How to Add a Pop of Color

Today I'm going to share one of my favorite methods to add a pop of color to your quilt: it's called the Print Pop!


Let's say you know you want to make a mostly orange quilt, but you want to add a pop of color somewhere, but would like it to be subtle...

Enter the Print Pop!


Grab a bunch of oranges, like I've done below (mono-chromatic, tone-on-tone, blender prints work great), maybe also add a solid or two.

Next grab a print that has orange in it, but also has other colors as well!

The pop of color (in this case pink and green) comes from your print: The Print Pop!


The Print Pop is a simple and subtle way to add that fun pop of color and interest to your quilt, and one I use time and time again. 

Notice how, with the other orange fabrics, I also played with scale: I included a small, medium, and larger-scaled print. This variety also adds a lot of interest and balance in your print palette. 


Give this a go -- start with a single color and grab some "blender" prints of that color, then find a print that is multi-colored, but includes your original color! Leave a comment below to let us know how it goes!


If you'd like to dive deeper into color, we have a full Color Curriculum inside Meander. It will take you from unsure or insecure with color to a master! Click here to learn more!


Do you have a favorite way to add a pop of color? Leave a comment below and let us know!

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  • Mary! I still have that book “Color me Beautiful”. It’s so good. I’m a summer also, but my mom was a winter. I always wondered why her shirts never worked for me when I was in high school. My quilt fabrics are mostly summer and spring!

  • I am drawn to the summer palette. About 40 years ago, there was a book called “Color Me Beautiful”. People’s colors were divided by seasons with that book, also. True to form, I am a Summer. I just looked at my stash and it holds true there also. :)

    Mary E Liscombe
  • Really like all the suggestions. I havent been quilting long ,so lots to learn

    Marilyn Guimond

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