Monday, September 10, 2007

now that is skinny

Has anyone seen this yet?
Grass quilt in progress by Brenda Gael Smith. I don't even have a concept for 1/14th of an inch... (let alone how to sew it...)

I have enjoyed seeing the quilts that she makes & I occasionally catch her patterns in the Australian patchwork magazines that I look at the book stores. Here is her art quilt "gallery." (She has other gallieries, just poke around the blog.) Le Prentemps is my favorite... It really does have the feeling of Spring. Her pattern Synchronicity is on my to do list... (I'll get to that after I get round to getting the pattern...)

I finished the binding on the 3 doll quilts that I am currently swapping - YIPPEE! & I stared to hand quilt the taupe tumbler quilt - stitch in the ditch... The clam shells idea caused a brain cramp & there are tooo many seams.

Camera - at home, so no "in progress" photos.

I've got a question...

What goes with Lavendar? I got a couple books on color theory & am even more confused now that before I tried to look at it from the "proper" perspective. (Yellowy orange - limey yellow?) The lavendar is a Kona Solid, so I can't pull something to go with one of the other shades/colors in the print.

15 comments:

Brenda said...

Sorry Amy, there was a typo on my blog - the strips are between 1/4 inch and one and a quarter inches. It still took a long time to sew them all together!

Vicki W said...

Amy, I agree with you, Brenda's quilt is awesome! On the color question, the answer is "it depends". Depending on the color wheel you are using the compliment to lavender could be light yellow to light chartreuse - so if you are looking for a complimentary scheme any of those would work! I was doing some color research this past weekend and I made 3 color wheels for the pigment, process and Munsell theories. It was an interesting exercise and I'll post about it later this week if you are interested.

Libby said...

Darn those seams. I have been trying to 'step up' my hand quilting but find that seams can be a challenge. I want to try out fans, but need to find just the right, non-seamy piece to do so.

Fiona said...

I would either go for yellow or green with the lavender - lemon yellow but depends on the amount of blue in the lavender.

Karen said...

I would think limey green. With lavendar.

Andi said...

The only advice I have for color combos is "AUDITION." Put some combinations together and see what apeals to you. If you can't get to a quilt store, how about investing in a Crayola 64-pack?!? (just kidding)

JoAnna said...

I hear sage green goes with lavendar. But that is a very different look then the colors suggested - a bit more girly, I think. Let us know what you do!

Jessica said...

I did lavander and orange (not so bright, but not so pastel either) for a border on my cherry quilt... check it out, just click the picture. Otherwise, any thing your little heart desires, just as long as you love it!

And I can sew grass with no problem- gees, I do it all the time! (yeah right!!!)

Kay said...

I think Vicki's right on the lavendar, but why not try both yellow and the yellow green tones? You can also use green (probably a dark one) with a little orange for accent. That's a triadic color scheme, and looks very good.

Shelina said...

Oh please let me impart my color knowledge to you Amy. Know that I know nothing, I agree with the auditioning. I think purple and yellow are on opposite sides of the wheel, so they would go together. Then if you wanted to do the triad, then you could use the green and orange. You don't have to use all three colors in the same proportions of course, but I have been told that with purple and green, the "eye" looks for the orange. Just a little dab will do you.
And if you wanted to use the colors next to the purple, you could you could do purple with red or blue.
I asked my brother who majored in art in college, and he said whatever looks good to you matches. So there ya go.

jovaliquilts said...

I love purples and greens together, and with a lavender, a soft green or a yellow-y green, depending on the tone of the lavender. But the lavender and orange suggestion sounds great, too! Have fun choosing.

ForestJane said...

I'll be different and vote for pink or blue with lavender. :)

The Army of Four said...

You can see a quilt our mom made using lavendar at this link. She made it as a shop sample; that's one of the shop owner's dogs laying on the unquilted top. We aren't allowed to do that! She started with a fun print, added the lavendar, then paired it up with bright green and other greens for interest.
You can also see it finished at this link, but the color is a bit off. (It's the 6th picture down; our mom ghost-writes that blog for the Bernina Boys.)
Luv,
Dave - Guide Dog for the Color Blind

atet said...

With lavendar -- a limey green, chocolate brown (actually a deep orange -- but close enough to the pink which is going to be lavendars complimentary color), black, um, any color you think looks good?

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

Grass IS wonderful! I like sewing skinny strips - my current cutting project is 83 different fabrics - all 1". One thing to remember though - it takes lots and lots of sewing before you even feel like you are hitting the 12" width mark. Sew 1 seam from the top and then switch - sew from the bottom - this helps prevent wavy seams. Of course - I think that YOU have a super high tech machine with a built in walking foot on top? If so, then you are already 1 step ahead of the game and your seams probably won't wave like mine do!

Color theory - look at an IRIS for color combos... or a garden magazine.

Cheers!

Evelyn