Crossing a big goal off my to do list for 2020 right here at the start-
Today I’ve launched a brand new weekly video series on my Youtube channel. Q(uilting) and Answer is short, weekly videos that answer quilting questions I get asked. You’ve asked at my lectures and workshops, and I’ve been keeping a running list.
Nichole Vogelsinger, of Wild Boho, sat down for an interview with me. She was our September Ruby Ambassador and played around with using my newest Ruby project, the Ruby Minder™, a value lens viewer just as the Ruby Ruler™, but also holds up to 12 embroidery threads.
Let’s kick off the Hold Tight Petit Sew Along!
The Hold Tight quilt is a PDF pattern designed by Sharon Holland, this month’s Ruby Ambassador, and features a bouquet of balloons. We will be making a mini, 6 balloon version of the original quilt. Color value plays heavily in this design heavily, and it;s the perfect design to show how understanding color value and using the Ruby Ruler™ or Ruby Minder™ as a value lens will help you create a successful layout. Because you know what makes the balloons look like some are behind others? Color value! Get that part right and your quilt is successful!
A big thank you to American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine for featuring the Ruby Minder™ in their October 2019 issue! The Ruby Ruler’s little sister has been making her way into the sewing supplies of people all over the world. Its growing up!
I recently traveled to some very warm areas recently to visit family (North Carolina I’m looking at you!). That is likely the very reason why I started thinking about making a snowball block quilt. This is one of those blocks that’s super easy to make, and endlessly customizable. The corner block colors can be all the same, or all different. Its fun to see how the quilt changes. Its also a great project to keep set up by the sewing machine, at the ready for any time I have an extra half an hour (like while I’m waiting for computer problems to be resolved…).READ MORE
Today I am excited to launch a brand new series that I have been working on for a couple of months. I have partnered up with a group of amazingly talented artisans, quilters, embroiderers, and sewists to launch the Ruby Ambassador series. I’m kicking off this series with one of my favorite quilting artists- Timna Tarr!
I am currently making a basic thousand pyramid quilt design for our bed, and cutting lots of ” equilateral triangles. I plan to pull all of the lighter fabrics from my stash to build this design. A king sized bed takes up lots of visual room in any bedroom and I don’t want this to be an overwhelming presence. So nothing crazy. Plus, if I use all my light colored fabrics in my stash, I will have the perfect excuse to buy more, right?
When building a scrappy quilt design using the power of color value, as I plan to do, understanding that not all light colored fabrics are light in value can take your quilt to new levels. (This also applies to dark fabrics too.) Let me explain what I mean.