Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Sunday, December 29, 2013
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Friday, October 18, 2013
Most of the scrappy quilts I designed over the last week had light backgrounds. One or two had dark backgrounds. I thought I would try one with a medium value background and make the foreground both light and dark.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Monday, October 14, 2013
I'm exploring designs for scrappy quilts.
The first one four days ago had totally random color with an emphasis on value contrast. The second one two days ago was still focused on value contrast but I limited myself to greens in the foreground and light beiges in the background.
This one has light beiges in the background again. The foreground, however, uses two colors. A variety of browns that form squares and blue/purple bands connecting the squares. There is no rhyme or reason to the placement of any particular brown or blue. As always value contrast is very important.
Saturday, October 12, 2013
This one is shown using a mix of greens in the foreground and a mix of light beiges and tans in the background.
The actually colors aren't as important as the contrast in value between the foreground and the background. The foreground needs to be dark and the background needs to be light.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Using Half-Square Triangles
Monday, September 16, 2013
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Rocky Mountain House
Then I play with fabric colors and the block setting to see what sorts of quilt designs I can discover.
Friday, August 16, 2013
Monday, July 29, 2013
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Pillows By Roos
Roos Kuypers sent me this picture of two pillows that she designed and then pieced and quilted by hand. She started the design by changing the grid on a traditional Capital T block, thus making it wonky.
To see her design sketches go to my 4 April 2013 post. To see more traditional blocks made wonky this way go to My Posts by Subject in the sidebar on the right and click on Wonky Blocks at the very end. To visit Roos Kuypers' blog go here.
I get inspired when someone else gets inspired by one of my ideas and starts designing. I look forward to seeing what else Roos designs in the future.
Monday, July 15, 2013
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Sunday, July 7, 2013
Saturday, July 6, 2013
I named this one Lorraine, for my mother.
Friday, July 5, 2013
Thursday, July 4, 2013
I decided to play with it and see what shows up.
Sunday, June 30, 2013
Debra Did This
Debra of Who Said Sew ? sewed this quilt from a design I posted way back in 11 April 2011. She even improved on my design by adding a light band in the border.
I've designed more quilts than I'll ever be able to sew. So I'm always pleased to see the result when someone sews one of my designs.
What's even more exciting is that Debra has now caught the design bug herself. She bought Quilt-Pro and is using it to design her own quilts.
It's a great feeling to be able to say not only did I sew this quilt, I designed it as well. It's very addictive.
Saturday, June 29, 2013
My Ontario Series of quilts is designed using triangles that aren't half-square triangles and so have to be paper pieced. The odd shaped triangles help make the blocks more interesting.
I call this block Mississauga.
Monday, June 10, 2013
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Monday, June 3, 2013
I Need Help
I've decided to publish a pattern that features my School House pieced alphabet.
On the back cover I want to suggest different things that could be done with this quilt. One of these is to use photo transfers for the walls of the school houses.
I've never done a photo transfer and so don't have an image to fill in the blank spot.
Does anybody have a suitable image that I can use? It will be reduced to a 1/2" square.
If so, and you want to make a fellow quilter happy, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, June 2, 2013
When I ask what if and play with the color and setting I get results like these:
Saturday, June 1, 2013
The pattern for my Four Friends quilt is in the June issue of Quilter's Connection. And the quilt is on the cover.
This quilt is made using what I call a Quarter-of-Nine block. To see more of them go to My Posts by Subject in the sidebar on the right and click on Quarter-of-Nine.
To learn more about Quilter's Connection and find out what else is in the June issue go here.
Friday, May 31, 2013
I wanted to design some blocks that featured some triangles that weren't half-square triangles. I decide they would be my Ontario series and started with this block - Toronto.
Usually my designs are pieced, but I expect this series, like this block, will be paper pieced.