Tuesday, May 26, 2015

52 Weeks of Color for Quilters :: Week 4 Warm Colors


Welcome back! Hope everyone had a nice weekend! We're on week 4 this week and here's where I wanted to say that color is a subject that's non linear - meaning we could start talking about one of several color concepts from this point and there's no right or wrong way. I'm choosing the path that makes the most sense to me but you may have heard or read these concepts in a different order somewhere else and that's fine too! There is a LOT more info to cover and I'm going slow so that everyone has time to process it. If something seems confusing or you just have a question please don't hesitate to email me!

So this week lets talk about color temperature. Did you know colors have temperatures? This week we're looking at Warm Colors. These are colors that advance in a composition or might even be called "aggressive" colors (which mad me laugh to read). They're colors associated with fire or the sun. They're usually the colors that POP.


Warm Colors have red or yellow as their base and they include red-violet, red, red-orange, orange, yellow-orange and yellow. You can draw a line right down the middle of the color wheel and warm colors will be on one side an cool on the other. The Kona colors I used for these warm colors are (in order as shown in photo above): Bordeaux, Cardinal, Flame Red, Kumquat, Papaya and Citrus.



The block I made this week was a variation of the basket weave block on pg. 33 of 500 Quilt Blocks - the block shown in the book is 6'" and I wanted mine to be 12" so I increased the width of the strips to 2.5" and cut them in 15" lengths.

I love using Kona to illustrate the color concept but I thought it would also be nice to pull some fabrics from my stash to illustrate Warm Colors - it's a fun exercise to try with your own stash!


Why a color wheel helps: I pulled these scissors for my yellow color but when I checked them against the color wheel I could see that they are really more yellow orange! Also did you know that the human mind has no specific color memory? It's true! That's why it's almost impossible to match colors without a swatch or sample to reference.

Thanks for stopping by - see you next week for Cool Colors.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Finish It Up Friday :: Memorial Day Basket


It's another hour basket! I hope you're not sick of seeing them yet because I'm surely not sick of making them! I found this vintage barkcloth at my Mom's and she was kind enough to tell me to take it home with me and I've been pondering what to make with it. The pressure of picking the RIGHT project with a fabric I know I'll never get again is immense. So I went with something I knew would only use a little and turn out adorable.


And since I apparently live in a cave I took a few outdoor photos too. I used a heavyweight denim for the bottom and lined this one with canvas - I like the weight the canvas adds and the fact that it doesn't change the texture of the fabrics.



I found the bandana fabric at Hancock's - score. Now I feel like I've done this fabric justice and I'm ready for the holiday weekend! Hope yours is relaxing and fun, the way kicking off summer should be :-) Thanks for stopping by!

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

52 Weeks of Color for Quilters :: Week 3 Tertiary Colors


I am having so much fun making up these color blocks - I hope you guys are having fun following along! So this week we're at Tertiary Colors, also called Intermediate Colors.


Tertiary Colors (T) are found in between Primary Colors ( P)and Secondary Colors (S) on the color wheel.  The way Tertiary Colors are created is by mixing a Primary and Secondary color.


The photo above shows the progression from Red (P) to Red-Orange (T) to Orange (S) to Yellow-Orange (T) to Yellow (P). Tertiary Colors names always start with the Primary Color that is their main base and there are six of them: Red-Orange, Yellow-Orange, Yellow-Green, Blue-Green, Blue-Violet and Red-Violet.


Block Details: This is the Checkerboard Block, Variation 3, pg 67 from the book 500 Quilt Blocks.

The Kona colors I'm using for my Tertiary Colors are:

Red-Orange: Flame Red
Yellow-Orange: Papaya
Yellow-Green: Chartreuse
Blue-Green: Jade Green
Blue-Violet: Deep Blue
Red-Violet: Bordeaux

Monday, May 18, 2015

Mini Quilt Monday :: The First String Mini


A little later than normal this week with the link-up due to...life. Ever have have one of those days just realize that it's really actually going to be one of those weeks? I'm pretty sure this is the way that May is going for EVERYONE so I'm just going to roll with it.

So this week I thought I'd share the very first string blocks I ever made and as I was looking at it I realized it's also the very first mini quilt I ever made as well! How fun is that? So this was at least 6 years ago and I was IN LOVE with everything Anna Maria Horner (some things never change) and I wanted to try making some string blocks. I guess NOTHING really changes around here and it's kind of making me laugh as I realize it!


I used paper squares for the foundation of these blocks which I don't do anymore - way too tedious removing all those pesky papers at the end. Plus I love the weight of the fabric foundation squares when the quilt is finished. I remember having no idea how to quilt this but I'd seen Ashley at Film In The Fridge do some random straight line quilting like this so I decided to try it. I still love this and think it's really me but I've certainly grown as a quilter since then! But it's always fun to look back and see the progress you've made right?

Thanks for stopping by and hopefully sharing a small project!



Friday, May 15, 2015

Finish It Up Friday :: Modern Meadows Quilt Top


Happy Friday! We made it through another week people and I for one can't believe we're halfway through MAY already. I actually finished a couple of projects this week including a Sailor Top that I love (but does need a little tweaking on the size) and this quilt top. This was made from a long saved bundle that used a lot of the Modern Meadows line from Joel Dewberry plus some other prints I added in the same sage/navy/brown families.

This is another pattern I use a lot when I want to keep favorite prints from getting too chopped up - the Turning Twenty pattern by Tricia Cribbs - for the record this is actually a Turning Sixteen ;-) I bought the pattern at my LQS years ago and I've gotten a ton of use out of it. This sizes finished up at 70"x70" which could be a very generous couch quilt or even a queen size bed topper. Now to decide on a back and get it quilted!

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday - thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend :-)

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

52 Weeks of Color for Quilters :: Week 2 Secondary Colors


Welcome to week 2! This week is all about Secondary Colors - orange, violet (purple) and green. You may have had the pleasure of mixing colors in an art class at one point or another (or at home if you're adventurous) and had the fun experience of creating completely "new" colors.


This was always one of my favorite lessons with the kindergarteners who were amazed that red and yellow could mix and create ORANGE. It was MAGIC. Or they felt like it anyway ;-) So above I've shown the primary colors that you mix to get the secondary colors. This may seem basic to some and new to others but it's an important foundation to build on as we start getting into more complicated color relationships down the road. In theory Secondary Colors are mixed from equal parts of two Primary Colors.


Block details: this is another version of the Flying Geese block on page 96 of 500 Quilt Blocks - I reversed the colors in two of each FG units and rearranged them for a different look than last week's block. I can't wait to see all these colorful blocks together!

The Kona solids I used for my Secondary Colors are: Kumquat (orange), Clover (green) and Tulip Purple. I cut my Kona card up and matched the little swatches as exactly as I could to my color wheel. I highly recommend cutting a card up because it allows you to move the colors around and see how they look right next to each other which is incredibly informative.

Next week's topic will be Tertiary Colors hope to see you back here then!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Mini Quilt Monday Link-up :: Linking up from Instagram



Welcome to another Mini Quilt Monday - I made this little bear claw mini from some Denyse Schmidt scraps this weekend. I love that I can use tiny little bits of scraps and make them into such pretty things. I also love trying out blocks that are new to me in mini's - no pressure if I decide I don't want to make 80 more!


Since this block is so traditional I added some asymmetrical quilting to add a little interest. I found the measurements for this block in 500 Quilt Blocks and I added a couple of borders to make it mini quilt sized - it finished at  19" square.


Here it is in it's new home! We have this built in cabinet in the living room thats turned out to be the perfect place to display my smaller mini's and I love changing it up frequently.

So the other thought for today is sharing photos in a link-up when you don't have a blog - I was thinking about how people who are mainly active on Instagram could share online without a blog or flickr account to link to and I think I've figured it out. If you go to your Instagram account online - here's mine - you can choose to use the URL from any photo in your account to add to the link-up! I'm going to add one in the link-up to demonstrate but I hope this will make it easier for IG users to share their work here :-)

Happy to have finished mini quilts, mini quilts in progress, pillows, mug rugs - any small project!
Thanks again for stopping by!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Finish It Up Friday :: Target Four Winds Quilt


Did you guys know that Target has redone their craft section recently and it's AWESOME?! Way better than before and it's not as though it was terrible before but they have seriously upped their game. Consider yourself and your wallet warned. They have a few new fabric selections like the bundle above. 12 fat quarters for $20 and the colors and patterns were so fun I couldn't resist.


I whipped up another Four Winds Quilt to take on picnics or to the farmer's market - we have a square quilt we use that just never seemed big enough so I figured adding another square one to the mix would give us all room to spread out sufficiently. I used half the Target bundle and Kona Marine, no white anywhere makes everyone feel better about a spilled drink or muddy shoe not leaving an obvious stain. For the record I'M not the one who worries about it, I think quilts should be used and loved but I live with some very thoughtful people :-)

The Target fabrics have almost a satiny feel to them kind of like Art Gallery fabrics but not as heavy. They did give up some color in the wash so make sure to throw in a color catcher or two when you wash them. They softened up nicely in the wash and I think they're perfect for quick/fun projects like this one.



My last score was a huge duvet that I found in the "as is" section at IKEA and it'll make at least two quilt backs WITH NO PIECING for the WIN! I didn't want to put flannel on the back of an outdoor quilt so this was a great choice. I just did some straight line quilting and bound it in the same Kona I used for the background. Quick finish and it's ready to use this weekend.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Mother's Day weekend!
Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

52 Weeks of Color for Quilters :: Week 1 Primary Colors


Welcome to another new series I'm starting this week - 52 Weeks of Color for Quilters! I am SO excited about this project. I'm an art teacher by trade and after spending a dozen years teaching elementary art I feel like I have some color knowledge and experience to share. Plus I just LOVE playing with color so this is going to be FUN.

My plan is this: each week a new color concept, theory or relationship explained and explored. Then I'm going to create a 12.5" quilt block each week to illustrate the colors we talk about.

I'm using blocks from the amazing book 500 Quilt Blocks by Lynn Goldsworthy and Kerry Green (if you don't have this book I can vouch that it's an excellent resource as evidenced by the fact I can find new blocks for a YEAR and only use 10% of what's in this book!). I'm going to share the exact fabrics I'm using so you can recreate the looks at home or just play around with the same palette.


I'm going to be referring to my color wheel a lot during this series so I want to make sure everyone knows what it is - a tool that artists (originally designed for and by painters) use to understand how to mix colors and understand/develop color relationships. Colors are like girls: relationships (how they relate to and interact with each other) REALLY matter. Color is also relative, the same colors can look very different depending on the colors around them.


This a very traditional color wheel that you can buy at most any art/craft supply store - usually in the painting section. You might want one but it's not needed as I'll be sharing mine as I talk about it.

The colors this week are PRIMARY COLORS - and they are RED, YELLOW and BLUE - the three colors you can NOT mix, you just have to have them. All the other colors on the color wheel are mixed from some combination of red/yellow/blue. So in theory these three colors are the building blocks of ALL the other colors!

Why do I say "in theory"? Because there are limitations to pigments used in paint manufacturing which is why sometimes I use the green from the bottle and sometimes i mix my own - they really are very different and there are some colors you actually can't accurately mix from red/yellow/blue - this is also why printing processes use cyan/yellow/magenta. But enough color theory for one day.


Here on the left I've painted the progression of mixing orange by combining yellow and red - where they meet in the middle is orange, closer to red is red-orange and closer to yellow is yellow-orange. The right shows how the mixing progresses around the wheel from one primary to the next. Since we're using fabrics we won't be mixing our own colors but I think it's important to see how the colors are created because it helps understand how they relate to each other as we get further along into color relationships.


So here's the block for week 1 - the Primary block! I used Kona Cardinal, Citrus and Royal Blue for my Primary colors - I love Kona's consistency of color and I'm planning on using them throughout this project. I used the Flying Geese block (pg. 96) from 500 Quilt Blocks to make a 12.5" unfinished block. I did use a few print scraps from my stash that I matched to my Kona solids to create a couple flying geese units that are the reverse of the main Kona flying geese just to add a little interest.

Up next week: secondary colors! You can find my project in Instagram under the hashtag #52weeksofcolorforquilters - if you make any blocks along with me I'd love to see them. And if you have any color questions/problems you'd like me to talk about please leave them in the comments. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Mini Quilt Monday Link-up :: AMH Stained Glass


Welcome to Mini Quilt Monday the LINK-UP edition! I'm so excited to be creating a place to share small creations and inspiration - thanks for stopping by and hopefully joining in!

So this is my Anna Maria Horner Stained Glass mini, I've been sharing my work on IG and getting feedback. I used up some 1.5" strips that I had left over from a bigger quilt and just made small log cabin blocks. I tried to keep each block in a loose color scheme - warm, cool, light, dark. I got the awesome suggestion to use skinny black sashing from an IG friend and I am completely in love with it. The black really creates a beautiful contrast with the bright AMH colors. Love. Sigh.

Right now this top measures 19.5"x25" before quilting/biding.


Now I'm thinking about quilting and I'm at a loss so I'm going to look at it for a few days and see if any brilliant ideas pop into my head. Suggestions HAPPILY taken so if you have a quilting idea please share in the comments. Please!

So now for the link-up: there are so many wonderful mini quilt swaps going on (especially on IG) that I feel like I can't keep up with them all and most have their own hashtags so unless you follow someone in that specific swap or know the hashtag you might might be missing a lot of fun. I feel like I am, plus I know there is a whole world outside of IG (WHAT?! REALLY?! ;-) so I thought it would be fun to have a spot to share all our fun creations online. I couldn't find one so I'm making my own. I'm happy to have mini's in any state of completion, pillows, mug rugs - anything small.

Thanks fo everyone who helped spread the word and entered my mini qiveaway last week! I had my in-house randome number generator choose and the winner is Elizabeth who blogs at Pieceful Life.



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