Thursday, September 23, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
I started quilting almost 30 years ago and Amish quilts were huge at that time. I fell in love with the look and, of course, solids are all they use. So my collecting began. As I became enamored with Vintage Quilts, I noticed that they also used a lot of solids. It became apparent that the solids were what made those wonderful old prints really stand out! So on I went collecting them! Then when I began using feedsacks, I noticed the same thing. Although the colors were bolder than the 30s prints, the solids are what really set them off! AND they even made feedsacks in solid colors! This is a little piece that I did with English Paper Piecing and feedsacks.
If you have my book, look closely at the quilts to see how the solids play a part. In an excerpt from my book (Sugar Sack Quilts) on page 30, I say the following when talking about sewing with feedsacks: "The first thing that comes to mind is solids, solids, solids. The solid fabrics are what really make the feedsack prints sing. You need those areas of solid colors to rest your eye and make the quilt patterns pop."
And now I see that even Modern Quilters (which I absolutely LOVE) are using solids to give their quilts a punch! Tallgrass Studio is a perfect example. Below are a couple of groups of Amy Butler fabrics that I recently purchased. Can't wait to use them! I found it interesting that the solids in her group are very similar to many of those repro colors I've got.
So all this to say... If you haven't tried working with solids, go for it! I dare say when you see how they work with the fabrics you love, you'll enjoy the results.
Monday, September 13, 2010
In other news---
You know that Tulip quilt that I have been working on FOREVER?? Well, I just got word that it has been picked up for publication in one of your favorite magazines! I'll let you know the details as soon as I get them.....
Have a great week! Blessings~
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
I saw there was a historic lighthouse at the point so we went there first. Fascinating! They were out of brochures telling us where the barns were, so we decided to wing it. I think we found about half of them, but it's a good representation for you to see. I absolutely loved every one of these! Some of the pics are not great due to the angle of the sun, etc. (and most probably the picture taker and her $40 camera), but you'll get the idea.
While we were driving around, I saw a strange looking bird in the middle of the road. I told Bill to get closer and look what we saw!
The Old Mission Peninsula is very agricultural and we saw lots of wineries and produce stands. They are famous for their Northern Michingan cherries and when Bill wondered if this next picture depicted an applique block, I knew it was time to leave. So we leisurely drove back to Petoskey with lots of great images in our minds for the day.
I've got some more fun things to show you on this trip. Until next time....