Sunday, December 4, 2016

Color Theory

Color theory is something that baffles many artists and quilters can break out in hives when confronted with applying color theory in their quilts.
Like every other art class I have taken, I made a color wheel in my 2D design class. Color Wheels can be so pretty and make sense when you make them, but how in the world do they really work?

I am in the process of developing a color theory class ... and thinking about how to approach color theory in a way that quilters can find practical.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

My homeschool art class

Even though we graduated our last student from our homeschool, I couldn't seem to let go completely. I am teaching an art class at our local homeschool co-op.

Yesterday we looked at works by Wayne Thibaud and then painted cupcakes. It was absolute torture for the students as I wouldn't let them eat the cupcakes until they finished their paintings (thankfully, they were only 5"X7").

They all captured the essence of cupcakes in their paintings and the cupcakes were enjoyed by all!


Friday, December 2, 2016

December 2nd

I have a quilt on the frame ... I started quilting and BAM something wonky happened with the quilting *sigh* So, I am picking out the stitches.

Twenty minutes of quilting, three hours of unstitching.

Hoping your quilt journey is going better today!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

31 Day Blog Challenge

I have been busy and have not been publishing to my blog much. You would think that now I am done homeschooling I would have time, right?

Full Time College Student, Mom, Quilter, Quilt Instructor, amateur Thespian ... I am keeping busy, catching myself coming and going!

AND today I will be heading into the Sewing Dungeon, not to clean (which it needs desperately!) but to quilt (much more fun than cleaning, don't you agree?).

I will be doing my best to keep up with my blog in December, I am taking on the 31 day blog challenge :) by Cheryl Sledoba.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Design Wall Monday

I added a Row to my Design Wall this past weekend. This one will become a wall hanging. It is from Abby's Reflection in Sitka, Alaska. I had to have this one! It is SO beautiful with the batiks. I am also really glad that I got the prefused kit - there is a bunch of fiddly pieces!

What is on your design wall? 

Check out Patchwork Times for more inspiration!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Origami Pinwheel Block

Instructions are for one block:
 9 “ Finished Block
            4 – 5” squares accent fabric
            4 – 5” squares pinwheel fabric
            12 – 5” squares background fabric

 Press the background squares and the pinwheel squares in half diagonally.

For each unit, layer three background triangles and one pinwheel triangle on top of the accent square. “Weave” these triangles around, each one having one point over and one point under. Make note of which direction you “weave” the corners! Pin in place and then baste the edges. 

Make four identical units.

On each unit, fold back the edge of each triangle, exposing the accent square. 
I like to use a starch or starch alternative 
at this point!
Lift up the edge of the fold and tack down the fold underneath. Tack down all triangles.
 Sew your four units together to make pinwheel block, making sure your pinwheel corners meet in the middle. Press the seams open.
Needs ideas for using this block?
  • Make three blocks, sew them together (press seams open), add a border, and you have a table runner. 
  • Add borders to your single block and sew into a pillow. 
  • You could also make your single block into a hot pad.

This works for any size. As long as all of your beginning squares are the same size, you can make your own size of block!

Monday, October 17, 2016

It is Monday!

and I have something on my design wall :)

Some Row by Rows that were worked on a couple of weeks ago, the start of a Christmas present, the start of a class sample and some random flying geese.

My hope this week is to get some concentrated time in the Sewing Dungeon and work more on the class sample and Christmas present ... as well as work a bit more on another class sample.
I am loving this Origami Christmas Tree! Yes, the red/pink and grey are non-traditional, that just means I can leave it up through Valentines Day!