After a very enjoyable weekend with family I’ve been in two minds about publishing this post as a ‘Quilting Bring & Share’ or just starting over with a blank screen. But here we are…. It’s Tuesday, it’s very hot and I will be basing this post on the links I collected last week 🙂 So, welcome to Saturday Tuesday Quilting Bring & Share! Do bring along your projects and share in quilty conversations using the links in the second half of this post.
First of all the Quilt Along: I’m signed up to do the Jelly Roll Waves QAL with Myra at Busy Hands Quilts. This week we have the opportunity to share our fabric choices in the link up. I’m hoping to achieve an ombre´ effect across my version of the quilt. I bought these Moda solid fat quarters at the Sandown quilt show hoping the range of colour value is broad enough to create the effect I have in mind. I’m having doubts about the coral contrast fabric though…
Now, stepping back a few weeks: During our holiday in Yorkshire we visited the Minster town of Beverley. Inside Beverley Minister itself and the parish Church, St Mary’s, there was plenty to grab the attention of a patchwork quilter both in the patterns of the floor tiles and in the needlework on display. The skies were very grey that day so I struggled to take many photos worthy of posting but I hope you will bear with the rather grainy images and maybe find some patchwork inspiration 🙂
(Followers of the TV series ‘Victoria’ might recognise this view as filming of the coronation scene took place here rather than in Westminster Abbey).
An interesting patchwork pattern 😉
The founder of the original church on the site of the present day Minster was Bishop John. He died in the year 721 (that really is the year seven hundred and twenty one AD) and his remains are buried beneath the Minster. Miracles were attributed to him and gained him the status of a Saint. Recently embroiderers at a local College set about recording episodes from St John’s life in a 90ft long series of hand stitched pictures.
After an enjoyable walk around Beverley Minister we moved on through the town to the large and ancient parish church of St Mary’s Beverley… Floor tiles much in evidence here too…
Nearby was a modern felt applique wall hanging that had obviously used the floor tiles as inspiration.
The Church has many Medieval stone and wooden carvings. I was particularly struck by this carving of an elephant in the choir stalls. To most people of those times an elephant must have been a fantastical, mythical beast.
And finally a Medieval stone carving of a rabbit.
Lewis Carroll (author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland) visited St Mary’s, saw the carving and Bob’s-Your-Uncle the White Rabbit began running around in his imagination!
I wonder what has inspired your creativity recently?
Linking with Myra at Busy Hands Quilts for Week 1 of the Jelly Roll Waves QAL. It will be very interesting to see the fabric choices made by the other patchwork quilters taking part (and it’s not too late to join in with the QAL).
The countdown to my ‘Into the Woods’ foundation paper piecing and crazy patchwork workshop is well underway. The 12th July really isn’t too far distant now so I have a build-up of nervous energy to tap into as I prepare for the big day! I’ve made a start on a monochromatic version of the Into the Woods runner. Raiding my colour sorted STASH (stash = pieces of fabric larger than a fat quarter) and my colour sorted SCRAPS (you won’t be surprised to read: scraps = pieces of fabric smaller than a fat quarter) made me realise that I have a LOT of blue fabric pieces so the colour choice was already shouting at me!
Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. I hope you have time to bring along a project or two to this virtual sewing day and share in some of the conversations that are circulating round the Worldwide Quilting Community. Do add links and your thoughts in the Comments box at the end of this post. Thank you!
Well! My big news this week is the publication of my I-Spy Shadow Quilt pattern. I have had to be very disciplined, chaining myself to the computer and overcoming a series of irritating problems BUT it’s all smiles and happy dances now! The pattern is available as a pdf download from my Etsy Shop – www.etsy.com/shop/AllisonPatchworks/ . There are two versions of the pattern, one to print out on A4 sheets of paper the other to print onto US Letter paper.
I did break loose of the chains and get to my sewing table on a few occasions through the week 😉 My plan was to make a 12″ patchwork block using three fabrics: dark, medium and light. Then make four 6″ blocks of the same pattern, using the same fabrics, to show how secondary patterns develop when quilt blocks are put together. I made Contrary Wife blocks.
These blocks didn’t make my heart sing… I realised too late there wasn’t enough contrast between the light and medium fabrics and maybe that was making the dark fabric contrast too starkly in these isolated blocks? Taking a photograph and editing it to Black & White confirmed the lack of contrast between the medium and light fabrics I’d used. Disappointing but I’m ‘living and learning’!
I went back to my stash and picked another three fabrics. The B&W test on these shows more balanced contrast I think. Time to start again…
‘Contrast’: The language of colour is a bit of a mystery to me. Back in my school days I was more than happy to drop Physics and spend a few hours a week quietly ‘doing’ art (to a not very high standard). Now as I grope around trying to understand colour I realise I was actually taught more about colour in science lessons than in Art lessons – but I can remember little of it apart from the astonishing fact that white and black are not colours – huh? Forty years on and I am trying to understand more of and use correctly the language of colour.
Here is a brief summary of my language of colour learning so far:
Hue – where is a colour on the colour wheel i.e is it red or blue or yellow or something in between? Basically what colour am I looking at?
Value – light through to dark shades of a colour. So I misjudged the value of the colours I originally chose for my Contrary Wife blocks?
Saturation – the intensity of colour. I guess we’ve all read about the ‘saturated colours’ used by particular fabric designers? I’m thinking Kaffe Fassett and Tula Pink…
Clarity – is the colour clear or ‘muddy’? Could that be the difference between say lime green and sage green?
Tone – hum! I haven’t quite got it straight how to identify and talk/write about tone. Every hue has ‘tones’ and identifying these helps us match up different colours – some look ‘comfortable’ together, others just look ‘off’.
As you can tell my colour learning is in it’s infancy! Could you recommend any helpful books or websites with a light tone that could add value and clarity without saturating me in the deep science of hues? 😀
Here are just a few of the blog posts that have caught my interest through the week:
Kirsty has posted a great pictorial tutorial showing us how to make a rectangular Diamond Quilt Block – it’s a stash buster!
Bernie has been true to her word and published a blog post on 1st April giving us all the opportunity to share and read about each others less than perfect quilt making moments! Contributors have been refreshingly honest and the stories might make your heart sink in sympathy but also skip a beat realising that what goes on in our sewing rooms isn’t always the perfection we see paraded on social media!
Becca has made a beautiful quilt called ‘Saltwater Taffy’. The quilt is based on an antique design which has strong links to her location in New Jersey. Becca’s post is a really interesting read.
Christa Watson is an accomplished patchwork quilter – writer of patterns, books and designer of fabrics. She is sharing a real-time series of her ventures into dress-making, a whole other sewing world! Read Part 1 here and find out how she plans to adjust patterns.
Do let me know if you can point me to books and websites that could give further enlightenment on the language of colour. Thank you!