Pantone's 2019 Color of the Year: Living Coral

Posted by Deirdre Quirk on Apr 4th 2019

Pantone has announced their 2019 color of the year: Living Coral! As they say in their announcement, "Living Coral embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment. In reaction to the onslaught of digital technology and social media increasingly embedding into daily life, we are seeking authentic and immersive experiences that enable connection and intimacy. Sociable and spirited, the engaging nature of Living Coral welcomes and encourages lighthearted activity. Symbolizing our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits, Living Coral embodies our desire for playful expression." Joyful pursuits and playful expression such as quilting and sewing, perhaps? In honor of the start of the new year, and of all of our creative pursuits, we've pulled together some of our favorite projects that showcase this beautiful color. (You can read more about this shade right here.)

Living Coral is also reminiscent of the color of apple blossoms—as in this quilt, Apple Blossom Time, from Quilts with an Angle by Sheila Christensen. 



In this quilt, Arrow-Dynamic, from Quilts for Scrap Lovers by Judy Gauthier, Living Coral scraps play off of scraps in red, navy, and aqua for a lively combination.

Gorgeous! Wild Persimmons, a small wallhanging from Beaded Embroidery Stitching by Christen Brown, shows off the exuberant side of Living Coral, bubbling over with energy. 

Living Coral can also be sophisticated and lighthearted, especially when combined with other solids and white fabric, as in the Quick String Lap Quilt from More Sewing to Sell—Take Your Handmade Business to the Next Level by Virginia Lindsay. 


A coral print fabric is the perfect, sunny choice for this summery Orange Crush doll dress from Doll Dress Boutique by Erin Hentzel. 

Want a project that will feature Living Coral front and center? Check out the Grand LeMoyne Star Quilt Pattern by Jennifer Sampou! Gray and black fabrics provide a perfect background for the coral star. 

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