Sunday, February 28, 2010

How to Pick your Quilt Colors by The Quilt Ladies

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“How do you see color going together?”

I answered very quickly, “You just see it.” But the question has stayed with me. So, I have broken down how I do it.


Pick your Quilt Colors by The Quilt Ladies1) Start with one fabric. Take this one fabric and work from it. Is that one fabric, a dark, medium or light color?


This is a Dark







Pick your Quilt Colors by The Quilt Ladies


Add the light and medium. Move and change it until you like it.
Lay them out in front of you.







How to Pick your Quilt Colors by The Quilt LadiesThen add, a dark medium, a light medium, until you have the mix of what you like.








2) Choose colors and patterns you love. An average a twin size quilt will take me about a week to piece together, and if hand quilted another, 3-4 months. If tied or machine quilted 3-4 weeks, you have so much time and cost involved you have to love it.

3) Natural or background colors. These are the corner stone. More often than notPick your Quilt Colors by The Quilt Ladies the background color is your light color. Your background color helps bring the blocks together. It does not always need to be a light either, dark or medium work well to, any color can be used.

4) Color Wheel. I’m not a big fan of the color wheel, I do like when colors pops and on most of my quilts the start fabric is not the most prominent color used it in, it is just a starting point.

5) Make one block. This should always be done, a Quilters practice, cut only fabric for one block and live with it for a few days. Especially, if it’s something you’ve never tried before. Most times you will know right away if you like it or not.

6) Have fun. This is the best way to ensure quilt success, when you enjoy the process, your quilt will be fantastic.


Beth
Beth is the Author of The Quilt Ladies Book Collection
and Little Quilt Ladies Pattern Series 
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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Little Pink Quilt in Log Cabin Pattern

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Little Pink Quilt, machine pieced and hand quilted.

Little Pink Quilt in Log Cabin Pattern
The quilt finished to a size of 7" x 7".

Little Pink Quilt in Log Cabin Pattern
Using cotton batting and all hand quilted.

Little Pink Quilt in Log Cabin Pattern
The white thread pops on the green fabric.
hand quilted Little Pink Quilt in Log Cabin Pattern
The quilt back. I think sometimes the backs are beautiful without the fronts.
Sew Happy,
Beth
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Monday, February 22, 2010

Little Blue and Yellow Nine-Patch Quilt

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When the box was out a few weeks ago, I noticed these great colors. So yesterday I spent sometime sewing.
Little Blue and Yellow Nine-Patch Quilt

Basic 9 patches, set on ends. I did it in strip piecing, cutting them 3/4" wide.
Little Blue and Yellow Nine-Patch Quilt
The finished quilt is 4 1/2" x 4 1/2".
Little Blue and Yellow Nine-Patch Quilt
I have been doing a lot of little things, I have a huge project to start, I think I'm procrastinating a bit??
Sew Happy,

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Valentine Hearts Quilt Table Runner

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On a Whim...
I moved into my sewing room and took out "The Box" all the odds-n-ends, they are just to good to throw away. So I'm making a different kind of Valentine.

Hearts Quilt Table Runner

After finishing the table topper, I wanted to use red but a bit different.

Valentine Hearts Quilt Table Runner


I chose a green with red flowers and a red paisley.

Red is cut 1 1/2" x 1 1/2"

Green is cut 1 1/2" x 1 1/2"

Green is 2 1/2" x 1 1/2"
Heart Quilt Table Runner


Sew the Red to the Green square 1 1/2 x 1 1/2", then add the 2 1/2 x 1 1/2"


Heart Quilt Table Runner

Cut Squares 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"


Valentine Hearts Quilt Table Runner

Sew to the ends and trim to 1/4" all around
Valentine Hearts Quilt Table RunnerValentine Hearts Quilt Table Runner free pattern
Ready for batting, backing and some quilting.

Have a wonderful VALENTINE'S DAY ! !
Sew Happy,
Beth
on a whim, don't you love that,
On A Whim (Ha)
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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Red Table Topper Using Quilt Squares

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I'm finished up my projects, this is a table topper, all hand quilted.
I was asked yesterday, via e-mail, "How do you get some much done?"
I'm a list maker, always have been.
And I a lot time to everything. I learned this from a book??? I know, me and the books.
It's by Chet Holmes, "The Ultimate Sales Machine" not a title you'd think a quilter would go for, but very good with my time management, I needed it. I'd spend days in my studio and NEVER come out.
So, on my list, finish this one, and I can start a flower quilt for a class and a book.
Red Table Topper Using Quilt Squares

Red Table Topper Using Quilt Squares
Red Table Topper Using Quilt Squares
I'm still working on the "Little Quilt Ladies" Series (C), and they are looking good.
But the next one, the flower one, "OH BABY" I like !
Sew Happy,

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Hand Quilting Finished, Little Heart Quilt

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I finished one of my little quilts, it measures 8" x 8".
Hand Quilting Little Heart Quilt


Hand Quilting Little Heart Quilt


Hand Quilting Little Heart Quilt


I love the back of hand quilting, the texture the quilting gives the fabric. 
Sew Happy,

Monday, February 1, 2010

February Quilt Pattern Block of the Month

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For the block this month is one of my favorites. It's the Friendship block, using triangles and squares.



February Quilt Pattern Block of the Month free quilt pattern
This is my 6" x 6" block.
Cut 2 Red 2 7/8" x 2 7/8"
Cut 2 Green 2 7/8" x 2 7/8"
Make Triangles
Cut 5 Background 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"


February Quilt Pattern Block of the Month
And my 3" x 3"

Cut 2 Color 1 7/8” x 1 7/8”
Cut 2 Background 1 7/8” x 1 7/8”

Make Triangles

Cut 5 Background 1 1/2” x 1 1/2”

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