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Monday, May 3, 2010

Learning 60 Degree designs with New Friends

Long time ago when CM founded New Friends Quilt Circle one of her goals was to not only have fun and make friends but to learn the art of quiltmaking and improve our skills. C and I have talked bout how much we like 60 degree designs and finally we have been able to work in creating and perfecting those types of designs. It of course has the dreaded "Y" seams and many a quilter shys away from them because they aren't the usual straight line sewing using squares and rectangles.
We were assigned to bring 3 strips of bright solid or tone on tone fabrics and C gave us the low down on how to turn those into diamonds, triangles to create this great beginning for a quilt. C and I picked out the dots (or spots as some say) in black and white and then added the tone on tone black knowing that the brights would work well together. Doesn't the black slow the busy-ness of the dots and colors?

The next week for our community service day she started us with some diamonds in lots of prints and challenged us to put together these tumbling blocks for a future project. Some of them are great with contrast in color and some are iffy but when you change to black and white you can see that some just aren't working so well. They are in the same spots so see if you can see those that probably are too close in value to work this way.
As we were learning there were a few that were put together "backwards" with the dark being on the right as you view them and the med on the left. C said that they were just the beginning of a new quilt! LOL
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Amber H. said...

Wow, the black and white photo filter really helps tremendously in helping you figure out the layout.. I'm going to absolutely have to keep this tip in mind!

And i love the stars.. it's gonna be a great project!

Joanna said...

I am loving the stars up the top. The black/black and white is so perfect. I have that same dot in my stash! It sure looks like a 'Joanna' quilt to me!!

B+B said...

Those are so colorful! I really like them. You did a great job of course you always do! Love ya

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Oh, isn't that fabulous, learning new skills and techniques. Good for you. Love that.