teal and rust, AKA blue and orange. Once she resolved herself to the belief that orange might have a place in her heart after all, orange came out of the shaded closet (rust) and became strong and vibrant.
And we have five yummy prizes to hand out for this stop on the tour. Check them out:
1. Scrap Republic from C&T Publishing
2. Scrap Republic Eco Tote from C&T Publishing
3. Bag of Scraps from Robert Kaufman Fabrics
4. ROY G BIV Essential Cotton Thread in Red, Pumpkin, Butter, Lime, Cerulean, Midnight, and Red Violet from Connecting Threads
5. Mrs. Roy G. Biv Pattern from Carolina Patchworks (this is the pattern that inspired Emily to write the book!)
The way you qualify for this drawing is to write out this statement on the comment section below, and make sure to fill in the blank with YOUR answer. (Hint: We especially like anything that makes us tear up, laugh or think you’re a genius.) Megan, our Bitchy Stitcher, is having a tough week with a double-ear infected offspring on her hands, so we’re gonna let her pick out the four winners. So make her cry, chuckle or bestow you with the quilting Mensa award and you could see some goodies in your mailbox! Oh, and let’s give a hearty shout out to our generous sponsors. Orange you glad you stopped by today?
Here’s your comment to play with:
When I think about the color orange, I feel _______________________________________________ .
Hey, the fun ain’t over yet! The rest of Emily’s amazing Technicolor blog tour continues tomorrow and on as follows:
October 7th – YELLOW – Pat Sloan
October 8th – GREEN – Connecting Threads
October 9th – BLUE – Scott Hansen – Blue Nickel Studios
October 10th – INDIGO – John Adams – Quilt Dad
October 11th – VIOLET – Allie Heath – Robert Kaufman
And, because we promised:
GenQ’s Orange Stash
Cocktails for the whole minigroup! Just make sure the rotary cutters are stashed before you tuck into our Stash. It’ll make sorting scraps by color so much more fun.
2 cups dry white Spanish wine (perhaps a Rueda)
2 cups fresh orange juice (about 8 to 10 oranges)
¼ cup white Italian vermouth
¼ cup sugar
1 teaspoon orange flower water (flavoring often found in Middle Eastern groceries and specialty stores. Or online.)
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 orange, sliced
1 lime, sliced
In a large pitcher, combine the wine, orange juice, vermouth, sugar, orange flower water and lemon juice. Stir in the orange slices. Cover and chill 1 to 2 hours to blend flavors. Stir in the lime slices and serve in chilled glasses. Serves 6
NOTE: Wow! That’s a lotta comments! Megan has the sick kids tucked away in bed with a movie and she is picking the winners right now. Stop back tomorrow (Saturday, October 8) to find out who won!