Thursday, February 19, 2009

I Like Orange!

I do! Really, I do! It has been a slow courtship, but I have come to adore orange. A little can do a whole lot. I, like most quilters, at one time have proclaimed to dislike orange. "Can't use it" I said. I have always loved red. LOVE IT. It is a short trip from red to orange and the boundary gets more blurred as I get older. It started innocently enough. I fell for Fiestaware. Vintage Fiestaware red is coveted. I call Fiestaware red my favorite color. But..... isn't it really orange?It's just a matter of perspective, isn't it. I started picking up a few pieces of the red Fiestaware. Doesn't the turquoise look fabulous with it? I started to pick up a few pieces of that too. Pretty soon, this is what I have. The little bits of yellow kind of make a spark too, don't you think? Things seemed to take off from there. My friend Rita made me this purse to honor my obsession. I even made a quilt to go with my Fiestaware. A trend is starting. I am seeing turquoise and orange all over the place. I found this industrial drafting table last year at a garage sale and HAD to have it. I even convinced Bill to paint one wall in the kitchen - orange. Okay, it's more of an apricot.... Looking at this picture - I know I have to do something about that white switch plate. One more thing for the "to-do" list. Oh well. So, yes I think I can take Pat's OP challenge and work with orange. Here is my pile of orange fabrics. I think some turquoise would look nice with this. I have some around here somewhere. And now on to the important part - our prize!!!! The lucky winner will receive 20 fat quarters of Minick and Simpson's Scaredy Cat fabric by Moda. You will also get a box of oranges sent to you personally from Polly from Temple Citrus in sunny Naples, Florida. Good luck everyone.

Oranges















Postscript:

This is a Michael Kors creation shown on the runway at Fashion Week a few days ago. I do like orange, but.... this fearless, I am not.
Laurie & Polly

100 comments:

Anonymous said...

I like orange too and am TOTALLY jealous of your industrial table!
Cherie

Carrie said...

Hey... be nice! I bought that hat just the other day! It brings out the color of my eyes!

Well it would if anyone ever noticed that I even had eyes after seeing that hat... :)

I am looking forward to seeing your OP blocks! Later...

Alice ~ Folk Art Primitives said...

Laurie ~ I love orange, too!! I just had enough orange shirts ~ mine and my husband's ~ to make a load of wash ~ We wear a lot of orange, I think!! Love your fabrics and the fiestaware ~ it's definitely orange!! Have a good day! Alice

Margaret said...

Oh what a lovely post! I love fiestaware too! And that color with the turquoise -- magic! Can I have your fiestaware collection? :D That hat is the bomb! Not! lol!

Andy said...

I love your Fiesta cabinet!!! My collection isn't near that great, but I am committed to working on it!

Kathy said...

Orange is a GREAT challenge color...I have dark orange and eggplant accents in my kitchen. I did a challenge quilt one year and used shades of orange, purple and green...they are on the color wheel as colors that go together...and they DO! My Mom sold her whole Fiesta collection in 1975...for $25.00. Never knew she was going to do it...came home one day and it was gone...AAUUGGHH!
So I have been slowly building up a collection. It has been fun to be on the hunt all these years and get pieces at good prices.

Thanks for the photos and the giveaways...I LOVE Florida oranges!

Anonymous said...

I think you should wear the hat to market! You certainly would get noticed!
~Joyce

Jeanette said...

I love your orange and turquoise together!!

SheilaS said...

I love your turqoise cabinet with the orange fiesta ware. I also love orange. I once had an orange car AND orange luggage. This is true. What was I thinking of!
Sheila

KF said...

I'm a Fiestaware collector, too, but I've never gotten vintage red/orange. Looks great with turquoise! And the bag is fabulous!

Ruth B said...

I don't know what it is about orange. I used to hate it too. But now I find myself searching for pretty orange fabrics. I have started to love it too. I bought a gorgeous orange dot fabric the other day that I must find a use for. I am crossing my fingers and toes hoping to win the 20 fat quarters!

Kwiltsfl said...

I have had an orange allergy, too, but it's not as scary as it used to be. I love the red/orange you use in some of your fabric collections (Prairie Paisley for example.) Your kitchen and work table are wonderful!
Karen

Like Minds said...

How funny, I'm a newly converted orange person too! Just started to incorporate it as an accent color in my family room makeover. Totally love it with blues/aquas.
The hat might be a bit much...unless you hunt, then oohlaalaa. Deb

Jocelynilla said...

That's my favorite complementary color combo! :P

Sally said...

Citrus and fabric what could be better.

Sue said...

I love your fiestaware collection. I remember when I was a kid my grandmother had an orange fiestaware pitcher that she always served milk out of.

I've always avoided orange fabrics but I do love your selection. And your quilt is to die for!

Rhonda P. said...

Love! Love! Orange! Never used it with turquoise though. Purple yes! Red and yellow yes! Think I might have to try the turquoise!

Amy R, in South Lyon, MI said...

Hi Laurie! Remember me? I'm the one who took your hand piecing/hand quilting class and did the table runner and ended up buying wool batting for it! What a hoot. I did finish it, btw, and love it. How cool to read about you and your sister over at Pat's blog. I'm a Sloanie. . . she fills my need for bright, cheerful, playful stuff. Of course, I have your stuff too! I have the quilt kit from the magazine article re: Lake St Mercantile. . . Love your stuff! Thanks for playing along with Pat's OP this weekend~ amy, in South Lyon, MI. . . who misses running into Laurie at the shop!

scrapworking said...

Hmmm, maybe I'm turning the corner on this ehh-orange-smorange thing too! Love the turquoise with it. Enjoyed the interviews you did with Pat. Thanks for the giveaway and I can't wait to see your blocks!

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Anonymous said...

Your feista ware cupboard is wonderful!!!!!!!!!!
thanks very much for your generosity.
Hugs, Roberta

judithannie said...

I collect fiestaware too and my sisters followed me immediately and now have more than I do. I love to mix and match them.

Carrie P. said...

What a great giveaway. I love your cabinet full of fiestaware. Look forward to seeing your OPquilt.

bigeeh said...

I never cared for orange until I could see how it warms up a room! I am not doing the OP challenge, as I have no orange fabric in my stash, but it sure is fun to see what everyone else is doing! Julie in WA

Nancy said...

Oh, the work table is awesome...and the little turqoise stool is precious...

Natasha said...

Love the industrial table too! I could certainly do that! I am guessing that the giveaway is not for international?

I am looking forward to seeing the OP blocks.

Natalie said...

You totally crack me up with your last picture. I have to say that most things on the runway are for people much to brave, haha.

Looking forward to seeing your OP pile diminish and transformed into a beautiful quilt.

Dawn said...

I love your work table ~ and the color of your wall in the kitchen. I've been collecting kitchen ideas and this one rocks. Thanks!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I've got the orange and turquoise thing going right now in a quilt and my second bathroom. Before that I never owned anything orange.
Can't wait to see what you do with your OP blocks.

Jo said...

For the longest time, I didn't care for orange, but I'm coming around to it. I have an orange t shirt that is one of my summer favs.

I love how you've shown how well it works with turquoise.

Joanne

Linda G. said...

Love your quilt, love your fabrics, love reading your blog! Linda

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

Thanks for sharing all the orangeness.

Messy Karen said...

love the work table and i still have some of your scaredy cat.

Jo Anne said...

Must say, I really like the turquoise cabinet full of colorful dishes. Orange has been growing on me also, especially since using purple.

jabeybaby said...

Your fiestaware looks fantastic in that teal cabinet. Love your orange and teal fabrics too!

Anonymous said...

I didn't have alot of orange in my stash to do much with Pat's block..or much of anything to go with it...I guess I'm not crazy about orange...I love RED. It would definitely have to grow on me. I do love fiestaware...and yours is lovely!
Wendy Culbreath

Anonymous said...

Love the orange and how festive the feista ware is too fun
count me in on the fun
and chance to win
ter
anmlvr13(at)yahoo(dot) com

Pat said...

NICE collection of Fiesta Ware, Laurie...thanks for showing it. I agree with you about the hat, though...and no matter what color that hat was, it's a bit over the top for me!!! LOL Nice prize fabrics AND I love oranges. So...crossing my fingers and also thanking you gals for being part of this!

aztel2000 said...

I'm orange challenged myself but I love your photos using it--thanks for the great decorating ideas. Your hooked handbag is totally fun too!

Carla said...

Love project runway and Michael!!! Would love to win your great prize too!

PamKittyMorning said...

Oh come on, that hat would be perfect!

Ann O'Hara said...

Love the hat. Not sure I would wear it outside the house though. It would keep your ears warm in bed at night. Ha, ha!!!

Karen O. said...

All your Orange is great. I too have "red" Fiesta ware. The one wall in my sewing room is pale pumpkin. But strangely enough I haven't ever use orange as the starring fabric in a quilt. Today is the beginning of something BIG.

Bonnie said...

OOOH! I love that stack of your Halloween fat quarters!! And, I got back from a short trip to Naples a week ago....back to sunny, cold, Wisconsin! Love those fresh oranges and orange juice! After looking at more of your blog....I also love that mystery quilt from your post on Wed. That is just too beautiful!

Bfun1 said...

Love, love, love the FIestaware and yes the RED is orange if you ask me - but I love the colors together but I have always enjoyed BRIGHT colors because....well because they make me HAPPY inside!

Nanabarb said...

Oh my goodness-that hat would make a very comfy back rest-just make it a little bigger. Orange is great!

Lisa D. said...

Orange is probably my favorite color du jour, but even I wouldn't wear the Michael Kors hat! lol

Jan said...

Orange is not my favorite color, but I'm starting to sway to the other side!!!
Can't wait to get started on the OP blocks and get them up on the design wall.
Love the teal cabinet - can that be part of the prize too?

Anonymous said...

I love the fiesta inspired quilt! How very stunning. I also agree that the hat is something I can admire but never be bold enough to wear.

Wonder how your OP blocks will look???
Denniele

Kelly L. said...

I LOVE Fiesta dishes - I have been saving them since age 10. I would go to "Perky" Flea Market every Monday during the summer and search out my beloved Fiesta dishes. The red (orange) ones really pop out in my china cupboard!

Kelly
Quilter in Quakertown

Barbara said...

I do like orange, just haven't quite gotten up my nerve to use bright orange in a quilt. Love the Scaredy Cat fabric. Thanks for the opportunity to win some.

belinda said...

OOOOOOOOhhhhhh....I just love what
you have picked to giveaway...I have NO fabric that is remotely like this....oooohhhhh!
As for your turquoise and orange..
'LOVE IT'.
And your last picture...that hat
reminds me of those 'prop-up' type
pillows that you use in bed..!!

lesthook said...

Love your fiestaware! And your drafting table!

ooglebloops said...

I love that little purse!!! And, am a fan of Fiestaware also. 3rd stop on Pat's blog hop - I love your blog!!!

Anonymous said...

Think I might need that hat for carpool today...wouldn't I be a traffic stopper...my daughter would kill me, don't you think. Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with in orange! How fun!

Karey said...

I don't get to start my OP until Sunday but then am extending it to Monday. Have a great weekend.
Karey

Trudi said...

I Love your orange post, its so inspiring, thank you. And the Quilt, WOW! I'm enjoying seeing all this orange, its such a creative colour, whatever you put it with. I'm a turquoise and lime green person myself!

Linda said...

My love of orange transferred to my oldest daughter so when she moved into her new place her uncle found an orange couch and matching chair and I made her orange curtains for her livingroom and bathroom! I just made her an orange log cabin quilt for her birthday in May!
Love your table and the Fiestaware!
Linda

Maribeth said...

I grew up thinking orange and turquoise was only for "Howard Johnson's"! All these years later, they were onto something with this color combination! Orange is a warm and happy color-

Kay said...

What a fantastic website. And I can see how orange can really cheer up a quilt. I knew yellow did that, but I really like how orange can do that.

acecraig100 said...

There is just something about orange that makes everything seem bright and cheery. Love the blog hopping idea. Fun for us all!

Ray said...

Aren't orange and turquoise a wonderful combination? I think those folks in the Southwest have something going!!

Ter'e said...

OH man Laurie - that all looks SO HAPPY!!!!!!!! You need to take a look at Mario Batali's orange Croc's and his orange cookware!
:-) Ter'e

Helen said...

I didn't think I liked orange either. But then I started collecting orange for a Halloween quilt, and have kept going. I have an entire box of various oranges now--more than enough for the halloween quilt.

Kim said...

Love a bit of orange in a quilt - it adds sparkle!

Loveoffun said...

I Love Orange Fiesta Ware.... It makes me happy.....

Frances said...

Love orange but tat hat is something else! Would love to welcome scary cats into my sewing room.

Nancy said...

I love the 'Scaredy Cat' fabric, love all things Moda, and fresh oranges, love it. I think your Fiestaware is absolutely delightful and all the things you have that tie into it. Wonderful. As for the Orange ummmm hat? Well, Carrie says it matches her eyes sooooo, leaves one to wonder, ah, nevermind. Stop reading and start sewing folks.

Lynn said...

Halloween is my favorite holiday! Therefore, I am not afraid of orange. It makes me happy. Lynn

Deb said...

I LOVE Scaredy Cat fabric ! Count me in! Please! YUM! to the oranges~

Cindy said...

Love your orange pile! Also the fiesta quilt.

Cindy in TN

71square said...

Hey, that orange hat is by MICHAEL KORS? Knock me over! Is it just me or does it look like it was based on a hunting cap with ear covers? The color sure would get you noticed!

Gumbeau

Anonymous said...

Absolutely love your collection of Fiestaware but love the Scaredy Cat fabric even more - I would love to win!!!! Thanks for the great fabric designs. Terry

Minick and Simpson said...

71square -

Oh, I agree. Ear flaps/hunting caps have been seen a lot on the runways that last few years. Michael has taken it to another degree. Outrageous yes, but stunning too. If I looked like that model..... I could be tempted.

Laurie

jmquilts said...

Love your industrial table and your fiestaware collection!

What a fun weekend of orange! :)

Marsha J said...

OMG, another Fiestaware fannatic! I got rid of my Noritaki china to make room for more Fiestaware! My fav is red, apple green, orange, eggplant...who am I kidding, love it all. What a great Fiestaware colored quilt. I definitely need one of those too!

Nichole said...

Wow, what a fabulous collection of fiesta ware. Love the colors. Thanks for the great giveaway!

Lydia (thepoch aol com) said...

Oh, I'd wear that hat, if I liked it. But I have to say I think it's one of the most truly hideous things I've ever seen. I like orange fine, but even if that hat were in my favorite color, forest green, I'd still find it hideous! Pat Sloan sent me over, from her OP weekend. However, I have to tell you that I'm a Minnick and Simpson fan from WAY back! Have a great weekend.

Nicole said...

Woo hoo! Isn't this Sew Along fabulous?

Rita said...

What a wonderful collection of orange!

Lynnea said...

Yes, totally jealous of that table!! Love it! Not so much the hat!:-)

Melinda said...

I love your table and the fiestaware. I have the orange pitcher also but the rest of my fiestaware is all colors. Fun.

Lisalou said...

My mind is wirling with orange...orange sherbert, orange tropical, orange as in the color of those fall leaves or orange halloween. I have always wanted to make a halloween quilt but I think that will wait. I'm thinking bright tropical maybe...lol...can't wait to see other blocks!!

Becky said...

Look at your fabulous Fiesta ware!!! I have a weakness for china/dishes, too! Thanks for sharing these wonderful pictures of your orange/red things. Thanks too for offering some of your fabric for a give-away!

Take care!

Anonymous said...

I never used much orange until I completed Bonnie Hunter's Orange Crush. I love it now!!!!!

Rene' said...

What a great post. I enjoyed all your pictures and I never thought of orange and turquoise/aqua before.

Cindi P. said...

Orange has always been my daughter's favorite color...I must admit that I still have to talk myself into orange except in the fall when I seem to purchase an overabundance of orange fabric.

Margi said...

WOWSER! A box of oranges in Mid Michigan sure would bring some sunshine that I need or at least let me pretend easier that it is warmer outside! And those fabrics are awesome. Now you have me wanting fiestaware big time. I like their red (orange to everyone else!)
Margi

Laurie said...

I am a lover of Fiesta ware and agree that splashs of orange are cheerful and add an elemnet of energy to a design. I have many oranges and will be completing many blocks tonight. Love your blog and fabric lines. Thanks for all that you do for quilters!

Carol said...

Love your cupboard with all the Fiestaware! I am not really an orange person, but have found that it is needed sometimes as a sparkle color!
libertythreads@charter.net

Susan Cahill said...

Your orange fabric is too yummy, I need to supplement my stash with some new orange fabric.

Thanks for such wonderful inspiration.

Sue Cahill (sbonetsue at yahoo dot com)

rachel griffith said...

oh how fun!!!
please throw my name in the mix!!!
pat sloan sent me here, part of the op challenge!!!

Iva said...

All of us who are participating in Pat's OP Challenge should wear that hat so we can immediately identify one another when we're out an about :D

My whole basement family room is an orange color. I let DH choose the color since it is mostly the man cave... but after 3 years it has grown on me.

Sharon said...

Wow love the hat! Wpmderful fista ware too....I love orange too....

Sharon

Anonymous said...

I need orange for my son and future daughter-in-law! They love that color! ;-)
Monica

rebecca said...

Prize!!! Did someone say prize. And a chance to see some great fiestaware!! Rebecca

miniaturequilter said...

Beautiful Fiestaware, and orange is the very best color!! I really would love that table!!!

Gran said...

I love your colours! Fun blog!

Debi said...

What a great giveaway, I love this fabric line of yours. Your OP blocks are awesome.

happy zombie said...

I know I'm late to the aqua and apricot party, but WOW... what a beautiful collection you have! A friend of mine did her entire studio in aqua and orange... it really is a beautiful and happy combo!

happy zombie said...

Just because I wanted you to have a hundred comments! :o)

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