Color Play Friday: Salmon Creek

It’s starting to feel like summer around here!  My kids are doing their state testing for school and all our end-of-the-school-year events are starting to fill up the calendar. I’m looking forward to getting more time to hang out with them once they’re done with school…. only 5 weeks left!

Color Play Friday is hosted by Trina from In An Otter Life and me. If you’re new to Color Play Friday, head over to my Color Play Friday page to see the rules and my palettes and bundles from previous weeks.

This photo was taken at a salmon creek near my home. We have a little park with a bridge going over the creek, which is where I took this picture from. A couple of days ago, I went down there and there are wild roses blooming along the creek. They smell so good!

Salmon Creek

I was surprised to find some pink and purple in some of the leaves in this photo. I was tempted to use lots of those pinks, but I wanted the bundle to still resemble the photo. So I restrained my pink-loving self and only included the one burgundy print.


Here are the fabrics I chose:

Robert Kaufman, Spot On, Small Spots in Brown

Robert Kaufman, Quilters Linen Metallic in Chocolate

Alisse Courter, Enchanted, Cross in Olive

Carolyn Friedlander, Doe,  Sharp in Yarrow

Kim Anderson, Good Hair Day, Bobby Pins in Cherry

Kimbery Kight, Lucky Strikes, Strikes in Gray


A note about scale:

  • While I believe scale is a very important part of fabric selection, the fabrics shown in my Color Play images are not always perfectly to scale. I do my best, by you should always double check scale before ordering!

Sarah from 123 Quilt mentioned in her post this week that having grown up in the desert, a salmon creek was a foreign concept to her. So, for Sarah and any of you who have never seen a salmon run- here are a few extra photos with descriptions.


They sort of chill for a while and then get a big burst of energy where they try to get upstream just a little bit further. 


It’s amazing how high up a very shallow stream a very large fish can get! I watched this big guy for a pretty long time and he never made any progress. 


This one is over exposed, but you can see here how many salmon we get on a good year.  You have to approach the water’s edge slowly and talk in whispers so as not to disturb the run. Messing with the fish at all is a big no-no.  Sometimes of you get right on the waters edge and crouch down really low, you’ll be just inches from a very large salmon.  

Don’t forget to head over to the other blogs and see what they came up with! The fun of Color Play Friday is seeing the differences and similarities between everyone’s bundles.

Participants this week:

Laurel and Pine (that’s me!)

In An Otter Life

Shimmy and More

123 Quilt

Jennifer Lewis

Here is our photo for next week. I can’t wait to crerate a bundle from this one! 12985630_10206701730727944_5852958810354555602_n

Are you enjoying Color Play Friday? We’d love for you to get in on the fun and create your own Color Play post! You can create a bundle of fabric, select yarns or embroidery threads, or create a project inspired by our photo. Be sure to let Trina or I know so we can link up to you. You can get in contact with us at

Click below to sign up for the monthly Color Play Friday newsletter. In it, you will find a recap of the month’s bundles from Trina and I, updates from both Laurel, Poppy and Pine and In An Otter Life, and announcements about upcoming special events.

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I hope you can join us next week!

Happy Sewing, ~L


  1. Thanks for including those extra photos! I had no idea salmon could swim in a creek that small and shallow. I love your bundle this week; especially how you incorporated the burgundy. I think it rings true to the photo and gives the bundle some depth.


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