One Fabric Nation – Color Brigade


One Fabric Nation – Color Brigade



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Honestly, I Just LOVE everything Jennifer Paganelli does. Her fabric design and color sense really speak to me. Well, serenade me is more like it.


Full, rich, and over the top.


Sheer joy to my soul.




ColorBrigade is a perfect example.  Lush florals and highly detailed damask like patterns. And a fun tiled geometric.

Very reminiscent of the fifties.




So for today’s post, I decided to cut up a bunch of 3 1/2″ squares and play with them on the design wall.




So much fun setting up different combinations!




The blocks below are based on a quilt from Kaffe Fassett’s book Heritage Quilts.


The blocks in Kaffe’s book are larger with more rows radiating out, but I just wanted to see how they shaped up and how the colors and patterns played together.

Quite fun!


Check out my Instagram page for the short video I created while playing with them.






And to help celebrate fall’s glorious colors in the northern hemisphere, I thought we should have a little giveaway of Color Brigade courtesy of the wonderful people at Free Spirit Fabrics!


So please leave a comment on this post telling me about some of your current favorite colors right now or your thoughts on Color Brigade itself. I will draw three names next Tuesday, October 18th. Each one of the winners will win one of these little fat quarter bundles below.


dsc_3613Here’s to sweet dreaming in color! (Day or night!)


Keep sewing, keep happy,




  • Patty


    These fabrics are beautiful. I especially love the floral on an aqua background. Right now I find myself working with a lot of gray fabrics. It is a great neutral.

    October 12, 2016 at 8:37 pm
  • Cynthia Meredith


    Those are such gloriously luscious prints. I love everything teal/aqua/turquoise right now.

    October 12, 2016 at 10:14 pm
  • I love the fact that they are fall colors and still so vibrant! I am currently working with a lot of black and red as I make matching Christmas outfits for seven of my kids but I am looking forward to finishing and moving into fall sewing!

    October 13, 2016 at 3:31 am


    I too am a fan of everything JP!! She just can’t get it wrong. I’m loving the greeny blues at the mo! hell what am I saying, I always love the greeny blues, but I’m loving that there is so much at the moment.

    October 13, 2016 at 3:54 am
  • Dianne Young


    I love the delicious mix of colors for this collection! My favorite color has always been turquoise and I love to feature it with a black background to make it pop!!

    October 13, 2016 at 4:05 am
  • Sonya M


    I also love everything Jennifer does, and I especially love Color Brigade! I have always been a big fan of the color blue, and navy and aqua are my very favorite shades. Thanks for the fun video… such a fitting song to use!

    October 13, 2016 at 4:35 am
  • I would love a chance to win! I have never used any of Jennifer’s fabrics (yet) and think her use of color and design are wonderful! I hope to make a quilt with her fabrics soon. 🙂

    October 13, 2016 at 4:37 am
  • Kate alicea


    I love how Jennifer uses bright pinks & blues & greens! Always makes me think of the islands!

    October 13, 2016 at 4:47 am
  • sandy riddle


    There is nothing as beautiful as JP fabrics and the feel is so amazing….love the colors. I like to mix the colors and make skirts for my grand babes..they love them..the most fashionable 9 year olds….

    October 13, 2016 at 5:07 am
  • Connie Teasley


    I these fabrics, I need these fabrics! Stunning!

    October 13, 2016 at 5:16 am
  • I can’t say that I really have a favorite color. But I love Jennifer’s fabrics! I have used them for quilts and aprons and totes. They are just joyful! The colors, designs – all work so well together!

    October 13, 2016 at 5:19 am
  • Brenda


    I love the pink, yellow and blues!

    October 13, 2016 at 5:29 am
  • Deb Ollanketo


    I’m partial to blue, especially aqua

    October 13, 2016 at 5:33 am
  • Mary Etherington


    I am not familiar with this designer, Scott, but the fabrics are lovely. Looks like you have a real following! I’d have to go online to find this fabric – I think I will!

    October 13, 2016 at 5:36 am
  • Crystal Harrison


    That fabric is gorgeous!!!! My current favorites are grays & mustard!

    October 13, 2016 at 5:49 am
  • Carolyn


    Love all these fabrics. So beautiful.

    October 13, 2016 at 5:51 am
  • Thanks for the chance to win some lovely fabric goodies! My current favorite color is teal, because it goes so beautifully with the bright red, orange and yellow Fall colors we’re experiencing in Massachusetts right now. Jennifer Paganelli is my all-time favorite fabric and pattern designer, because I love the colors she uses, and her prints range from softly pretty to wildly retro, and they all seem to coordinate with each other, regardless of which line they are from. I think Color Brigade is perfect for Fall sewing, because I’m seeing a lot of the maroons, yellows, and browns in the changing leaves right now.

    October 13, 2016 at 6:10 am
  • Brenda nelson


    The blues, greens, and yellows are so rich looking. I want them all!!

    October 13, 2016 at 6:10 am
  • Karen


    The greens in these fabrics are glorious and all the colors are so rich. I love them all and I need them!

    October 13, 2016 at 6:16 am
  • The cranberry colors are my favorite this time of year! I just purchased a boat load of the Color Brigade, I’d love more!

    October 13, 2016 at 6:49 am
  • Maria Losada


    I just love light pink, lime green, turquoise and lavander, flowers.

    October 13, 2016 at 6:55 am
  • Gail Kent


    Any of her colors and prints are amazing. This collection is a good thing for sure.

    October 13, 2016 at 6:56 am
  • Heidi Boatman Meeks


    My favorite color is pink, BUT, BLUES in fabrics are my fav!! Loving the Color Brigade!!

    October 13, 2016 at 7:20 am
  • Michelle P


    JP was my first fabric designer crush and still my favorite. Her colors and designs always make me happy.

    October 13, 2016 at 7:33 am
  • gussek


    That is some really gorgeous fabric. Lately I have been loving gold and rust and burgundy colors. Thanks

    October 13, 2016 at 8:56 am
  • Lori


    I absolutely love Jennifer Paganelli and her collections! I have been collecting her fabrics for years and have a special “top shelf” where only her stuff goes! The vibrant colors and gorgeous pri to can make the gloomiest rainy day happy! Color brigade shines bright in my collection!

    October 13, 2016 at 9:04 am
  • Amanda


    I love them all. I think the navy with largr floral is my favorite tho!

    October 13, 2016 at 9:48 am
  • Harley Williams


    Dark plum and olives are my favorite colors right now! 🙂

    October 13, 2016 at 11:43 am
  • Until I retired recently I made children’s clothing and sold on line. Jennifer Paganelli was my favourite designer and anything I made using her fabrics always received favourable comments and sold well. Now I use her designs in my quilt making – such beautiful fabrics. Currently I love aquas mixed with pink, orange or red.

    October 13, 2016 at 11:56 am
  • I am big time JP lover and any chance to win more for my addiction is welcome . JP fabrics always reflect happiness with vibrant coordinating designs.

    October 13, 2016 at 12:36 pm
  • I am in love with reach greens, such as olives, emeralds and chartreuse. With pops of turquoise, mustard and plums. Bottom line, I’m a color addict and all of Jennifer’s fabrics set my color loving heart on fire!

    October 13, 2016 at 1:44 pm
    • That is supposed to say rich greens! Ugh!

      October 13, 2016 at 1:45 pm
  • Betsy


    I am loving this collection because the colors are vibrant and strong. I love all tones of oranges and greens

    October 13, 2016 at 3:01 pm
  • I love pink and orange. Those are my favorites currently. I love Color Brigade and can’t wait to get my hands on some of it! The colors are so rich.

    October 13, 2016 at 3:56 pm
  • I simply can’t choose – I too love all of Jennifer’s fabrics!!!! Right now I just finished with some pokemon fabric and next up is priates – my small work from home business is to custom make bunting

    October 13, 2016 at 4:52 pm
  • Joy Nelson


    Thankyou for such a beautiful and generous giveaway. I love bright and rich colours and especially orange, pink and purple, the colours in my hair. These JP fabrics are saturated in strong stunning colours thT they are all to die for…

    October 13, 2016 at 5:00 pm
  • Judy


    Color Brigade is gorgeous the colors are so bright and look beautiful in all the different design blocks you put together.

    October 13, 2016 at 5:20 pm
  • Kristine Clay


    Grays and purples. Love the examples.

    October 13, 2016 at 6:13 pm
  • this post makes my heart sing with joy….I think I am back into browns after so many years….

    October 13, 2016 at 6:17 pm
  • Angela


    I love ALL of Jennifer’s fabrics! I am especially drawn to the turquoise and periwinkle blues, but, I also really like the minty greens and the bright pinks! Oh, and the golds and yellows!! I guess I just love them all!!!!

    October 13, 2016 at 6:40 pm
  • Gloria Cotten


    I love all of Jennifer Paganelli’s fabric designs. Their rich lushness attracts me every time I see them.I admit to being hesitant to buy them to use in a project. Your blog today has made me ashamed of my cowardice though and I am determined to move out of my comfort zone AGAIN! I do love color so this will be fun! Thanks for the giveaway and the encouragement to try something new!

    October 13, 2016 at 7:14 pm
  • Rosalia


    I am in love with the vivid color scheme the designer has chosen. This is a color combination that I can easily live with!

    October 13, 2016 at 7:39 pm
  • Pam S


    I love the rich colors and complex designs of this collection! Your design wall is looking lusious! My favorite color combination is green and purple and blue, and I saw some swoonworthy combinations of that on your Instagram video. Thanks for the fun!

    October 13, 2016 at 7:58 pm
  • Pamela Thomas


    I love the rich burgundy and flirty pink!

    October 13, 2016 at 8:26 pm
  • Ginger Marshall


    These are beautiful, Scott. I’m not familiar with Jennifer Paganelli’s fabrics, but she has my attention now!

    October 13, 2016 at 8:56 pm
  • Sara Johnson


    I usually am drawn to blues, but I think in this fabric line, the pinks are especially attractive to me. I haven’t been able to purchase any of Jennifer’s fabrics yet, but I have enjoyed using several of her Sis Boom patterns.

    October 14, 2016 at 3:44 am
  • Joanne Rush


    I am loving mustard at the moment. I would love to win some of your fabric. I see everyone else getting to play with it and I want a turn

    October 14, 2016 at 3:50 am
  • Ruth Goodhart


    I’m drawn to the turquoise/blue/aqua colors, but honestly I love all the colors in Jennifer’s fabrics. They are so vibrant and cheerful.

    October 14, 2016 at 3:59 am
  • Joanne Nichols


    Beautiful colors, for my high school sewing club students to work with!

    October 14, 2016 at 4:33 am
  • Sian Froud


    Absolutely beautiful, so perfectly vibrant! I can think of many delightful things they could be used for!

    October 14, 2016 at 4:33 am
  • Right now I am loving the Autumnal colors –adding a splash of turquoise and some pinks. This giveaway would make for some fancy Christmas gifts I’d love to make and, best of all, I have the book already “Happy Home”! 😀

    October 14, 2016 at 4:52 am
  • Debra Varney


    Oh My I just love the collection of colors…I see hippie sewn things.

    October 14, 2016 at 4:54 am
  • Chantelle Walker


    i will forever be in love with ALL of JP’s ranges ❤️ especially this one

    October 14, 2016 at 5:04 am
  • Oh my I love them all. I can’t decide which one’s, blue-green , florals.. So lovely. Thanks for the chance.

    October 14, 2016 at 5:26 am
  • I love a mix of greens as they are some of my favorites.

    October 14, 2016 at 6:48 am
  • I just love all of these fabrics! So much! I really want to get my hands on that royal blue/dark pink combination. It looks heavenly! 🙂

    October 14, 2016 at 7:07 am
  • Joy Clement


    I am loving everything about these fabrics! Such happy prints!

    October 14, 2016 at 7:11 am
  • I love JP’s fabrics! I put some in every quilt that I make. Right now I’m liking the warm colors: gold, yellow, pink, orange, red. But my all time favorite is aqua, like the Caribbean Sea. Big florals are wonderful. And classic damask designs too. JP’s fabrics are fresh and new, but they also remind me of being a happy little kid. I can’t wait to use Color Brigade!

    October 14, 2016 at 7:12 am
  • Shannon thomsen


    Been wearing a lot of yellow recently –I match the neighborhood maple leafs

    October 14, 2016 at 8:04 am
  • Would love to win this! Love the prints and many colors.

    October 14, 2016 at 10:18 am
  • Alicia


    They are all beautiful! I have been really drawn to purples/plums etc recently. I love big florals!

    October 14, 2016 at 10:40 am
  • Jennyroo


    I am loving plum and turquoise right now, with a light gray as a neutral for balance. Color Brigade is just gorgeous! I love all the bright colours. They would make a perfect quilt top! Thanks for sharing!

    October 14, 2016 at 10:51 am
  • Normally I’m drawn to all the warm fall colors of rust, oranges, golds and browns but at this moment I’m liking yellows and grays for some reason. Thanks or the chance.

    October 14, 2016 at 11:40 am
  • Julia Yee


    The aqua and green shades are beautiful!

    October 14, 2016 at 12:38 pm
  • Patti Lou


    I just so excited finding and being introduced to new sites for my favorite thing in the world to me. Playing with fabrics! Looking forward to reading and seeing more!

    October 14, 2016 at 3:24 pm
  • Di Wilsey Geer


    I have loved the same colors for some time, claret, turquoise, forest green, cobalt blue.

    October 14, 2016 at 8:02 pm
  • Ali


    Rght now, I am loving the magenta, royal blue and yellow. Happy colors to me they are.

    October 14, 2016 at 11:47 pm
  • My favourite has to big large print purple flowers. I’ve been meaning to make something for myself and i really want to find something soon for our Australian Summer. Any suggestions would be amazing. Good Luck everyone. Would love some fat quarters though

    October 15, 2016 at 3:34 am
  • Melissa Allen


    Lately, I am really favoring midnight blues and aquas. Thanks for the chance to win some lovely fabrics:)

    October 15, 2016 at 6:54 am
  • Ramsey F.


    Such gorgeous vibrant colours!

    October 15, 2016 at 7:21 am
  • Wendy


    Loving grey and wine colors right now, these fabrick are so beautiful!

    October 15, 2016 at 7:37 am
  • Audrey


    Wow!! Just breathtaking!

    October 15, 2016 at 8:15 am


    I’m loving ALL the bright colors! I’ve been using a lot of aqua and purples lately.

    October 15, 2016 at 8:16 am
  • Dianna


    The fabrics are nothing short of amazingly beautiful! Jennifer has the most delicious combination of colors and florals! Can’t have a favorite as ANY of them would be a cherished quilt in anyone’s home! Love working with beautiful fabrics. Its like bringing in the outdoors!

    October 15, 2016 at 8:57 am
  • Christina Skinner


    These are so bright and gorgeous! I don’t usually use such bold colors but I have a few patterns in mind for these.

    October 15, 2016 at 9:18 am
  • Kerri


    Gorgeous colors! My favorites right now are golden mustard tones and charcoal gray. But I’m loving the greens and burgundy in the collection!

    October 15, 2016 at 9:28 am
  • Sarah T.


    I love how vibrant the colors are. Perfect fall florals and geometrics.

    October 15, 2016 at 9:37 am
  • Laura


    Beautiful florals!

    October 15, 2016 at 9:54 am
  • Debra White


    I am loving turquoise, aqua, sage, and dusty pink.

    October 15, 2016 at 10:13 am
  • Francinia Flores


    I love that the colors are appropriate for autumn and spring. I can’t wait to see how I can incorporate them into my daughter’s dresses!

    October 15, 2016 at 11:20 am
  • Rachael W.


    Love ALL the colors! Teal, mustard, & Ruby are my favorites right now.

    October 15, 2016 at 12:22 pm
  • Cindy Dahlgren


    These floral are absolutely gorgeous! My favorite colors right now are teal and pink.

    October 15, 2016 at 1:08 pm
  • Erin waters


    Love the bright blues

    October 15, 2016 at 1:09 pm
  • Heather Brown


    Right now I’m so into all the hue variations of Red, White, Blue!!!

    October 15, 2016 at 1:14 pm
  • Im loving greens royals and mustards in boys. For the girls im loving dark teals, royal purples and vibrant cranberries.

    October 15, 2016 at 2:05 pm
  • Awndrea


    I just stumbled onto your site and I’m in love! I love your yellow fabrics and the combos you’ve done with them. I’m now looking at combos to make some Christmas gifts. Thank you for your designs.

    October 15, 2016 at 2:22 pm
  • Charla Nicholson


    I love the floral on navy! I love a dark background that really makes the flowers pop!

    October 15, 2016 at 2:33 pm
  • Darlene Wehrwein


    Love JP! Her floral prints have a vintage flair that I love!

    October 15, 2016 at 2:57 pm
  • Stephanie Olmsted


    I love floral prints. Reds, gray, aqua.

    October 15, 2016 at 4:31 pm


    Love me some JP! Growing up on the same island she did, I can see the colors and designs that she uses for inspiration definitely come from ST. CROIX!

    October 15, 2016 at 5:14 pm
  • Bethany


    Love all of your color combinations but my favorite colors this fall are navy and orange!!!

    October 15, 2016 at 5:14 pm
  • Pamela Crane


    I love bright colors and bold prints-exactly what these are. I wasn’t surprised to see you experimented with Kaffe Fassett patterns and these prints. They remind me of some of his-which are my all time favorites.

    October 15, 2016 at 5:56 pm
  • Marah Hulse


    They are all beautiful! I love vibrant colors and jewel tones.

    October 15, 2016 at 6:42 pm
  • Marlene Helvey


    I am always drawn to these bold, amazing designs by JP. I am also a rabid fan of Kaffe Fassett! I would love to work with these fabrics.

    October 15, 2016 at 7:36 pm
  • Juanita Wood


    I’m all new to working with fabric and quilting but I’m so enjoying the color combinations.

    October 15, 2016 at 7:44 pm
  • Julie weltch


    I love them all!

    October 15, 2016 at 7:45 pm
  • Melanie


    I am pretty smitten right now with jewel tones like emerald green, sapphire blue…. and I love florals!

    October 15, 2016 at 8:18 pm
  • Cassandra


    I’m loving anything teal/aqua/turquoise.. or giant floral prints! Thank you for this chance!!

    October 15, 2016 at 8:48 pm
  • Lisa Koon


    Gorgeous colors! Lately I’ve been into blues like navy and aqua.

    October 15, 2016 at 9:35 pm
  • OMG! Love these!! Pink is and always will be my FAVORITE color!! Turquoise is a super close 2nd! Would LOVE to make something with this fabric!!

    October 15, 2016 at 9:44 pm
  • Rachel


    My favorite colors to use right now are mustard, coral, and navy.
    I really love these fabrics!

    October 15, 2016 at 10:08 pm
  • With fall in season, I’m in love with mustard and plum combos as well as rich oranges. This time of year is my favorite and this fabric line looks absolutely beautiful!

    October 15, 2016 at 10:19 pm
  • Heather Cole


    Beautiful fabrics! I mostly sew for my 2 year old daughter, and we both love anything floral. No specific colors as long as it has flowers! ♡

    October 16, 2016 at 3:40 am
  • Belinda Butler


    I can’t get enough florals! That darker blue just speaks to me!

    October 16, 2016 at 5:37 am
  • I’m in love, love, love with emerald right now. I’m also partial to tangerine and aqua, too. These fabrics are so gorgeous! Thanks for the giveaway!

    October 16, 2016 at 8:06 am
  • Gretchen


    Flowers, flowers, flowers!! I love the brightness of this collection with the pink peonies as my fav! I think I need a floral quilt just for meeee!
    I am in a orange/black/white/teal fabric mode right now, finishing up some Halloween projects!

    October 16, 2016 at 8:10 am
    • YUMMM throwing teal in with the orange and black! Genius!!

      October 18, 2016 at 5:01 pm
  • Lisa Lawrence


    Love!! I’m always a fan of navy, pink, and light blue.

    October 16, 2016 at 8:22 am
  • Valerie Brooks


    My favorite colors are bold bright colors which is why Jennifer Paganelli is ALWAYS right on point with all of the bold reds and blues and teals! She is my Fav

    October 16, 2016 at 9:28 am
  • Brenda nelson


    Color brigade is lovely.

    October 16, 2016 at 10:56 am
  • Lisa Wilson Grant


    So gorgeous I am partial to greens and blues.

    October 16, 2016 at 11:47 am
  • barbie


    I absolutely adore all the prints !

    October 16, 2016 at 12:02 pm
  • Vickie


    Floral of any sort. Makes my heart glad. This groupping looks outstanding. Good for a fussy cut.

    October 16, 2016 at 12:54 pm
  • Lyn


    I am loving blues, purples and golds!

    October 16, 2016 at 1:51 pm
  • Trasi


    Such inspiring colors! I have been making hot pads with football fabric but can’t wait to start a new quilt

    October 16, 2016 at 2:22 pm
  • I love bright colors, so JP speaks to my soul… Right now I am really into oranges and yellows… And pink is always my fav

    October 16, 2016 at 3:51 pm
  • Sandy W-D


    I am new to your sight. I love all the colors but the brighter the better! Was a guest last week when you spoke in Sandpoint. You were the perfect person for me to hear. I always thought I couldnt be a qood quilter because my corners dont always match up. You showing and telling of how you mix things up and shake up the rules, kind of like a rebel, was music to my ears!!!

    October 16, 2016 at 9:49 pm
  • Melissa Maher


    Color that feeds the soul! Thank you for the visual treat. Lately, I have been working with teal, but am also feeling drawn to lush dark florals, such as navy. Oh, and plum!

    October 18, 2016 at 5:24 am

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