Adrianne from On the Windy Side is co-hosting the 2015 Pantone Quilt Challenge: Marsala on her site with Anne from Play Crafts. There are lots of great prizes in a variety of categories, and Kristin is one of the guest judges. You still have plenty of time to enter as entries are open from April 17 – April 24, 2015. People have a lot of mixed feelings about this year’s color pick, but we think there are some great opportunities for sewists and quilters to stretch a bit with this challenge.

We asked Adrianne to share some of her favorite, current Marsala fabrics as a springboard for everyone interested in the contest; these are also great options if you’re just generally interested in integrating this color into your 2015 sewing. Visit On the Windy Side for contest details, and find some Marsala inspiration in Adrianne’s fabric selections below.

Do you have a favorite Marsala print we missed? Add your thoughts in the comments!

Modern Marsala

Each year, color authority Pantone sets a new “Color of the Year.” For 2015, it’s Marsala, a warm red/brown hue. Here’s what Pantone has to say about Marsala:

    “Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.”

Marsala definitely looks like a beautiful fashion color, but how does it translate to modern quilting fabrics? Well, it’s certainly trickier than last year’s color, Radiant Orchid, but if you look around there are plenty of places to start!

I am co-hosting the 2015 Pantone Quilt Challenge: Marsala along with Anne from Play Crafts, on my blog On the Windy Side. I’ve sought out a range of fun Marsala fabrics for you.

First up, we’re starting with prints.

From left to right:
1. Sun Tracks in Earth, Wild and Free, designed by Maureen Cracknell for Art Gallery Fabrics, 2. Quatrefoil Medium in Burgundy, Quatrefoil, from Riley Blake Designs, 3. Vanes in Marsala, from Hawthorne Threads, 4. Serpentine in Sunrise, Fox Field, designed by Tula Pink for Westminster / Free Spirit

5. Aura in Red, Aurelia, designed by Makower UK for Andover, 6. Queen Ann’s Butterflies, Alchemy, designed by Amy Butler for Westminster / Free Spirit, 7. Specimen in Raspberry, Field Study, designed by Anna Maria Horner for Westminster / Free Spirit

8. Oval Elements in Chocolate Cherry, Oval Elements, designed by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics, 9. Sprout in Jam, Moon Shine, designed by Tula Pink for Westminster / Free Spirit

10. Chambay in Indigo, Bhandari, designed by the Victoria and Albert Museum for Westminster / Free Spirit, 11. Fortune in Zinnia, Folk Song, designed by Anna Maria Horner for Westminster / Free Spirit, 12. Cats in Punch, Dress Me Playground, designed by Wee Gallery for Dear Stella, 13. Barnsdall in Dusty, Prairie House, Alexander Henry

A selection of modern quilting fabrics would hardly be complete without some solids. Here are a few from a variety of manufacturers.

From left to right:
1. Michael Miller Cotton Couture in Spice, 2. Free Spirit Designer Solid in Pepper, 3. Michael Miller Cotton Couture in Brick

4. Michael Miller Cotton Couture in Burgundy, 5. Moda Bella Solid in Barn Door, 6. Robert Kaufman Kona in Brick

7. Robert Kaufman Kona in Sienna, 8. Robert Kaufman Interweave Chambray in Berry, 9. Robert Kaufman Kona in Wine

I really hope these suggestions help with your Marsala hunting. They are by no means the only Marsala-ish modern quilting fabrics out there, and I’m sure we’ll be seeing more in the future as well. Anne and I can’t wait to see what people do with Marsala!