Tools tools tools 14

I’ve been sewing and some of it I can even show you guys but I’ve been so busy lately I haven’t had a chance to photograph it with the real camera. Total blogger fail there!

So instead, I will chat with you about other things. Namely, Play Crafts tools and what’s going on with them lately.


You are probably familiar with Palette Builder at this point. But just in case…Β it’s a tool that will take any photo and create a palette from it. You can move the little circles around and modify the palette to your liking. It also will match your palette to Aurifil thread, Kona Cotton or hex codes.


I spent some time over the last couple of days going through and fine tuning the Kona matches. There were some colors that were not as accurate as I would like, and now they are. Please note that due to monitor variation, dye lots and photography, there’s no way to be 100% accurate. But it’s as good as I can get it. I do use the official Kona photos, and some companies do not, so you may see quite a wide variation when browsing various stores.


I also have been doing a lot of design work in Illustrator lately (see: QDAD) and I was frustrated trying to get solid matches. I have used the Kona swatches by Alyssa @ Pile O’ Fabrics for a while, but I went ahead and made swatch files for every other brand of solids I could think of. That includes: American Made Solids, Art Gallery Pure Elements, Free Spirit Solids, Michael Miller Cotton Coutures, and Moda Bella Solids. Is there one missing? Let me know and I’ll make it. These have the same caveat as listed above.


Finally, I took all the crazy projects I’ve been working on and put them together on one page. You might notice (but probably not) that the menu over at Play Crafts no longer links to Palette Builder directly, but to the Tools page. You’ll find the links to all the tools as well as the swatch download files there.

In other news, next week we’re announcing the details of the Pantone Quilt Challenge! I know Marsala is not the easiest color to work with, but I hope you all will give it a chance. It’s called a challenge for a reason, after all! πŸ˜€


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14 thoughts on “Tools tools tools

    • anne Post author

      Thanks so much! I’m happy to help, and more happy that people will use this stuff. It’s no fun spending all that time on it and then it isn’t used. πŸ™‚

  • immi

    Hi Anne! Would you consider doing a tutorial about how to sketch quilts in Illustrator? I’m really interested in how this is done. thank you!

    • anne Post author

      Sure! I am way behind on tutorials, but I’ll see if I can’t draft up something. πŸ™‚ A lot of it comes down to just forcing yourself to play with Illustrator a lot. But I can definitely come up with some tips to get started.

  • Heulwen

    Oooo. The palette builder looks very useful, and I ADORE equilateral triangle quilts (I think I’ve made at least 3 or 4), I will have to have a play! πŸ˜€ Also looking forward to hearing more about the Pantone challenge, it’s what caused me to stumble in here in the first place. πŸ™‚

    • anne Post author

      YAY! A fellow equilateral triangle quilt lover. πŸ˜€ Except that somehow I’ve managed to make ZERO of them. I feel like an imposter! I would love to get your feedback after you’ve played if you get a chance. πŸ™‚

    • anne Post author

      Yay!! Thanks Michelle. πŸ™‚ I’m glad it’s so helpful for people, and hopefully it will be MORE so now that it’s more accurate. πŸ™‚

  • JBLquilts

    I’m with immi in post 2! I was literally just saying to my husband tonight ‘I’m tired of just using graph paper and pencil crayons- I want a fast way to render 6 options!’ I would love an illustrator tutorial, I need some basics to get started. Holly, your lanyard swap partner for quiltcon, drew my attention to your page, I can’t wait to explore palette builder too πŸ™‚

    • anne Post author

      Thanks for the sweet comment, and to Holly! πŸ˜€ Illustrator is definitely powerful but it has a really high intimidation factor. It looks like Photoshop but is very much NOT photoshop. hahaha Hrmmm maybe if I broke it up into “here’s how to design an HST quilt” and “here’s how to do curves” or something? What type of quilts do you like to draft? I’m wondering if these would be easier as videos instead of writing it out.