Original Photo: Mary Kay Davis
Original Photo: Mary Kay Davis
Original Photo: Mary Kay Davis
We continue our selection of quilts exhibited in 2019 at the Houston International Quilt Festival as part of their 45th Anniversary, the Sapphire Anniversary. The Sapphire Celebration exhibit is described as:
"Quilters have long used the color blue to symbolize trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven. Sapphire is also the chosen gem to celebrate 45th anniversaries—which International Quilt Festival is doing this year (2019)! These new and antique blue and white quilts will be suspended from the ceiling in a spectacular and unforgettable display."
To be a part of the exhibit, quilts had to fit the following criteria:
Please enjoy the seventeenth quilt from the exhibition by Eileen Diercks and quilted by Erica Barrett.
Title of Quilt: Starry Night
Quilter's Name: Eileen Diercks
Quilted by Erica Barrett
Come see as Michelle deGroot shares a variety of techniques to enhance your next quilt with painting on silk and thread work. Then Andrew Ngai gives you threaducation on WonderFil thread and how to choose the right thread for your project.
Watch Michelle and Andrew in Show 2613, when it debuts Sunday, June 14, 2020.
Alice T. Megna made her quilt, Dancing into Spring, using a technique she learned for piecing curves from Sheila Frampton Cooper. She was inspired by the wildflowers growing in Texas during spring, and just like nature itself, she let design come organically to her rather than planning it out ahead of time.
Dancing into Spring by Alice T. Megna of Round Mountain, Texas was featured in the Abstract, Small category at Houston 2019.
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We are still working hard to bring you a new website. One of the features of the new website is a new search that looks at the whole site at the same time. We have installed it here at the top of the website for you to try out. Is it perfect....No, BUT it is better, more fun, and easy to understand. Several things to note. It is still in beta as we tweak it to get it better. If an article only has a video, the search cannot return a picture (google doesn't show any pictures).
Try these tests and then try your own and let us know what you think. Pick an artist name or a quilting technique. Beware, you can get lost looking at the quilts.
Alex continues her quilting tutorial on quilting design from lessons she learned from Lucy Hilty. Filling the space, turning corners, amount of quilting, overlapping designs, and more are covered in this continuing program. Coming soon is the "Kaffe Fassett Mystery Quilt"....well it's a mystery because Alex hasn't finished creating it in her mind yet. These lessons are recorded, but the LIVE is more fun and starts at 10am PST, 1pm EST, and 6pm London time Friday June 12, 2020.
This is our last lesson devoted to value, and if you have been following along in our design series, you have learned how important of a role both color (Lesson 13) AND value (Lesson 19) play when selecting your fabrics. Whether it's an art quilt, or one steeped in tradition, here is a quick review with easy to remember tips to keep in mind for creating your next successful quilt:
High - Light, Airy, Delicate
Low - Dark, Earthy, Heavy
Mid - Middle of the road
Aloe Vera by Grace Errea (Image courtesy of Grace Errea)
Fiber artist, designer, quilter, and author, Grace J. Errea (Show 1303: Discover the Rewards of "Value-Based" Quilting), began quilting in 2000. Her art focuses on the depiction of inspiring scenes in a value based contemporary-realistic manner. Grace is a self-taught artist and her work illustrates and has been recognized for exceptional primary use of values and secondary use of color. Her focus on value makes it easy for her and her students to create inspiring botanicals, landscape scenes, and portraits, in any color.
First comes VALUE, and then comes HUE/COLOR. When discussing Color we need to talk about Color Harmonies, which are combinations of hues that work well together, support each other, and create amazing artwork. Once the value of your piece is decided, then hue can be finally defined. Color Harmonies are important as some hues combine better than others. For this we will refer to the standard Color Wheel.
There are a few Color Harmonies that should be mentioned:
Achromatic – just black and white. Value does not exist in this realm, as it is ONLY black and white. Well, let’s stretch the point a little. Even here Value can be pushed a bit.
There are only 2 distinct and separate hues in this harmony. Values are determined by how much of each of the hues (black or white) is present, rather than the smooth transition you obtain when hues are mixed with white or black to create values.
Compare the Black and White Blade to the Blue blade.
Notice here that in Value 1 of the achromatic harmony, you have mostly white and very little black. This black increases as you move through the values until Value 8 is exactly the reverse.
Monochromatic – One Hue.
Fur Blue is an example of a monochromatic color harmony, i.e., one Hue. With only one hue, you need to use value to the fullest. There is nothing else to juxtapose to create your design.
Complimentary Harmony – opposites on the color wheel.
In this harmony you work with one primary hue and its compliment - a secondary hue. The complements couples are Red/Green, Blue/Orange, and Yellow/Purple. With the complimentary scheme, you need not be as careful about Value. Complimentary colors look brighter side-by-side as they possess a dynamic contrast. In Samba Zinnia, the red is about a value 5, and is seated next to a green, also value 5-6.
Analogous Color Harmony - Three adjacent hues on the color wheel.
This color combination is always harmonious and each hue enhances the other. In this harmony, one of the hues is common to the other two. In Women of Color you see the blue face, the purple face, and the green face. The common hue is Blue, since green and purple are both created by using blue as one of their components.
Triadic Color Harmony - Three Primary hues or three secondary.
On the color wheel these are the three points in an equilateral triangle. The Red Ram displays the 3 primary colors of Red, Blue, and Yellow. Another Triadic combination is the 3 secondary colors of orange, purple, and green.
Rainbow Color Harmony – Last but not least, this is a pleasing combination of all the hues. Rainbow Canyon is an example.
There is no Practice Exercise this week, but we do suggest that you might want to review past lessons as there will be a review quiz coming in the next few lessons.
Inger Blood created Urban Wheels based on a photograph she manipulated using software on her iPad. From there, she let colorful batik fabrics take control, changing the color of quilting thread with every color change in the quilt...and there are quite a few.
Urban Wheels was featured in the Abstract, Small category at Houston 2019.