As promised. A more in depth look at the PANTONE Spring 2013 Fashion Color Report. You may notice the background of my site is awfully close to “Emerald.” This is not an accident. I love this color and I’m using it everywhere! It is also the background on my computer screen.


So – here is what Pantone said in their report about the three green colors for Spring 2013. You may want to read it out loud for added enjoyment. Life really is good when you get to talk about colors in this way. Please, don’t feel frivolous or silly for enjoying this – I am loving it.

“The prevalence of green this spring is undeniable. Similar to the many shades in our natural surroundings, this season’s greens offer a stunning foreground or the perfect backdrop for all other hues. Like the first signs of spring, Tender Shoots, a vibrant yellow-green, is invigorating, active and cheerful, while Grayed Jade, a subtle, hushed green with a gray undertone, brings about a mood of quiet reflection and repose. Sophisticated Emerald, a lively, radiant green, inspires insight and clarity while enhancing our sense of well-being. From one extreme to the other, combining all three greens presents an intriguing choice much like Mother Nature intended.”

Emerald + Quilts

Now, getting down to business. Here are some sample quilts I found that were designed around the color Emerald.


This one is called The Land of Oz. I really enjoy the stark contrast between the emerald and gray triangles.


The Emerald City. How clever!

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And, from the Sew at Home Mummy. A ‘pixelated’ homage to her first machine back in the ’70s.

It is not a coincidence that all three of these ladies used Emerald in their quilts. They were actually responding to a challenge from a.squared.w to use the PANTONE color of the year. Before writing up this post, I was not aware of contests of this type, now I’d like to join one of these contests myself.



  1. Meredith

    LOVE THIS! This color is perfect…When I think of “emerald”, I think of a brighter green. Maybe kelly green? We should have a challenge!

    • Sierra Shea

      Yes, lets! That would be very fun. Maybe we could set one up around a few emeralds greens at your shop?

  2. Lori

    I love that house quilt. Can’t wait to see what you two are creating!



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Hey there... I'm Sierra!

I am from a family of all girls. I always keep a journal. John & I were married back in 2013. It was a miracle then & it is now. We had three kids between Oct 2014 & August 2018 : Joslyn Shea, J.D., and Jesse Lee. We remodeled two houses & moved three times in our first 5 years. I grew up in Missouri, but was transplanted to South Dakota. I am working on my masters at Sioux Falls Seminary as of 6.1.19.

I started Sierra Shea & Co. as a space to curate encouragement for all women toward creative, redemptive lives as daughters of the King of Kings.