My color class…

After The Quilter’s Practical Guide To Color was published, people asked me to teach a class on color. I’ve been teaching this class for about a year and, judging from student responses, it is one of my very best classes.

This is a no-sew class. Students come with 4″ squares of white paper and 4″ squares of fabric in a variety of colors and values. I begin with a mini-version of my color lecture and then show how I organize fabric for a project. Students organize their own fabric squares and then the fun begins!

I choose a block from  The New Quick & Easy Block Tool and a color combo and everyone quickly mocks up 4 blocks. ‘Quickly’ is key. Thinking too much about color choices can stop a project from ever happening and it’s important to learn to trust your instincts.

Once glued, we put the blocks together on a table. They are flat and it’s hard to see a pattern, so I use my phone to take a photo. It’s always fun to hear the gasp as everyone sees the pattern emerge on the screen.

These photos are from a color class taught at Happiness Is… Quilting in McKinney, TX.

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Grandmother’s Choice Block

Everyone is working from the fabric they brought and it’s a stretch to imagine using them together in a quilt, but it is surprising how well the blocks come together.

We change the layout and take more photos:

Each individual knows what they like and what they don’t. We talk about why some colors/values/settings work better than others. My goal is to empower each student, to make color their friend and ally.

Here is the Homeward Bound block in complimentary reds and greens:

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It’s fun to put different blocks together, just to see what happens.

 

This was a 6-hour class, so there was time to mock up several blocks. As the day went on, everyone loosened up and color decisions come quicker and with more confidence.

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I love this class because quilters who begin the day nervous, leave knowing that color is their friend. Trust me when I tell you that color is your friend too!

PS: If you are a shop or guild and would like to have me come teach, email me. I’m usually booking about 2 years out.

 

More independence at Empty Spools

I’ll pick up where I left off yesterday. Suzie was also foundation paper piecing. She stayed focused on these lovely blue blocks. 


April came with the large star blocks made. She got them set together and began work on the Ohio Star border. 


Haley came with our Piecing book and fabric, ready to make Weave A Rainbow. She made great progress and her quilt is going to be a stunner!


Michelle was very focused all week long and got a lot of the units made on her foundation paper piecing project. 


Ida came with a vision to make crazy quilt hexagons that will be heavily embellished. She left ready to begin the hand sewing. 


My job through all of this was to make suggestions, solve problems, be encouraging, and learn from my students. I always come away from a class having learned something. Classes are a win-win for everyone. Thank you, students everywhere!

Why an independent study class?

An independent study gives you time and space to work on your own thing in a creative environment. And, in my class, you get help if/when you want it. 

I had 11 women last week all working on something different. Some were more relaxed (it was a vacation, after all), others sewed relentlessly. It was great!

Jean honed her applique skills. 



And taught herself to sew a diamond block, with y-seams, using our Piecing book. 


Margaret focused on a quilt that she is making for a guild challenge. She nailed the mitered corners and the perle cotton applique stitches. 


Yolanda completed so many things that I sort of lost count. I especially liked this top that is the result of a log cabin block exchange. 


Susan was also knocking down the projects. She has a system for keeping up with her piecing that is very efficient. I was impressed. 


Marie sewed on a foundation paper piecing project and left with her arcs nearly finished. 


Louise made the foundation paper pieced blocks all week and worked right up to the last minute to get them ready to together. 


I kind of like the quilt turned sideways. 


I’ll post more tomorrow, promise :-).