Let’s Partay

 Why did she make things? Well, because she enjoyed it, of course; but it also helped her remember who she was and where she came from. – unknown

 Pat and Pat are going to CHAT.  Yes my friends tomorrow is the day. I will be on Pat Sloan’s radio show tomorrow at 4 pm EST. I’m soooo excited my skirt totally blew up. I’ve been dancin and singin and eatin cheetos in celebration. We are going to have a partay. BTW I saved the above quote for just this occasion. Maybe Pat and I willllll chat about this!

Now!!! in celebration I’ve decided to give 3 Spotlight on Neutrals books away. YES I AM! So here is what you do. Leave me a comment and tell me YOUR DEFINITION of what Neutrals are. I’m ready for  zillion comments so let’s go. Comments need to be on my blog by midnight EST Monday December 17th.  (that would be tomorrow). I swear I’m so excited to read every comment. Get going now and here are the ways you can hear my interview with MIZ SLOAN. tomorrow at 4 pm, but then I said that didn’t I?

 All People Quilt website: American Patchwork and Quilting!

Pat’s Radio Show Site:

Listen via podcasts on itunes: type in Pat Sloan and you should be able to subscribe to the podcast..which is free!

 Come on now help me give away some books. Leave me some great comments.

I’m off to get a mani and a pedi for my radio appearance. Judging from that photo of me up there I need to lay off the cheetos in 2013! 


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    congrats Pat. i know you are going to have a blast tomorrow.

    my definition of neutrals –
    a smooth vanilla blending into caramels which surrenders into browns which are arrested by blacks which explode into whites. good colors for every and any occasion. classics!!!

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    Congratulations on your CHAT with PAT!!

    My words aren’t going to be NEARLY as eloquent as Happy Cottage Quilter, her definition of neutrals actually made me kinda hungry!!

    I think of neutrals as creamy whites, soft being, going deeper and softer towards a gentle light brown.

    Have a blast tomorrow!!

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    My definiton of neutrals are more on the “dark” side. Beige, tan, cocoa, chocolate and even black. Congratulations on your talk with Pat, I’m sure it will be great fun.

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    Neutrals= a calming pallets of colors beige cream white taupe brown and black. Neutrals play well with other colors but work wonderfully alone as well. Yummy!

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    My definition of neutrals are balance.

    Congratulation and have fun on the radio!!

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    My definition of neutral is something that isn’t quite as pronounced – the other colors are the main focus. In terms of color: white, gray, beige, tan, black, brown.

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    My definition of neutrals would be softer colours which include cream, beige and light tans.

    Enjoy your radio show!

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    Looking forward to your chat with Pat! A neutral matches well with many or most other colors or shades.

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    Love these comments. My definition would be creams and beiges!
    P.S. One can never eat or have too many Cheetos! I think your picture looks great!!

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    My image of neutrals are white, cream to tan, palest yellows and pinks, light grey, a hint of green or very light blue. All seem to play well together in my neutral strings. Gail in Verona

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    Neutrals to me are creamy colors, beigy colors in a tone on tone fashion. Love neutral quilts! Have fun on the on Show!

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    Neutrals are warm colors, whites to tans and light browns. Have fun on the show tomorrow.
    thanks for the giveaway.
    Love to read your blog.

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    Congratulations on the chat. My definition of neutral is a “quiet” color that allows the other colors to sing. An all neutral project appears so calm to me.

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    Minha definição são os tons pastéis,bem neutros.E com isso nada me impede de brincar com algumas cores mais mornas e que sabe um toque de quente.Congratulações por estar com Pat,dê-lhe um beijo por mim. Obrigada.

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    Neutrals to me are like Crème Brulee…creamy, gooey, goodness on the inside with that little crunch of brown sugary sweetness on top! Man, I LOVE Neutrals! YUM!!
    Thanks for the chance to win your new book…I am drooling over it!!

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    Have a lovely time chatting with Pat. I’ve been meaning to pick up a copy of your book so thank you for the chance to win it! My definition of neutrals includes whites, creams, beiges, greys, blacks and navy.

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    To me, neutrals are colors that will go with most everything. Gray, taupe, some browns, white, creme, black. Those are the colors that are FOR SURE neutrals. But some greens, yellows, and even reds can be used as a neutral IF YOU CHOOSE THE RIGHT SHADE. You know what I mean? Of course you do!

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    Now, Pat, we’ve already had this discussion in front of a large group of quilters… We all know neutral is lime green! Since I’ll be at QBTB when the show airs, I’ll have to listen to the recording. Have fun!

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    I think neutrals are pale shades, white, cream, beige.

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    I have a friend who always says that red is a great neutral. He means it too and uses it a lot in his quilts!

    To me, neutrals seem to be associated with food! Cream, toffee, chocolate – wonder what this says about me.

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    I like the pale shades of grey and/or beige as neutrals. They will generally fit in with any other color and enhance the project.

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    I love neutrals.. am drawn to them before colors.. my quilting buddies tease me about this.

    I love creams, beiges, taupes, all in varying shades, solids, tone on tone, whatever. I have no problem putting whites and creams together in a quilt.

    Thanks for a chance at your book.. and Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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    Mixing together potato salad reminds me of neutrals. The color of the potatoes, the eggs with the whites and soft yellow yolk, the light green of the minced celery and onion, adding in some mustard and mayo. I can picture this as a good mix of neutrals for a quilt! Have fun on the show!

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    Well Pat, we all know the traditional neutrals – the creams, whites, blacks and…yes even navy but I think anything can act neutral if it sits quietly and lets everything else show off. So as someone else said,, why not lime green?
    ps…this was like reading colours on the Food Network

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    I think of neutrals as whites, creams, tans, beiges, greys, blacks or really it could even be a pale solid color depending on the quilt.

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    Oh my, I just discovered the value of neutrals recently…and I’ve been quilting for 10 years. 🙁

    Have always loved bright colours but my quilts never really worked. Now that I’ve see the light…by using neutrals that is…my quilts sparkle! To me neutrals are whites, creams, beiges and even greys and blacks.

    Thanks for giving us a chance to win your book!

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    Neutrals to me, are something that will go with anything…they are peaceful and play well with others!

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    Neutrals to me tend to be soft whites, beiges and light colors or browns and maybe gray. Hard to explain.

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    To me a neutral is any color that seems to soothe the surrounding colors. Colors on the pale side.

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    To me, neutrals are colors that go with almost everything. they take on the life of the colors around them. they speak softly but are profound.Neutral to me include whites, grays, beige,browns, black and some shades of blue and green

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    I love neutrals. When I hear the word, I think of colors that blend with others. Colors like beige, gray, black, white, tan, brown. I believe neutrals are restful. If I decorated in a bunch of bright colors, I would soon grow weary of it all. Instead, I decorate predominantly with neutrals and then find pillows and accessories to give those pops of color that are needed for zest! When you tire of them, you can easily put them away and cycle something else out to change the color palette.
    I would LOVE to have this book!!!

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    Neutrals……I’ve often think of these colors as those whites, taupes, creams, ivories, blacks, grays, and browns that would go with anything, but I’ve used reds, greens, oranges, purples and aquas as neutrals too and that’s ok!

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    Neutrals are, well, just YUMMY! The lack of true color means they are so pleasing to the eye, subtle yet rich in just the right way. While I do love color, I have always been drawn to the taupes, grays and such – neutrals are just exquisite – paired with color or all on their own.

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    Love ’em! Can’t wait to listen to you tonight (when I get to sew while boys are otherwise occupied). I always think that neutrals don’t belong to the color wheel, like brown, white, black and all shades thereof.

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    A neutral to me is anything that will go with all the other fabrics in my quilt, usually a tone on tone. It could be white, cream, tan, green, red, purple, blue, yellow, etc!

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    I love working with neutrals. They are a quilters’ dream.

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    Neutrals to me are achromatic: something that assumes a role in the background to emphasize the other colors in a quilt; they are the canvas for the design. But with enough contrast and change in value they can also become the design. I always use a neutral on the backs of my quilts and save all the scraps for my scrap quilting. You can never have too many neutrals. Cream, beige, white, pale yellow, peach, taupes, greys, all the shades of brown, black .

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    Neutrals to me are white, cream, grey, black, and taupe. Have fun on the show.

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    Neutrals, to me, are those fabrics that recess back, allowing the bolder colors to pop. The role they play in a quilt is very important… sort of like best supporting actress 🙂

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    Neutrals are the quiet colors of the rainbow. I love using them.

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    I guess I march to a different drummer when it comes to neutrals. I do choose white, tan, cream, etc. but when the quilt calls for it, I often use lime green, yellow, or red for my neutrals. I like to use something different to make the quilt pop.

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    I have always thought of neutrals to be cream, white and black but now I see the whole spectrum of neutrals opening up. I love the elegance of neutrals….not boring at all. I heard once that color gets all the credit and value does all the work…so true for neutrals

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    I am a TOTAL neutrals addict. When I think about a quilt design I automatically start with what will my neutral be. LOVE shirtings and when I find them I stash, stash, stash! Lately I’ve been intrigued with neutrals in batiks (yes, I know it sounds like a contradiction) but there are some gorgeous neutrals out there. It all STARTS with the base and the neutrals are just that … the BASIS of any quilt!

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    I see neutrals as white, creams and light beiges. They sit well together or play as lights in quilts using a light, med. and dark.
    My friend and I met Pat at the Vt. Quilt Show this summer, what a lovely lady she is!

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    I see neutrals as colors that go with many other colors. They can be light or dark hues…I love the look of your new book…wowzers!

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    Neutrals make your quilt sing. They run from lights to mediums to darks.

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    Neutrals are anything that makes colors pop. In some quilts, it could be the background blues that make the reds and oranges stand out while other times it could be creams, grays, blacks,or browns.

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    Pat so excited you are chatting with Pat!I don’t usually use neutrals. I’ve always thought of neutrals as light backgrounds. My backgrounds are usually bright or patterned. Neutrals are a resting place for the eyes in a quilt – my quilts tend to vibrate!LOL Thanks for the chance to get a ‘neutral’ education with your book.

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    Actually, I think of neutrals not so much in a particular color way, but more as compared to whatever my focus colors are. In other situations, what I call a neutral might actually be a focus. So it depends on what the palette is and how strong the focus fabrics are.


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    Actually, I think of neutrals not so much in a particular color way, but more as compared to whatever my focus colors are. In other situations, what I call a neutral might actually be a focus. So it depends on what the palette is and how strong the focus fabrics are.


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    I think of neutrals as cream or white. Obviously I have to rethink my definition. When I saw the title of your book, I thought that the quilts would be dull and boring as compared to a quilt made with bright colors, but I was wrong. Thank you for showing me that neutrals can make beautiful quilts.

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    Well I love Pat Sloan and all she does for the quilting world. Neutrals? I used to think they were white/black/grey, then a quilter interviewed on HGTV Simply Quilts said she thought RED was a neutral and the more I thought about it the more I think any color can be a neutral. The white/black/grey and sometime beige, cream,tans really suit me as neutrals. Maybe if you use enough of cone color in a quilt it becomes a neutral.

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    You got a pedi and mani for a radio show?? MY kinda girl!!! love your book…thank you!!

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    My definition of Neutrals: a dynamic interplay of dark and light natural tones that can encompass complimentary values of more vibrant hues.

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    I am not a Freddie Moran, though I wish I could make red a neutral. In my world, I just live with the whites, beiges and creams and they make me very happy.

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    Yay, you were on Pat’s show, but I happen to know it wasn’t your first time!
    Hmmm, I think neutral could be light or dark but something that is more of a blender. I think it could be any “color” and feel like most times it’s a background, but could be all greens, or oranges, or yellows, or yes, whites, and beige. We are all right, right?
    Thanks for the opportunity to learn more on neutrals.

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    Neutrals calm the soul. Cream/beiges/taupes/browns especially, and of course black and white thrown in for interest.

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    Neutrals calm the soul. Cream/beiges/taupes/browns especially, and of course black and white thrown in for interest.

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    Neutrals are what “ground” my quilt, room…anything. A place to rest my eyes. It allows other colors to pop, or in the absence of colors…it allows complete relaxation. Creams, whites, tans, beiges…and more recently, greys.

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    Awesome looking book Pat! I would love to try a neutral quilt.

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    Neutrals are what I use to balance the focus fabrics. For example I may use creams, beige, tans, or grays. More importantly then the color, neutrals give the eye a place to rest on a quilt.

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    I have a long-standing love affair with neutrals!

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    I have looked at your book many times and thought the quilts would be beautiful out of Japanese neutrals or daiwabo fabric. Neutrals are beautiful muted fabrics that don’t jump out at you, but come to your eyes in a pleasing manor. Love all your stuff. Thanks!

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    My definition of neutral is the color that stays in the background making everyone else happy and taking no credit when the quilt is beautiful and you just know it couldn’t be done without the neutral!

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    Neutrals for me are colours that blend well with any other colours without standing out.
    Chat with two Pats sounds like it is going to be a fun time. Wish I could have access to that radio programme.

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    I love the quilt on the cover of your book! For me, neutrals are a range of shades within the same color – all beiges & tans, or all grays, even all blues! To me, the contrast color that pops against the other these are what makes them “neutral.”

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    my definition of neutral would be any color that would take a back seat to a stronger color…something that has a calming effect. Thanks for a chance to win 🙂

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    I think neutrals can be any color but are fabrics that are “quiet” in the quilt palette. Look forward to listening to the podcast tonight!

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    I feel neutrals are any color that allows your eye to rest in your quilt.
    Can’t wait for your interview with Pat. I look forward to her show every week.

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    Neutrals can be any color in your quilt that allows your eye to rest.
    Can’t wait for your interview with Pat. I look forward to her show every week!

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    Creamy vanillas, fading into soft shades of gray and brown, depending on if the vanillas are white based or yellow based. Blacks and whites can also be neutrals. I have used black and white prints as a neutral to balance lots of colors as can be seen in my photo.

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    Okay I will try this again. Here is the photo as shown on my profile. I do not know why it shows my face when I changed it to show how I used black and white prints as neutrals. If this dies not work click on my photo to see the picture.

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    Your book cover is beautiful. I actually have been thinking of making a quilt using black, Taupe and beige. Neutrals are Colors that can be combined with any other colors and look great. They are calming colors.

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    Your book cover is beautiful. I actually have been thinking of making a quilt using black, Taupe and beige. Neutrals are Colors that can be combined with any other colors and look great. They are calming colors.

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    Your book cover is beautiful. I actually have been thinking of making a quilt using black, Taupe and beige. Neutrals are Colors that can be combined with any other colors and look great. They are calming colors.

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    A neutral is like a bridge that brings many colors together while fading into the background. You don’t notice a neutral when it’s there but you will notice a big difference when it is removed.

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    Hmm, all shades of cream, grey until faded blues, shaded pinks and greens – everything with just a tip of colour will make it to my definition of neutrals
    Greetings from Brigitte, who really wants this book 😉

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