Color of the Year


In 1963, Pantone created a tool which standardizes color, “allowing for the faithful selection, articulation and reproduction of consistent, accurate color anywhere in the world.”  Since then, Pantone has become the color expert, supporting “all color conscious industries; textiles, apparel, beauty, interiors, architectural and industrial design, encompassing over 10,000 color standards across multiple materials including printing, textiles, plastics, pigments, and coatings.” (from


Every year Pantone announces its Color of the Year, which for 2021 is actually two colors:  Illumininating Yellow and Ultimate Gray.  This color combination sends a “message of positivity supported by fortitude.”


Color of the Year


My first thought was, “meh, o.k.”  But then when I read the announcement from Pantone, it made more sense.  After this dumpster-fire of a year, we could all use from positivity and fortitude.  I’m not sure I’ll make a yellow and gray quilt, but I’ll use those colors somewhere.


At the same time, Kona, by Robert Kaufman Fabrics, introduced its Color of the Year, Horizon.


Color of the Year


Can’t you just see this pretty sky blue in a Kona solid?


What projects do you see with these colors?  Possibly blue, gray, and yellow all together in one fabulous quilt design?  Hmmmm, I’ll have to think some more about this.


As a reminder, this is Day 11 in the 31 Day Blog Writing Challenge.  Make sure to check out all the other creative bloggers in the Challenge at (scroll down to see the list.)


See you tomorrow!


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