So you've probably heard the news that Pantone has chosen Marsala as the 2015 color of the year. And boy has there been strong response.
Honestly, I've only been in-tune with Pantone's annual picks for the last few years, but each time, with Tangerine Tango in 2012, Emerald in 2013, last year's Radiant Orchid, the reactions have been varied and emotional. So it's not unexpected to see that with Marsala, though I agree, there's an underlying current of dislike for brown of any kind in the quilting world. Not so here. Though you haven't seen it much in my quilting, I really am fond of browns, and yes, a brown quilt is on my Quilty Bucket List. Maybe 2015 is the year.
Meanwhile, I'm enjoying the discussion about it all - here's a few links - Pantone, msn.com, The Atlantic - please share more in the comments as you come across them. There's been good discussion on Instagram, especially check out Nicole/modernhandcraft's feed, and what perfect timing: Diana/semgemdi of Pink Chalk Studios continues her "What Goes with What?" posts with a new blog - and kindly names kona, Bella and cotton couture colors in her first post.
"I'm undecided on the color itself, though I'm leaning towards like, and I do love the combination of marsala and blue, as the pantone inspiration photos feature. I find the visceral reaction by modern quilters on IG fascinating though! This just in: Pantone color of the year is not selected with modern quilting in mind! It's not personal or a mandate that the color be used. I'm with you, Debbie -- I'm interested to see what I can do with this color. Isn't pushing boundaries and exploring design part of modern quilting?"