Saturday, October 31, 2015

Making Visual Choices

Use Shadows 
To Suggest Shape

Friday, October 30, 2015

Making Visual Choices

Use Color Contrast 
to Focus Attention

Question: Which butterfly grabs your attention? Why?

Answer: The one that is different; because it is different.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Making Visual Choices

Use Value Contrast 
To Define Shapes

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.


What's wrong with this block?

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Four Friends 7

Some Quilts From Russian Friends

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.

Wayne 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, made ​​a dark center.

Here are the pictures:

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Simple Block # 5

Start with two simple units - a split square and a half-square triangle. 

Combine them to make a simple block.

Now comes the fun. Play with the block. Color it different ways. Combine it in a variety of settings

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Four Friends 6

Look What Надежда Did
Смотрите, что Hope ли 
(I hope Google translated this correctly. You never know)

This is her version of my Four Friends quilt. She has replaced the two yellows in the original with a yellow and a white. I think it works well.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Simple Block #4

A four patch and a split square are both very simple units.

Using 2 of each I designed this simple block.

The question is: what can I do with it?

Friday, October 9, 2015

Simple Block #3

I think you'll agree that a half square triangle and a 4 patch unit are both very simple to sew.

I'll use these 2 simple units to make this simple block.

Then I'll use this simple block to explore some quilt designs.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Simple Block #2

In my last post I used these 2 simple units to make a simple block.

I'm using them again to make another simple block.

Here's what happens when I play with this new block:

Friday, October 2, 2015

Simple Block

I am using these two simple units (a half square triangle and a split square)....
... to make this simple block that looks like an 'S'.

When I play with this block here's what I get: