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Quilt Humor

Julia Icenogle Kansas City Star Quilts ePub

Mrs. Bobbins loves jokes that only quilters understand!

U.F.O.s
(Un-Finished Objects)

“Looks like your Aunt Bobbins sent you another quilt postcard.”

Mrs. Bobbins airs out her Flying Geese quilt.

Fussy Cut

Mrs. Bobbins finds religion.

“I guess Mazel is still sore about last year’s judging…”

One of the dangers of “brown bag quilting.”

“I guess not all layer cakes work well wth candles.”

One cool grandma.

“Basting the turkey. What does it look like I’m doing?”

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Medium 9781607058649

Color Schemes

Becky Goldsmith C&T Publishing ePub

color schemes

An unlimited number of color combinations exist. In fact, so many choices are possible that some quilters find it hard to know where to begin.

When in doubt, you can look to the color wheel for inspiration. You will find color combinations that are practically without fail. This is one reason understanding how the color wheel works is so valuable.

As you become more comfortable working with color, you’ll find yourself putting together colors that don’t fit into a tidy color scheme. This is perfectly fine; not all color schemes need to be an “official” color scheme.

THE ULTIMATE 3-IN-1 COLOR TOOL

You may find that the color wheel is most helpful when you have a problem. Perhaps you have found the perfect two fabrics for a quilt, but you need one more. If you know how the color wheel works, finding that third color is much easier.

If you are not comfortable combining colors, it’s a good idea to buy a small color wheel—one that you can carry with you. Joen Wolfrom’s Ultimate 3-in-1 Color Tool (by C&T Publishing) is a very good choice. Spend some time with it.

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Medium 9781617452697

Using Acrylic Mediums

Wen Redmond C&T Publishing ePub

Mediums are fun to learn about and even more fun to use. Liquid and gel mediums can be used for gluing, as protective coatings, to add transparent overlays, to extend paints, to create medium lifts and skins, and to create papers and other experimental substrates to print on.

Some mediums are clear; some are opaque. They can be mixed with acrylic colors or other mediums. A group of specialty mediums contain small particles, such as glass beads, mica bits, lava, and more. Some will look different on white substrates than on painted or dark substrates. Mediums can even be used as resists.

You can sew substrates that have thin layers of mediums, but note that removing stitches may leave holes, similar to sewing on paper. Substrates with mediums may be ironed on a low or wool setting, either on the wrong side or covered with parchment paper or silicone release paper.

Test mediums on a surface similar to the one that you’ll use in your project. Apply with brushes, palette knives, plastic cards—whatever you have on hand. Different tools produce different effects and textures depending on the thickness of the medium. All the mediums covered in this chapter are washable with soap and water. Do not allow a medium to dry on your tools; it will make them unusable.

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Medium 9781607059608

Spark 26. Take a Day Off

Carrie Bloomston Stash Books ePub

Sometimes you’ve got to go find your soul on the road.

I am not one of those people who would ever tell anyone to get into their studio no matter what and sit there and move their hands until the creative spirit strikes. There are other books for that. There are books that tell you to be orderly and disciplined as you pursue your passion, to treat it like a job, to punch in on the time clock, to be diligent and earnest in your efforts—constant, consistent, patient. These books want you to sit around in the studio and wait until a butterfly flies into the room. Precisely because you have been in there waiting, you will be ready for it. It’s sort of like fishing for magic—if you wait long enough, something wonderful will happen.

Then again, you could just take the day off—actually go fishing, connect with the natural world and your senses—and come back filled with inspiration and magic, ready to get to work. Personally, I’ll go with the second option any day.

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Medium 9781617454820

Bone Appétit

Riel Nason C&T Publishing ePub

Stylish skulls definitely fit in with the scary chic feel of the projects here. Simple bold skulls made in just two fabrics work perfectly with busier Halloween prints in large blocks.

basic skull block

FINISHED BLOCK: 6¾˝ × 8¾˝

FINISHED BLOCK WITH BORDERS: 9¾˝ × 11¾˝

Instructions are for making a single skull block.

MATERIALS

Yardages are based on fabric at least 40˝ wide.

Skull fabric: ¼ yard

Background fabric: ¼ yard

Marking pen

CUTTING

To keep everything easy and organized, cutting and construction instructions are organized by section.

Forehead

Background fabric

• Cut 1 square 2½˝ × 2½˝.

Skull fabric

• Cut 1 square 2½˝ × 2½˝.

• Cut 1 rectangle 2˝ × 4¼˝.

• Cut 1 rectangle 1½˝ × 7¼˝.

Eyes

Background fabric

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