Design Seeds

In August, I told you about the Color Palette Generator, a website that allows you to upload a photo and then it gives you fifteen colors found in that picture. Now I want to tell you about Design Seeds. Every day, it features two photos along with a palette of six colors. If you’re looking for a fresh way to pick an interesting color combination, you might really enjoy exploring … Continue reading

Color Palette Generator

Do you ever find yourself stuck when it comes to choosing colors for your new quilt? If you don’t have time to take a color theory class, or if you just want to try something new, you might try the free online Color Palette Generator. You can upload any JPG photo, and it will select fifteen colors that appear in that photo. Depending on your photo, you could come up … Continue reading

Munsell Color Wheel

Color wheels fascinate me. I think they appeal to the part of me that loves organization. For the last couple of years, I’ve been making various color samples because I often teach color workshops or lectures to quilt guilds. If you like color wheels too and would like to make one of your own, I have a short tutorial on how you can create your own fused color wheel. I … Continue reading

Push-up 2 completed!

I’ve been quiet this week because I’m trying to stay away from my computer and stay focused on sewing my new composition. I decided to play with tonal progressions a little more. Here was my basic thought process as Push-up #2 progressed. (Forgive the poor quality of the image. I just did some quick digital editing to simulate what it might have looked like, but I didn’t want to spend … Continue reading

Tutorial: Using a gray scale tool

One thing I’ve learned about myself is that I need things to be organized in logical ways so my brain can process it all more easily. I started college when I was only 17, before I consciously realized this about myself. Even though I really liked my college textile art professor, I could never quite grasp the things she was trying to teach me because she taught in such a … Continue reading

Nancy Crow workshop: Lines, Curves, Shapes; days 4 & 5

By Wednesday afternoon I wanted to totally leave behind everything I had done so far and I was eager to start the final project. Nancy gave us our final assignment, and once again I just couldn’t wrap my head around all of the variables. I will definitely sleep all day and all night for an entire week before the next workshop I take here! That’s okay, though. I was determined … Continue reading

Nancy Crow workshop: Lines, Curves, Shapes; days 2 & 3

A funny thing happened on Monday night. We went to bed, all tucked up in our little RV, when we noticed something terribly wrong with our very comfy, very reliable air mattress. It started getting rather flat. Sweet hubby valiantly tried to re-inflate the poor thing at 1 in the morning, but by morning it had completely died. Thankfully, we had a thin foam pad on top, but we had … Continue reading

Nancy Crow workshop: Lines, Curves, Shapes; day 1

Monday morning started a little “late.” Technically, class starts at 9 AM, but during the week the classroom opens at 7 AM for people to work on their own before class starts. On Monday, the first day of class, everyone was there by 8:30, eager and ready to start. So, Nancy gave us our assignment: in one day, we needed to make three interpretations of a single design, with several … Continue reading