Welcome to another edition of Saturday Quilting Bring & Share 🙂 It’s a virtual sewing day with a chance to bring along your latest project(s) and share in the conversations across the Worldwide Quilting Community. You’ll find links to some blog posts below and you are welcome to add to the conversations by writing and sharing links in the comments box at the end of this post. Thank you!
After all the rushing around last week to finish the Scrappy Trip Along quilt, these last few days I’ve only spent a few hours sewing. I did enjoy another of the monthly sewing days at Brown Candover. I was still in a bit of a dither over which project to work on next…. In the end I decided to start a new project *blush*. At a quilt show two or three years ago I bought the fabrics pictured below – a jelly roll and charm pack of Moda’s Mirabella range along with 2m of background.
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!
Welcome! To the forty seventh Saturday Quilting Bring and Share. Bring along your project and share in some of the news, views and inspiration circulating through the Worldwide Quilting Community :-). You are welcome to share links to your projects and add your insights to the quilty conversations via the comments box at the end of this blog post 🙂
I’ve been enjoying an ‘at home’ week. My diary this year swings from a week based largely at home followed by a week where my fortnightly and monthly commitments all fall together. Still, the contrast is stimulating and it’s making me more disciplined re. planning ahead and being realistic about just what I can achieve in any one week! Being indoors for much of this week has been no bad thing: Last Friday we had a 6″ snowfall followed by the usual days of treacherous, icy pavements, then a day or two respite before the current westerly storm arrived hurling rain at us – it is pretty wild outdoors today!
I have been out of the house of course, a couple of walks and a Pilates class. Pilates is new to me. I joined a local class that several of my friends go to. I’ve been to five, maybe six sessions and I can already feel the benefits. My main motivation for going was to relieve lower back pain (muscular, not joints or discs) and work on the unexpected effects of the menopause. Hot flushes? Yes! Kind of expected those when my surgeon announced that the effects of surgery eight years ago would cause me to ‘crash into the menopause’. But other effects have crept up on me over those years – my balance is out (I quite often walk into door frames, I even misjudged walking round our bedroom, falling over the end of the bed, giving myself a black eye (!) and I wobble about when I’m getting dressed!) and any suppleness I had seems to be disappearing rapidly. I’m not sure Pilates will help restore my memory, which is dreadful at the moment, but I’m convinced the strengthening and balancing exercises will help to counteract the physical changes brought on by the menopause.
Anyway, into the sewing room 🙂 With 7th March, World Book Day, rapidly approaching I’ve been continuing to make book pillows. Here is the latest:
I matched it up with a quilt I made using Moda 30’s Playtime retro prints. The pocket on the front is made with 2½” squares I cut from fabrics left over from the half-square triangle quilt project. The cute fabric that forms the main body of the cushion cover is a wonderfully soft cotton flannel. There are now several quilt and book pillow sets listed in my Etsy shop 🙂 www.etsy.com/shop/AllisonsPatchworks
The ‘old project revived’ is an I-Spy quilt I started to plan back in June last year. I intended to write a pattern using quick piecing techniques but got distracted and then came over all indecisive about fabric choices (What moi? Indecisive? Surely not? Ha!Ha!). I finally got down to it yesterday, opened up my draft pattern in Word and cut up the fabrics (the light blue was a purchase made during our recent visit to Heidelberg). Here is the first test block – glad to know that with the help of EQ7 my math is correct. I intend to chain piece the remaining forty-one blocks in double quick time!
I’ve also been making more Trip Around the World Blocks. More about those in my Saturday Quilt & Share post tomorrow, along with a bumper pack of recommended posts from quilty bloggers around the world. 🙂