Color Splash Quilt

I love using curves to create design elements in my quilts. I also love using lots and lots of fabrics. So, when designing a quilt for Quilter’s Newsletters Best Scrap Quilts 2014 I wanted to combine these two loves. After tossing around some different color options, I decided to use four colors. So, I grabbed my color wheel and selected two sets of complimentary colors…purple/green and teal/orange. Then I pulled out my scraps, along with a variety of black and white fabrics. And….Violá! Color Splash was born!

Color Splash

Color Splash

For the blocks, I used precut 10″ squares, as well as leftover strips and other scraps. I chose a black fabric with gray dots for the border. Then I topped it all off with a black-and-white stripe for the binding.

Color Splash by Nancy Mahoney

Color Splash by Nancy Mahoney

I appliquéd the black and white arcs using the starch machine appliqué technique from my book Simple Circles and Quick Curves. My philosophy is why piece those curves when it’s so much easier to appliqué them!

B1196 Simple Circles Cover -blog

If you love scrap quilts…like I do….be sure to pick up a copy of Best Scrap Quilts 2014 at your local quilt shop, bookstore, or online. It’s filled with lots of great projects.


Leave a comment on this post before 11:59 p.m. MST tonight – Wednesday, May 30 – you’ll be entered for a chance to win Mary Kate’s Signature Scrap Bundle. Woo Hoo!!


Until next time…Happy Quilting!


About Nancy Mahoney

I'm a traditional quiltmaker, teacher, and Martingale author. I enjoy traveling to guilds and events around the country, sharing my quilts, teaching my piecing and machine-applique techniques, and visiting gardens. You can find me on Facebook, Google+, and Pinterest.
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120 Responses to Color Splash Quilt

  1. Betty Harden says:

    Oops typo in email address in original message.

    Betty Harden says:
    May 3, 2014 at 6:18 pm
    Beautiful colors and design. Would love to win the bundle as I am a new 60-something, late something at that quilter. Wool add to the joy I am experiencing. I have 50+ year old quilts hand- pieced and Hand quilted by my grandmother. Thanks for the opportunity.

  2. Betty Harden says:

    Beautiful colors and design. Would love to win the bundle as I am a new 60-something, late something at that quilter. Wool add to the joy I am experiencing. I have 50+ year old quilts hand- pieced and Hand quilted by my grandmother. Thanks for the opportunity.

  3. Shar F says:

    I love the colors in this quilt. That sounds like a great technique to learn. I’m going to have to put this book on my must have list!

  4. Mary D says:

    The colors really pop in this quilt plus I love the design element of the curves. I really should try them in some quilting project. The curves look magical from where I am sitting.

  5. Cathie Farr says:

    I was reading today’s issue of Quilters Newsletter and your quilt, Color Splash, popped out at me and said “stop”. It really is beautiful and the colors just speak to you. I have yet to make my first quilt because #1 I’m a chicken and #2 I have no idea what I want to make. I have boxes full of my mother’s old square dancing dresses that I got the bright idea of taking apart and making 5 quilts (for my grandchildren) as a remembrance of their great grandmother. So far all I’ve done is unpack and pack the boxes up. I have no idea where to start. I do need some supplies though…rulers, etc. so that is my excuse for not starting yet. Once again Color Splash if beautiful.

  6. Susie Furgason says:

    Love the colors!

  7. Deb G. in VA says:

    I love the pattern and bright colors in your Color Splash quilt! Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. Lisa says:

    I love your blocks, and your quilts. I really love your Spring Tulips, in all the pictures. They looked beautiful in all of the colors you used, and your 30’s quilt is something to treasure.
    Thanks for sharing your block, your quilts, your books, and thanks for the chance to win more fabric.
    Lisa in Alabama

  9. Gertruda Hadwin says:

    Love your bright colours, thanks for giving me a chance to win.

  10. Marie Hunter says:

    Love your Color Splash pattern, and thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  11. Roberta Kennedy says:

    I loe your use of bright colors in your quilts! They all seem very “happy!”

  12. sue roit says:

    I love the colors and the design of the posted quilt–The colors really pop ! It would sure be a p;pleasure to work with them

  13. Debbie P says:

    Fun fabric in the giveaway!!! Thanks for the info on making curves easier! 🙂

  14. Diane says:

    I have always liked your designs. The tulip quilt is so lovely and so traditional. I’m a scrappy quilter and would love the signature scrap bundle. Go Scraps!!!

  15. Cynthia Knapp says:

    I love the quilt! I’ll have to check out this book. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Diane Pickthall says:

    I love your patterns. Color Splash is wonderful, I look forward to making it. Tks for the opportunity to win.

  17. Janie says:

    Beautiful quilt. Thanks for the giveaway.

  18. Randi Hopland says:

    this is a beautiful way of using colours in a more modern way 🙂

  19. Karrie Smith says:

    Love your quilt!!

  20. Janet T says:

    Really like the colors of the fabrics. Nice block too!

  21. Bobbie G says:

    Great colors!

  22. Peggy Savage says:

    Love the quilt and the scrap bundle. I’d love to work them into one of my quilts.

  23. Jenni L. says:

    Love, Love, LOVE this! Wish I wasn’t so scared of curves and circles!

  24. Lorelei Hauptmann says:

    Great colors! Love the bundle colors too!

  25. Lorelei Hauptmann says:

    Pretty bundle! Love the quilt,too!

  26. Lori Morton says:

    Oooooh my gosh!! I love your Awesome Color Splash Quilt!! It is Gorgeous!! The colors wonderful & Sparkle!!

  27. fran Heeter says:


  28. Diana W. says:

    I just love how black and white make the colors just pop. Great Quilt!

  29. Karen W. says:

    I love the quilt! It reminds me of a modern spool quilt.

  30. Catie Gynn says:

    Your quilt designs are great!

  31. This is really interesting , I especially like the star ruby pattern. I don’t know if I’m brave enough to try them yet. Lots of good ideas.

  32. Susan Coulter says:

    Very pretty quilt!

  33. Susan Coulter says:

    Very pretty!

  34. Dee Owen says:

    I love color! So that makes this quilt perfect!

  35. Dee Owen says:

    I love color! That makes this quilt perfect!

  36. Emily C says:

    I love the quilt, the colors are beautiful. Have you noticed it looks better on the bed, than flat?

  37. Peggy says:

    I love your books and quilts. And I too love lots of colors. I have to get your new book soon. I also love Quilters Newsletter of my favorites.
    Peggy S

  38. Pam S says:

    I love your cheerful curvy Colorsplash quilt! I’m always amazed by how black and white make other color just sing. And I love the idea of appliqueing curves rather than piecing them. Thanks for the chance to win!

  39. Debra Kay Neiman says:

    Love this block. The black sure makes the colors just pop. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  40. Renata says:

    Very nice design. Love the colors.

  41. Beth B says:

    Love your quilt! I must check out your book.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  42. Sandy K says:

    I think your quilt is great. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  43. Sandy A in St. Louis says:

    Oh how pretty! Love the colors in your quilt and how the black & white play off them!

  44. Vicki H says:

    I love the quilt. I am frightened of curves but I think I will need to try your method.

  45. Nancy Karas says:

    I just love when something looks complex but is done in a not so complicated way to sew. Great quilt – love the colors.

  46. Margo says:

    Love the colors and a chance for the giveaway! A bundle of happiness!

  47. Margo says:

    What beautiful colors! I love your idea of the starch method for the curves. I think I need to try that! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  48. Irene Violette says:

    I love your quilt. So colorful. Best part your technique. Anything that makes life easier, I’m all for it.

  49. This fabrics are beautiful and the quilt is awesome and very cheerful!

  50. Konnie Osborne says:

    What a beautiful quilt! Love to try curves…on my bucket list! Amazing!

  51. Laura says:

    Very vivid, I like it!

  52. Jocelyn says:

    Wow what an amazing quilt!! Love the colors!

  53. Cathy says:

    I have been a fan forever. Beautiful quilts. Thanks for chance to win. Hugs

  54. Lori M. says:

    Nancy, Applique curves and circles, what a great easy fast, scrappy quiltly idea….Cannot wait to get the book and try this out……

  55. Color Splash quilts looks amazing. Another quilt that I must make soon.

  56. SewCalGal says:

    What an absolutely gorgeous quilt. I love Color Splash!

    Lovely bundle of fabrics too! 🙂


  57. Betty says:

    Love this scrap quilt! Picking from my stash right now!

  58. Karen says:

    Amazing quilt! The applique would be a lot easier than trying to sew curves.

  59. LaRae Scheidemantle says:

    I would love to win these fabrics and I love your blog pictures.

  60. Susan Paxton says:

    In our Quilt Guild meeting last month we were challenged to get out of our comfort zone and try something new. I have been looking for just the right project and I think I found it!! I love your Color Splash Quilt and sewing curves in a quilt is just so intriguing to me. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

  61. Terri says:

    WOW, really love Color Splash, the curves really pop things. Will bookmark you blog for more info on circles!

  62. rachel says:

    Love the fabrics!! I can see the beautiful quilt they would make!!!#

  63. linda herzog says:

    Love the color splash quilt. It may be time for me to stop being intimidated by curved pieces in my patchwork.

  64. Becky in Georgia says:

    Loved your hint to use the color wheel to select the colors for your quilt – complimentary. Thank you for sharing!

  65. mary walker says:

    Love the quilt! Thanks for the opportunity to win some fabric!

  66. Ginny Kleven says:

    awesome splashes of color. I really liked the hint on how to keep blocks in order.

  67. Linda Webster says:

    I love your philosophy for piecing arcs. Great colours in Color Splash. I’ve been using turquoise and lime green together lately. Congratulations on having your quilt in the magazine!

  68. Kathleen Freytag says:

    Love this!!!! so beautiful!!!

  69. Karen Cooper says:

    I love your colour combinations–the brights with black and white are awesome! Curves, however, worry me, whether they be pieced or appliquéd. ..

  70. dee says:

    Love this quilt – it is so happy!

  71. Julie A. Boster says:

    Hello, Your Color Splash Quilt makes me want to dive right into my quilting today! Thank-you:)

  72. Roberta Miller says:

    I am also fascinated with curves and scraps. Fun quilt!

  73. Kim says:

    Really beautiful

  74. Cindy B says:

    Beautiful fabric colors.

  75. Janet Frank says:

    Great quilt pattern! Makes those pesky curves seems easier to accomplish! Love the fabric combo…..really pops!

  76. Diantha Howard says:

    I like the curves! Appliqueing does sound easier than piecing them.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  77. Debbie H says:

    Love your colorful quilt! Thanks for the chance to win some pretty fabric.

  78. Carmen Dexheimer says:

    I love making scrap quilts. This one is bright and colorful!

  79. teri c says:

    Wonderful bright colors!

  80. Debra G says:

    Would love to win the fabric bundle. So many different colors and prints to choose from. Love the bright colors with a splash of black in your quilt!

  81. Gwendolyn Clark says:

    Beautiful quilt, and beautiful bundle of fabrics.

  82. Gloria S. says:

    Such a cheery quilt – love the curves!

  83. Quilting Tangent says:

    Nice color combinations, like how you added the black and white fabrics.

  84. kris says:

    Love the scrappy curve quilt, so bright and cheery with the black and white ot make it pop.

  85. Donna Wilhelm says:

    I never thought about using black and white with bright colors. Love the combination!

  86. Lisa BECK says:

    Amazing quilt, color splash is the
    perfect name for it. Very
    inspirational 🙂

  87. Heidi says:

    Love the use of black as the background and border… Really makes the colors pop!

  88. Hi Nancy,
    Indeed, what a Splash of Colors! I have not yet tried curves in my quilts yet, but this is like an invitation to give it a try. Too bad I haven’t found Best Scrap Quilts in the Netherlands yet, will try to order a copy online! Thanks for sharing your inspiration!

  89. Jennifer says:

    This is a great quilt! You’re right – why piece curves when you can applique them. 🙂

  90. Sally says:

    Great quilt! I’m always looking for interesting uses for strings. The fabric bundle looks like fun.

  91. Robyn Jones says:

    I love the Color Splash pattern. I also love the use of black and white prints with color.

  92. Karen says:

    love the quilt that you made and would love to win that bundle of fabric!

  93. Margaret Schindler says:

    I love your quilt and the colors are fantastic. Thanks for the giveaway.

  94. DebrafromMD says:

    Oh, I love this design! I pieced those curves once upon a time, bit I think I would like appliqueing them much better. I can’t wait to get my hands on this issue.

  95. B.J. Peters says:

    What a great way to use up strip scraps–got lots of visuals running through my mind already! And everything looks great with black and white–well, most everything!

  96. Denise says:

    I love the bright colors!

  97. JanineMarie says:

    What a pretty quilt! I like the controlled scrappiness.

  98. Linda says:

    Love the bright and cheerful splash of colour! The black and white contrast really makes those colours pop.

  99. Lyn Kaufmann says:

    Love the bright colors you use in this quilt. The grey in the border is wonderful and sets off the brights. Love the colors in the stack too and would love to learn how to use curves like you do.

  100. Cecilia says:

    Wow! I love your quilt with the bursts of color among the black and white prints! This is going on my bucket list. Thanks for sharing.

  101. Patti says:

    Love, love, love your quilt!

  102. Karen A says:

    Your Color Splash Quilt is great. I love all the colors with the black and white. Very striking!

  103. Beth Brown says:

    I’ll have to try the appliqued curve pieces. Both methods are scary to me…….but as with paper-piecing, I just have to do it!


  104. Pat Wade says:

    Love your work with curves. You make it look so easy.

  105. Jessica Troian says:

    I have never tried applique before, but I imagine that it’s an easier way to add those delicious curves to a quilt! I really must try it out. I love seeing circles, etc on quilts.

  106. Kathryn Phillips says:

    Great colors in this quilt! I’ve never done curves in a quilt before but it is something that I look forward to trying this year.

  107. Terry says:

    Great use of black and white and your colorful scraps!

  108. Charleen Hakala says:

    Your use of color is so awesome. The black and white makes the colors pop. A truly wonderful scrap quilt!

  109. Mary says:

    Love the bright colors with black and white. Fun quilt.

  110. What a great quilt – and I loved that you used layer cakes (or 10″ fabric scraps). I have a pile of scraps just ready for some new quilts.

  111. Pat says:

    Have always loved scrap quilts and curves. Love the way your quilt brings them together.

  112. Nancy Sikkenga says:

    Love this quilt. Also love your blog. You have found a new follower.

  113. Amy says:

    Love this quilt! Thanks for the chance to win!

  114. Teresa Giacomini says:

    Beautiful quilt. So bold and bright.

  115. Susan Brooks says:

    I am so loving scrap quilts. This is new for me I started with “matchy matchy” quilts. Maybe I’m more confident in my color choices. Your work is inspirational.

  116. Kathy Stewart says:

    Beautiful quilt! Thanks for the chance to win!

  117. Jenny says:

    I need more curves in my sewing!

  118. Berths Holcomn says:

    Love the quilt and pattern too. I love bright colors and the curves make them standout with the black and white border. Thanks for sharing .

  119. Chris says:

    I love this, very bright and cheerful. Any tricks for working with black? I just finished Butterfly Blooms and the black can be stressful.

  120. Susan says:

    I just finished making 30+ “winding ways” quilt blocks for a friend who is in the hospital. It was my first attempt at curves and I now see your “Color Spash” quilt that I would love to make. Hope I win the bundle as it will definitely end up in curves…Tks Susan

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