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Friday, September 6, 2013

Painting Pictorial Quilts

I took a class a Craftsy class Painting Pictorial Quilt by Annette Kennedy. 
Click here for more information about the class. 

It was a wonderful class that I wish I had taken a year ago.  Annette walks you through the process of painting two projects. 

I have been painting my art quilts for a couple of years and now have a better understanding of how to mix colors.  I usually paint directly on to the quilt top and sometimes it doesn't work so I have to paint again.  Annette first paints on a scrap of the same fabric to see what the color will look like.  I certainly be trying this in future.

I also learn how to mix different colors. I usually add white to get a light color which doesn't always work.  Annette show me how to add gel to get a light color and I have had an opportunity to try this and it worked beautifully.

Watch this Youtube video of my art quilts before painting and after painting.   See what a different a little paint make.  I do say little paint.  For me this is not about painting the whole quilt but adding lights to make the values show better.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Strip Your Stash

I started taking the Craftsy class Strip Your Stash by Nancy Smith.  She has some great ideas for using strips to make quilts that are fast and easy.

I really like her idea of using photos that you like and using the colors in the photo to select fabrics that will work together. 

I must say that Nancy has a much nicer stash than I do.  At some point I got into a blue phase and so I have tons of blue fabrics that now are not very exciting to work with.  Perhaps I could add a little orange to spice up the blues.  However, I have very few orange fabrics. So perhaps I will have to make a trip to the fabric store.  I do have some yellow fabric and they would work as well.

I am would love to try out Nancy's strip techniques but I am currently making a quilt for the Calgary Flood Relief.  Hopefully soon I will get to try out strip techniques.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Heartstrings New Quilt Pattern

I have a new pattern in the latest McCall's Quick Quilts magazine called Heartstrings.  It is very easy to make in just a few hours and is free with the purchase of the magazine.  McCall's does such a great job of taking my pattern instructions and making them so easy to follow.  McCall's Quick Quilts Heartstrings