Inspiration – Sew Pro Stars Blog Hop

Welcome to the Sew Pro Stars Blog Hop!  Here you will find a variety of sewing projects inspired by the information and interactions from Sew Pro 2016.

Sew Pro Stars Blog Hop

What is Sew Pro?

In September, I took a bold step in building my quilting business. I traveled from Phoenix to Chicago to attend the Sew Pro convention.  It was a gathering of sewing professionals to meet, mingle, and learn some business-building strategies.  The organizers, Brenda Ratliff of Pink Castle Fabrics, and Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness, planned four tracks of lectures. Attendees could choose from pattern designers, fabric designers, authors, and bloggers.  Lecture topics ranged from publishing tips and intellectual property rights, to technology tools and the travelling teacher life.  When I returned home, I knew I wanted to continue the collaboration with the wonderful people I met.  I reached out to my fellow sewists on Facebook, and we agreed to share during this blog hop.  Please visit everyone and prepare to be dazzled by the amazing creativity and talent!

Sew Pro attendee True Blue Quilts

At Sew Pro, our keynote speakers were Pat Sloan and Tula Pink.  I came home with pages and pages of notes just from those two speakers.  The conference was jam-packed with great information about the opportunities for quilters and sewists in the larger fabric industry.

Tula Pink sharing the Elizabeth fabric line

Inspiration

As I pondered how to express the lessons from Sew Pro within a fabric-based project, I explored Pat Sloan’s website.  She is a powerhouse in the quilting world, hosting a weekly podcast as well as designing quilt and writing books!  You may have heard of one of her little projects…the Splendid Sampler, a 100-block quilt along that has thousands of participants. From the Splendid Sampler patterns, I found the perfect block to represent Pat and the Sew Pro conference: #61 Traveler, coincidentally published on the weekend we were all in Chicago!

traveler block with slow and steady fabric

Tula Pink is an amazing artist.  I love her color sense and the whimsical animals she designs.  The Traveler blocks were made with fabrics from her Eden line.  Also, I am featuring two prints from her new line, “Slow and Steady.”  The hare is a tribute to my mom, a collector of porcelain rabbits, who inspired me to quilt when she opened a fabric store.  The snails remind me that building my business is not a sprint.  The Traveler blocks signify life’s journey…my trip to Sew Pro and all the places quilting has taken me.  I can’t wait to see what comes next!

But Wait…there’s more!

To make the Sew Pro Stars Blog Hop extra-special, let’s have a giveaway (or TWO!)!

First, for subscribers to my newsletter, Loose Threads from True Blue Quilts, I am offering the scrap pile from the above project.  It includes 5 fat-eighth size pieces of Tula Pink fabric and a copy of  any of my single patterns (shown here).  I will conduct a random drawing from the list of subscribers on Saturday, Nov 19 at 12 noon Arizona time.

 

** A winner has been drawn!  winner for blog hop prize
Congratulations Vanessa!  Check your email for details 🙂

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Visit the other quilters and sewists on the Sew Pro Stars Blog Hop:

Monday Nov 14

Lisa Peterson – Lisa and Lorelai

Sherri Noel – Rebecca Mae Designs

(you are here) Andi Stanfield – True Blue Quilts

Tuesday Nov 15

Vanessa Behymer – Vintage Barngirl

Pam Cobb & Lynn Rinehart – The Stitch TV Show

Sherry Shish – Powered by Quilting

Joanne Kerton – Canuck Quilter

Lisa Nielsen – Lisa Lisa and the Quilt Jam

Wednesday Nov 16

Carmen Ross – See Carmen Sew

Anne Beier – Hudson Valley Quilts

Jessica Caldwell – Desert Bloom Quilting

Pamela Morgan – Sweet Little Stitches

Thursday Nov 17

Maryanna Powell – Marvelous Auntie M

Cathy Smith – A Quilting Chick

Lissa LaGreca – LovinglyLissa

Paula Mamuscia – Creations by Paula

Friday Nov 18

Becca Fenstermaker – Pretty Piney

Holly Stockley – Lighthouse Lane Designs

Teri Seal – Day Moon Quilts

Trinia Braughton – Penguin Feats

Deanna Wall – Stitches Quilting

Three Ways to Choose Quilt Colors

In Quilting 101*, we learn that designs are built on contrast. When it’s time to choose quilt colors, many quilters start out with a dark design on a light background. Gradually we learn to use a wider range in our color palette and medium fabrics creep in. Visit the Quilting Room with Mel for an informative discussion about finding medium values for your quilt colors. But, planning a quilt can be difficult, so let’s take a look at some modern quilts and learn how to choose quilt colors.

*While there may be class out there with this title, I use the title in jest!

Choose Quilt Colors for Contrast

The idea of contrast is built in to the color wheel, and it is one reason I love rainbow quilts that show off all the colors!how to choose quilt colors

Mother Nature has done the theoretical work for us – Red and Green are complementary, and we can add a splash of interest with another color such as pink, orange or yellow.

The shades of each color must work harder when a quilter chooses a black background. Colors have to be much brighter to contrast and allow the design to POP.

Dear Jane quilt with black background

What happens when you don’t have a single color background? The light, medium and dark values within a color family have to really work well together to make the design shine.

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Color Choices from a Quilting Rockstar

I was blown away when I saw Tula Pink‘s Radiance quilt, featuring her new Slow & Steady fabric line.  Let me try to analyze this beauty and the lesson it can teach us for how to choose quilt colors.

tula pink quilt colors

At first glance, you see the solid diamonds as a rainbow. Look closer, though, and you see a variety of prints mixed in too. The diamonds are shades of red, green, pink, white, yellow and orange, set on a mix of backgrounds in blues, purples, turquoise, grey and black.

Tula Pink's great sense of color for quilts

The result is mesmerizing as your eye follows the flow of colors as they rise and fall across the quilt.

Lesson – Whole color families, not just 2 colors, provide contrast in your quilt.

Color Blocking as a Quilt Palette

Another brilliant quilt featuring saturated colors is Star Light, Star Dark by Jessica at the Quilty Habit.

color block example from QuiltyHabit.com

Rather than set colorful stars on a consistent background, Jessica shows us how to choose quilt colors with the color block style. Each section is monochromatic, featuring a dark star on a lighter background or vice versa. The color saturation and variety of block sizes make Star Light, Star Dark a gorgeous example of modern quilting.

Lesson – keep it all in one (color) family and try a color block quilt

Keep it simple with just one color

Another method to help choose quilt colors is to pick one color family and make a monochromatic quilt. The placement of light, medium and dark fabrics are critical to the design in a monochromatic quilt.  Purple Angles by Mary McElvain features a paper pieced block.

how to choose colors for a monochromatic quilt

By changing the position of fabrics within the block, you can highlight a cross or a ring.

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Lesson: Monochromatic quilts have amazing variety!

Let’s continue to experiment with color selection in our quilts. Choose an unusual color or gradient for a background, or try color block and monochromatic palettes. Change the position of light, medium and dark fabrics in your block to discover alternate designs. Most of all, enjoy the creative process!