Pantone has come out with their 2016 colors of the year...yes, that was plural! They have selected two colors for 2016. Rose Quartz and Serenity.
Like many of you I was initially uninspired and disappointed in this selection. Unless I am making a plethora of baby quilts this year, this didn't really stimulate my color palette.
To the rescue, the color gurus at Pantone have put together a color card that you can use to expand the options for mixing these two colors into your repertoire. Click on this link to a PDF page for you to print. It will help you select colors for your quilts that will be trendy for 2016. A little "think outside the box" help for us.
Check out Spoonflower.com for some new and exciting cutting edge designs that will incorporate these "new" colors. Search their site for Pink and Pale Blue and you will be amazed at the options to select from. Give yourself a color exercise, dig through your stash and without a project in mind, just pull fabrics that work in these color schemes.
Moda Fabrics.com has incorporated the colors into several of their lines.
Moda also has a great little Palette Builder. Upload your photo and it will automatically pick the colors for you. If you love the colors in your photo, you will love the colors in your quilt. Below is a sample. You can save it to your computer and print it out to take shopping with you, even if you are only shopping your stash!
The Palette generator will even provide you with the Moda fabric suggestions for those colors. If you have trouble picking colors this will take the guess work out of the process for you.
Here's looking forward to a year of exciting creative quilting! Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year!