Today Helen Granleese gave us a very informative talk about choosing colours for our quilts. She endorsed the belief that quilters choose colours as carefully as artists choose paint.
The talk concentrated on the printed fabrics most commonly used by quilt makers. How these printed fabrics have changed through the 1930’s, 40’s 50’s and 60’s.
Some choice hints included choosing shades from dark to light. Using a deep dark and an accent colour in a lighter version.
How backgrounds have changed from the traditional white and cream to include greys, taupes and pastel colours.
Question to ask yourself – Are you going to make a light or dark quilt?
How prints should range from small, medium to large. How spots, checks and stripes can be regular or irregular. How florals give us soft lines and geometrics give us hard lines.
And don’t forget the “hero fabric”. Use it to choose your deepest and lightest fabrics to match.
Helen showed us her own lovely quilts as examples and even included an antique quilt she rescued for a small sum of money in the USA.
Thank you very much Helen, I hope my breakdown does your talk justice.
On Saturday many of us are off to our annual Zone Day. This is a gathering of quilters from all over the North East of NSW. Have fun and wear your pearls!!!
Helen with an early quilt showing colours from light to dark and prints in small to large.
A mainly hand pieced quilt showing the use of deepest dark.
This quilt shows how to mix and match prints for an interesting scrappy look with plain borders setting off the colours perfectly.
What a busy month we have had with our Quilt Show and lots more going on. In the next few weeks we are going to do a bit of restructuring of our blog to better reflect our group at this time.
We welcome the new members who have recently joined us. New members are so important in growing our club for the future.
Today was a fifth Tuesday of the month and we started a new idea of featuring two quilters and their favourite quilts. Colleen was first with a quilt called “Lovers Garden”. Colleen made this quilt many years ago and has it on her bed so it has been washed many times but still looks amazing.
Then we had Barbara with an applique quilt made the early 90’s. The Rose of Sharon design has stood the test of time. Barb’s second quilt was made as a Round Robin and features a lovely centre and gorgeous borders.
See both of these quilts and their makers and the full story on our new page soon.
We also celebrated the birthday’s of our July girls – Helen, Sonia, Penne and Judy. The cheesecake and cream sponge were delicious.
Many thanks to the members who contributed items for our Textile Adventure Two exhibition at Ferry park Gallery during August. Keep quilting Elizabeth and Colleen
Colleen and her quilt “Lovers Garden”
Barb and her “Rose of Sharon” quilt.
Barb’s Round Robin quilt.
Helen , Sonia, Judy and Penne enjoying their birthday cake for July.
A few more ladies than last week, I think the cold weather is keeping them home by the fire, those who did come enjoyed the yummy biscuits Judy baked for morning tea.
We wished Helen Mac a Happy Birthday, Fay had her quilt called “Fay’s Folly”, it was a kit that comprised of some of her least favourite fabrics , Helen G is making an appliqued quilt for a baby boy and Colleen had her machine embroidered placemats.
Happy Stitching – Elizabeth and Colleen
Helen G appliqued suare
Not very much happening today, quite a few members were at Maclean High School setting up for the Lower Clarence Arts and Crafts Association annual Exhibition which starts this Friday through to Sunday,those of us who were at our meeting decided not to sit inside and sew but out in the lovely sunshine on this beautiful winter’s day.
Sorry, there aren’t any photos this week, my camera decided to die on me.
cheers Colleen and Elizabeth.
This is an exciting time for us as we get ready for our quilt show on 13th -15th July. Lots of entries and we all look forward to seeing the amazing patchwork and quilting done in the past year.
Happy birthday to Penne who is a contributor to this blog and also does great newsletters for the group. She loves embroidery and dabbles in art quilts!!
Show and Tell:
Fay has finished her Bronwyn Hayes embroidered blocks quilt which she has been working on for some time. It looks lovely.
Marcia R. has finished her Gordian Knot quilt from times gone by. The colours are amazing.
Helen has another PURPLE quilt top finished and very pretty it is too.
And Helen G. has mended her UGG boot with some English Paper Piecing shapes!!!
Lots of laughter today, must be the mild winter weather leading us astray.
Keep happy everyone and that means a needle and thread! Elizabeth and Colleen.
Here we are enjoying each others company.
Fay’s lovely embroidered quilt.
Marcia’s beautiful Gordian Knot quilt.
Helen’s latest pretty purple quilt top.
Elongated hexies on Helen G’s UGG boot.
What a lovely day we had today with a big roll up of members – must be the lure of the birthday cake!!!! We did start disappearing around twelve when the weather turned colder.
Lots of chat about the Art and Craft Festival which is only two weeks away. Members have generously put their names on the volunteer roster to help out and we are hoping for some lovely entries.
Speaking of ‘lovely’, Lorraine brought in her finished large quilt made with many family pieces. The blue and white colour scheme was fresh and the whole quilt when unveiled received a round of applause.
Other interesting projects included Ursula doing European Knitting which she has demonstrated for us and Gail making strip pieced blocks with selvedges.
The birthday girls present to cut the cake were Alison, Marcia, Sharon and Robyne.
We are still hoping some members can find the time to complete their challenge.
Happy stitching until next week Elizabeth and Colleen
Lorraine with her beautiful quilt.
Ursula with her European Knitting.
These are Gail’s selvedge blocks.
Today was quite chilly in our meeting hall with outside temperatures very low and a cold lazy wind blowing. Our numbers reflected the cold weather however everyone who did come enjoyed themselves.
It was lovely to see Kay at patchwork again after a lengthy illness, welcome back Kay.
We celebrated Marcia Hunter’s 80th birthday with a scrumptious morning tea, after we blithely sang “Happy Birthday ” to Marcia she was presented with a mysterious parcel to open, inside was a pair of very short shorts that she used to wear “back in the days”, memories.
Ruth one of our newest members i knitting a beautiful multi coloured floor rug.
Marcia cutting the cake
Ruth’s beautiful floor rug
Happy stitching –Penne