Day Twelve #12DaysofColor!

Day Twelve #12DaysofColor!

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So It’s the last day peeps! of the year and this series. Thank you so much for tagging along this whole time.
And a BIG thank you to the following companies for sharing their goods with me and some of you soon!

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mmf2moda-logoaurifil logo

I hope you have enjoyed this series as much as I have! It was a lot of work, but I really was happy to share my love of how color and value changes the look of things with such ease. A lot of you have written so many nice things, and I can’t tell you how wonderful that feels. I think probably what I noticed the most in the comments was that some of you can get intimidated by the choices before you and that’s where you feel stifled.  I think that may be something I do different. I actually never really “think” to much about a block when I am doing it.  I do think “what if” a lot and then play with that, but I don’t overwork it.  As I said a few days ago, I sometimes like a “blurry” block. If the quilt is all the same block, those blurry ones add interest and get you to look a little deeper into the work to see what’s going on.  Also, I love color. A lot of color. You probably guessed that, huh?  When it comes to color, I look at it in a couple of different ways. Sometimes, I look at the contrast between Hot and Cold Colors. You know what I mean right? Hot colors are the reds, oranges, yellows, pinks.  Cool colors are the blues, greens, purples, etc. I also look a lot at the Value of colors, whether they are light, medium, or dark. That is a little trickier, and sometimes they don’t always work out the way I see them in my head. And that is probably the trickiest thing I do. I don’t let things bother me too much, I go with what feels right to me. There is no wrong or right when it comes to quilting.  I believe wrong and right are very important for a great many other things, but not quilting.  I have made plenty of quilts that later down the road, I wonder what was I thinking?

So after that brief look into my head, let’s go onto the last block.  This block is Pat Sloan’s block and her interview (questions were given to her from her readers!) is here, and her block is here.

Here is the Kona block done up in — in Stratosphere and Sunny (the points ended up differently than the original block totally by “mistake.” I was going to make a blue star on a yellow background, but when I plopped them down next to the sewing machine like this, I thought,  hmmmmm….and I tried them out that way. Fell. In. Love.):

D12days Kona12

Here is the third Anna Maria Horner True Colors  from Free Spirit Block (I am totally gaga over this shade of green, and the “coral” and black in the center…Incredible combo!):

D12days AMH3

Here is the fourth Blue And White from Michael Miller Block (I love the vibe from that deep Navy background….yep, even though it is navy, I love it!):

D12days B&W4

Here is the Grunge from Moda block (I was down to two browns after using all of the grunge sample colors I had, so I dug into the scraps for the rest this.  Love it! {note, in the corner four patches, there are actually three different browns…hard to tell, but it’s true!}):

D12days G12

And here are the Aurifil threads of the day (2880 and 2715):

D12days thread 12

So go ahead and comment as you have been doing. You have until about 1 pm on New Year’s Day Pacific Time.  Tell me about your New Year plans, your opinions on today’s blocks, colors, fabric lines, news of the day, etc. Love hearing everything you have to say.   And remember to come back to the Blue Nickel next year as well.  There will be a lot going on throughout 2014, and I can’t wait to share all the Love of Color, Fabric, and Threads with you!!

Happy New Year!



  • Kathy MacKied


    Just love Aurifil, thanks for such a fun time!

    December 31, 2013 at 11:48 am
  • audrey


    I’ll definitely be coming back next year, you’re on my link list now! I love playing with value when I make up my own quilt blocks, especially when I’m doing something scrappy. The sawtooth star is one of my favorite blocks and then there’s all the variations like this one which just gives more room to play. Great job making it hard to decide which block you made is better! Each one looks better than the one before.:)

    December 31, 2013 at 11:50 am
  • Elizabeth S


    The grunge block is absolutely gorgeous…thanks for making this one of my fav fabrics now! Happy New Year!

    December 31, 2013 at 11:50 am
  • Debbi Swartwood


    I am glad that I found the 12 days of color on the last day. Wish I found it sooner. The blocks are gorgeous in all the different color ways. I looked at all of them and am very fond of day 12. I am a solid or reads as solid fabric shopper. One of my goals for 2014 is to spruce up my stash with some modern fabric prints similar to the ones used in all of the blocks. My other goal for the new year is to become more proficient with free motion quilting, in order to finish up some ufo’s. Thank you for the opportunity to see so many different fabriscs, threads and colors used in one place. Happy New Year!!

    December 31, 2013 at 12:13 pm
  • nadia wilson


    Thank-you for sharing your love of color, fabric and thread….we have three things in common! I have thoroughly enjoyed following along with your series of posts, albiet, I did it in one day because I just found your blog this morning!! I will be coming back here regularly in 2014 for the inspiration and to see the new things that I am sure will be unfolding. I am curious…what do you do as a day job?

    December 31, 2013 at 12:14 pm
  • Happy New Year Scott and thanks for sharing what is inside of that head of yours. It comforting to know I don’t always need to be challenged by the perfect choices! My Type A personality ? I must get past it… It was darling of you to share this wealth of color and your insight. May your colors never run… Karen

    December 31, 2013 at 12:24 pm
  • Chris


    I saw this site on Facebook. I love all the color combinations of the diiferent artists. Makes me want to dig through my stash and create!

    December 31, 2013 at 12:47 pm
  • Janice


    I have been down with a bug since Christmas so I plan on not going anywhere. Just going to sit here and hope I can go to work on Thursday.

    December 31, 2013 at 12:54 pm
  • Jessica P.


    The blocks are all really neat. I am liking the blue. Apparently I need to make a blue and white quilt. 🙂 I don’t really have many plans. Tonight my husband and I will probably stay up until midnight, if we make it. We have two year old twins, so it is difficult to stay up late as we are dog tired by 10 or 11. Wonderful prizes. Hope you have a happy new year!

    December 31, 2013 at 1:12 pm
  • Joy


    I am really not confident when it comes to knowing/working with color values – your solids blocks were helpful in showing me different values at work. I’m working on not thinking of my work as “wrong” if it doesn’t turn out like I envisioned it…it just means I learned one way of NOT doing it, ha ha. Thanks for the fun series. Have a nice NY’s Eve!

    December 31, 2013 at 2:01 pm
  • Maryellen


    I enjoyed this, too. Thanks for doing the work. Blue and white is my favorite today. Fun with the grunge colors in the center, too. Happy New Year!

    December 31, 2013 at 2:02 pm
  • Evie H


    I’m beginning to love Grunge! Yea, I’m one of those who “thinks” too much, but I’m trying not to do so! I love all your blocks. Thanks for this incredible journey.

    December 31, 2013 at 6:23 pm
  • Thanks for such a fun look at color. I’m going to have to work at not overthinking my blocks in the new year. Happy New Year to you and your family.

    December 31, 2013 at 6:24 pm
  • I love the thread this time, the rest is a bit much.

    December 31, 2013 at 6:26 pm
  • Cecilia


    Happy New Year, Scott! Thank you for your lessons on color. Sometimes I think that I over think my color selection. I’m going to try to loosen up a little in 2014. I’ve enjoyed seeing all of your blocks and reading about your designing process.

    December 31, 2013 at 6:31 pm
  • this was a great series. Loved seeing how colour and placement makes such a difference in a wide variety of blocks. I belong to a very traditional guild and light is for the background and floral fabrics for every thing else. I really try and shake them up with my quilts, but it is an uphill battle. I think I am making some headway though.

    new years is quiet this year. A bottle of caramel vodka, Criminal Minds re-runs and some knitting. Tomorrow a chicken fabric pillow case for a young friend before she heads back across the country to university.

    December 31, 2013 at 6:43 pm
  • Donna Joy


    I want to learn more about color values and need to get some of my stash used up so that i can buy some of the new modern fabrics. 2014 will be a year of learning to just do it and not to over think the fabric choices. Thanks for all you did to share all the possible color choices for the blocks. Happy New Year.

    December 31, 2013 at 6:44 pm
  • Bethany


    I am just mesmerized by all of your various color choices and blocks, they are all so fabulous. I think I plan too much when quilting, and worry too much about color placement. Happy New Year!

    December 31, 2013 at 6:47 pm
  • barbara woods


    stay at home and watch the ball drop at 12

    December 31, 2013 at 6:55 pm
  • Thank you for all your hard work. I think maybe working with prints will be a little easier. Grunge with the pop of color is adorable. All the blocks today are outstanding though, and the thread, well I love it! See you next year. Happy New Year to you and yours!

    December 31, 2013 at 6:56 pm
  • Scott , this has been a great series. Thank you so much for sharing what the different fabrics(colors) can do for a block. Block one is a total different spin on this one that I didn’t see coming. Happy New Year and believe me I will be keeping an eye pealed on you in 2014.I love the grunge block, not sure I would have paired pastels with the warm colors but it is out of this world. I have certainly learned a lot about what color can do to a block through my bombs this month but don’t enjoy remaking them so watching what 4 tries has done for you has been very valuable!!! Thank You

    December 31, 2013 at 7:25 pm
  • usairdoll


    This has been an awesome series! I think color combos and placement had been overwhelming sometimes for me. I’ve loved seeing all the different blocks. Being a visual person I know what I like when I see it but not always sure how to get there. I seem to fall back into my comfort zone choosing colors and I guess I need to play more. I will be coming back again and again to these 12 Days of Color to review and for inspiration. Thank you Scott for all your hardwork and Thank You to the wonderful sponsors, Aurifil, Michael Miller, Robert Kaufman and Moda. Wasn’t the color of today’s Aurifil threads yummy? Beautiful blues!

    Have a Happy, Safe and a Blessed New Year!

    December 31, 2013 at 7:41 pm
  • Allyson LePenske


    Love Love Love All Today!!!!!!

    December 31, 2013 at 8:01 pm
  • Janice


    I have learned so much from your posts! Tomorrow I will start the new year off in the best way—at my local quilt shop looking for fabric! I will be looking with a new attitude and new approach. Maybe I’ll even put a few suggestions in their ear for some fabric lines to add!

    (Hey, other Janice, sorry to hear that you’ve been ill! Hope you find better health soon!)

    December 31, 2013 at 8:07 pm
  • The Blue & White Michael Miller block is just striking! Our one and three year old grands came to spend the night! So fun!

    December 31, 2013 at 9:22 pm
  • Emily C


    Love all the different blocks. Todays are particularly nice, since I am fond of stars.

    December 31, 2013 at 9:32 pm
  • Patty


    Thanks for showing all the fabrics and blocks. My favorite of all fabrics is Grunge. Happy New Year.

    December 31, 2013 at 9:50 pm
  • Sandy K


    I appreciate all the hard work you put into this series for all of us. Have a Happy New Year!!

    December 31, 2013 at 9:51 pm
  • Vicki H


    WOW! You did an awesome job with color in this series. I will have to do my best not to over think my color choices. Thanks, and I will see you in the new year.

    December 31, 2013 at 9:55 pm
  • diane


    Love the Blue & White block.

    December 31, 2013 at 10:38 pm
  • Judy Forkner


    Happy New Year! My husband headed to bed at 10:30–late for him! I’m still up at 11, but I usually stay up until 1 or 2 am. I’ve enjoyed your blocks. I’m liking the grunge more all the time, but the MM blue & white & the Anna Maria Horner True Colors are my faves! Thanks!

    December 31, 2013 at 11:08 pm
  • KarenVR


    I love the blue and white by Michael Miller again! Your blocks have been beautiful. Thank you for sharing and hosting the giveaway.

    December 31, 2013 at 11:44 pm
  • Susan the farm quilter


    Love the blue and grunge! You are right, that navy blue MOVES!! I really like fabrics like that…the ones that can give you cartoon eyes 🙂 Thank you for doing this exercise in color; you have made me really look at my color choices and how they have changed in the 6 years I have been quilting.

    January 1, 2014 at 12:33 am
  • Deborah Hillman


    Thanks for all of your time and artistry!! Loved seeing all of the different fabrics and combinations!

    January 1, 2014 at 1:17 am
  • Mary


    AMH’s True Colors win out for me this time. You’ve really got me thinking with this series! Thanks again for doing it.

    January 1, 2014 at 2:00 am
  • Wow, love the grunge block today!!Thanks for doing this series, it really was eye-opening. Looking forward to the new year and trying out the 2014 Aurifil blocks!

    January 1, 2014 at 3:31 am
  • Rose Smith


    Really loving the Blue and White from Michael Miller again. The background fabric polka like a great blender, the fish scale effect on it looks great!
    I’m going to miss having your various blocks to view. I’ve really enjoyed this series of posts, and found it to be very enlightening and surprising too, when ive found myself loving blocks assembled in fabric choices I would usually avoid. Thank you.

    January 1, 2014 at 4:59 am
  • MaryBeth


    Happy New Year. I just love the grunge!!

    January 1, 2014 at 7:11 am
  • Wenda


    Thank you for sharing your blocks these past few days! I have to say that I am really loving that Grunge!

    January 1, 2014 at 8:08 am
  • Gill


    For the first time I don’t have a favourite!!
    I love them all!

    January 1, 2014 at 8:27 am
  • Linda Nelson


    I love the green and coral combo as well! Got my sewing room organized by 8pm on New Year’s Eve, so hopefully all of my 2014 sewing will be peaceful…with the goal of one project at a time. I’m not very good at that, but I will sure try!

    January 1, 2014 at 10:13 am
  • You have made a Grunge lover out of me. Finally, I love a fabric before it goes OOP!! I have really enjoyed all the posts and blocks you have shared over the ’12’ days of Christmas! Thank you so much and Happy New Year!

    January 1, 2014 at 10:24 am
  • Crystal Flemmer


    All done! Noo! I’m really going to miss seeing all the new blocks and color combinations. It’s been very interesting to see them side by side. So, my favorite this time was the blue and white, which honestly surprised me. Thanks for taking the time and effort to make this happen, Scott. Be well and have a great year. 🙂

    January 1, 2014 at 10:38 am
  • Margaret


    L.o.v.e! the a Grunge block this time. Thanks for showing us 12×4 = 48 blocks. That’s more than I have made in the last three months. 🙁

    January 1, 2014 at 10:41 am
  • Hey a grunge I could like.. Love the thread colors, would swim in them. I am proud and happy for my family. I know redundant, but we had to over come an obstacle and stay together and we stuck like glue. Happy New Year………..

    January 1, 2014 at 10:47 am
  • Linda Fleming


    Love all the blocks – my favorite is the blues today!
    Those are fantastic thread colors too!

    January 1, 2014 at 11:33 am
  • Happy New Year, Scott! Gotta admit, I love the True Colors block again. I had been leaning towards the solid color blocks right along, but this one just calls out to me. Interesting though, how you swayed me towards the solid blocks too, cause they were never really my thing. But now, I may just have to branch out more! Hope you had a great Happy New Year! We were together here last night with friends and family and played games and drank champagne. Great time! Blessings to you and your family for a wonderful 2014!!

    January 1, 2014 at 11:39 am
  • Pam


    Thanks for the look into your head! I really appreciate the advice about color and value, and not overthinking things too much. Your series has definitely inspired me to worry less and experiment more. And I love your blocks today – especially the Kona block – wonderful movement!

    January 1, 2014 at 12:04 pm
  • nikki


    Oh my goodness how did i miss this one!!! Oh will.mis this!!

    January 1, 2014 at 12:37 pm
  • nikki


    I wanted to say more about the look into your head and from following the 12 days. I have come to realize it is not as complicated as i thought. I will try and take myself out of the equation and really work it From there! I really cannot wait to take one of your classes! I love the Kona block and how it doesn’t follow the “rules” it is that thinking that brings me back to my quilting to begin with. Thank you again Scott for doing this i am really ready to begin my quilting again!

    January 1, 2014 at 12:47 pm
  • Kay


    This is my favourite Grunge block so far. It has been a fun series, thanks for sharing it all.

    January 1, 2014 at 1:23 pm
  • kimberlee


    That is so very interesting, Scott about your not overworking it. I really enjoyed getting a little into your mind about colors. Especially with the yellow/blue block. And I am the same about navy. But now with PB&J mixed in with light blue, loving it!

    January 1, 2014 at 2:59 pm
  • Well done, every last one of them!

    January 1, 2014 at 3:02 pm
  • I JUST remembered to check in here today 🙂 And today the Grunge block has me totally smitten! Love your creativity Scott – and the peek inside your head! Thanks for adding some fabulous colour to the Season!

    January 1, 2014 at 6:16 pm
  • Jodi R


    They are some very impressive blocks. Amazing what a difference fabric choice makes to the same block.

    January 1, 2014 at 6:52 pm
  • Been on vacation, hopeful today your a little late and I make it in. I love your grunge block enjoying the brown with a burst of color in the center! The Kona block colors are wonderful together. I hope to see the completed quilts. Thank you for the twelve days!

    January 1, 2014 at 8:18 pm
  • I have totally enjoyed looking at the variation on each of the blocks with the different fabrics. Love what you did with the twelfth day on Kona. I fell in love too!

    January 1, 2014 at 10:39 pm
  • Anna Maria Horner is my favorite!

    January 2, 2014 at 9:46 am
  • melissa


    I like the grunge, again.

    January 2, 2014 at 9:47 am
  • Lori M


    Again, loving the grunge block–especially the patchwork center; the blue comes in a VERY cose second though. I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing these blocks, thank you for sharing!

    January 2, 2014 at 10:31 am
  • Carol Broughton


    Great posts, very inspiring! Thank you!

    January 2, 2014 at 1:02 pm
  • Kim


    Loving the free spirit and michael miller blocks!!

    January 2, 2014 at 1:33 pm
  • Love that blue! Fantastic!

    January 3, 2014 at 6:57 am
  • Mara


    A little late in Commenting, but I just wanted to say thank you for the color lessons 🙂 I loved looking at the fabrics you put together and even got inspired today and did some sewing, after a little sew funk. Thanks

    January 3, 2014 at 11:41 am
  • Becky Greene


    I have left this series so invigorated!! I have a couple of WIPs to finish, but my next new project will definitely be color-inspired. Thanks for all your hard work!

    January 3, 2014 at 2:34 pm
  • dianna eickhorn


    Can’t wait to see all your block fabrics together 🙂 Should be really interesting.

    January 4, 2014 at 2:03 pm

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