February 22, 2009

Nuttin! Orange and silver are two words for which there is no exact rhyme in the English language. A fabric company should put out an orange fabric with metallic silver highlights and call it “Nothing Rhymes.”

Today I’m ruminating about the color orange as part of Pat Sloan’s Virtual Weekend Retreat and OP Challenge. What’s an OP you might ask? Orange Pile! Your pile of orange fabrics from your stash! There’s a blog hop going on with prize giveaways, a free block pattern, photos of work in progress, and a tutorial. Click the OP logo in the left-hand sidebar and you’ll find out all about it.

What’s orange in nature? Lots of things. Oranges. Tangerines. Papayas. Pumpkins. Carrots. All of these grow with green leaves, so it seems that green goes with orange. However, to me, an orange and green combo just always has a “food” connotation, like food-service industry.

California poppies. Chrysanthemums. Nasturtiums. Still with the green leaves, but commonly pictured against a blue sky. Orange and blue… a nice combination.

Ginger tabby cats. Parts of calico cats. Pomeranians. Monarch Butterflies.


My calico cat Maikai.

Orange and black, besides being two colors in the classic calico triad, just means Halloween. Orange and brown occur often together in the coats of animals. A touch of orange is fantastic for depicting critters. Go see the giraffes on the home page of appliqué artist Nancy Brown’s website.

I happen to like orange, and when I say that I mean in my stash and in my quilts. Supposedly I can’t wear true orange, me being a ‘classic winter’ and all. But when I really think about it, orangey-red is really one of my favorite colors! Witness the color scheme for this blog (which I designed myself). My car is ‘red-orange metallic.’ I’m far more drawn to the orange side of red than the purple side.

free-flowers.gifI try to pull a splash of orange into my appliqué whenever I can. Here’s my improvisational, scissor-cut wall quilt Free Flowers. It just wouldn’t be the same without the orange and the pink.

Basket block from Growing Hearts to Appliqué
When I pulled fabrics for the blocks in my book Growing Hearts to Appliqué, I mixed orange into the reds.

One of my very favorite color combinations is orangey-red and tealy blue. Can you see it in this quilt block? They’re opposite each other on the color wheel, so they’re complimentary, and they look fabulous together.

Last year I stopped by In Stitches, an exceedingly cute quilt shop in Red Buff, California. The owner, Erda Fleming, told me that they had a program whereby the first fabric purchased by a customer would become the Bolt of the Day. I was the first one in the door so I got to proclaim the Bolt of the Day. Here’s what I chose.


Pat Sloan fabric!

Note the orangey-red and tealy blue. No wonder it was my favorite!
When I designed the cover for Growing Hearts I used this color combo too.

Growing Hearts to Appliqué by Kay Mackenzie

Have you guessed it? This book is my giveaway for the OP Challenge! Leave a comment on this post to enter the drawing for Growing Hearts to Appliqué. The winner will be drawn this evening, California time.

Don’t forget to visit Pat Sloan’s blog for the rest of her virtual weekend retreat on all quilty things orange!

Until next time,
Quilt Puppy Publications & Designs


62 Responses to “What rhymes with orange?”

  1. Jessie on February 22nd, 2009 7:19 am

    I am a fan of orange as well. One of my favorite quilts I’ve made was orange and blue!
    PS What an adorable cat!

  2. miniq on February 22nd, 2009 7:26 am

    Love orange, it is my favorite color!!
    That is a gorgoeus applique quilt, please enter me into your drawing for the book!

  3. Margi Borck on February 22nd, 2009 7:27 am

    I think we should make up words to rhyme with orange LOL and I love the fabric line idea. Have had a great time wandering around and looking at all the applique, it is my favorite part of quilting.

  4. Sarah Vee on February 22nd, 2009 7:27 am

    Hi Kay, Glad you joined the OP. I would love a copy of your book. I’ve been catching up on your blog for awhile now reading about getting your book published. And jumping from your links to find some great applique quilters. Thanks for the generosity. Marked your ‘blog around’ on my calendar too!

  5. Monica on February 22nd, 2009 7:39 am

    Love your orange stash! So vibrant! I also love applique! ;-)

  6. rebecca on February 22nd, 2009 7:43 am

    I would love to win the book. Tips on applique are my fav!!

  7. Zelda981 on February 22nd, 2009 7:44 am

    As everyone said–I would love to win the book. But, I’m not usually that lucky. Thank you for all you do. Take care.
    PS It is a very pretty cat.

  8. Amy R on February 22nd, 2009 7:47 am

    OMG, appique. . . I’m hooked! I so wish I could sign up for an RSS feed to your blog. . . I just love it and your work! I’m so dang busy. I hope I can make it back again! Need to make a folder in my favorites: Must stop by. . . . yep, I’ll do that now! Thanks for joining in on Pat’s OP. So glad I’ve found you! Look forward to purusing your work! amy R

  9. Nancy on February 22nd, 2009 7:59 am

    I am so glad I found your blog-I have the teapot applique book and I love it. I also love calico cats. Please enter me in the drawing-I had fun making Pat Sloan’s OP block.

  10. Bonnie Bergman on February 22nd, 2009 8:14 am

    Love the orange blocks…I am having fun with Pat’s OP blocks this weekend. Enjoyed visiting your blog! I have what I call an “orange” cat….but he’s really a kind of tannish/pink color…he’s my buddy when I’m on my computer. Please enter me into the drawing for the OP.

  11. Lola on February 22nd, 2009 8:21 am

    What pretty heart blocks!!!This may just be the gentle push I need to do more brights…ha! Sweet pose on that kitty cat! We have 2 calico kitties, one light and one dark.

  12. Mel on February 22nd, 2009 8:24 am

    Great orange-y post! Would love the book!!
    Your work is beautiful and inspiring!

  13. Leta on February 22nd, 2009 8:27 am

    Love your blog! Applique is a favorite of mine!

  14. Trudi on February 22nd, 2009 8:35 am

    Lovely blog, and so orange friendly too :o)

  15. Rita on February 22nd, 2009 8:36 am

    I absolutely love applique. Your book is beautiful! Thanks for playing in the OP retreat.

  16. Rhonda Phillips on February 22nd, 2009 8:37 am

    Would love to win your book! Looks awesome!

  17. Kay on February 22nd, 2009 8:41 am

    Kay here, saying thank you to one and all who’ve commented so far for your wonderful words. I’m off now to my quilt guild’s annual show for the day and I’ll be back this evening.


  18. Linda Carhill on February 22nd, 2009 8:43 am

    I’m really drawn to your “Growing hearts to Applique” and would LOVE to win the drawing! Linda lcarhill@cox.net

  19. Barb C on February 22nd, 2009 8:51 am

    I love applique! and I agree–orange and teal-y blue are awesome together. Thanks for the giveaway!

  20. Mary on Lake Pulaski on February 22nd, 2009 8:57 am

    That book is amazing. So glad you went back and pointed out how you have used orange in so many places to brighten up a wall hanging.

  21. Alba on February 22nd, 2009 8:57 am

    Actually chilver rhymes with silver and is an old English word meaning a female lamb.
    And Blorenge is a Welsh mountain. Another common one is that nothing rhymes with purple – again untrue as there is a Scottish word hirple meaning unsteady on your feet or limping.

    Anyway back to quilty stuff – your orange and turqoise applique is just making my mouth water!

  22. Darla Ballard on February 22nd, 2009 9:00 am

    Cute OP giveaway! The kitty is adorable as well!
    I am “new” to the applique obsession…it is a wonderful thing.:)
    Can’t wait to go all thru your blog.

  23. Jeanne Jones on February 22nd, 2009 9:02 am

    I love the book! Orange was a new color for me in quilting until I did Bonnie Hunter’s Orange Crush. Now it’s one of my favorites!

  24. Pat on February 22nd, 2009 9:05 am

    Would LOVE that book. I enjoyed your little “discussion” about the merits of orangey red and teal blue, too. :) Will be checking back to read more of your blog. One of the nicest things about giveaways like this is the chance to find new blogs. (Oh, yes…I also think purple has no rhyming word for it!!! LOL)

  25. Anya on February 22nd, 2009 9:12 am

    Great giveaway! Thanks for the chance.

  26. Jan in snowy Iowa on February 22nd, 2009 9:15 am

    Gosh, my blocks ended up with the orange and tealy-blue colors too.
    Off to find a sashing

  27. JeanetteinOH on February 22nd, 2009 9:34 am

    I love the idea of orange & silver! A whole nothing rhymes collection! Great site, and wow, glad you are part of the OP challenge! Great inspiration! Loved the link to the giraffes, too! Hope to get that good someday!

  28. Gumbeau on February 22nd, 2009 9:36 am

    I love your site, and your orange stash. The colors are vibrant and the fabrics are delicious.

    And I love how you even celebrate the orange in your kitty! (I have a tortie with lots of oranges in her fur…poor dear is quite ill right now though.) :(

    I’d love to have your book someday. It looks really nice!


  29. Becky on February 22nd, 2009 9:38 am

    I’m a new quilter so I haven’t tackled applique yet but it’s on my list of things to do!

    Your cat is beautiful and reminds me so much of my much beloved late Nosey, so named because a black patch split her nose exactly in half. I miss her muchly…

  30. Karen in Breezy Point on February 22nd, 2009 9:39 am

    Applique is one of my favorite things–glad I found you through Pat’s OP and will be stopping back frequently!

  31. Wenche Martinsen on February 22nd, 2009 9:39 am

    I realy try to visit a few new blogs every day (almost) but there are so many! The internet it HUGE! So I’m happy to have a peek at yours. You’re an aplique lover as I am I see:) But I don’t have one piece of orange in my stash. Maybe I should have? This OP challenge looks like a fun thing. Amybe it will be blue next time? Hmmmm….wouldn’t mind winning that book either :)

  32. Lydia on February 22nd, 2009 9:44 am

    Oh, my goodness! Maikai is just gorgeous. I have a calico too, she’s got odd markings — orange down her back, black on her “butt cheeks,” a few black spots on her sides, black over one ear, orange on the top of her head, but with a tabby “M” on her forehead and a ring-striped tabby tail. But, I think she’s beautiful too. Ahem, but I digress. Sorry, I’m owned by four cats, so they do tend to get my attention. I also love your applique work, and would be very happy to add your book to my collection. Off to play OP some more, it’s calling me! –Lydia

  33. Jane Bissell on February 22nd, 2009 9:48 am

    I’m not sure I could do that pattern justice, but boy would I sure like to try! It’s beautiful. :D

  34. Amy R on February 22nd, 2009 10:06 am

    Dunno what changed, but now I can get your blog via RSS feeds! Yipppee! Glad I stopped back again! amy R

  35. Michelle B on February 22nd, 2009 10:14 am

    i love orange. my daughter’s favorite color has always been orange, ever since she was about 2 and at 22 she still chooses it over any other color–always!! we got her an orange pea coat from J Crew for Christmas and she loves it!! I love your applique flowers! they are so charming and beautiful.

  36. Becky in Georgia on February 22nd, 2009 10:14 am

    I thrilled to have found your blog. One of my goals this year is to improve my hand applique. Would love to have your book in my quilt library.

    Take care!

  37. Karen Cassanello on February 22nd, 2009 10:19 am

    Applique is my favorite technique, and your book looks terrific!

  38. Brenda on February 22nd, 2009 10:44 am

    Love your creations and the orange that goes in them. I love the color combinations! Happy, happy, Happy!

  39. Nancy on February 22nd, 2009 11:05 am

    Beautiful quilts, just beautiful, I really do have to start learning applique’. I’m a pretty new quilter but there are so many wonderful things to do and applique is going on the top of my list now. The picture of your cat really brought back memories. I had a calico 25 years ago that could have been her twin. Her name was ‘Snooklefritz’, Snookie for short and she was a real love. Maikai looks so much like her, Snookie even had the white leg with one orange spot on it. Wow, so much alike. Thanks for sharing her picture and your wonderful quilts.

  40. peggy in illinois on February 22nd, 2009 11:12 am

    So happy to have found you via Pat Sloan. I am an orange lover too but lean toward the traditional quilts. Your book and patterns offer an excellent combination of both.Keep up the good work. I will be watching !!!

  41. Lisa Allbright on February 22nd, 2009 11:45 am

    Wow! That applique book looks wonderful! Thanks for the chance!

  42. Jan Houck on February 22nd, 2009 11:55 am

    I didn’t know there weren’t any words that rhymed with orange. I guess that is my trivia for today. I would love to win your book. Thanks for participating.

  43. Carrie P. on February 22nd, 2009 12:11 pm

    Enjoyed reading your blog today. Fun and interesting stuff. I would love to win your book. Thanks for entering me.

  44. Karen H on February 22nd, 2009 12:23 pm

    I already had you on my list of favorites because I looooove applique! Great give-away!

  45. Kellly on February 22nd, 2009 12:56 pm

    I love your free form flowers! Very bright & cute!

    Quilter in Quakertown

  46. Gran on February 22nd, 2009 1:16 pm

    OH My Gosh! Thank you Pat Sloan for introducing me to you! I have got to win, I love the book!!!!!! Thank you for the opportunity to win. Sure hope that I do.

  47. Cindy O'Dear on February 22nd, 2009 1:41 pm

    I learn so much from your blog. Thank you for keeping it active and interesting. we have a calico cat too. Every quilter needs a calico cat!

  48. Sharon in FL on February 22nd, 2009 2:02 pm

    I’m a new orange convert! This challenge has really made me think differently about using orange in my quilts. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  49. Ray on February 22nd, 2009 2:13 pm

    I am a long, long time reader of your blog and fan of your work. Actually, I found out about Pat’s OP Retreat from reading your blog. Thank you!! I do not have the book you are offering as a give-away. Hint – Hint!! :-)

  50. Dawn on February 22nd, 2009 3:18 pm

    I love applique and I love your site! Thanks for offering a give-away to add to the fun of the OP weekend!

  51. k8 on February 22nd, 2009 3:51 pm

    Those fabrics are yummy

  52. Deb on February 22nd, 2009 5:52 pm

    To be honest, orange isn’t my favorite color, but I have thoroughly enjoyed working with orange for this challenge! My blocks are looking good. I enjoyed visiting and thank you for the giveaway!

  53. Nancy on February 22nd, 2009 6:02 pm

    I posted earlier but forgot to leave my email addy and would love to be in on the giveaway it’s teenietaters@msn.com Thanks so much.

  54. Beverly on February 22nd, 2009 6:21 pm

    What a talented crafter you are! I am hoping to learn to applique’. You are an inspiration. What a cutie you have for a kittie. Thank you for tossing my name into the giveaway contest!

  55. Cindy on February 22nd, 2009 6:22 pm

    Love the kitty, and the book is a great prize!

  56. Melody on February 22nd, 2009 6:24 pm

    I love your site and your applique work. Thank you for sharing. The OP has been a blast. I have 8 blocks finished and I am working on 10 more, I think…

  57. Barbara Anne on February 22nd, 2009 6:26 pm

    Love your idea for a Nothing Rhymes line of fabrics in orange and silver! Way cool!

    Your OP giveaway is too cool, too. Please sign me up!

    I’m delighted with the Halloween wall hanging I have to show for my participation. What fun this 1st virtual retreat has been for me and I thank you one and all!!

  58. Denniele on February 22nd, 2009 6:45 pm

    Silver and orange…now I will be trying to find something that rhymes…..:O) Love the book…it has been fun finding new blogs with Pat’s OP challenge. Denniele

  59. HM on February 22nd, 2009 7:01 pm

    I love your “Free FLowers” applique! IT’s absolutely gorgeous!


  60. Cindi P. on February 22nd, 2009 7:11 pm

    I even have an orange car :) It’s a 1979 MGB…but I also love hearts so would love to be the winner of your book!

  61. Kay on February 22nd, 2009 7:13 pm

    My heartfelt thanks to all you blog hoppers who hopped by and left such warm and wonderful comments. So many appliqué enthusiasts! Yay! I hope you’ll come back often. I’m now drawing for the prize and if you’re the winner, I’ll be in your in-box soon!

    Very best regards,

  62. brigitte Baierl on February 23rd, 2009 10:46 am

    hi Kay, your blog is worth to stop by, thank you. I would love to win the Growing Hearts to Appliqué book – looks great!
    quilty hugs from Brigitte, German living in Poland