A Cloud Eclipse and Simple Improv Tutorial

For October, I am the lead Quilter for the Emerge Circle of do.good Stitches. I created the design for our group to make (see below). I’m posting the instructions for my fellow do-gooders on my blog, but I thought WLS followers might enjoy seeing how to simple improv.

COLOR PALETTE

I used this photo of the eclipse as inspiration for the color palette:

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The light on the clouds is awesome.

I uploaded the photo into Play Crafts palette maker:

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These are the colors: Navy (royal is okay too), Black, Light and Medium Grays and Cream/White

USE SOLIDS OR PRINTS OR A MIX

YOU DON’T HAVE TO USE ALL THE COLORS IN THE BLOCKS

For example, you can use cream, black and light gray together. If you don’t have navy, that’s okay with me.

Please avoid prints with other colors in them.

Please make TWO BLOCKS.

SIZE: 12.5″ UNFINISHED

CUTTING INSTRUCTIONS

Cut strips 13″ length  by 2.5″ to 5″ (or thereabouts) width

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Use scissors or a rotary cutter.

Don’t use a ruler.

I learned this technique at the Slow Stitching Retreat in Maine this summer. Heather Jones focused on color theory and we used all solids, but the idea works with prints too! When I’m ready, I’ll write a post about the class and my experience at the Retreat.

ASSEMBLY

In any order, sew the strips together along the 13″ side.

Press seams open or to the darker fabric.

Square up to 12.5″

Great Job!

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Mod Drunk

Mod Drunk is finished! It was my exploration of the design element, EMPHASIS, as part of Savor Each Stitch Book Bee. I started this quilt in October 2015. I described my process in a previous post.

I’ve been hand quilting it since last year and concentrated my efforts during the 100 Day Project. It is my favorite design from the Bee.

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Donate this block and I’ll make the Quilt

You may have missed this, but I took over the Central Virginia Modern Quilt Guild’s Instagram account for a few days in May. At the end, I challenged followers to send me a quilt block that I could turn into a quilt for the Commonwealth Catholic Charities resettlement program.

The deadline to mail to the Guild is July 11.

Here’s the link to Instagram:

It’s an easy block to make:

Cutting Instructions:

(1) solid color (any color) 4.5″ by 4.5″
(2) white 4.5″ by 8.5″
(1) white 4.5″ by 12.5″

Assembly:

Sew the 4.5″ blocks to each other
Add the 4.5″ by 8.5″ to the top
Add the 4.5″ by 8.5″ to the left side
Add the 5.” by 12.5″ to the bottom

Press however makes you happy.

Your block will measure 12.5″ by 12.5″

Mail to:

CVA MQG
Attention: Wanda Dotson
P. O. Box 5421
Glen Allen, VA 23058

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Thanks,

Wanda

 

Pattern matching prints for quilt backing

This was my first attempt to align fabric prints for a quilt backing.

I used a method I found on Aqua Paisley Studio.

First you’ve got to find where the repeats are and where you to align the two pieces of fabric. I don’t have a photo of that.

Second, fold fabric one-inch and press:

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Third, apply glue to the bottom of the one-inch fold, then align:

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Fourth, flatten the fabric out and sew on the seam where you pressed it:

Fifth, trim to one-quarter inch then press to one side:

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Not bad for my first attempt:

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Low Volume Primer

I have learned that when modern quilters say “low volume” they mean a very subtle white or cream print.

When I started making blocks for do good stitches, I thought low volume meant low contrast white, gray or cream in relation to the bolder fabrics.

After making a not-so-low-volume block, I was instructed that my low volume wasn’t low volume.

THIS IS NOT LOW VOLUME:

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It was considered too dark and busy.

This month we are making cross blocks with “low volume” and black. I’ve figured it out.

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Allison of Allison Sews Blog is this month’s leader and has a tutorial.

Some examples of “low volume” for the modern quilter:

Emerge January 2017

Emerge November 2016

Emerge August 2016