Nonnie’s Quilting Dreams

Quilting, rants and raves and I am sure I will talk to my grandson.

Workshop with Sue Nickles

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SPACE / NASA QUILT ..... Alzheimer Quilt Initiative Challenge ....... Vote for your favorite

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Episode 25: Back Again, but no quilting going on

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De-cluttering, recycling and STAY-CATION





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Revisting Dear Jane

I started recording this podcast a couple of weeks ago when History Quilter released her podcast.  I contacted her to let her know I had this planned and make sure I was not stepping on her podcast.  She gave me her blessings.  I will be following this post with show notes this weekend.   So here is my journey with Dear Jane.

I also suggest checking out my WORDPRESS blog since I have so many links there posted in the last week. Nonnie’s Blog Nonnie’s Quilting Dream Podcast

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P.S.  I added a recipe for my favorite GAZPACHO in the recipe section.  Look to the bottom right column on this blog for the link to that page.  ......... NONNIE

Episode 23: Just nattering !

Fast, short episode because I have been working on charity quilts.  Referred back to my recent posts on Word Press, specifically my latest quilt ... THE FABRIC TALKS TO ME.  Pictures on Flicker and Word-Press.  Also reviewed Alex Anderson DVD about learning to quilt.

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My borders are driving me NUTS!


This is the quilt I reapplied the borders for the THIRD TIME... (Sorry it is such a crummy picture but I had to hang it out side on the clothes line in order to get any picture.  As you can tell picture styling is not my strong suite. )  Anyways I reapplied the borders three time... simple little 4 inch wide borders... Should be easy right....

NO, NO, NO!  I did not have my usual work area to stretch out the quilt to measure the borders so I measured by folding in  half and then measured (twice.)  I then cut the borders.  Dang if they were not too short by two inches.  I had more fabric so I remeasured and re-cut the fabric leaving extra.  I then marked the appropriate measurements and pinned from the center outward.   I sewed on the borders and then laid it on a bed.  The borders waved like a flag in a hurricane.  Had to rip them off again.  Remarked them using my old technique of marking them every 12 inches on border and quilt top, then matching all the marks at the 12 inches.  Sewed them on and FINALLY they are laying flat.


I  had a blast this week sewing at CHRISTMAS IN JULY sew in at Elaine's Quilty Shop in Hadley.   The food was great, three different salads, and a wonderful banana cake for dessert.  We sewed from 10 am til 5 pm.  I corrected the above border and finally got it right and then sewed pinwheels using the MISSOURI QUILT SHOP technique.  They were so much fun... but boy are those bias edges hard to deal with.

I am making my pinwheels using 6-1/2 inch squares ( Yes, it will be a charity quilt.)  Once the pinwheels were made I squared them up to 7-1/2 inch unfinished blocks.  I will be posting pictures in the future.  I will probably design quilt top in a simpler pattern, then the ones I have seen on the internet lately.  Just playing with the idea.

Speaking of designing..... I think I am going to break down and buy myself an Electric Quilt 7.... I have been missing my EQ since the computer crash.

Well this is it for today... happy quilting.


( The pictured quilt is a lot cuter in person than picture indicates. )


EPISODE 22: Blogs and books and charity quilting …

Show notes will be on my Word-Press blog.....eventually ...

Check my blog for the past several post as I usually post first then blog. Have lots of plans going on. Will be posting links to the blogs and books I talk about but I can quilt, blog or podcast and everything gets done with time.

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P.S. ..... IT reallllllly helps if I actually post the MP3 file.... <P>

Episode 21- no real show notes.

I have no show notes but if you read my blog you will see a lot of what I am talking about.  I tend to write the blog first then podcast about it. I will be posting links on the show notes in the next day or so.

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Episode 20: Busting my stash

Sorry, but I only post pictures on Word-Press. I save my bandwidth here for the podcast. To load your MP3 file, Right click, select SAVE TO TARGET OR Link and save to your computer. Just remember where you save your file to. I loose more files by forgetting.

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Color for Quilters by Amy Davidson

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Amy Davidson, Quilter, Lecture: Color for quiters

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BTW...... A podcast about the lecture will be coming within the week....... NONNIE

Last night, I attended a lecture by Amy Davidson, at the Evening Star Quilt Guild. Amy is a talented quilt designer from here in southeast MI. The subject..... COLOR for QUILTERS. I must say it was one of the better quilt based color lectures I have attended. I enjoyed it and I learned a lot. I will be posting pictures from the lecture and a podcast in the future.

Quick BIO:

Amy Davidson worked in various Flint area quilt shops while her kids were growing up. I have met her several times in passing because I bought fabric at the shops where she works. Amy started her pattern design business in 2004, using patterns she designed for her workshops and classes. Her design while frequently based upon traditional patterns, they are not the same old blocks. Her patterns go beyond the traditional style and by her use of color seem to shine and look distinctive. I think I own over 75% of the patterns she sells.

I met Amy again when she lectured at the Evening Star Quilt Guild a couple of years ago. She currently is a college student planning to work with computers in the future. As part of her lecture, she discussed the use of ELECTRIC QUILT, QUILT PRO and several professional photo editing software available to quilters.

Amy's lecture, COLOR FOR QUILTERS, she hopes to take THE FEAR OUT OF CHOOSING, BUYING AND USING OUR FABRICS. Amy did talk about the color wheel but did not dwell on it. Basically, she referred to what we learned about color in elementary school. By doing that, I think Amy made color less scary. Some of the points that Amy discussed in her lecture.

Before you BREAK color rules / theory it is important to understand the rules and theory.

It is all about the contrast …. Workmanship gets lost if there is not good contrast. Value is important in designing your quilts.

Color produces a visceral response in the viewer. Color reflects moods and feelings. Warmth... Comfort…. When making a quilt is important to remember the feelings you want to convey. Amy showed a series of color pallets in a power point presentation and asked us what feelings they conveyed.

Important aspects of color are the hue, value and the saturation / intensity of the colors. COLOR IS RELATIVE TO IT SURROUNDING COLORS. Amy then showed us a series of slides of quilts ( Electric Quilt renditions of her quilts) and we discussed the impact of the colors in the quilts.

Cool colors recede Warm colors dominate Pure colors dominate ( Brights/ crayon colors) Dark colors dominate …. Warmer colors dominate more than dark ALL COLORS dominate neutral colors (except black)

The color next to your color can be changed by what colors are next to it. Amy proved her concept by putting a series of fabrics next to a swatch and we observed how the color was impacted. She also had several quilts where she did the same thing using the same color and using different elements in the quilt to change the mood of the quilt.

The amount of a color in a quilt also impacts the design. This was significant with COMPLEMENTARY COLORS GROUPS, specifically.

Equal amounts of complementary colors cause a JARRING EFFECT. She showed several slides where she showed this to be true. Most two color quilts have unequal amounts of color. One fabric is used more than the other.

AMY stated that she felt when using PRIMARY / Pure COLORS it was important to very the values. Less contrast (predominate medium fabrics/ colors) results in a color wash. Workmanship gets lost.

The more contrast (addition of lights and darks in increased amounts) the more the workmanship shows.

Amy feels it is a good idea to put out your fabric opened up in similar amounts you are going to use in your quilt. ( Splay them out on the design wall, a bed or wherever you can look at them over time.) Splaying out of your fabric allows you to see them better. Looking at just 2 inches on a bolt can fool you and cause mistakes.

ANALOGOUS COLORS : Friendly and liked by the majority The analogous color scheme uses colors that are adjacent to each other on the color wheel. One color is used as a dominant color while others are used to enrich the scheme.

Amy suggested taking the emotion out when designing by working with GREY SCALE. You can either scan the fabric or take pictures of your fabric.

COLORS need to be used in UNEQUAL AMOUNTS Avoid using CLEAR / PURE colors with muted, greyed, subdued fabrics. BRIGHT vs. Civil War vs. Repro Exception scrappy quilts using small amounts of fabrics YOU can use ugly fabrics, if the patches are small enough.

Investigate other sources of color Photography … .. Nature does not make mistakes Works of art … the great masters …. USING THE INSPIRATION OF GENIUS Newspapers, magazines, catalogs … new colors / new designs


Recommendations : for those with PHOTOSHOP

Look up color theory in the search engine

From Caron's Blog additional information :

Online class for PHOTOSHOP for sewing enthusiasts. Color by a fabric dyer…. Learn color as you peruse through her wonderful fabrics.

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