Fabric, Kona Cottons, Quilt Designs

August 19th – Lilac My Favorite Flower

Photo by Pixaby

Today’s Kona Cotton color of the day is Lilac. A light to medium softly muted shade of lavender.

To say that Lilacs are my favorite flowers is probably a HUGE understatement. Don’t get me wrong, I love other flowers too, but if I had to choose? It’d be lilacs all day, EVERY day!

Did you know that Lilacs are a flowering shrub? The common lilac bush, syringa vulgaris, can grow as tall as 8 – 15 ft and 6 – 12 ft wide. They have commonly been used as hedges, but have some of the sweetest, most fragrant flowers. They can come in colors such as pink, blue, purple, even yellow and white…. although the deep purple or blue/lavender are the most common.

My grandmother (on my father’s side), had a lilac bush growing on the side of her house. There was a little path to the back yard between the lilac bush and the side of the house. There was no way to miss those deeply fragranced steps to the back yard down that path. Of course, growing up I always thought the lilac bush was a tree, because I was very small (as in quite short) and the bush had to be around 8 – 10 ft already. I remember my dad plucking the blooms off the bush and bringing bunches home to my mom whenever we’d visit grandma’s. When my grandmother moved from that house to the city, I missed that lilac bush. My father loved lilacs also, but they never planted one at our house and I always wondered why. I love the fragrance so much that whenever I look for handsoap or lotion, I am always looking for that particular fragrance. Sadly, not enough manufacturers will utilize it. I will find more lavender than lilac.

In my married life, we have moved around so much that putting in certain plants seem like an afterthought. I guess the only way to put “roots” down is to put “ROOTS” down! Start with a lilac bush. They are pretty hardy and don’t need to much maintenance once established.

So here is my ode to the lilac bush whose fragrance will give me fond memories forever.

Lilac North Star Colorstory B by Kathleen Reynolds for Sew Charming Quilts

Or…. you could try this version….

Lilac North Star Colorstory A by Kathleen Reynolds for Sew Charming Quilts

Or…. if you like the darker colors…. you could try this colorstory…..

Lilac North Star Colorstory C by Kathleen Reynolds for Sew Charming Quilts

I love the mariner’s compass and it just looks great in ANY of these colorstories. What color combinations would YOU choose?

Monday, August 23rd from 10:00 am – 10:30 am we will be doing a Facebook Live video on our Sew Charming Quilts page, going over how to coordinate your fabric colors on the fly. Join us!

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