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Brachiosaurus, Tyrannosaurus, Triceratops . . . What’s YOUR favorite dinosaur? These amazing reptiles fascinate young and old alike and are a great pattern to embellish your quilt blocks and borders.

Let Lori Kennedy at WeAllSew show you how to "go Jurassic" on your next kids quilt.

Click here to go to full tutorial.

Watch video below.

 

 

 

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While looking at the antique quilts, Joe Cunningham noticed that this quilter used applique in an abstract way. You can see what he is talking about in the detail of the quilt below. Learn more of what Joe is inspired by in these antique quilts brought to Alex's house by Julie Silber in Show 2706.

 

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This adorable dog is enjoying his day in the sun. It's Sun Worship by Barbara Yates Beasley.

See Sun Worship by Barbara Yates Beasley.

Want to learn how to make your own animal portrait? Learn how from Barbara in Show 1905: Animal Portraits.

SunWorshipbyBarbaraYatesBeasley - 35 Pieces Non-Rotating

SunWorshipbyBarbaraYatesBeasley - 100 Pieces Non-Rotating

SunWorshipbyBarbaraYatesBeasley - 300 Pieces Non-Rotating

SunWorshipbyBarbaraYatesBeasley - 35 Pieces Rotating

SunWorshipbyBarbaraYatesBeasley - 100 Pieces Rotating

SunWorshipbyBarbaraYatesBeasley - 300 Pieces Rotating

Original Photo: Gregory Case

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This adorable dog is enjoying his day in the sun. It's Sun Worship by Barbara Yates Beasley.

Want to learn how to make your own animal portrait? Learn how from Barbara in Show 1905: Animal Portraits.

Original Photos: Gregory Case

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Play Jinny's Memory Match game and find out the name of this lovely block.

 
 
 

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Cheryl Quesnell always wanted to depict a street scene in a quilt and have a graffiti artist tag it. She did just that with Soar! and had Pete Salcido tag with its title. To Cheryl, Soar means to take a risk and and be brave, which we think she did very well with this quilt.

Soar! by Cheryl Quesnell of Lake Forest Park, Washington, with Pete Salcido as the graffiti artist, was featured in the Pictorial category at Houston 2019.

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Alex LIVE is taking a vacation today, so we thought we'd step in an show you Erika's home studio. She recently remodeled the second floor of her home and wants to give you a tour of her sewing room along with some organizing tips along the way.

Click here to see this amazing studio and get your organization tips.

 

 

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Containing everything that is done India, recycling, fixing things, using hand-me-downs, Sujata's Confetti quilt has it all. Featuring every bit of scrap in her trash can, plus some pieces of one of her husband’s shirts, the quilt was done by hand because Sujata believes it makes the quilter feel humble about their work.

You can learn from Sujata in Show 2705.

ConfettibySujataShah - 35 Pieces Non-Rotating

ConfettibySujataShah - 99 Pieces Non-Rotating

ConfettibySujataShah - 300 Pieces Non-Rotating

ConfettibySujataShah - 35 Pieces Rotating

ConfettibySujataShah - 99 Pieces Rotating

ConfettibySujataShah - 300 Pieces Rotating

Original Photo: Kristin Goedert

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Containing everything that is done India, recycling, fixing things, using hand-me-downs, Sujata's Confetti quilt has it all. Featuring every bit of scrap in her trash can, plus some pieces of one of her husband’s shirts, the quilt was done by hand because Sujata believes it makes the quilter feel humble about their work.

Learn from Sujata in Show 2705.

Original Photo: Kristin Goedert

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Força Barça by Rosa Rojas & Olga Gonzales Angulo (Show 1912). [Image by TheQuiltShow.com]

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Understanding the Principles of Design, which include balance, contrast, movement, rhythm, emphasis, pattern/repetition as well as unity/variety is fundamental when it comes to presenting your work. As the last lesson of this major unit, we want to focus on contrast and the important role it plays in tying all of your elements together for maximum appeal. Força Barça by Rosa Rojas and Olga Gonzales Angulo (Show 1912) is an example of a quilt with maximum visual impact and would stop any quilter in their tracks.

Do you remember at the beginning of our Principles section (Lesson 30) where we used the example of a very involved cake for a special occasion as a way to illustrate the important roles that each of the various parts played in making the cake remarkable?

It is with contrast that you as the quilter can bring life to your work. It is the last element in the cake assembly process. Contrast is the difference between all of the elements within the entire design. Each part of the cake (e.g. blueberry sauce, lemon curd, mascarpone filling, the layers of cake) is unique and interesting, but when combined, helps to bring the finished cake to a whole new level of enjoyment for those who receive a slice at the party.

Creating contrast can be achieved in a number of ways including:
Light vs. Dark
Warm vs. Cool
Black vs. White
Soft vs. Detailed
Large vs. Small
Texture
Shape
Text Size / Font


Let's say you want to design a quilt featuring blue circles. But find that the design is not that interesting in and of itself.

 

 

 

 


 

How about using just two circles, with one being considerably larger than the other?

 

 

 

 


 

How about a bit of texture (Lesson 4) [with quilting or fabric choice] to make the circles stand out from the background?

 

 

 

 


    

Color can certainly make a huge difference. But if the colors are of the same value (Lesson 19) and, as in this example, direct opposites on the color wheel, the combination can be jarring to the eyes. This might not be the direction you want to go, unless you want to create that bit of unease for the viewer.

 

 


 

 

Colors that are farther apart on the value scale within a design present a calm and quiet message.

 

 

 

 

 
If both elements (background and circles) are in the same color family and closely located on the value scale (Lesson 19), there is still contrast. But the message, again, is of a quiet and calm nature.

 

 

 

 


Let's look at some examples of quilts featuring various forms of contrast:

Size:

 

Value:

                                     

 

Texture:

 

Text / Font:

 

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