In a recent post (Dec 6) I showed you the rough draft of my Hidden Valley alphabet. I thought if I took a second look at it I could work out some of the bugs. Instead I came up with a similar but different alphabet that I decided to call Sandstone Valley.
The Hidden Valley alphabet was based on a three dimensional cube. The Sandstone Valley alphabet is based on a square with a drop shadow.
I've used Empire Star blocks for this example because they are asymmetrical. As a result I can place some horizontally and some vertically.
You see the two two kinds of Empire Star blocks as being different because they are different. All the horizontal blocks are one grouping. All the vertical blocks are another grouping. The horizontal blocks associate. The vertical blocks associate.
However, the connection is not very strong. How can I make it stronger?
When you look at this quilt design it is easy to see that there are red wheels and yellow wheels. Even though they don't actually join up the reds associate to form wheels and the yellows do likewise because similar colors associate.
At the same time similar values associate. All the reds are dark and all the yellows are light.
You looked at each of the small Sawtooth Stars. I know you did.
But you didn't look at each of the large stars. You noticed some are dark blue and some are light blue. But there are too many and they are too much the same for you to spend time with each one individually.
This quilt design calls for 5 Ohio Star blocks to be pieced and then outlined several times with heavy stitching. In addition 4 Ohio Star blocks are stitched between the pieced blocks. The background would then be quilted with a textural design.
Using piecing, and stitching make this more interesting than of it were simply 9 pieced blocks.
Piecing, embroidery, applique, embellishing and quilting are just a few of the techniques you can combine to make your quilts more exciting.
The first thing you notice in any quilt is the color. Only after that do you pay attention to the design.
The predominant shape in this quilt design is a circle. At first you might assume that all the shapes are circles. But then you notice the diamonds. And once you do, because they are few and different, your eye comes back to them again and again.
The circles are like beads on a string and they lose their individuality they are a part of a team. Or in this case three teams. The diamonds are the team stars.
There is an ancient saying handed down through the ages from quilter to quilter; you've probably already heard it a dozen times; But that's not going to stop me from repeating it one more time: Value does all the work; color gets all the glory.
Too often quilters only pay attention to the color hue of the fabrics they choose and forget to consider the color value. They don't realize that choosing darks, or lights, or mediums is often more important than choosing colors.
A little while ago Hope (I hope Google translated her name correctly) emailed me a picture of a quilt top she made using my Four Friends design.
I got more pictures from her today and another message.
Good day! As I promised I send you a photo of my students, who made the blocks
in your master class. That's what happened and their own unit, I redid the same.
Nina tried to make the extended block. I decided to slightly change his side,