If you ask me: “Tierney what is your favorite color?” I would likely reply “Purple“.

There is very little purple in my recent art of utility quilts. There is very little Purple in my house. However, there is a lot of ORANGE.

I would never say that Orange is my favorite color but if you look at the background on my blog (which is a photo of a quilt I made based on an old tile floor); if you look at the quilts I have made over the past 5 – 6 years (art and utility quilts); and if you look in my fabric stash,  you would think I was beholden to the color Orange.

Check out a photo of my living room area – notice a lot of “shades of orange” in the quilts on the wall?


I am not sure when my apparent and subconscious love of the color Orange began and I am not sure when it will end.

There was an article in the 2015 premiere issue of Room to Create magazine on “Color & Creativity” (page 8). In this article the publication discusses how color impacts mood. Here is an excerpt of what the article said on the color Orange:


Looking for excitement, energy and enthusiasm? Orange may be your soulmate.

I guess Orange is my “color soulmate”!

Do you have any color that keeps surprisingly appearing in your work?


I just realized that I had the quilt below on the wall of my living room for a number of years. I will be showing/selling it in this year’s Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. The ORANGE is really strong and prevalent in this quilt!

Splendid Splendor – pieced by Tierney Davis Hogan, quilted by Betty Anne Guadalupe. The pattern is called “Slideshow”.

24 thoughts on “Orange”

  1. I love that orange–and the other earth colors. I see lots of greens, browns, oranges, warm, warm, warm. Beautiful.

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  2. Hmmm. I’m usually more surprised by what I think should be in my stash but isn’t…couldn’t be because I used it all up, nah. Maybe it is time for inventory and filling in holes–and shopping.

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      1. Hope it doesn’t turn out as bad as my orange and brown 36 patch! Right now I have a lot of aqua/teal because I thin I have made a match and it is off. Every year I think they shift it toward yellow or toward blue, always the opposite of what I want. It is going out almost as fast as it comes in.

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  3. Now I know where the background I talked about liking earlier came from. For me I personally don’t like colors pink and red but somehow that’s what’s been popping up in my work lately. I dunno when I acquired all those red and pink fabrics… I’d generally say purple is my favorite too and I’ve been slowly building a blue stash.

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  4. I use a lot of purple. It can be old-fashioned and subdued, bright and whimsical, or strong and bold. But I don’t wear purple ever (it does nasty things to my coloring), and I wouldn’t decorate with purple. So I guess it surprises me from that standpoint. I add orange to more quilts all the time, but as an accent color usually. And I’ve used a lot more black over the last couple of years. The thing about orange is that it’s such a great offset for almost EVERYTHING else. Easy to put in, IMO.

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    1. A LONG time ago I read that quilters tend to make quilts in colors they wear, presumably because they used scraps. The article urged us to think separately of quilts and clothing. I doubt that clothing connection happens now, though.

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      1. Right. Most of us aren’t making our own clothes, and if we do, not necessarily from quilting-weight cottons. However, it’s possible that we have favorite colors, and gravitate to them for both clothing and quilting.

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  5. This is a great Q and very strange… favorite color is purple and they’re have been lots of oranges and rusty colors lately on my stuff too. Golds. And magenta. They can be gorgeous although I’m no fan of orange either! 💜💜💜

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    1. We must be on the same wavelength, ha! I remember that strong orange painting you posted that took my breath away with the color. I cannot explain why it appealed to me so much. Must be an orange addiction ha! 😀

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  6. I had to laugh when I read this. I would say my favorite color is red…but then I’m passionate about most colors except yellowish/brownish greens. I recently had my studio on tour and decided to reorganize my stash. I realized I was mighty short on orange. Hmmm I guess I don’t use it often. Then someone came in and commented ab out all the orange in my quilts that are hanging in my studio alone…not to mention in my house. Well, I guess I have just depleted my supply without recognizing that. It is a star.

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  7. As I try to break my addiction to purple, orange has begun appearing in my wardrobe (just bought three new orange dresses and pair of funky orange shoes). I’m working on a quilted Halloween pattern in orange and — wait for it — purple! I love to see your work displayed together.

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