The Mystery Quilt Along begins today! Designing this mystery in EQ8, once I determined the final design, I began doing different colorations in the program to see which palette I wanted to work with. When I tried the vibrant brights, the pattern named itself, and I knew I had my project for this year. Pachanga is a vibrant, salsa dance with movement forward and back, left and right, energetic and lively, combining jazz and rock.
See what I mean with this video. Just click on the photo to start it.
The music and dance bring to mind the vibrant clothing, marvelous embroidery, and colorful textiles of Latin America.
Colorful and spicy foods also come to mind, tacos and tomatoes, guacamole and peppers.
So with those things in mind, I chose my colors to match the theme, but it does well in a number of color choices. I mocked it up with light and dark backgrounds and a variety of color palettes in EQ8. This pattern will look great with a wide variety of scraps and a consistent background, but would also look wonderful in scraps of all one color family (like all reds or blues) with a high contrast background like a bright white, or soft cream. You might choose a variety of medium dark prints and a light white or cream background. It would do very well with darker backgrounds and lighter scraps. If you’ve ever wanted a navy and cheddar quilt, this is the one! If you’ve always wanted a black background quilt with bright scraps, now is the time. I think it would do very well with red and blue scraps on a white or cream background for a Quilt of Valor. I’ll be sewing my project with black background and vibrant brights.
Today we begin with the cutting instructions, so dig out your scraps and find a good piece of yardage for your background. The instruction download contains seven sizes so you can make a large or small project. Click on Scrap Dance Pachanga Cutting Instructions to download the single page for your sewing room.
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