Guess who decorated the gingerbread house this year? I usually decorate with my sons, but they’re growing older and not as enthralled about doing crafts with mom as they used to be. So that meant I got to be really compulsive with my colors! Normally I’m totally hands off and let them play and put [...]
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One of the questions I’m most often asked is “Where do you get your inspiration?”
My short answer? ”Everywhere.”
That’s usually not the answer people are looking for. They want specifics, like publication name, date, and page number, so they can see it too. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way.
I don’t rely on any one source for [...]
When Carolyn Beam from Quiltmaker asked me to participate in their 100 Blocks issue I was thrilled to contribute, as Quiltmaker is the magazine I recommend most to my students. It’s a great learning tool, and their 100 Blocks collector’s issue does not disappoint. It’s packed with appliqued, pieced, and mixed-technique blocks, so no matter [...]
More photos from my trip to Athens and Dragonfly Quilt Shop. As you walk in the shop you’re surrounded by gorgeous fabrics and samples that you can’t wait to make! Love the beautiful white armoire filled with goodies. The shop had a Kaffe Fassett table to get quilters excited about his workshop at Dragonfly. Deb [...]
After I shot this video at Dragonfly Quilt Shop in Watkinsville, GA, I gave a lecture to the Cotton Patch Quilt Guild in Athens, and drove home for a late-night arrival. The same day, my elder son attended a workshop at the local Apple store on how to use iMovie.
I’ve been the computer expert in [...]
Fall just begs for a new quilt, doesn’t it? I have only a couple of workshops left in the fall schedule! Be good to yourself and schedule an artist date by signing up for my workshops. Then get even more inspiration at the fabulous quilt shows coming up – of course I expect you to [...]
Ann Litrell, a local painter in Woodstock, Georgia, invited me to speak at her gallery event to raise funds for charity. Here are the details from Ann:
Gallery Show and Fundraiser – The Colors of HOPE: Author and quilter Maria Peagler, with local quilter Mary Litrel, will show selected quilts from their collections at the gallery [...]
I took this photo of me around Mother’s Day. I’m in my bedroom, painted a creamy yellow color, which I love but so many find it difficult to get right. Behind me is a quilt made for me by my bee group: we each asked for specific blocks that we would put into a quilt, [...]
I spent a gorgeous weekend in Eatonton, GA, near Lake Oconee at a delightful new shop called the Stitching Barn. Becky Pittman held her grand opening last week and invited me to present a Color Mastery workshop on Saturday.
The shop really was an old dairy barn and is absolutely charming, both inside and out. Here [...]
Guess what? I’m a Rock Star!! Or so says the team over at Slideshare.net. They notified me my slideshow on How to Make a Quilter’s Color Wheel has gone viral, with over 400,000 views.
Here’s the link to the slideshow and the free color wheel chart you can download to do your own. [...]
Did you notice the colors our presidential families wore to the inauguration? Among a sea of black wool coats, both men and women accessorized in bright, vivid colors. And the most popular?
Yellow. And that wasn’t an accident. Michelle Obama’s yellow dress and jacket were the most highly-contrasting color she could choose to be visible next [...]
Terry Atkinson over at Atkinson Designs got inspired from Color Mastery and is starting her own color journal. Read the details here.
Interested in starting your own color journal from Color Mastery? Email me photos of your journal with the book and I’ll post them to the Color Mastery book blog! Send them to info [at] [...]
Color trends are a dichotomous lot. They seem to diverge in different directions, with no rhyme or reason as to why they came about. 2009 will be no different, but here are the color predictions from Michael Miller Fabrics:
black & yellow color scheme (look for these in Vera Bradley handbags)
orchid (a dull, [...]
Kay Mackenzie, author of the upcoming book Easy Appliqué Blocks: 50 Designs in 5 Sizes (Martingale) invited me to be a guest over at her fantastic All About Applique blog. I reveal my top three tips for getting great color in applique quilts, as well as some storyline about me. You can read my post [...]
It’s apple-picking time in north Georgia. Aren’t these apples gorgeous on a sunny day? Imagine these colors worked into a quilt. There’s so much light on the red that they look orange, like peaches.
I took these photos with my camera phone, and they turned out much better than I imagined. In reality, these apples [...]
Ever wonder who are those trendsetters who declare what the new “hot” colors will be for the upcoming season? I found out when I attended a workshop with Michael Miller fabrics at spring Quilt Market. Turns out fashion colors start in Paris on the runway, then slowly trickle down into the marketplace and [...]
This grand peony appeared in my garden just in time for Mother’s Day. Isn’t it gorgeous? Peonies are so hardy and tough, and the deer don’t eat them, which is a requirement here in the Appalachians.
I’m on my way to Quilt Market in Portland to announce my upcoming book Color Mastery, which will [...]
And the winners of the bookmarks with the ruler on the back are:
I couldn’t pick just five, so I’m sending them to everyone who gave me feedback, as I treasure each of your comments. Please email me privately your mailing address and the gorgeous bookmarks will be on their way to you. You [...]
I need your valued opinions! I’m deliberating as to which version of the color wheel to include in an appendix in the back of my book: a fabric color wheel, or the illustration. Which do you prefer and would find more useful? [...]
Here’s how I selected the color palette and fabrics for the Miranda bag. I find many quilters who are either intimidated by the color wheel or who understand the theory behind it but not how to apply it to their quilts. A real-life example should help.
I knew I wanted to use the [...]
I’m so excited! I’ve created a tutorial on Making a Quilter’s Color Wheel, and you can click on the slidecast here to view it. This took me a couple days to do: an afternoon to shoot the photos and another day to make the slideshow, record the audio, upload and troubleshoot.
Here’s my stitched art piece for the Inspire Me Thursday blog. The creative prompt this week was “birds.” I used a blue/orange complement for a fall color palette and a feather stitch around the squares. Had fun with this and look forward to doing future creative prompts. Great artist date opportunity!
I taught such a lovely group of ladies today in my Color for Fiber Artists class. Four quilters, a rug-hooker, and a weaver – a wonderfully diverse group of fiber artists. Everyone had a positive outlook, was eager to learn and grew by leaps and bounds in their color knowledge.
Here they are working [...]
Another quilt from the ECQG show caught my eye for its excellent use of color: Black Tea and Honey by Danielle Morgan. Simple yet elegant in its design, I could not keep my eyes off of it, entranced by its sophisticated color palette. Here is my interview with Danielle:
Q: How long [...]
Marge’s quilt in the East Cobb Quilt Guild show caught my eye because of the title: Red Made All the Difference. She had obviously thought quite carefully about the colors she included in this quilt, and I wanted to interview Marge about the experience she had making this quilt. Enjoy!
Q: Tell [...]