Thursday, 6 December 2012

Warm and Cool Color Demo for Quilters

Of all the Color Theories, the warm/cool concept is very practical and manageable for quilters.  It is easy to understand. 

Starting with a 12 point color wheel, divide it in half keeping the yellow and green divided. 

The warm side consists of  yellow/orange/red.  
This may make you think of fire and sun.  

The cool side consists of green/blue/purple.
This may make you think of cool water, grass and sky. 


This patterned example will give you an idea
of how fabric might look as a Color Wheel. 


The Demo:

First start with a bag of scraps. 

Here are the scraps spread out onto the table. 
All the colors in the color wheel, mixed all together. 

Now start to divide them, using the color wheel as your guide. 

This is the warm color pile: yellow, orange, and red scraps. 

The warm neutrals of browns and creams
work best with the warm colors. 

This is the cool color pile:  greens, blues, and purples. 

The cool neutrals of black, gray and white
work best with the cool colors. 

A sample of warm color scraps sewn together. 

A sample of cool color scraps sewn together. 


The following quilts are all made from scraps. 

This quilt I made pulling
any and all colors out of the scrap bag.
(Custom quilting by: Virginia Klarenbach)

Here is a link to the method:

This quilt I made pulling
only warm colors out of the scrap bag. 

This quilt I made pulling
only cool colors out of the scrap bag. 
(Custom Quilting by: Lorraine Appleby)

Thank you for looking at this demo...Melanie

These photos are from the Chinook Guild of Fibre Arts Demo in Calgary on December 10th. 

Please see this additional post for Neutral Color Theory
 - excellent for choosing fabric for your Mystery Quilts

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Felted Purse

For those of you who knit you may enjoy this little felted purse, made with 100% wool. 
I just started making these felted projects and they are a lot of fun. 

Here is a link to the free pattern. 

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Braided Rugs

I met a very lovely lady at the craft show at the BMO Centre in Calgary last week.  She was making beautiful knit-felted handbags that she was selling there.  We had a conversation about fibre art and somehow the braided rugs came up. Here are a few of the old fashioned braided rugs that I have made.  These rugs are made with strips that are braided into each other every row.  I took a class in this technique with my mom and a friend a number of years ago. 

 This rug is approx. 4' diameter. 

 This rug is approx. 3' diameter. 

 This rug is approx. 3' diameter. 

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Quilt Border Tutorial

Begin by measuring for the side borders. 
Measure in the middle of the quilt from top to bottom. 
This will allow for the quilt to square up evenly
once the borders are attached. 

Cut your border fabric to the desired width
and remove the selvage edge. 

You can stack both border pieces for cutting, if desired. 

Cut your side borders to the desired length.   

When cutting,
keep the edge of your fabric and your cutting line perpendicular,
using your mat as a guide. 

Pin the length of border fabric in half. 

Now pin into quarters.  

3 pins and 4 even sections of border fabric.  

Now pin the side edge of the quilt into quarters. 

Match up pins on border and quilt edges.

Pin border to quilt edge. 

Sew border to quilt, easing as necessary,
using a 1/4" seam allowance.

The first side border on.

Press towards the border.  

Repeat the process for the other side. 
The two side borders are now on.  

Now measure for your top and bottom borders.
Measure at the middle of the quilt from side to side.  

Cut your borders and divide into quarters as above.
 Pin top border in place and stitch, using a 1/4" seam.  
Repeat process for the bottom border.   

The borders are on.
There is one more step.  

Set your machine to a 4mm stitch length.  

 Stay stitch all around the edge of the quilt borders. 
This will keep your quilt nice and square for the quilting process.   

Stay-stitching around the quilt edge.  

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Pinwheel Quilt

Custom Quilting by Lorraine Appleby

 This uses charm squares to
make a pinwheel quilt. 

Enjoy this video for a fabulous and very easy technique
to make pinwheels from any size square:

Sashing the pinwheels. 

One strip ready to go.  I will make 3 like this.  

Here is my plan. 

Tip:  pressing less will help your joins lock in better
for nicer points.