Friday, July 25, 2014

Loving Lyon....

Wish you were here!

Happy days....


Friday, July 18, 2014

Really Random..the French version!

Are you sick of all my holiday snaps yet?

Just like Melbourne trams, just more efficient!

I'm not offended if you don't go any further....

We saw an art exhibition curated by Cheech Marin here
If you are interested,

Porte Cailhau

these are from Bordeaux...

the weather was terrible!

And from the Dordogne...

The Mr. canoeing on the river!

the weather was amazing!

Dare I say, 36C is a little hot...

to do too much!

Happy days!


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Wordless Wednesday...

The French version....

Saint Cirq Lapopie- France's most beautiful village!

Flaran Abbey- 11th century

The gite where we are staying in Salies De Bearn

Happy days!


Thursday, July 3, 2014

I'm over here....

Enjoying the sights...


Lentils and lace....

and long walks uphill...

Le Puy en Velay

and down dale...


Eating lots of delicious food...

and looking at pretty fabric-

way too expensive to buy!

Au revoir...


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

July is here....

but I'm not!

Happy knitting!

(as I am away on holidays, I am not allowing comments on this post)


Friday, June 20, 2014

Colour Play...

Firstly, thank you Mary for inviting me to be part of your Flowering Snowball-Along!

Mary asked me to share some ideas about choosing fabrics for a scrappy quilt with this pretty design.

In all honesty, I have no formal training in colour.
  These are just my thoughts about colour, design and fabric from years of experience making scrap quilts!

1. If you are a bit intimidated by going 
"all out scrappy"
choose a colour palette, 
with something like "Design Seeds"...

That is how I chose mine!

2. Become more familiar with the colour wheel and the theory behind colour.  There is an excellent, easy-to-read article here.
Although I'm not sure what happened to pink?

The "Spring Brights" colour palette (above)
  is taken from   
different thirds of this colour wheel.

This means, I think, that there will be 
balance in the colours.

3. The design of the fabrics also 
needs to be balanced,
having large prints and small prints...

deeper tones and lighter ones....

Tone on tones or prints which read as solids...

And every quilt is better with spots,
don't you think?!

4. Consider your favourite fabric lines and what the designer has created...

Shelburne Falls by Denyse Schmidt
Most of the above principals will generally apply.

5. I wrote another post about colour here 
which suggests instead,
 starting with a 'inspiration fabric' 
and its selvedge.

6. Even after I have chosen fabrics for 
a scrappy quilt,
I continue to make decisions during
the making process,

asking myself questions such as:

* Is there enough contrast between the pieces?

* Are there too many prints of the same value?

* Do I have a balance of colours from 
the palette chosen?

I think the more you play with your fabrics, 
the more fun you will have picking a palette!

Go on- have some colour play!

Happy sewing!


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