Didn't use patterns for quilts, neither. None of this family have used patterns. We got a tradition of the old peoples' way...Everybody made their own designs. We was taught there's so many different ways to build a quilt. It's like building a house. You can start with a bedroom over there, or a den overhere, and just add on until you get what you want. Ought not two quilts ever be the same. You might use exactly the same material, but you would do it different. A lot of people make quilts just for your bed, or to keep you warm. But a quilt is more. It represents safekeeping, it represents beauty, and you could stay it represents family history.
Friday, July 29, 2011
Thursday, July 28, 2011
This is Kristina's Modern Barn Quilt. Isn't this one stunning? I love all of the blues and the wonky angles! Kristina blogs at Beauty in the Blocks and she makes beautiful quilts too. Maybe she'll turn this into a quilt someday!
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Are you familiar with QuiltAlbum? It's a new quilting software that allows you to organize and document your quilts, keeping all of the details and information about them in one place. You've spent so much time working on your quilts, you really owe it to yourself to document them too!
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
I'm talking non-stop ruffles! This skirt was made as a special order in my etsy shop for a returning customer of mine. In fact, I've made each of her soon to be three-year-old daughter's birthday outfits! She was looking for something very ruffled and suggested the Nie Nie skirt by Pink Fig Patterns.
Monday, July 25, 2011
Friday, July 22, 2011
The next time you're trying to pick solid colors for your next quilt, take a trip to the hardware store and grab some paint chips that match the colors you're thinking of working with. There are thousands of colors available at Lowe's and Home Depot, and if you go armed with your color charts, it's pretty easy to find a close match to the fabric. Here's how I did it.
Have you ever tried to design a quilt with only solid fabrics, using just a color chart card? It's tough!
Kona and Bella both make gorgeous charts that have swatches of all of their colors, but it can be kind of hard to determine if some colors will work together, especially if they are far apart on the chart.
How can I tell if Betty's Red will work with Summer Sky? One easy and inexpensive way is to go to the paint department of your local hardware store and pick up some matching paint chips.
In my case I wanted to see if Kona Curry
So, I found a paint chip that was the closest match to Curry. It's called Santa Monica Blvd. Gotta love the names of paint colors!
And then I found the closest match to Kona Stone, which was a paint called toll booth.
Once the matching paint chips were found, I can easily put them next to each other to see if I think the colors will work well together in my quilt.
Next was Kona Butter. Deep Cowslip 2 is a good match for that one.
Kona Sweet Pea was a tough one to match, and the closest color I came up with was Olive 4.
Kona Olive is pretty close to Olive Grove.
Bee's Wax was the closest match I could find to Kona Mustard.
Once I found chips to match all of the colors I had in mind for the quilt, I put them all together. They are so much easier to move around and play with different color combinations this way than try to move the color chart around.
Here are my first color choices. I thought they worked well together, but I couldn't help but feel that they had a little too much of a 70s vibe, and not in a good way. I'm thinking Avocado and Golden Harvest appliances...not quite the feeling that I want in my quilt.
So, I switched out the green with another golden color, Bee's Wax, and I'm really happy with how these four colors work together.
The coordinating Kona fabrics for these colors in my quilt will be Butter, Curry, Mustard, and Stone. I think they work really well together, and I could never have determined that using only my color chart. I'm going to start keeping a stockpile of color chips to use in designing my solids-only quilts, and I hope these tips will help you in designing your solid quilts, and other sewing projects, too!
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Have you heard about this one? There’s a new magazine out there just for us Modern Quilters!
Launched last week, Generation Q Magazine was started by Jake Finch and Melissa Thompson Maher (former Quilter’s Home Magazine editors), and Megan Dougherty (QH contributor and the hilarious talent behind The Bitchy Stitcher blog). These three crazy quilt gals, along with the addition of self-named Cabana Boy, Scott Hansen (of Blue Nickel Quilts) came out of the recent closure of Quilter’s Home shaking their heads at the notion that the only thing today’s quilter is interested in are pattern magazines.
It’s just not true, they said, and GenQ came out last week to raving reviews, and almost all of them good. Generation Q Magazine is a community of modern and contemporary quilters, sewists and fabric addicts who want to come together to play with threads and enjoy each other’s creativity. It’s about sharing and celebrating, and it’s fun!
While they’re starting online for now (as in free, people!), they will launch a print and digital edition of GenQ in the late spring. The online edition posts a new magazine-style article every weekday. There is a structured editorial calendar with a rotation of content, from honest media reviews to projects, full-length feature articles(sometimes broken down in a series), product testing, columns, news and more. It’s similar lifestyle content for which QH was becoming known. GenQ’s voice is cheeky and fun. They don’t take themselves too seriously, but they seriously love their sewing and quilting and want to spread the fun around. After all, if there’s no joy in it, why do it, they ponder?
For now, all they ask is that you check them out and if you enjoy what you read, sign up for a subscription that will send you the day’s posting to your email. Also, as the website evolves, they’re looking for listings of shows, events, retreats, legitimate charity efforts and anything else that might be of interest for us quilters.
GenQ is found online at http://generationqmagazine.com/. They are also on Facebook, where they give away an insane amount of quilty bribes to their followers, so “like” them and check in often. Lastly, they’re learning how to tweet (and man are they getting it!) and can be found on Twitter at @GenQMag.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
You know how much I love Happy Mail, right? I received Lizzy House's gorgeous book 1001 Peeps: five magical projects the other day and it's amazing.
Lizzy also sent me a fat quarter bundle of the Dusk colorway of her 1001 Peeps fabric because I pre-ordered her book right after she announced the project. Wasn't that sweet of her? The fabric is gorgeous, and I especially love the Pearl Bracelet in Brown.
Monday, July 18, 2011
Friday, July 15, 2011
Good luck, and keep the bids rolling in!!!