Blogoversary Week: New Series!

I’m starting a few new series on the blog. The Terrific Tip Tuesday has been well received and will continue (until I run out of tips;) Every time I think I’m out of tips, a new one pops up, so I think we’re safe.

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The first new series is all about the tools! I’m not much of a gadget person, unless it truly makes it faster and easier! And it’s even better if it’s inexpensive:) These posts will focus on my favorite notions, the things that I actually use! It will be styled much like Terrific Tip Tuesdays, but be on Thursdays…and called Terrific Tool Thursdays. I know, I am super clever.

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Next up is a new series all about COLOR! I love color and I love pulling fabrics. I took my Kona card and cut it up and challenged myself to make 52 palettes with those colors. I had to use everything- even the mauve and hunter green! Over the next year, I’ll have a weekly post called Color Stories. I will post a palette and then pull fabric from my stash based on the palette. I’m sure some will grow up to become quilts and some will just grow up to become inspiration. All will be fun color stories though! This series starts next Friday, June 26.

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The last new series will be Flat & Happy! Flat & Happy is something that I say when I teach; we all want our seams to be Flat & Happy. I’m going to post about the patchwork process, from cutting to piecing to pressing. This series will start next Monday and run for a couple months!

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I’m excited about all these new series and have been dying to start sharing them! The next few weeks should be fun:)

xo LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Selvage Color

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Today I taught a color theory workshop at A Stitch in Time in Franklin, NC. We talked about tons of tips for choosing fabric. Here’s one of my favorites! If you look at the selvage on fabric, you can see the base color. If it’s cream, then that fabric will work well with other cream-based fabrics. If the base color is pure white, it will work well with other pure white fabric. 

 

Happy fabric shopping!

xo LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: The Power of Black & White

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For me, one of the best steps in laying out a quilt is putting all the blocks on the design wall. I want the right balance of color and value. Plus, I want my favorite blocks to shine.

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A great way to double check is turn the photo into a black and white image. (Or on my iPhone, I just take another picture in black & white.) This really shows the values and I can move around anything that seems off.

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It’s a great way to check your choices. I also use this trick when I’m choosing fabrics, especially if value is important.

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The black & white image shows the value!

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xo LC

Beautiful Colors

Last week I wrapped up my Elements of Color class at Sewingly Yours! It was a really fun group and they did a wonderful job pulling together a wheel of color. Janine chose these beauties! She did a great job of choosing like-style prints.

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And Janet’s version! She did a great job of narrowing down her choices. It’s awesome:)

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And Cheryl’s! She selected batiks. I’m not always a batik lover, but this will be an amazing wall hanging! Plus she cracked me up with her jazz hands pose when I went to take a picture. This was such a fun bunch of ladies!

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And Denise! She’s almost done thanks to the TMQG sew in. And it’s pretty great! She chose all graphic prints. Gorgeous!

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Color classes are my favorite! They all really did a wonderful job choosing pure colors for their projects! Great job!!
xo LC

Quilt in a Day

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I’m adding a new class to my line up! My color theory class at Linderella’s, Sew Original & Studio Stitch has gone over pretty well and I wanted to offer a different color class at The Little General. Something new and fresh! This class will focus on choosing an inspiration fabric and developing a palette from there. While the color basics are the same (it is what it is…), students will learn how to build a collection of fabric perfect for their next quilt! So I needed a sample…
I’ve had this quilt in my mind for months, ever since I started developing ideas for Understanding the Rainbow (<---that's the name of the class, how fun is that?!) Tuesday night, I pulled some fabrics! I wanted to make the sample using the full color spectrum. 20130314-065527.jpg
And then I cut some circles! More on that here.

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And I “glued” them down using the powers of wonder under! I’d initially thought that I wanted the final quilt to be in the shape of a hexie. But now I wasn’t so sure… And I wasn’t happy with my blue or green- both too dark a shade.

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So I slept on it. Yesterday was Modern Fabric Group Therapy with Karen Gray and I wanted to be able to show a sample and tell everyone about the class. So I got up early, chose a new blue and green, cut new circles, and made this! Much better!! I decided the hexie shape was a no-go for me as well. The blue is still slightly darker than I’d like, but it’s a lovely royal blue which is hard to find!

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I wanted the circles to pop up, so I densely quilted the background avoiding the circles. I’m pretty proud of my quilting! I’ve decided to really focus on my free motion skills this year and I can already see a huge improvement!! My friend Kelly has helped me out A LOT!

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I was not quite finished before the meeting, but y’all know I’ll show an “in-progress project” in the blink if an eye! So I showed it off to a warm reception. And when I got home, I finished off the quilting! I’d initially thought I’d blanket stitch around the circles, but once I did some samples, I decided on zig zag.

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And then voila!! Understanding the Rainbow, complete in one day:) I did have to sew the last side of the binding this morning.

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I really love how the back looks, but boy can you see all my stitches!! No close ups of that:)

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The class is April 13 & 20, from 1-3:30. Email me to reserve your spot! Hope you love the rainbow!!
xo LC

Coloring in Southern Pines

There’s been a whole lotta teaching going on in the last couple weeks! I headed down (over?) to Linderella’s in Southern Pines!
Last week I started out with the basket class. The guru joined in the fun! Julie made this adorable basket!!

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Naturally I forgot to take any pictures of the one the guru (& I) made, so standby for that cuteness!
Then I had Color Theory! Such a fun group of gals!!

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We met this week for session 2!

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I had a few samples to show off!

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This one is a loaner from my dear friend Kelly! Look at that quilting!!!

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Each student made their own unique choices! I love all the different options for these wall hangings!
Wendy chose solid middles with prints on the outside. She did a great job at finding prints that coordinated well with her solids. I’m not sure Wendy is ready to embrace paper piecing, but I’m confident she will finish this:)

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Pat fell in love with Kelly’s sample and wanted to do a similar piece playing with all the colors.

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Michelle selected all gorgeous solids! She’s doing a solid diamond with the tertiary colors in the outer ring.

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Cyndi dove into her (extensive) homespun stash to make a color wheel of homespun!

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This block is by Anna of Six White Horses.
And then Cyndi surprised us with a trunk show! She’s so talented…

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If you find yourself in the Southern Pines area, you’ll want to stop by Linderella’s! Just a wonderful shop!!
xo LC

A Place of Pride

Yesterday was session two of Color Theory at Studio Stitch. I only had one student, but Rosie has the personality of ten people! She is hilarious…and I like hilarious!! Check out what she’s started.
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My color theory students wanted to impress this week! I received an email from Joyce who finished her wheel; she took Color Theory at Sew Original over the summer. Joyce says she’s a newbie to quilting, but take a look at this!!

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She’s done a lot of hand piecing and hand quilting, but had never paper pieced or machine quilted. Can you believe what an amazing job she did??

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She loves muddy colors and decided to do a wheel with the colors she loves and uses the most. By rotating each fabric out a section in each row of the star, she got a swirling effect. Gorgeous!! And look at that quilting! I knew Joyce would do great, but this blew me away!!

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It looks perfect in her home. Definitely a great choice for her to stick to the colors she loves!

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I also received an email from Miss Debbie! She finished her wheel and it has quite the pride of place…over her sewing machine!!

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Her colors are vibrant, heavily saturated colors. These are the colors she loves and uses the most. Me too! It is beautiful!!

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I just love these! I am so thrilled with what they made:) The starburst block design was done by Anna of Six White Horses.
Yesterday was the introduction of Color Theory II to my teaching line-up; they just couldn’t get enough:) It was all about organizing your stash from the color perspective, with some sewing room tips thrown in. We had lots of fun and I think everyone left with some good ideas. Here’s are a few they were most excited about:
— Fold all your fabric the same. I use this method. Sort by color. I go light to dark within each color. But if your stash has lots of pure and muddy colors, it might make more sense to sort from most saturated to least saturated. You have to do what works for you. I fold on my cutting mat to measure the pieces instead of using other fabrics. (This will only make sense once you watch the video.)

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— Keep all the directions/washing instructions for your fusible, batting and rulers in one notebook. Then label the edge of the fusible or batting. I’ve found when I try to pin the directions to it, they always end up lost or damaged. I write it about every 10″ like a selvage.

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— Keep a basket near your sewing table for things that need to be put away. Scraps, tools, fabric and anything else! You never want to stop what your doing to put something away properly, so this keeps it from piling up on top of your work area. Full basket=time to put away! Mine is pretty close right now…

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— Sort scraps and charms by color. I’ve done a few charm swaps so I’ve built up quite a collection. Fabric needs to breathe, so plastic baggies are not your friend. I made some little mesh bags to hold my charms and scraps. I did binding in the color of the fabric. I have a charm bag and a scrap bag for red, orange, yellow, lime, green, aqua, blue, violet, pink, neutral and multi-color. I use a lot of lime and aqua, so they needed their own bags. I don’t use red-violet, blue-violet, red-orange or yellow-orange as much. These colors will just go where they most belong; if it’s a more yellow version of yellow-orange, it goes in yellow, more orange will go in orange. They were REALLY easy to make. If you must use plastic baggies, leave them open at the top and chop off the corners of the bottom so air will circulate.

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— I save nearly every scrap, no matter the size. I find that I’ll use even small pieces. I keep my tiny ones in glass jars. It’s organized AND it looks pretty!!

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I love to have everything all organized! While I was researching this class, my friend Holly sent me this blog that she enjoys. It is wonderful!! Full of great ideas! This girl’s sewing room is ridiculous! Trust me, you’ll be jealous.
During class, we also discussed ideas for Color Theory III, so stay tuned for that!
Hope everyone had a colorful day!
xo LC

It’s a Colorful World

Today was part two of Color Theory at Sew Original! This is a really good bunch and we had a blast last week:) Susan, Jeannie & Ann couldn’t come this week and were missed! Ann is the guru!! That’s right, the guru is taking classes; it was so fun to have her:)
Karen, Marti & Kathleen are all well on their way to becoming color geniuses! They all selected pure, heavily saturated colors–which are my favorites! I snapped pictures of what they made in class; I’ll have to update when they finish these beauties.
Kathleen made this! She’s doing prints in the diamonds and solids in the outer rings. Her prints are delicious-Tula & Denyse are well represented.

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Marti is doing all solids, but using tones (color + white) and shades (color + black) to give the effect of the star bursting!! It’s going to look very cool when it’s all finished.

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And finally Ms. Karen! She’s doing prints with two different solids in the outer ring. It’s tough to find all the right solids, but we found them. Here’s what she made.

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I love talking about color! They all really took what they learned and put it in the star. Love it!!
xo LC

The Theory of Color

I’m teaching Color Theory again this quarter at Studio Stitch! And adding it at Sew Original!! So excited:) I love color SO I love talking about it and teaching it. I just finished up the sample for Studio Stitch. I used solids which gives it a totally different feel!

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My usual scraptastic version is hanging at Sew Original.

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The block was designed by Anna of Six White Horses and you can download it here. I set the block on point and made the elements of the block in grey for the four corners.
Which version do y’all prefer?
xo LC