Color Inspiration Thursday {19}

I’m always on the lookout for color inspiration, and last week inspiration struck hard while I was browsing my Instagram feed. The source of color inspiration was new and unexpected: a selfie taken by one of the most colorful quilters I know. Meet Molli Sparkles, star of the very first People Palettes, a special edition of my weekly Color Inspiration Thursday.

molli sparkles color people palette

Corresponding Kona cottons from left to right:
Jamaica, Breakers, Oasis, Charcoal, Prussian, Tomato

Go ahead and try to tell me that’s not the most gorgeous color palette you’ve ever seen. The red and teal combination always strikes a chord in me, and this is no exception. Add Molli… and well, how could you resist creating a new color inspiration feature: people palettes, a way to feature the rockstars of the quilting world in a colorful, aesthetically pleasing and ever-inspiring way.

If you aren’t yet familiar with Joshua Helms, known as Molli Sparkles in the glittery quilting world, head on over to his corner of the quiltiverse. Prepare yourself for fabulous color combinations, a deep rooted ability to create gorgeous aesthetic, and entertainingly sassy yet brutally honest blog posts showing off his stuff and stirring up controversy over the hot issues in the quilting world. Molli’s signature drink–Truth Tea–flows deep and hot. And oh, how it glitters! At the very least, you need to check out his platinum post No Value Does Not Equal Free.

molli sparkles kimonos ablaze quilt
Kimonos Ablaze, just one of the gorgeous quilts created by Molli Sparkles

Before I go on a total fangirl tizzy, let’s get back to Molli. I asked him to answer three short questions to help the world get to know the color inspiration rockstar of the week a little more intimately:

Where do you fit into the worldwide family tree of quilting?
Take the irreverence of Madonna, the cray-cray of Mariah, and the sweetness of Kylie, throw in the quilting skills of Grandma Sparkles, and you have quilting pop-star, diva extraordinaire, Molli Sparkles! I’m a self-taught, quilting child of the Internet, and consider all the amazing Glitterati my closest quilting family.

What are the top three most played songs in your iTunes?
1. H.A.T.E.U. (Jump Smokers Remix) – Mariah Carey
2. Aphrodite Megamix – Kylie Minogue
3. Revolver (Tracy Young’s Shoot to Kill Remix) – Madonna

What would you name the autobiography of your life?
Molli Sparkles: Glitterbomb

In our emails exchanged in planning this post, Molli did suggest one edit to the color palette:

I have to say though, that I’d be combining some Kona Snow (referencing my face) into that colour palette, and then it would be spot on! But otherwise, gorgelicious!

So for you, Molli… here’s your Kona Snow included, rockin’ awesome, first-ever people palette. Gorgelicious, indeed!

molli sparkles from IG- color palette with snow

I know I’m inspired to go pull all of the turquoise left in my stash, a bit of Kona Snow and Charcoal, and of course a splash of red for a new project.

Are you a quilter, fabric designer, or other pillar in the quilting world? Do you like to take colorful selfies? Would you like to be a color inspiration rockstar? If you answered yes to any of these questions, drop me a line or tag me @nightquilter on Instagram with your selfie! People Palettes will pop up every so often in my Color Inspiration posts from now on. Thank you for the inspiration, Molli!

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All color palettes are created using Play Crafts’ Palette Builder 2.1.


25 thoughts on “Color Inspiration Thursday {19}”

  1. oooooh, fun blog post. I think the Kona snow is a good idea and I also think a very pale gray would be a good add. it would also be fun to win a copy of the new Aussie magazine with his pattern in it!


  2. I think a nice, dare I say it, orange blending with those purples and blues… fun post! Would love to win the magazine! We are about to relocate off the ‘mainland’ and a new area with no friends lends itself to time to actually read said winnings…


  3. Thank you all for stopping by and leaving a comment! Just a heads up, to be entered into Molli’s giveaway, you need to comment on HIS blog post, too! I still would love to hear your feedback and what colors you’d add!!


  4. love it – I might just add a little silver sparkle to match the colour around his ears – hehehe !! love your post ! it would be hard not to go all fangirl tizzy where Molli is involved 🙂


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