Thursday, October 27, 2016

Color Play Friday - Library of Congress

Happy Color Play Friday everyone!

It's getting close to the end of the month, closer to Halloween, and closer to the start of the busy season! At least it's the busy season for me! I hope I can keep up with Color Play Friday!

For those of you who may be new, Color Play Friday (CPF) is a fun weekly challenge hosted by Lorinda from Laurel, Poppy and Pine and Trina from In an Otter Life. Each week they provide one of their photographs as inspiration and then the CPF participants create a color palette and a fabric bundle based on the photo. It's a lot of fun and it is a great way to explore color. As always, it's open for everyone to join in!

The photo this week is from the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

This was a fun photo for me to work from. I read Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol over the summer. The Library of Congress and several other prominent D.C. locations are featured in the book. So it was a lot of fun to compare this photo (and other photos) of the library with the pictures I formed in my imagination. I've never actually been there and somehow I think the photos don't do it justice!

Here is what I came up with.

This was one of the fastest CPF's for me! I couldn't believe it. Everything just came together so fast. The color palette has an earthy funk to it. I don't think I would have ever tried to put these colors together but they play with each other so well. For the fabric bundle, I like to start with what I think will the the most difficult color to find. That way I get the hardest part done first and it's easier for the rest of the bundle to grow from there. I don't have a lot of luck with olive greens so that's where I started. After looking at only a few fabrics I found that great focus print and as a bonus it had that slate blue shade in it as well. Things just fell into place after that.


I "shopped" at Hawthorne Threads again this week. I love their color grid tool for picking fabrics. (non-affiliate links)


Be sure to check out the other Color Play Friday participants!


Lorinda @ Laurel, Poppy and Pine
Trina @ In an Otter Life


Steph @ Shimmy and More
Sarah @ 123 Quilt (that's ME!!!)


If you are interested in playing along, you can find more info on how to join the CPF group by clicking either of the hosts' buttons on my sidebar.

You can see my past CPF entries by clicking on the Color Play Friday tab in my menu bar at the top of the page!


Until next time!
- Sarah


  1. This is my favorite color play so far! Gosh, it would make a lovely quilt, wouldn't it? I've only been following your blog for a few weeks. Have you ever made an actual quilt from one of these color play ideas?