Sunday, July 5, 2020

Oh wow! Look at the colors!

While the title of this blog post was a tag line in my youth (and denoted you'd recently dabbled in a mind-blowing psychedelic), as a sane and sober 60-something, I still utter the same line. But it might not be about super-bright flashing colors. Not this time.

But "Oh Wow! Look at the colors!" was exactly what I said when my sample bolts of new Peppered Cottons landed on my doorstep a week ago. And then today, a box from my friend Sandi Irish included the sample quilt made from those colors and I fell in love all over again.

This selection of new colors not only plugs some holes in the Peppered Cottons palette (we really needed a gold-) but also expands the quieter side of the line. I've chosen Mid-Century lamps (a passion of mine) to help explain the colors.

OK-Merlot #53 is a very rich deep brown-tinged red. Yes, just like the wine. It seems right that the color is encased in Murano glass.






And #68 Key Lime is a calm yellow green. This lamp is by the Italian firm Stillnova.









We needed an orange-kissed red and we got it! Meet #70 Tomato. Modeled by one of my favorite chalkware lamps, the African lady who carries the most astounding shade on her head.



                                                                                                                                                             

When it came to #27 Gingko Gold, there were many choices but this anodized aluminum Danish pendant lamp was the favorite.






While there are two tones of blue in this lamp, the shade, as in #61 Tide Pool blue, grabs my attention.





                                                   


Another blue but this one is between denim and grey. An industrial
pendant light models #87 Storm Cloud well.









The subtle color of unbleached linen is always a favorite since it goes with every other color.  Here's #7 Flax in a table lamp by Alladin.






This bold design just springs out at you. It is the famous Praying Mantis floor lamp by the French firm Rispal. It uses walnut wood----#33 Walnut as it's named on the Peppered Cottons color card.





This next one makes me laugh--there must have been a million versions of this prowling panther TV lamp in the '50s. But here it makes a nice stand-in for #18 Milk Chocolate.




Finally, when you think there can't be another shade of grey we haven't seen in fabric, meet #10 Granite, a deep grey with blue undertones.



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           


Here's the new Peppered Cottons as a group. They're now up on the StudioE website, tucked in with all the other Peppered Cottons. Go here to see them all together Peppered Cottons .









I designed a small quilt using the ten new colors plus #09 White Sugar. It's name is Nine Patch Swing. My friend Sandi Irish sewed and quilted the quilt this Spring.

The directions for the quilt are on the StudioE website and they're free! Click here for  Nine Patch Swing Directions .                                 

81 comments:

Julia, in Virginia said...

I love these. Loots, and the pattern designed for them!

Julia, in Virginia said...

That was supposed to be colors. I hate auto correct!

Kim said...

I love the colors!

LoriM said...

I can’t wait to add all of these to my collection!

Catherine Etter, The Mindful Spirit said...

Tidal pool blue, how very dreamy.......

Caroline said...

Great colors! Can't wait to get my hands on these! Especially love the Merlot.

Christine Swieszcz said...

I love the key lime best! It’s my fav color. Christine Swieszcz

nanayane said...

So many colors...so little time
~Elaine from off Kilter Kwilting

Lisa said...

Fabulous colors Pepper!

Mary Kirwin said...

Hi Pepper, so glad you are on the mend from hip surgery and getting back to work. Congrats on coming out with even more peppered cottons. And I love how you used the vintage lamps to describe the new colors! Very clever of you.
Mary Kirwin

Kathy in NH said...

I would love a bundle of Peppered cottons. Pick me! please

Judy said...

Love the new colors! I can't wait to make a quilt with them!

Nancy A. Bekofske said...

Fantastic colors. Love the retro vibe.

Terry said...

Love your fabrics, and their names!

Janet atkins said...

Thank you for inspiring quilters!

Pat Gottshalk said...

What a wonderful post. I loved seeing all the various lights. You are a storyteller.

Lorraine W. said...

You've got my attention! I LOVE Peppered Cottons. Can't wait to try then in a project!

BJ said...

I LOVE Peppered Cottons, so soft and interesting. I use them for lots of things, including quilting some lap quilts (I don't make bed quilts, as you know), shirts, and small items. I love the lamp pictures. Are they all in your collection? Cheers.

StudioD said...

These colours are gorgeous Pepper. When we can finally leave Darwin to go South I'll keep an eye out for stockists.

Unknown said...

Beautiful colors and I love the lamps too!!

Unknown said...

6:49 comment was from Danielle in NH...

Unknown said...

6:49 comment was from Danielle in NH...

Unknown said...

Linda from Lansing says key lime and tomato will do just fine!

Colleen J said...

Love these and all peppered cottons! Thanks so much for the sweet little pattern.

Unknown said...

I love Peppered cottons! Glad to see the new colors.

Colleen J said...

Love these and all peppered cottons! Thanks so much for the sweet little pattern.

sophie said...

What fun illustrating the new colors with vintage lamps. I love the tomato red.

Loretta Waterman said...

Beautiful Colors! Luscious!

LCP said...

Love the new colors and the coordinating lamps! Saw this blog post this morning and I liked the pattern. Now I see we have an opportunity to win some of these lovely peppered cottons. I really like handquilting these. Thanks for the opportunity!

Dee said...

What a great video explaining shot cotton! Peppered cotton would be a wonderful addition to my stash; I love how it can blend so well to two different color ways.

Miss Jean said...

I have a not-big-enough collection of peppered cottons and will be happy to add some of these new colors. You’re the best.

Judy said...

I agree - we needed that gold! Love the new fabric colors. Thanks for adding the inspiring lamp photos. I still have the last one - except mine is a black panther.

Crystal Medley said...

love your peppered cottons, always looking for them.



Unknown said...

I love reading your blog and FB posts. And fondling the Peppered Cottons that I have. You're the bestd

wendlaw said...

Love the colors, Liked the objects you used to illustrate the colors!

Carolyn said...

Pepper, your sense of color is always spot on! I love the new colors!

triciascott56@aol.com said...

I love these colors and lamps. Especially the blue.

Kathy Delaney said...

Pepper, love the new colors! I especially think the lamp explanation is very clever.

arussell said...

Love the name of the line and all the colors. Our quilt group needs to be "peppered"!! I have yet to make a quilt for myself after 10+ years of quilting. This may be my sign. Glad you're feeling better.
Thanks,
Andrea Russell

Elquilts said...

love using peppered cottons and will definitely want to add these to my stash

B Lowerison said...

Love your peppered cottons...the new colours sound so delicious...merlot, walnut, key lime, etc etc.

kt said...

Yea! I have been using up my stash at a ferocious rate! Please feed it
!

LongmontJeni said...

I love colors, and I'm looking forward to using them!

vtquilter said...

Pepper, your colors are so beautiful. I look forward to using them in an awesome quilt.

Regina said...

Love your mid-century modern lamp collection. Great inspiration for colors. Looking forward to seeing them in my local quilt shop.

Unknown said...

Congratulations on the beautiful new colors! I’m also envious of your lamp collection ...

SmlWhiteBear said...

Love the new colours

Jodi Lockyer said...

Oh Pepper! This are marvelous! Love the new colours. They will all look amazing in my future creations!

Carol Morrissey said...

Ooooh, that Storm Cloud! So many great colors.

Susan in Cinti said...

Those lamps are the most gorgeous I have ever seen!! I love your new colors in your fabric line but those lamps!!!!!! Thanks for sharing them to explain your new colors.

Barbara Black said...

They are all yummy but that deep red, I love it!

Lorraine in Oz said...

I love your colours. Totally my style. I’m. An online fabric shopper but I never see Peppered Cottons listed .
This collection is beautiful 🌸🌸

Mary Anne said...

Love, love, love������

ejdesigns said...

I'm thinking that the merlot and the lime are going to be HOT HOT HOT! I will admit to cheating on your darling peppered cottons with two other big names, and I PROMISE, I'll never do it again! One was very thin, the other scratchy. None can compare to the soft hand and gentle drape of Peppered cotton. Can't wait to use them.

SubeeSews said...

I love your peppered cottons. I have 1/2 a bolt of Ashes of Roses. I am afraid to use it I love it so much!!!! Hopfully I may be the lucky winner of the newest line of Peppered Cottons.

Anonymous said...

How clever to show the colors on lamps! The quilt is gorgeous, the new colors so luscious.
Vicki F in Marshall

Quilter Jeanne Marie said...

I love your lamps! And the fabric colors are great too. I especially appreciate the free quilt pattern and look forward to making it. Thanks so much! Hope you are feeling better soon.

Seacoast Quilter said...

Very nice additions. I use this fabric often! And my Walnut kitty got one named after him! 😺😸

Laura Strating-Janssens said...

Wauw! ��Just more of the wonderful , soft feeling fabrics of your hands! So looking forward to see them in real life; hope Covid-19 will allow us to have these coming to Europe ��

michinmich said...

You are so creative to tell the story of your new fabric line by showcasing the vintage lamps. Beautiful colors! I want to see them on person. Pepper, I remember your shop in East Lansing. It was my first quilt shop experience ever.

Marijke said...

Funny ! to see where the inspiration for the colours comes from.

Miranda said...

I love the peppered cottons, can be used for clothing as well as quilts!

Karen Stuhlfeier said...

Beautiful colors and the exact colors in my living room sofa. I love the references to mid century design and colors. Perfect for my 1954 era house.

Jill said...

Lovely little quilt you made with the new peppered cottons. The colors are fabulous.

Joanna E said...

I love your Peppered Cottons, and these new ones are spectacular!

suz said...

Just luscious!!!

Teri said...

Oh my...LOVING these colors!!!

Marcy said...

absolutely love your colors!

Pat said...

I am now overly fond of mid-century modern lamps, except for that panther, but I love the colors in this fill-in collection. Of course the soft hand of the PCs is luxe, however the beautiful colors of Tomato, Key Lime and Tidal Pool Blue are calling to me!

Jan canyon said...

I have a black panther tv light that I just love! Happy New colors!

qtquilts said...

I love Tide pool! Actually I love all the colors.

Kris said...

These are lovely...ohhh, that tomato!

Lainey said...

Those colors are wonderful!! I know they are going to have as wonderful a hand as the previous colors.

Barbara Johnson, Morehead City Realtor said...

The quilt is lovely..just like the colors and just like Pepper. I dont quilt but ladies I know in the Yucatan peninsula do and those quilt squares will help them support their fsmilies.

Rosa Bingaman said...

So wonderful!

nodakflick said...

I love the new colors! They do fill the gaps nicely! I’ll go with Tide pool and key lime for the win!

Cindy Shelley said...

Flax and granite are great colors and great lamps. Love the quilt. The new colors are gorgeous.

Fussycut said...

Beautiful new colors, Pepper. Love your using lamps to explain the reasoning behind your color choices. So clever!




Dianne Giles said...

Beautiful colours. I can see myself petting them "oh my precious".

Penny Prichard said...

Those lamps are so cool! Wherever did you find them? I can't wait to get my hands on some of these new colors, they are gorgeous. They are terrific in their own right and will play so well with the other ones.

Barba Drebenstedt said...

Love the colors. Like the pattern too. You do such great things.