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Blue-Green: August’s Color-of-the-Month

Since Pantone has declared turquoise the hot color of 2010, blue-green is everywhere.  I must admit, blue-green was never one of my favorites, as I’d seen it used badly in southwestern color palettes, but never in a color scheme I enjoyed.  So, I took my own advice from Color Mastery and worked with this challenging color (for me) until I loved it.  And I do.

You will too after you experience the luscious blue-green quilts offered up this month by indie quilt designers from the Yahoo Quilt Designers Collective.  Get advice from and see the quilts of Pat Sloan, Barbara Campbell, Sarah Whitney, Helen Stubbings, Marilyn Foreman, and Marcy Horswill. To view the show in Full Screen mode or to embed this slideshow in your blog, just click the Menu link.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Color . . . .

Ok, well maybe not everything.  After all, it’s only an hour.  But what an hour it will be.  I’ll be chatting with Morna McEver Golletz in the Professional Quilter Cafe, and of course the topic will be my favorite:  color in quilts.  What an artist date!

What I’m most excited about is having a one-on-one where we can really dig deep into the subject.  Color is so intimidating for most quilters that this is a jewel of an opportunity to really “get” color in a way they never have before.

And since this is a Professional Quilter teleclass, we’ll be talking about color not just for quilters, but also for instructors who teach color classes, pattern designers and how they can use color more effectively in their samples, and for shop owners and how they can really help their customers in choosing colors for their quilts.

Hope you can join us.  It’s only $9.95 and that’s for both the teleclass and downloadable MP3.  You can’t even buy a dinner out for that.  So stay home on Thursday, Jan. 15 and join us at 8p.m. Eastern.  Here’s the link.  See you there!

Christmas Comes Early

It’s been a whirlwind of activity here at the Willow Ridge Press family studios.  Thanksgiving was a gourmet feast, as my husband and I both love to cook.  He made Emeril Lagasse’s turkey recipe from his new show Emeril Green, and I made the traditional cornbread dressing, made with whole grain cornbread.

Then it snowed on Dec. 1st!  I’ve been Twittering almost daily, and I shared about our turkey sightings, snowball fights, and hot chocolate.  Now the news is there’s a mountain lion in our midst.  Yikes.  That’s almost like having a bear in our garage, which we really did about five years ago.

I was gone all day yesterday on a business trip.  I played with fabric all day long, looking through the best and most current fabric samples from major manufacturers, all headed your way in beautiful designs you’ll be seeing in the near future.  Had a great ladies lunch, drove three hours home to hugs and kisses.

My son asked me this week if I was excited about Christmas coming.  Wow, what a loaded question.  He anticipates all the magic and joy, and we moms/wives/sisters/daughters anticipate the work!  Well, I am excited, and I’ve been working hard with my friends and asking them for the most wonderful gifts for you.  Yes, you!

If you subscribe to my newsletter you’ve known about this for awhile, and the time is here!  It’s a Quilts & Creativity Twelve Days of Christmas giveaway!  Starting next week, Dec. 8, I’ll be giving away gifts for you, and all you have to do is comment on this blog.  I’ll randomly choose one comment each day as the lucky winner.  And the gifts?  Great stuff like fabric, books, notions, threads, and patterns.  So don’t miss a day.  Santa’s filling your stocking early this year!

Quilt Project Runway: Meg Cox, Quilting Evangelist

I profiled Meg Cox, author of The Quilter’s Catalog: A Comprehensive Resource Guide, months ago here, and I attended her session at Fall Quilt Market.  Meg is the new evangelist for all things quilting, her goal being to create new quilters in the 85% of American households that don’t have one.  Can it really be that high?

Meg holds “Learn to Quilt” parties where she teaches women and girls how to quilt:  just the basics like how to pin, piece by hand, and tie a quilt. Oh, and they serve “Quiltinis” – a mock cocktail.   She approaches nontraditional venues such as bookstores, mother’s groups, and other social gathering locations where women hang out.

The interesting comment Meg made was this:  Quilters can be our own worst enemies when it comes to growing the quilting community, because we make things so complicated.

You know what?  I agree.  Go to any guild Show and Tell and the oohs and aahs go to the 3000-pieces Grandmother’s Flower Garden, the king-size Mariner’s Compass, or other such masterpiece quilts.  And we should be impressed.  But what happens when a quilter holds up a Turning Twenty or Yellow Brick Road?  Quiet smiles and nods.  Move on.  Seen it.

Let’s embrace all quilters:  new, expert, traditional, art.  We all love fabric, creating beauty, and the comraderie of other quilters.  Let’s spread the word!

Quilt Project Runway: Color Trends

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)
  • grey
  • orchid (a dull, medium, red-violet for all you Color Masters)
  • jeweltones in red, blue, and green

Why these colors?  They trickle down from Paris runways, and seep into fashion, magazines, and the ultimate arbiter of all things designer:  Target.  Really.  When you see Rubbermaid, Daytimers, and hangers at Target in trendy colors, you know those are what’s hot.

Here are some quilts from Michael Miller’s newest fabric lines:

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Quilt Project Runway: Color Mastery’s Photo Man


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Ok, so he’s The Photo Man for The Quilt Show too.  Gregory took all the gorgeous photos of the quilts in Color Mastery, and he is a large part of why the book turned out so beautifully.  After all, the colors in the quilts had to be not just lovely to look at, but accurate as well in a book on color for quilters.  And Gregory and his wife Elena Morena worked diligently to bring you gorgeous color, page-after-page.

They have their own book they’ve just published, written by Gwen Marston, called Ideas and Inspirations:  Abstract Quilts in Solids:

They had a copy at Market and it was pure Gwen – gorgeously designed quilts, all done in solids, and hand-quilted.  I’ll be ordering my own autographed copy.  My Christmas wish list is getting bigger and bigger!

Quilt Project Runway: Katie Pasquini Masopust

Katie Pasquini Masopust has a new book on creative quilt design called Design Explorations for the Creative Quilter: Easy-to-Follow Lessons for Dynamic Art Quilts. All about taking inspiration from photos and artwork and using them as a source for your quilts. Katie professes not be good at drawing realistically, so she takes her photographs and sketches and turns them into abstract art.  How’s that for turning a challenge into an opportunity?

Also learned that Katie machine quilts her quilts in sections, Marti Michell-style: Machine Quilting in Sections. Her art quilts aren’t that large by most quilting standards, but she says it makes quilting much easier.

I have Katie’s previous book, Color and Composition for the Creative Quilter: Improve Any Quilt with Easy-to-Follow Lessons and enjoyed the quilts and the lessons in the book.  Even though I didn’t want to make her quilts, I did learn from the exercises.  That’s what I believe the best quilting books do:  teach you how to improve the quilts you want to make, not how to make someone else’s quilt.   While the Fall Quilt Market 2008 Schoolhouse session I attended was short, Katie showed impressive innovation, humor and accessibility.  She doesn’t get so serious about her art quilts that she forgets to have fun with them and her students.

Lights – Camera – Showtime!

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Ready?  Set?  Go!

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Ever wonder what happens before all the glitz and glamour of Quilt Market?  Here are two wonderful and generous ladies,  Eileen Sullivan of The Designer’s Workshop, and Jennifer Armor of Jennifer Armor Garments, setting up their booth.

And here we are later when everything’s looking beautiful, well-lit, and gorgeous at a book signing for Color Mastery.  Oops – our photographer was so excited she couldn’t stand still when shooting!

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Up next:  photos of new quilts from the best and latest designers!

Color Mastery Now Available for Pre-Order!

It’s a big day in the Willow Ridge Press studio.  Color Mastery is now listed on my distributor’s website at AtlasBooks.com.  You can pre-order your own copy and be one of the first to hold it in your own hands.  I decided to use a distributor for book sales and fulfillment so I can concentrate on what I enjoy most:  quilting, teaching, and writing.  I focus on what I do best, and AtlasBooks does a much better job of packing and shipping the book to you than I would.

Color Mastery is also available for pre-order over at Amazon, and will be in your local quilt shop in February.  What if you don’t have a local quilt shop, like in my town?  You can always order online, or directly from me, and I’ll even autograph it.

When I wrote Color Mastery, I challenged myself to make beautiful quilts with extraordinary color using only the fabrics in my stash.  That has become even more important lately with the recent economic news:  when food, gas, and energy are rising and incomes are dropping, what happens to the “fun stuff” like buying fabric and quilting?  Usually it’s the first to go!  But it doesn’t have to.  That’s where Color Mastery comes in.  It’s the only quilting book on color designed to be used with your stash, showing you it is possible to squeeze better color from the fabrics you’ve already got.

And here are two special gifts, that if ordered separately, would be $39.95, available exclusively and instantly for my early bird orders:

  • a special pattern for a color wheel pincushion
  • a collection of every technique (over 50!!) in Color Mastery for getting better color from your stash.

These two bonuses are a special thank you to my readers that order the book early.  That way, you can go ahead and get started on fantastic color from your stash, even before the book arrives.

Just send me (info@colormastery.com) your AtlasBooks or Amazon transaction number, and I’ll email the special gifts to your inbox – you don’t even have to walk to the mailbox.

I’ll even add a third special gift if you include the email address of your quilt guild newsletter editor, so I can tell them about some free articles available from Color Mastery to guilds.  Don’t you just love getting surprises, exclusively for you, in your mailbox?

New Monthly Email Newsletter

You can now sign up for my brand new monthly email newsletter and have it delivered directly to your Inbox.  Each month I’ll be covering quilting techniques, news, and opening up the world of creativity and color to my subscribers.  Note this is different than subscribing to this blog:  the blog I update several times a week with news about my life and quilting; the email newsetter will be more how-to type information, including:

  • a breakdown of a popular trend in quilting and how you can achieve those same color results (next month:  Blended Quilts and How You Can Get That Look!)
  • latest quilting news
  • recipes
  • upcoming classes and shows

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