Thursday, October 30, 2014

October Meeting in Review

Quilts! Quilts! Quilts! 3rd Edition
October brought us together to discuss the virtues held within the pages of our awesome "Cook Book" for this session. 
Quilts, Quilts, Quilts  by Diana McClun & Laura Nownes

This is the 3rd edition of what some say is
the essential handbook for the beginner 
quilter & the constant companion for the 
experienced quilter.  The book is based on the principle that a solid foundation turns beginners into lifelong quiltmakers. 

JoyLyn & Sydney chose two different projects from the book & gave a summary of what they liked, what was helpful, & then showed their finished and in-progress projects.

Sydney & JoyLyn liked the charts and numbered quilt layouts.  They were very helpful in deciding fabric placement.  Sydney suggested studying the cutting instructions before you cut so you can better understand the way things are listed.  This should make it easier to following them throughout the book.  She also suggested looking closely at the finished size of some of the projects.  Her quilt while a blast to make, turned out huge! Which thankfully is always a welcome result for Sydney.  Nice big blocks, great for playing with fabric choices & practicing sharp accurate piecing.

JoyLyn briefly covered some of the chapters about tools (remember for better accuracy in cutting don't use your cutting matt lines & avoid switching between ruler brands).   She talked about viewing your project from different distances which can help in the composition of your quilts.  
#1 Across the Room (at least 15-20 feet away) 
#2 Across the Isle (6-10 ft. away)  
#3 Up Close & Personal (12" away)  
This is where the viewer receives the special treat & details the quilt or art has to offer.

JoyLyn also talked about taking time to enjoy the process.  Slowing down and creating compositions of color and beauty.  Putting more of yourself in your quilts.  She showed a simple portable design wall made by using a flannel backed vinyl table cloth.  

As always so many of you shared your fantastic show-n-tell with us. Check out the flickr page for those photos. 

Have fun creating until next month!

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