Let’s talk Emphasis

The fifth chapter in Carolyn Friedlander’s book, Savor Each Stitch, is EMPHASIS.  She says, “Emphasis is all about making a thoughtful decision about how to bring your design to life. Through fabric placement, quilting intention, and all of the other tools explored in this book, you can create emphasis by highlighting different parts of a design.”

I’m a part of a Savor Each Stitch Book Bee, and we’ve studied line, contrast, scale and color.

Emphasis seemed like an easy concept. For example, Susan posted this wonderful diagram worksheet from a site by Claudia Jacques and emphasis stands out as merely focusing one’s attention on a particular item. That “red” person stands out, right? From this worksheet, line and color are the tools, and contrast, emphasis and scale are ways to take those tools and make art. Elements_Principles_Overview[1]

The project from Carolyn’s book involved a block with 10 pieces, and by changing the color or emphasis of each piece she changed which part of the block stood out:

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I wanted something less paper-piecing intensive. I had observed a quilting friend’s traditional block sampler and mused about how the Drunkard’s Path stood out and I liked it a lot. Two pieces — I could do that.

With my new acrylic template in hand, I started making quarter circles and experimented with changing the emphasis in this traditional block to make something unique.

I love it. It’s very me.

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The size is 57″ by 71″. Each block was 4″ unfinished and each Drunkard’s Path was 14.5″ unfinished. You will notice I turned some of the quarter circles to make a few half circles and one three-quarter circle. I also used a grey geometric print as the background and in some places I didn’t make any quarter circles. There are four rows by five rows of Drunkard’s Paths.

Now that the top is pieced, it doesn’t scream “emphasis”, but that is where it began. I’m thinking of naming it “Mod Drunk.”

I will have to decide how to quilt it and that will be another way to explore the concept of EMPHASIS.

Folding Fat Eighths.


Quilting Adventures, my local quilt shop, recently had a “Stuff Your Sewing Basket” sale which they have once a year. If you are on their email list, they send you an email with that day’s goodies for sale. They ship the items or you pick them up at the store.

Anyway, I purchased two sets of 6 Fat Eighths in orange and gray:


They were too cute to use, but I was curious how they were folded:

Fold the fabric into thirds:

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This is the tricky part, from the left pull the fabric up to the right until there is about a half inch above the top of the fabric on the right corner of the triangle.


Fold the flap over the back and finger press it against the back. You should have a sharp edge on the left and the top of the fabric.


Now lift the creased top part and lay it inside and on top of the long strip. You can now start to make the triangles, back and forth until you get to the end.


At the end, tuck the end triangle tail into the back of the triangle stack.


That’s how it was folded.


The selection of fabrics made me very happy.

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Okay, so I’ll have to use them now.

The Chicken Run: get in the race.

The next leg of the Oh Sew Tempting Chicken Run Giveaway Sort Of has begun.

If you want to be in the Winner’s Circle, avoid disqualification by following these RULES:

1. Agree to make another chicken and give it away on your blog within 4 weeks of receiving your prize. Include a link back to Oh Sew Tempting.wordpress.com so that all the chickens can appear in the Chicken Run Gallery which will include a link to your blog if you have one.

2. Leave a reply below to say (a) what you would like to call the chicken pincushion pictured above; (b) which country she/he would be going to and (c) why she/he would feel at home there.

3. It is important to let Oh Sew Tempting know about every chicken that is hatched.

4. This giveaway is open to everyone in the whole wide world until the end of May 20, 2014 (local time) and will be drawn using a random generator.


I made two wonky log cabins. I used the same pattern directions (the sizes at least) from Granny Maud’s Girl site.

I left an opening in the bottom/belly to insert the stuffing. (Please do not stuff your giveaway chicken with foodstuff or plant material as it may not be allowed into the country you are sending to.)
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I was inspired by the LOVEworks promoted by the Virginia is for Lovers tourist site. I blogged about it my previous post.

I took photos of this chicken at the Richmond International Raceway where they have a LOVEworks piece at the Front Stretch entrance:


See PRE-RACE PHOTO SHOOT gallery in the sidebar for more photos.

LEAVE A REPLY, and this chicken could be yours.