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Re: Special Effects with Color Class 06 Dec 2012 12:46 #93075

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This is a very interesting class. I will follow but not make the exercises now. I always play with values and use my digital camera a lot to examine my designs. On this quilt from my profile I really played in the border that consists of stars. You will not see everyone at first glance.
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Re: Special Effects with Color Class 05 Dec 2012 15:07 #93021

Thanks, Betty Jo, for your comments. And you are so right—once quilters see how critical value is to the look of the finished quilt, they evaluate fabrics in terms of lightness and darkness before they cut and sew. It wasn't until after my first color for quilters book came out in 1997 that I really got that lesson! Hope you have a little time to do some of the exercises. Fortunately, they are not "due" by any deadline :)
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Re: Special Effects with Color Class 05 Dec 2012 14:26 #93015

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I am so interested in this class and thank you and TQS for making this available. I hope to manage to make the exercises, but mainly the explanations are so clear that even if I don't manage the time for that I find it enormously interesting so far. I mostly make art quilts using a lot of appliques and background piecing, and I can look at some of my older quilts especially and see where they needed improvement in the values. Very helpful. Thanks! Looking forward to the remaining segments.

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Re: Special Effects with Color Class 05 Dec 2012 13:56 #93013

Hi Terrie, Thanks for asking about the color wheel. I'm familiar with Joen's books (they're great!) and the Ives color wheel. I use the twelve-hue Prang color wheel (yellow, blue-green, violet, etc.) because it's simple, and I've found it to be easy for students to relate to and use. There are infinite variations of the colors you see on the Prang wheel of course, but it clearly shows the relationships of the colors, which is what it's all about. But I say use the system that works for you and helps you make quilts you love. I talk about the color wheel in Lesson 4, and you can see my fabric wheel in the background of some of the lessons.
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Re: Special Effects with Color Class 05 Dec 2012 11:22 #93007

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Hi again, Margo. What I meant to say is that I'm looking forward to seeing how YOU use color in the later exercises. My typing fingers are not yet warmed up :D


:lol: That happens to me all the time, Christine! Here's a tip for you...if you need to edit a post in the forum just click on the little "EDIT" box in the upper right corner of the post. If you do it before another post is added (after your error) there won't even be a notation that the post has been edited! Some of mine have several "edits" before I get them the way they should be! You can also "preview" your post before you submit it, but that would take some of the excitement out of it! :lol:


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Re: Special Effects with Color Class 05 Dec 2012 10:52 #93006

Hi again, Margo. What I meant to say is that I'm looking forward to seeing how YOU use color in the later exercises. My typing fingers are not yet warmed up :D
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Re: Special Effects with Color Class 05 Dec 2012 10:48 #93005

Hi Margo! Your blocks are the first posted, and they look GREAT! They really show what a difference value makes; one looks very two-dimensional, the other has a strong sense of depth. Thanks for diving right in and for giving viewers a step-by-step demo of making the blocks. Looking forward to seeing how to use color in the later exercises!
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Re: Special Effects with Color Class 05 Dec 2012 10:04 #93002

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I am very interested in this colour class. Just reading a colour theory book, Color Play' by Joen Wolfrom (subtitled 'easy steps to imaginative color in Quilts', which uses the printer's colour wheel of cyan, magenta and yellow instead of blue, red and yellow as the primary colours. The blue-red-yellow one is the primary one we all learn in grade school.

Which one do you use?
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Re: Special Effects with Color Class 05 Dec 2012 09:12 #92997

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I'm hoping to be brave and mix up my color selections after this series. I printed off all of the printed material already. I like Amish quilts and would like to make some small ones, but I just can't wrap my head around the color selections.

Susan, for what it's worth, I just took a bundle of coordinated fat quarters that was given to me and sorted the fabrics by VALUE and added a background fabric. If you are having trouble selecting a light, medium and dark fabric from your Amish fabrics, try using a value-finder! I learned a lot by using a Ruby Beholder: http://www.amazon.com/That-Patchwork-Place-Ruby-Beholder/dp/B003KXKI6U

Here is a tutorial showing how it works: http://www.kathleenhuebener.com/blog/behold-the-ruby/


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Re: Special Effects with Color Class 05 Dec 2012 09:02 #92995

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What a great way to try these ideas! Thanks, Margo!
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Re: Special Effects with Color Class 05 Dec 2012 08:41 #92988

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Even using the same color family, careful placement of the values makes a huge difference in how the block appears!

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Re: Special Effects with Color Class 05 Dec 2012 08:39 #92986

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For lesson one, I just cut fabric shapes and glued them to the printed pattern.

For the star parts, I cut 4 strips 4-1/2" x 1-3/8" and made a template out of plastic for the shape of the star.

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Because we need 4 diamond shapes and 4 reversed diamond shapes, I stacked 4 with right sides up and 4 with right sides down then used the template to cut the angles and get the 8 shapes I needed.

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To get the background triangles I cut a 4" x 4" square and cut it in quarters. To get the background corner squares, I cut four 2" x 2" squares.

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Re: Special Effects with Color Class 01 Dec 2012 08:02 #92688

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I'm hoping to be brave and mix up my color selections after this series. I printed off all of the printed material already. I like Amish quilts and would like to make some small ones, but I just can't wrap my head around the color selections.
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Re: Special Effects with Color Class 01 Dec 2012 06:45 #92685

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Hi Christine! Welcome to the forum! :D


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