Welcome to the May Color-of-the-Month slideshow, offering tips on using yellow in your quilt palette: yes you can successfully coordinate yellow with other colors and make it behave! You can do it! This month I host Yolanda Fundora, Barbara Campbell, Maribeth Schmidt, Exclusively Quilters, and Rochelle Martin, sharing fabric designs and gorgeous quilts. Get inspired to create a fabulous summer project and remember to support the participants of each month’s show! (If the text is too tiny in the presentation, click on the Full icon at the bottom to view it Full Screen.)
Creative Quilters, I’d like to introduce you to Sunflower Summer, the May pattern update to our year-long color-of-the-month series.
May’s featured color is yellow, which so many quilters find to be challenging and avoid using. No more! Sunflower Summer shows you how to make yellow play well with others, giving yellow a chance to mingle and be social with its friends from around the color wheel without overwhelming the quilt and giving it that “oh no!” look. Yellow can be overwhelming in any project, and Sunflower Summer reveals how you can coordinate yellow in any quilting project.
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If you can’t get to the quilt shop to select your own fabrics, no worries. I’m offering a Sunflower kit as well. It’s best to choose your own fabrics for your color palettes, but we all have those times when life gets too busy and we just can’t get to it. I’d rather you be able to do the lesson with a kit than not at all.
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Learn by Doing
Yellow is the brightest color in any quilt shop, and using it in your quilt’s color palette takes special care and handling. Without savvy color skills, your quilt can have an off look, even if you use limited amounts of yellow. I show you the why behind yellow’s glare and how to avoid yellow overload.
Learn New Techniques
May’s Sunflower Summer pattern uses a modified Dresden Plate block, and you’ll learn how to make perfect points without having to turn them under using hand applique. All of the sunflower petals are done on the sewing machine! I also demonstrate how different backgrounds can make a color completely disappear or look too strong, and how you know when your colors have achieve a wonderful harmony.
Forget quilt as desired! I’ve included quilting designs, the very ones I used in my own project, that make Sunflower Summer really shine. I created wonderful textures throughout the quilt, and you can too!
To order the Color Mastery Table Runners enhanced e-pattern. click here: I Want to Master Color
As I walked the aisles of Spring Quilt Market, I saw hundreds of quilts, but only a few really stood out as having an outstanding use of color. Here are two of my favorites:
This quilt is from Pamela Mostek’s Piccadilly fabric line, and it is stunning. My photography does not do it justice. The violets, greens, browns, and yellow-orange colors in her fabrics come together to make an outstanding symphony of color.
Remember here when I shared the forecast for new colors? Here are black and yellow, and put together in an adorable quilt. The manufacturer had three quilts made from this fabric line, and this was my favorite.
Pincushions! Can a girl ever have too many pincushions? I know I certainly can’t, and I fell in love with these: Fruit Salad Pincushions from Miss Rosie’s Quilt Co. Oversized strawberries and watermelons, filled with Sweet Dream cotton stuffing from Quilter ‘s Dream so the pincushion stays in place, instead of falling off of my cutting and sewing tables. Definitely on my summer To-Do list.
Batting! Quilter’s Dream is my absolute favorite batting to use, as it makes machine quilting easier and less of a chore to glide the quilt sandwich through the machine. Not only do they have the awesome new Sweet Dreams 100% cotton stuffing (mentioned above for the pincushions), they also have a new product made from recyclable plastic bottles, and I can’t wait to use it. It’s called Dream Green, and it’s actually a light green color and feels great. Again, a must-try for the summer.
Fabric! Here’s a stunner, but my favorite fabric from this spring’s quilt market actually is a line of neutrals from Maywood Studio called Paisley. It draped their tables, my buddy Joan Hawley has a new Claire handbag made from it, and they had a Birds and Bees quilt made from it that was beautiful.
I know I’ve got all kinds of project waiting for me in my quilt studio. It’s been too long away from my sewing machine, my journal, and my fabric. Excuse me, but I’ve got to get quilting!