quilt musings

Open or Closed?

That is the question…whether it is better to open those seams or press them to one side. Here we go again – the latest in the quilt world discussion arena – which is a nice way of saying “percolating controversy”.  For time immemorial, quiltmakers have been pressing their seams to one side – usually toward the

quilt musings

Counting Quilts or Tops, really…

Someone please stop me!  Why did I start this project anyway?? Back in the old days, when I started quilting in the late 80s, I set a personal limit on three UFOs.  If I wanted to start a fourth top, I had to quilt one of the three current UFOs.  At the time, I was

General Blog

New Year and new plans & projects

The fall months flew by and the first month of 2015 is almost gone!  Where does it go?!!  I know I have been productive but I will have to think hard as to know exactly how! Fall Quilt Camp at Cedar Lakes was excellent this year – lovely weather, great classes, friendly campers and FABULOUS

Color & Contrast

What I have learned along the way, part 1.

Selecting your fabrics for Peg’s Celtic Knots How to make happy choices  in color and fabric for your pieced Celtic knot quilts This is the first in a series of posts that have long been requested by my Celtic knot students.  This series will walk you through my thoughts and ideas about selecting, matching and combining

Color & Contrast

What I have learned along the way, Part 2.

aka – Mrs. B’s 3 C’s Now on to the accent fabrics which will define your knot… The discussions and lessons and websites on color wheels and color theory are everywhere!  Much of this is overwhelming for a beginning quiltmaker.  In fact, I think you can study Munsell, Kandinsky, Albers, and Itten for years and

Color & Contrast

What I have learned, Part 3 – A.

The second C – Contrast What constitutes Contrast?  Why do we want it? syn. opposition, variance, contraposition, converse Contrast will produce graphic effects and secondary patterns to enhance your work and make it more visually interesting. Color theorists will often discuss contrast in associations and combinations of color, based on their relationships on the color

Color & Contrast

What I have learned, Part 3 – B.

Here is the next way to achieve contrast – with Texture: movement, motifs, graphics, visual effects. Many quiltmakers will refer to this as contrast in scale.  While different sizes or scale of motifs may indeed accomplish Textural contrast, it is not the only way! I also will call this “movement” contrast because when I was

Color & Contrast

What I have learned, Part 3 – C.

Contrast #3 – Hue Contrast The next way to get contrast is Hue.  This one is a bit hard to believe – don’t we WANT to match every hue, every color perfectly, exactly, absolutely?  Well, maybe… if you want to risk having boring quilts! In the first class I ever took about color and color

Color & Contrast

What I have learned, Part 3 – D.

Last but not least, Heat, baby, Heat! Caliente (Heat) Contrast: contrast between “hot” & “cold” fabrics When a standard color wheel is cut down the middle between yellow and violet as above, the yellow-orange-red side is considered warm while the violet-blue-green side is considered cool.  There are theories that these different families of colors evoke a different emotional

Color & Contrast

What I have learned, Part 4

Of course, no one wants to admit that their well-considered plan for a precious quilt did not quite work out, but there it is….. The final state, that final C, of combining fabrics is Clashing Clash: syn. battle, discordant, unfriendly, disagreeable, conflict: The relationship is a failure, a bomb, a debacle….. Of course, quiltmakers attempt to