Welcome to the Annie Colorway Club!
The “Annie” pattern is the third in my Diamond Divas Series of large gem patterns. The heart-shaped gem sparkles with just 8 fabrics (9, if you’re making the Purple Heart colorway). This means that you can customize your gemstone in any color you wish!
I’ve created the Annie Colorway Club to help jump-start that super amazing, creative brain of yours. To demonstrate all the different ways “Annie” can shine, I’m going to share 11 new colorways. Each colorway shows 6 different fabric lines: Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics, KONA Cotton, Moda Bella Solids, Paintbrush Studio’s Painter’s Palette Solids, Michael Miller Cotton Couture, and Free Spirit’s Solids (and their Tula Pink Solids). While I won’t be carrying kits in the colorways below, I’ve given you all the info you need to purchase fabric online once you purchase the pattern and have all the yardages.
Please keep in mind that I’ve only listed the colors/fabrics within the gem itself — not the background, border, or binding. You can choose any color you like! When choosing a background color, be sure to select a color that is not bordering the edge of the gem. If you select a background the same as one of the edge colors, it will appear that there is a chunk missing from your gem.
Parti Sapphire Colorway
This Annie Colorway Club design is inspired by all the images I’ve seen of beautiful Parti Sapphires. These multi-colored gems are hot and only growing in popularity. I designed this one in a lovely soft yellow and blue colorway.
Sapphires come in all colors of the rainbow and in all shades and saturations. The difference in color is due to the presence of trace elements in its molecular structure.
White-Gold Diamond Colorway
This Annie colorway is inspired by a lovely image of a white/gold gem I fell in love with a few years ago. The interplay of the gold and blueish silver intrigued me.
To make it a bit different than previous colorways, I’ve split the “D” color into two. The “D” facets in Section 3 and 4 are a light grayish blue, while the “D” facets in the remaining sections are a light khaki. The swatches are on Page 2.
If you decide to create this special Annie, please keep me apprised of your progress! Enjoy!
Padparadscha Sapphire Colorway
Padparadscha sapphires inspire this Annie Colorway. Sapphires and rubies are made of the same mineral — corundum. The presence of different trace elements is what causes corundum to be found in every color of the rainbow.
The term “padparadscha” is derived from the Sinhalese word for “lotus flower,” owing to that blossom’s brightly colored pink-orange petals. Nicknamed “Pads” (pronounced “pods”), these lovely gems are typically found in Sri Lanka, where the Sinhalese people have lived for centuries. However, Pads have also been uncovered in Tanzania and Madagascar.
All sapphires are very durable. They measure 9 on the Mohs Scale, just under Diamond, which has the top hardness score of 10. Swatches of colors are on the next page. I’ve tried to match each fabric line as closely as possible to the color swatches. Due to variations between lines, specific colors will vary. Enjoy!
Pyrope Garnet Colorway
This colorway is inspired by the deep, sultry Pyrope Garnet. Garnets come in a wide variety of colors: yellow, brown, green, red, orange, and even purple.
I wanted this design to reflect the color that I typically associate with Garnets: deep orangey-reds and pinkish-reds. The differences in hues are subtle, but important in depicting the mysterious glow of the Pyrope Garnet.
Wishing you many happy hours of quilting!
Holiday Sparkle Colorway
This colorway is inspired by one of the many holidays of the season! Please note that this colorway has been translated into only 3 lines of solids: Painter’s Palette (by Paintbrush Studio Fabrics), Moda Bella Solids, and Kona Cotton Solids. Enjoy!
This Annie Colorway is inspired by the fine emeralds found in Columbia. The most desirable emerald colors are bluish green to pure green, with vivid color saturation and tone that’s not too dark.
If the hue is too yellowish or too bluish, the stone is not emerald, but a different variety of beryl and the value drops accordingly. Chromium, vanadium, and iron are the trace elements that cause an emerald’s color.
Emeralds have been adored and treasured for centuries. The Pharaoh Cleopatra especially loved the green stone. More recently, Marjorie Merriweather Post and Elizabeth Taylor have popularized the gem by wearing fabulous jewelry featuring gigantic emeralds.
We get a two-fer for this colorway! This Annie colorway is inspired by the Whitney Alexandrite, arguably the most famous Alexandrite in the world. The 17.08-carat stone is celebrated for its size, near-perfect clarity, and dramatic color change. It transforms from a purplish-red under incandescent light to a greenish-blue in daylight or fluorescent light. (The image below shows the same gemstone under different lighting conditions.)
Alexandrite is a relative newcomer to the gem stage. Discovered in the 1830s by miners in Russia’s Ural Mountains, it was named after the future czar in honor of his coming of age on April 17, 1834.
Canary Yellow Diamond Colorway
This colorway design is inspired by one the most vibrant “fancy” diamonds in the world – the Canary Yellow. Natural yellow diamonds owe their distinct color thanks to the presence of nitrogen. The nitrogen molecules in a diamond’s composition absorb the blue light, giving the diamond a yellow shade. If there’s a lot of nitrogen in a diamond, it will be richer in color.
Keep in mind “canary yellow” isn’t an official term. People use it to describe fancy yellow diamonds, but it’s a casual term that doesn’t exist on the GIA color scale. Since we all perceive colors differently, what may be canary yellow to one person could be light yellow to another. Hence, the GIA color scale (D – Z) is the only reliable measurement of a diamond’s color.
One of the world’s most famous diamonds is the fabulous Tiffany Yellow Diamond, a 128.54-carat cushion-cut gem featured in the necklace worn by Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Bi-Color Tourmaline Colorway (Pink & Yellow)
This colorway design is inspired by all the images I’ve seen of bi-color tourmalines. I designed this one in a lovely soft yellow and pink colorway.
Ancient Egyptian lore suggest that, as tourmalines emerged from the center of the earth, they passed through a rainbow capturing all the colors in the universe. Indeed, tourmalines are found in an astonishing array of colors, values, saturation, and combination thereof.
While bi-color tourmalines often have zones of color – bands or stripes – I chose to intermingle the colors in this design. I like the way they play well together. Enjoy!
Golden Topaz Colorway
This colorway design is inspired by a gemstone known as Golden Topaz. While Topaz comes in a rainbow of colors, the smoldering golden hue caught my eye..
I hope you enjoy making “Annie” in this sparkling colorway. If you haven’t picked up your “Annie” pattern you, click the button below to go to my online shop.