SIMPLY SOPHISTICATED DESIGN WITH A TASTE OF THE UNEXPECTED.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Color Wheel Construction Follow Up

jill here...  looks like they were having fun ( but I had to coerce them to smile)!  Arranging the colors in a wheel was a bit of a challenge.  Forty eight little color squares can be confusing trying to sort them in hues, tints, tones and shades.  Deductive arranging and relative color matching all played a role in their final placement.  This exercise was devised to have a finished product and to help with color identification. 
Color therapy with grey backgrounds and glue sticks.

From left to right: blue, blue violet, violet and red violet.
The central small square is the hue which is placed on the tint,
then the tone and finally the shade.
These are hard to discern when they are jumbled together.

Another challenge:  red orange, orange and yellow orange
in the tones and shades are subtle differences.

The tones and shades of yellow flow into a green appearance.
No wander green and yellow are so compatible!


Super achiever Janice polished her wheel
before we made it home to Ames.
Some people are so cleaver!



Here's a site you might be interested in : The Craft Industry Alliance.  There is an article on current color trends.   Hope you have a great holiday weekend.  'till next Tuesday!


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Color Wheel Construction

jill here...  Thursday evening were leading a color wheel tutorial for our modern quilt group of the Des Moines Quilt Guild.   I've taught color exploration classes in the past and have a bin of solid "colors".  Although a bit disheveled, with some sorting and pressing, the stockpile came to life. So its a good thing that I'm a saver. Recreating these tints, tones and shades is not an easy task.  It doesn't take a lot of fabric,  just the right color combinations.  

The Blues

This is my color wheel notebook.
Little factoids of color information
are stored within these pages!

Twelve colors sorted with their tints, tones and shades,
cut into little squares, packaged in little sandwich bags.

The blues, ready for Marny to individually sort and bag again.

Once the 48 colors are ready, it's a mixed bag.  The group will have to identify each color and their three components.  There are some surprises.  Then an arrangement on gray background will yield a color wheel for each member's own use.  We'll share some photos of the projects next week.

'till next Tuesday, enjoy the sunshine!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Little Scraps, Fun Messages

jill here....on a recent road trip out west, I toted a large bag of fun fabrics, cutting supplies, adhesive and purchased plain note cards with envelopes (you can find them at the local hobby shop). This is a great indoor project just in case the weather isn't cooperating. Even older kids might enjoy creating a special card.  We had fun picking fabrics and experimenting with different methods and color combinations.

 Notecards and envelopes.
Four fabrics with variety of prints and scale. These were
cut approximately the size of the card and then
backed with a sheet of " iron on" bonding material.
 

The fabrics were directly stacked one on top of the other.
Three cuts were made with a rotary cutter,
through all four layers
.

The fabrics were rearranged with each fabric appearing.
Once the composition was determined,
they were bonded to the card with careful heat application.

Four little cards.
The design could be smaller to accommodate
 writing a message on the front. 

Novelty fabrics work great to fussy cut.

Fun results with colorful combinations
Sometimes glue works better with the smaller pieces.

Transparency experiments with four fabrics.

Transparency plaids and modern designs.
Enjoy your day.  'till next Tuesday....

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Icing on the Cake in Modern Patchwork

Marny here...The spring issue of Modern Patchwork is out 
and we have a really fun to make quilt inside!!! 
We call it Icing on the Cake because it is made using a layer cake. 
The 10" squares can be used as is to simply create the clever blocks. 
Only the background needs cutting!  
Icing on the Cake draped and beautifully photographed in the magazine.
See inside the Spring 2016 Modern Patchwork.
The magazine is filled with great projects and interesting information!
The idea for Icing on the Cake originated on the back of a small quilt
(Antipasto Platter) in Quilts du Jour.
It was a way to use some layer cake squares to bring a back up to size.
Space did not allow sharing the exact process for the back in the book. BUT...
the simple technique needed sharing, so we fine tuned it and turned it into the Icing on the Cake pattern for Modern Patchwork.


Till Tuesday...


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Piecemakers Quilt Guild Galesburg, IL

Marny here...reporting on another wonderful guild speaking and teaching engagement. This time we were off to Galesburg, Illinois to visit the Piecemakers Quilt Guild. Thursday night we spoke about Quilts du Jour, our design aesthetic, and some of the nuts and bolts of our buisiness. The guild members were an attentive and interactive audience. We really appreciate being asked to speak! Here is their website and here is their Facebook page.
Transparent alternatives of the Sushi Block, using our book Quilts du Jour.
Friday we held an all day Value and Color Transparency work shop. We loved our time with a special group of students. In the morning we focused on making transparency happen within the Sushi block.




Three values of blue. Light and medium intersect to make dark.
Again three values, of violet.
Here light intersects with dark to make a medium. 
Three values of blue on a floral background.
Here light "arms" intersect with a medium large rectangle to create a dark.
Here we see green in three values.
The large rectangle and the plaid intersection are pretty close in value.
The background is a dark green. The plaid forms the intersection, drawing upon the light and dark greens on either side.
Three values in an analogous color scheme, one of them being the stripe. Medium "arms" plus a light large rectangle create the dark (stripe) intersection.
Doesn't it look like the green is drawing across the blue?
(The picture doesn't do it justice.)
Dark brown background grounds the cheerful orange units. The dark red-orange "arms" cross the lighter orange rectangles. A higher contrast stripe of oranges and brown, plus aqua and yellow forms the intersection. 
This "stripe" is fun! It has a bit more teal and more of an analogous navy background than is reflected in this photo.
I love that the layout of the blocks reiterates the line in the stripe itself!
So hard to tell in this picture, but the background is a light butter yellow that helps to make the stripe more believable.  The repetition of four blocks will be helpful too!




Making Lemonade from Sushi (?)! Follow the light orange horizontal line through the darker rectangles. Their intersection is the medium print. Great monochromatic transparency achieved!


Thanks again to the Piecemakers Quilt Guild and to our students!

Till Tuesday...



Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Keepsake Quilters Guild

jill here...Yesterday we spent a fun afternoon and evening with the Keepsake Quilters Guild of Cedar Falls.  Our transparency workshop was successful!

Ladies on task.
Sue happily sewing .

Sue's four blocks, checking out possible arrangements.

A collage of "first" blocks completed.

Fabrics from a completed
quilt inspired this arrangement.
Who doesn't like a pink
and grey combination?

Shared fabric (from Delphine)
for the successful overlay.


Batiks work beautifully.


Soft golds and browns
make for a mellow blend.
 Delphine took a risk with a directional background
and created a true color transparency.

                        
                       Black always adds a dramatic element.
Subtle textures create
some blending.


 
Taffy Twists
Tasty Measures

 During our break, we took a quick trip to the local Crazy to Quilt Shop.   Liz had several of our patterns as samples.  These were hung from the ceiling - how inventive !



Here's the group's "show and  tell".  Notice there were a couple of completions.
One had gone home at the break and started quilting.  What an inspiration!
Thanks, Keepsake Quilters for a great time.  'till next Tuesday....


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

DMMQG 2016 Challenge Part Two

Marny here...I have to admit this quilt challenge is going slowly for me. I posted previously about the very beginnings of my process.

I need to narrow in on three things: size, layout and fabrics to be used.
Here is a diagram working through three likely sizes for the finished quilt.
It is a little bit like Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
36" x 48" is too small and does not allow for enough negative space.
36" x 60" is too big a width to height ratio for the panels of print fabric.
36" x 54" is just right (for a starting point)! 

Now to start fiddling with layout and size of the print fabric panels on the proposed finished size diagram.  With some more fine tuning, I've decided 36" x 50" might be best. It seams to leave enough negative space at the top and bottom, and room enough for the panels. Now I can see the area where the three panels occupy the same vertical space. More overlap might be desirable for inserting the solid challenge fabrics. We'll see...

Simplest color scheme.
Using all the challenge fabrics on the front is not required.

The hot coral fabric added in.
All the challenge fabrics included. Cutting and testing is next!

Till Tuesday...