Nonnie’s Quilting Dreams

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

Episode 41: Loose Change and Pineapples and Black and White Tiger

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Show notes will be posted some times this week over on the blog. I already have posts on LOOSE CHANGE and Exploding Pineapple blocks so you can see pictures. I will be writing several other post about the things I am working on sometime soon.

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I am back after a long hiatus.  I will be posting my show notes on my blog on WORD PRESS. THIS blog will be exclusive for podcast posting.

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LENORE CRAWFORD, Quilt Artist (from Mid- Michigan)




Here are the links to the quilters I talked about in my podcast. Check them out if you get the chance. I also include a link to my guild, if you are in the Mid Mi area stop by.   PICTURES are on the WORD PRESS BLOG for Saturday / Sunday.  You can see my most recent projects there.   Comment if you must...




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Linking to QUILTS for the REST of US

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COLOR LINKY: Analysis of Greens

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First post in the series on color

I left this comment on Sandy’s QUILTING FOR THE REST OF US PODCAST blog post about working with color. She is leading a linky color--design class. I am trying to play along.

I find GREEN is one color that does not play well within the family. Kind of like siblings they are in the family but they fight with each other. I know some quilt instructors tell you not to be MATCHY MATCHY but putting yellow greens and blue greens together and close to each other in a quilt is asking for trouble. They just do not play nice together. Looking at your pictures I think that is why you had difficulty you have yellow greens to the left side of the picture but blue greens on the right side. IF you were to divide the greens into yellow greens and blue greens with the value changes from light/ light medium/ medium/ med dark and dark... I think you will have less problems.

Green for me has always been the PROBLEM child... less so since I now divide them into yellow greens and blue greens. It just be me and my sensibility but if I look at pictures of flowers / plants I have not seen yellow green and blue green on the same plants. Come to think of it most greens tend to be yellow green on plants... the only plant I can think of with the blue green hues are pine trees.

I think that secondary colors ( not pure but the mixture of primary colors) have this problem. The same problems pop up with the red purples and the blue purple. The oranges have this same problem but to a lesser extent.

Today as I drove to work I was looking and analyzing the colors of the trees and bushes as I have been contemplating the nature of green. I have been playing with the idea of colors and how they work together for the past couple of months but not in a formalized or structured manner. I have been reading several books on color and design as I played along with Sandy and Jaye’s design series. I started this analysis after working on a series of quilts that I judged (to and for myself as unsuccessful.) I have been spending a lot of time analyzing why I think these quilts failed.


Driving to work


Across the road


My backyard, we have 8 acres.

This search for color and design knowledge has led me to read multiple books and blogs, one of which is Joen Wolfrom blog as she did a series of color studies last year. (I have provided a group of links for you to explore.) Joen works more from photographs of nature and things that she likes, then from the color wheel. She does feel a good grounding in color theory / color wheel is beneficial but she has based her project more from her photographs and the colors from nature then from the color wheel. For the most part I agree with Joen and have learned a lot but I also come to some of my own conclusions.

I have been taking pictures of trees in a series and examining them and this is what I think:

Because fabrics do not reflect the light the same way as nature or in photographs; what works or is acceptable in nature does not always translate to working in fabrics and quilts. Fabrics do not reflect / absorb light the same way plants/ trees nature does out-doors. Nature is a good guide but you have to work with the fabric and see if it works in your quilt.

Yellow green and blue green can play together in a total landscape picture but they do not live on the same plant. You do not see a plant with blue green and yellow leaves at the same time. I like blue greens and yellow greens, but not in the same quilt block, and I also prefer not in close proximity of each other.

In fabric the blue greens for the most part are BRIGHTS / VIBRANT more true colors. (Kelly green, forest green, pine green. And yes there are always exceptions.)

The yellow greens / olives tend to muted and greyed of a flatter toned down coloration.   (Olive , avocado green, puce, chartreuse, sage are some of the greens I am talking about. )

Caribbean colors follow rules of their own….. Lime green / tropical / bright.

Although I love the greens individually I have found I am very picky on how I put them together in a quilt. Mostly, because they clash my sensibilities and I find I get irritated if the colors are wrong. I will be making a series of blocks for my husband’s quilt and I will be posting more about my thoughts on colors and fabrics as I make these blocks. For me the color series Sandy is posting cannot come a better time.

Evaluation of my GREEN STASH OF FABRICS:


I dumped all the fabric from my 18 gallon bin of green fabric on to a white sheet so that I could better evaluate what I had. I then divided them into to BLUE GREEN and YELLOW GREEN collections. Some fabric were set aside because they had other colors in the pattern. I wanted fabrics that read green.



This is my BLUE - GREEN collection of fabric. I tried to sort into light, medium and dark, but I had the assistance of a 4 year old who should have been in bed, so it might not be right.  I find I can work on laying them out, walk away then come back and do it again and still not get it right.

Using a scanner or camera and making black and white photos help you evaluate the VALUES of the fabric.



This is my YELLOW-GREEN collection of fabric, again sorted into light, medium and dark fabrics.


I alternated the blue green-fabrics and the yellow-green fabrics to see what they looked like. Even though some might say they do not look bad together, but I still do not like them mixed together.

What do you think? Leave a comment and let me know.

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Update June 3, 2012:  I updated my blog look.... not fond of the color but I love the photo display.  I will be looking for a new free theme that has all the features I like and a clean simple look..  Photo display is what is important to me.  So stay tuned  NONNIE QUILTING DREAMS WILL BE GETTING A NEW LOOK.

Plagued by Uncertainty

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Plagued by Uncertainty

I have made several blocks for my husband quilt.  ( Of course the blocks are at home and I am not, otherwise I would have better pictures to show. I do hope to post more pictures later.)  I brought fabric to the retreat I am at and am now plagued by indecision.  The background fabric I had purchased is not MAKING ME HAPPY.  I am beginning to think it is too dark.  I bought it a couple of years ago with my husband's help. ( Long story, can I say LESSON LEARNED and I will never do it again!!!)  He picked the color and later painted the walls in the master bedroom to match.  Since then I have had frequent hints about when I am going to finish HIS QUILT.

I have made several blocks but have not gone too far in making the blocks that I feel I could still change my mind.  I am posting pictures of the original inspiration quilt and a magazine picture of the pattern that I was able to come up with.  You will notice the fabric I have posted is much darker  (medium value butter scotch) than the fabric in the inspiration quilt (mottled buff / beige.)  I have seen fabric close to the original fabric, just not very mottled. I HAVE NOT BOUGHT IT, YET !  For the leaves and boarder blocks I am planning similar but not the same colors... mostly darks and medium darks tone on tone, small scale prints.  I think very similar to the original colors and I have many fat quarters and left over fabrics suitable for these blocks.


Flash used / ambient light

This fabric was purchased by my husband when we were on vacation and he came to get me out of a quilt shop. I had been trying to decide between two bolts of fabric. He came in, saw what I was doing and voted for this one. I did not realize at the time how much darker it was compared to the fabric I was planning to use for the focus fabrics. Now I am trying to decide if I should rethink the original plan use darker focus fabric. Or should I get the lighter background fabric as I think it would look better. The lighter fabric would still look good with the walls as it is a light version of the wall colors.


Part of a block being made, here is where I stopped, as I am not liking the background color.   Other colors chosen will be various brown, greens, blues, reds, orange, rust, plums and pale yellows ... very similar to the original colors.



Picture I have posted in an earlier blog post but it shows some of my original fabric selections.


This is a copy of the original quilt magazine that inspired the raffle quilt made by my guild. My husband saw it and loved it...he bought $20 of raffle tickets...something that he had never done before. You can see the back ground fabric is plainer and more cream / buff color.   Original pattern was throw size,  the raffle quilt below was queen size.


This is the picture of the RAFFLE QUILT my husband fell in love with. Again with the softer, plainer, cream/buff fabric. YES, I WILL DISCUSS THIS WITH MY HUSBAND, but I have to come to my own design decisions.  I will be making a KING SIZE quilt and the boarder blocks will be from OH MY STARS QUILT ALONG as I like them better and can hardly wait until I get to that part of the quilting.

Oh My Stars! (A Quilt-Along)

OKAY my questions to you are:  I want detail explanation of what you think and why.  Please no simple one sentence answers as I want this to be a conversation / discussion not just I want to be in on the give away. Random drawing of posted comments.  Cost is no object this will be an heirloom quilt.

1.   Should I go with the original background fabric ... I would probably have to chose darker fabrics from my stash to do the focal patchwork leaves and blocks.

2.  Should I go with the cream/ buff background fabric  I would then be able to use the original  brighter fabrics for the blocks.

3.  The real problem, should I honor my husband's selection of fabric since he is not a quilter and has little or no understanding of making a quilt or should I go WITH my own intuition that a different background would make a better quilt.  Knowing him he just wants the quilt done and would not really care about the fact I change my mind and went with different fabric.  He would be a little peeved to know I would be spending more money for new fabric since I have so much fabric as is..... BUT WHAT HE DOES NOT KNOW WILL NOT HURT ME or HIM!

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I have a new copy of  Quilter's Academy  Junior Year, by Harriet and Carrie Hargraves to be given away.

I have a slightly used but in really good shape ( I bought a duplicate) copy of EASY MACHINE QUILTING, 12 LESSONS (domestic machine, FMQ) edited by Jane Townswick.

Drawing WILL be the end of June or the first week in July and will be posted on my blogs.  I do not use random generator.  I put names in a hat and my grandson draws the name out.

TO enter post a comment here on Podbean, on Word Press or email me at Nonnie's Quilting Dreams.  Be sure you are not a NO REPLY commenter because I will not have a way to reach you for your prize.  You will have to check back for the announcement or listen to my podcast ( preferred by me) for the announcement of the winners.

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I lost ( actually word press lost) my post on the surf pictures.... I will re post them when time allows.  I am currently working on another podcast.  Right now that is easier to do so a new podcast is probably where I spend my time.


KAREN KAY BUCKLEY IS COMING TO OUR QUILT GUILD... so I am sure I will be doing blog / picture and podcast on that topic soon.


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Just a little of this and that…..

Just a quick post for a quick podcast.... Catching up with what I have been doing... not a lot of anything.   Some frustration.  I hate math.  A quilt-along that I am enjoying.  Guild meeting and the trunk show ....  Did I tell you I hate math?


Oh My Stars! (A Quilt-Along)

Oh My Stars! (A Quilt-Along)

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I am in love with Pinterest and some reviews

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I will be doing a follow up post with show notes here and at Word-press.  I am seriously into pinterest and having a blast there... come follow me and see the wonderful on line quilt show I have discovered.

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Book reviews ... I will be posting links... Just ran out of hours today.



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I will  be posting  show notes this weekend.... Don't say I did not warning you.

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episode 31- Podcasting again and changes Nonnie’s Blog

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