Monday, June 27, 2011

If You Try

You Discover You Can

There are a lot of quilters who design their own quilts. And I mean a lot. If so many can, there's no reason you can't too. But you never will, if you don't try.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Something You Should Know About Color

Dark Yellow Is Olive Green

Painters mix colors. Quilters choose fabrics.  But quilters need to know about the nature of color in order to pick the right fabrics.

Today I want to show you what happens when you add black to a color. Then consider how that can affect your color choices as a quilter.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

You're In Charge

Do It Your Way

I found these these 4 versions of the traditional block Weathervane by surfing the internet.

They are not only colored differently, they are pieced differently as well.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

You Can Try

Not-So-Subtle Wonky Blocks

Wonky blocks can be fun. They give you permission to try unusual things and not worry about whether your seams match, or if your points are perfect. Nobody expects really wonky blocks to be perfect.

Designing a wonky block can be as easy as changing the grid on a traditional block.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

You Can Try

Subtle Wonky Blocks

It's fun to take a traditional block, change the grid dimensions, and watch the block go all wonky. You can get some interesting designs that way.

Some times a block that is a little wonky is all you need.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Do You Know What A Quilt Block Is?

What a foolish question to ask any quilter. You've made lots of them, so of course you do.

Or do you?....

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Learn While You Play

The most useful design principles are the ones you teach yourself.

How do you do that? You play. You notice what's happening. You ask Why?

Monday, June 6, 2011

This Is Me
A few of my quilts were on display at the Linden Alberta quilt show, last Friday and Saturday.

Alice Klassen, of Jo-Al designs, does a great job of organizing the show every year.

While we were there, my wife Linda and I enjoyed seeing all the great quilts and meeting so many nice people who just happened to be quilters.