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Happy Memorial Day Everyone!
Today we remember those who have served, sacrificed and are still fighting for our freedoms! To my grandfather and father thank you for your service!
OH before I begin I have to tell you that you really only need 2 charm packs!!!! **ALERT** this quilt is going to be HUGE! Seriously look at how many squares I made!
With that said, I am going to split my blocks into two quilts for my Etsy shop. I am also excited to tell you about my newest obsession, but that will have to come when we put these puppies together!
Back to business…Today’s post may be a little short because we are really just completing the block and starting the layout process. Now that all of your blocks are cut and pressed we need to add them to the rest of your left over strips from the black jelly roll. Note if you want to use 4 charm packs you will need extra as my simple math skills pointed out. I had less than half of the strips left when I finished the first round AND we have to cover 2” more space…you get the idea.
Ready to repeat the verse same as the first only a little bit worse? (sorry, had to do it…do you guys remember ‘Wee Sing Silly Songs’? I’m sure my mom does…I was obsessed. We had the version WITH the cassette…yep I said it, cassette.)
1) Place your jelly roll right side up and attach your block with a 1/4” seam. We want the short side of the jelly roll and the charm pack on the block under the presser foot. I’ve arranged mine so my pressed seam will always be facing towards me so I don’t have to worry about that getting messed up.
Chain piece everything until you are done with all of the blocks. I found on average I ended up with 3-4 inches left over from each strip….save those! I have so many I literally ran out of black thread (who doesn’t have extra black thread?!?!) and had to make a trip to JoAnn’s for more!
2) Cut the blocks apart just like we did in the first round; then set and press your seams open towards the dark side.
3) Layout time!!! You may have been wondering why I called today’s post ‘Creating L’s & 7’s’. Well that is the easiest way to remember the layout of this quilt. Instead of the computer lingo of 0’s and 1’s we will be operating in a series of L’s and 7’s.
Here’s how it is going to go:
Before your eyes go totally bonkers on you just remember to go one block at a time. “Crystal, where are you getting L & 7 From???” Simple, look at the black in your squares. Depending on how you turn the block you either have an L or a 7.
Here is the L lay out:
Here is the 7 lay out:
It is really just a matter of rotating the squares. Here is an example of a few of the squares. Pretty neat, right?! No, my final layout isn’t complete; I really just wanted to see how it was going!
Alright, time to get a final layout and start sewing rows. Next up final assembly!!
Have a great holiday!
We all know that our fabulous pre-cuts take the guess-work out of color choice. They come to us with pre-selected fabrics that go together which saves all of us serious time and decision-making trials. With that said, it can still be hard to figure out just the best color combinations for your particular project. This is where knowledge of the color wheel can come in handy. I recently watched an episode of ‘Brain Games’ on the National Geographic Channel that kind of blew my mind. It was called ‘In Living Color’. It got me to thinking how could I apply this to my quilts. Some quick research and memory searching revealed the answer; quite a bit indeed.
We all want quilts that keep your eyes moving or focused in a particular direction. I personally do not like looking at a quilt and seeing just one print. Let’s be honest, it ultimately dominates and takes away from your hard work and overall design concept. This is where the color wheel can come in handy. Check out this introduction from Tiger Color. They enlightened me on many of the items below. Well their tutorial and having a mom as a color consultant and almost going back to school in 2005 for interior design, but I digress. In this installment we will be discussing complementary, analogous and triadic color schemes.
Here is a color wheel for reference:
These are colors opposite each other on the color wheel. Basically these create the ‘wow’ factor you are looking for. They should be used sparingly and in small doses. In the color wheel above blue and yellow are complementary colors.
Here is a photo where they work well together. See how they pop?
But, having this in large doses can get overwhelming.
Analogous colors are usually found to be pleasing and peaceful to the eye. Unlike complementary colors they are harmonious and your eyes almost feel like they can relax. Have you ever walked into a room and just felt comfortable? Chances are you were in a room with analogous colors. On our above color wheel Blue, Blue Cyan, and Cyan are Analogous colors.
Here is an analogous quilt example from JWD Publishing Blog: See how your eyes feel comfortable and they aren’t working too hard, but still moving around the quilt?
Here is an analogous room from colorindesign.net:
While there are more schemes in the world of design and color theory to go over the final one we will discuss today is the Triadic Scheme. If you were to guess that it will make a triangular shape on the color wheel you would be correct. This scheme is best used for deciding on accent pieces, etc. All of the colors are evenly dispersed around the wheel. On our color wheel above Red, Yellow Green and Blue would be an example of a triadic color scheme. Usually you will pick one point of the triangle as the dominant color and accent with the other two edges of the triangle.
Here is an example:
The red is obviously dominating, but the other two colors (green and blue) work well as accents.
Here is a triadic room from catalogs.com. See how the yellow is in the fore front, but the red and light blue/gray are accenting?
Many times we don’t know why we like the color combination, we just do. It is because our eyes are trained in the concepts from repeat exposure and we inherently develop a second nature towards them.
As mentioned above, yes our pre-cuts come with most of the guess-work out of fabric selection, but how you chose to arrange them is up to you. Here are some of the combinations that I posted in our last quilt tutorial. Any guesses what method I used? Hint I wanted certain colors to ‘pop’. If you guessed Triadic you would be 33% right. It was kind of a trick question. The truth is that with so many different patterns and shades of colors all three methods needed to be used which is why I chose to discuss those three in particular today. Keep an eye out for Sunday’s post. We will be deciding on a design layout and getting even more out of these theories!
Have fun putting your combinations together and remember ultimately it just has to be pleasing to your eye. I say if you like it…go for it!
Until Sunday! Crystal
*Please note: I pulled many of these images from Google searches to convey a concept. If you own one of these photos and you do not feel I properly cited your work please let me know and I will make it right.