The Beach Sunset Quilt pattern release is tomorrow, and I wanted to share a few color ideas and tips with you all to help you choose fabric for your quilt.

The original design that is seen throughout the pattern is inspired by the many sunsets we’ve seen setting over the ocean here on the west coast. I call this version “Cannon Beach”. I want to share the photo I had in mind which I had taken at Cannon Beach, Oregon about four years ago, but I can’t find it anymore! Too many photos. 😉

The colors I used in my Cannon Beach “original” version of the pattern are all Robert Kaufman KONA solids as follows:

Background – Bone; Color 1 – Biscuit; Color 2 – Yarrow; Color 3 – Ochre; Color 4 – Grellow; Color 5 – Canary; Color 6 – Sunflower; Color 7 – Banana; Color 8 – Maize; Color 9 – Lagoon; Color 10 – Robin Egg.

If you’re looking for a fabric shop located in the United States that has ALL of the KONA colors available, my absolute favorite shop is Fabric Bubb. You can find Kristina’s shop here! And…she has put together bundles for both this Cannon Beach “original” version of the Beach Sunset Quilt, found here, and my Unicorn version made from part of her Unicorns Forever bundle, which can be found here!

Another gorgeous, tropical version of this pattern is from Jamie Siel @sewbrainy on Instagram. She’s named her version “Tahiti” which was made from KONA solids as well. The colors she used in her version are as follows:

Background – Dark Violet; Color 1 – Mulberry; Color 2  – Geranium; Color 3 – Gumdrop; Color 4 – Honeysuckle; Color 5 – Punch; Color 6 – Nectarine; Color 7 – Goldfish; Color 8 – Corn; Color 9 – Azure; Color 10 – Breakers.

Tahiti version by Jamie Siel @sewbrainy

When choosing colors for your Beach Sunset quilt, I suggest picking colors that are at least two shades different from each other (if doing a gradient of similar colors). If you choose colors that are very similar on the color wheel they tend to blend into each other and the color change from strip to strip isn’t as distinct. This is especially important when choosing Colors 9 and 10.

If you follow along on Instagram, you’ll know that there have been so many gorgeous versions made by my testers! I am so grateful for all of their work to help get this pattern ready for you guys in time. Here are a few photos of color schemes chosen by some of my testers.

Made by Ashlee Doyle from @crinklyquilts
Made by Emily Jackson from @lemonyquilts
Gorgeous color palette by Lathilnise Milligan from @panola.isle
How fun is it with prints?! Made by Jamie Siel from @sewbrainy
I love this one made with batiks by Simone Fisher from @simonequilts

Tomorrow is the day that this pattern will be available for purchase! Don’t forget to follow along on Instagram @alexaquilts for a fun giveaway and check out Fabric Bubb if you’re looking to purchase any KONA solids or the two bundles she has available.

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