Tag: Choosing Fabric

Harvesting color

Have you ever seen something and the color palette sticks in your mind and pretty soon, you’re buying fabric in those colors? I was sitting on our front porch last evening admiring the colors in this planter, thinking like a quilter, of course, what a great palette of color it could be for a quilt.…

Right before your eyes—

Usually the seasons skate in without much notice, but on Friday… Fall just seemed to appear on cue here in central Iowa. Garage and yard sale signs were everywhere.  People doing their fall cleaning or making room in their garage for their cars for the winter. The mornings certainly have been cooler lately. Homecoming signs…

Ever want to try a Sampler?

You can now AND learn how to design your own! It’s all in a great resource coming to a newsstand near you October 15th from the Editors of Fons & Porter, called  Sampler Quilts & Blocks.         There are 6 sampler designs. All 6 are unique in fabric and layout to give you…

The sky is the limit!

When you start choosing the fabrics for a  project, how do you choose the background fabric? Traditional quilts prominently used cream or white, mainly because that is what was available. I always smile when I see a bold and vibrant background on an antique quilt. I think- wow! I’d like to have met the person…

Color surprises!

I’ve finally decided what I’m doing for my Crayon challenge and to my surprise, my color choices are quite a bit different than what I started with! I’ve arranged and rearranged blocks and pieces of blocks, auditioning colors and arrangement. I’ve even worked in the colors orange and pink, which I  didn’t even consider when…

How do you work out a quilt design?

A design wall is a great tool. I know I’ve talked about it before, but it bears repeating, especially in this stage of the quiltmaking process. I’m more visual, so seeing the colors together, rearranging them, switching out colors, and staring them down really tells me how they will look together. For my turquoise crayon…