Today I want to touch on the subject of Ombre placement of fabric.
I was inspired by a recent social painting class. I am no Picasso but it got me thinking about making an Ombre quilt and/or quilted project. I am thinking of this as yet another stash busting project. See my painting below:
Part of the exercise in painting the above painting was shading the sky and the foreground from light to dark. The painting is very amateur but I enjoyed the process and it got me thinking about Ombre quilts. Ha! I am always thinking about quilting. I am betting you can relate?
Ombre apparently means shaded or shadow in French. In quilting and interior design, it is the art of shading with a graduated colour scheme from light to dark. There are some wonderful blog posts on the internet showing how you can paint an Ombre room and if you think about it every paint store has a visual of how to gradate colours with paint chips. See image below to see what I am talking about:
Check out this DIY post about "How to Paint an Ombre Accent Wall" from www.crafthubs.com
I started my project by laying out and "auditioning" some of my fabric stash below.
I rejected some and shuffled some and ended up with 12 -2 1/2" strips x width of fabric.
A most useful tool I used to shade my fabric is the 3- in -1 Colour Tool from Joen Wolfrom. It is useful because it has 24 colour cards with numbered swatches, 5 colour plans for each colour, 2 value finders in red and green. It shows the colour wheel and gives you important tips on utilizing colour. It comes in a very nice plastic case for portability so you can take it to your quilting classes.
The red and green value finders are key to seeing ombre!
I recommend that you look at your fabrics through the red or green tools above to see the shades of the fabric from light to dark. This tool works amazingly! You can purchase it below:
Today I made the below Ombre strip sets with the amazing Ultimate 3-in-1 Color Tool.
Why red and green? Red does not work on red fabrics and green does not work on green fabrics, thus, you need both colors. Overlap the tools and look through both of them to view your fabrics. This allows you to look at any color or any textured fabric and determine it's value.
I could not have arranged my fabric without it!
Are you curious to see what I will do with the strip sets above? Check back with us on Tuesdays over the next few weeks to see what I do with these strip sets and more. I am planning on some "modern" projects!
Also, in the meantime.... get your fabric out and lay it out in an ombre fashion and start stash busting!
Have a great Tuesday!❤️
Want/need to know what to do with Fat Quarters? Read all about it and feast your eyes on 5 great,easy and inspiring projects here.
Quilters are crazy about fat quarters! That is a fact!! There should be a National Fat Quarter Day! Yes, I am getting carried away!
If you are reading this and don't know what a "FQ" is, they are 18 x 22" cuts of fabric- a wide 1/4 yard. As apposed to buying a 1/4 yard 9 x 45" piece of fabric. Now when you go to a quilt shop, you will shop "informed".
Essentially, if you are piecing, fat quarters provide the perfect size for a variety of quilting and sewing patterns because you are getting a wider piece of gorgeous fabric!
Quilters sometimes build their stash on fat quarters so that they can have a small and relatively inexpensive sampling of pretty awesome fabrics.
If you are a FQ collector, you know they multiply like rabbits!
This is the time to put them to good use and bust your stash!!
So what to do with FQ's? Hmmmmm .........
1. Make tote bags, 18 x 22" is a great size for one side of a tote bag, use another FQ for the other side and some yardage for handles and lining and you have used up some great fabric! Who doesn't need more bags?
or ....Check out this "Strip Happy Fat Quarter Tote" from Connecting Threads
2. Make Aprons, they are useful, great gifts for young and old and you can personalize them with fabric that suits your cook! Craftsy.com has a whole bunch of cute and free pattern links here.
3. Make large quilts, yes many FQ's make light work of a large quilt! So if you purchased a variety of Fat Quarters from the same designer or similar colour way, they make beautiful quilts. See the pretty floral quilt below from www.allpeoplequilt.com and get the free pattern for "Flower Show" here
4. Make place mats, place mats are a great way to dress up your table, make it seasonally beautiful, create a warm atmosphere and use up those FQ's! You can make them reversible like the ones below, The FQ fabric is on the back and featured in the hexies on the front.
The below place mats I made as class samples for a free motion quilting class that I taught at Simcoe Sew and Quilt in Barrie, Ontario (2015). There is a free download for the "Easy Piped Binding" that I sewed on them here or check out my shop page under free PDF patterns :)
5. Make baby quilts, they require smaller pieces of fabric and can "feature" your fat quarters. I don't know about you but I love cute baby prints, farm animals, zoo animals, baby elephants, dump trucks, cute girly flowers etc.
Drumroll please....... Introducing my Newest Pattern to feature baby FQ's...... It is called "Featuring Baby"
My "Featuring Baby" Quilt Pattern features the use of just one FQ and shows you how to incorporate that one pretty baby FQ you have in your stash into a cute, modern and easy baby quilt!
The pattern shows you how to make easy 4 patches, pinwheels and square in a square blocks and the measurements to use up all of one FQ!
I have made the quilt samples up into 2 colour ways to inspire you. Look at your FQ stash of baby prints, pick out one FQ you love and download my "Featuring Baby" Quilt Pattern here
I'm thinking you know what to do with FQ's, let your imagination do it's work and use up that fabric in 2017. Make room for more, there are so many great designers of fabric out there, creating and producing more of that luscious fabric. Almost as good as a box of chocolate covered caramels! Less calories that's for sure!
FYI, more great news!
I am now accepting payments through the below payment options for my customers at check out in the shop at the top on the menu above.
Have a great Wednesday! 😊
During super bowl weekend, I made this yummy treat that is easy and a neat way to re-visit a fairly old treat recipe.
These lasted longer (in terms of freshness) than the regular plain rice krispy treats and I think it was because of the layer of chocolate smothered on the top. I also kept it covered.
1/4 cup of butter
5 cups or one bag of miniature marshmallows ( I prefer Kraft)
About 6 cups of rice krispie cereal or gluten free
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup of dark chocolate chips
1/4 cup of Caramel/butterscotch ice cream sauce (you could melt 7 kraft caramels but stir in some milk (1 tbsp) after melting to make them more liquified)
Sprinkling of sea salt
Butter a 9 x9" pyrex square pan as above
Melt the butter on low in a large sauce pan, add all marshmallows and stir and cook until melted, turn off the heat, stir in vanilla and stir in rice krispy cereal. Pour into prepared pan as above.
Melt chocolate in the microwave for one minute and stir, 30 seconds, stir, watch carefully and alternate short intervals in the microwave until it is all melted. Spread over rice krispy treats, Swirl caramel sauce over top and sprinkle with sea salt. Yummy and a very nice change from the ordinary rice krispy treats.
Make this for your loved ones today! If you want to get all gooey, wait for them to cool completely in the fridge and cut out with a heart cookie cutter. Or cut and eat as is.
Keep them covered between serving if they last!
and for a no calorie treat......
from Craftsy.com and 10 “OH SEW SWEET” PATTERNS FOR VALENTINE’S DAY!
Treats from me to you❤️
Spread some love around❤️❤️
Happy Tuesday and Happy Valentines Day!❤️❤️❤️
Making creative quilt backs is a great way to use up fabric and your stash! Lately, when considering quilt backing fabric, I have been using up the fabric for the project on the back. It is a great, creative way to showcase the fabric, continue to work with fabric you love and use up little bits and pieces. With careful use of the fabric you can almost make your quilt reversible.
Sharing some pics of creative quilt backs with you below:
The below is a recent baby quilt I was making and every single little piece of fabric was pieced together and used as backing. I knew I would not need the scraps for another project at least for a while and wanted them out of my stash!
Consider making creative quilt backs and use up your stash.
Craftsy.com has a great blog post about this topic called: Creative Quilt Backs: Tips to Make Them Special and this is a wonderful and inspiring blog post explaining how to use prints, large pieces, scrappy bits, diagonal patterns and more! Check it out here
Happy Tuesday! Have a great day! 😊
From time to time I get students who have taken a class or two from me, send pictures of their work. Most recently Nora has sent me some pics of her thread painting and free motion work. I thought I would share this with me blog readers. We all need inspiration!
.... and thats not all ..... Nora has also sent me the quilting and thread painting work she had done from the first class she took with me, see photos below of her placemats. This class was a class project to practise free motion quilting and she added the flowers as her own creative addition with thread paint. The class project suggested some hexies on the side but Nora wanted to try her hand at adding a thread painted design.
Excellent work by Nora, she is very adventurous and clearly creative!
Thanks Nora for sharing, you are getting more skilled by the day!
My message to everyone:
Be adventurous with your sewing and try something new today!
Happy Thursday! 😊
Hi I'm Robin and I am a professional long arm quilter, pattern designer and teacher. I am passionate about all things quilty!
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