I like to keep a file of colorful photos to use as a starting point for most of my quilts. Color experts design magazine pages, so why not learn (or steal?) from them?! As I am planning a new quilt, I go through this file. Usually one of the photos will jump out…
Then I go to my stash and see if I can pull fabrics to match the photo.
It is important to add all the colors in the photo-as sometimes it is the small accent color that makes all the difference in whether or not a quilt “pops”. Also proportion is important here. For example, there is only a small amount of the rose-flower color in the photo, so that might give you a clue to use only a small amount of rose pink in your quilt.
After I have found all the photos colors, I audition fabrics from my stash that might blend well. I add transition fabrics and fabrics that are lighter and darker.
This becomes the quilt stash. Each block is made from these fabrics only. As I progress making blocks, I constantly put them up on a design wall. If my quilt is not “singing”, I refer back to the original photo. I check to see if I have all colors and in similar proportions and that usually does the trick.
So start shredding your magazines, and start your own color file. Give this little tip a try the next time you are making a block or a quilt!
I made a wee bit of progress on my Friends of Baltimore quilt this week. (You can see other blocks here. The border of this quilt is my current blog banner above.) These two blocks were completed in 2012.
My goal is to complete four more blocks and a border by the end of 2013-and finish the entire quilt by the end of 2015…I know what you’re thinking…but here’s what I’m thinking: Slow and steady winsthe race! This type of applique is called Baltimore Album Applique — and is known for small, overlapping pieces. I am not very proficient at it, but I love the results, so I am stitching away!
This week: I ironed the fabrics for the Elegant Vase block and I had this transparent overlay made at an office supply store. This is used as the guide for placing each piece.
I cut each applique piece out of freezer paper (it has a sticky side that adheres to fabric when ironed.)
Next, I will cut one piece at a time out, use the overlay to determine the placement and applique it in place.
Each block takes at least 40 hours of hand stitching…which I like to do while watching Downton Abbey, Project Runway and Top Chef...
I’d love some suggestions for a few movies-especially comedies—and of course, nothing subtitled!