Monday, May 30, 2011

I-Phone Apps


Here are some of the I-Phone Apps Alma mentioned at guild at Amy Davidson’s lecture:

Reviewed by Jenn Mason in the Spring issues of Cloth-Paper-Scissors magazine, STUDIOS.  Quite a few more are in the magazine.

Palettes by Rick Maddy  converts photo to color palette.  Entry level is free - two upgrades available.

Fabric Stash by Blueshift Software, LLC  organize your fabric stash  $4.99

Ewe Stash by Treeness, LLC  organize your knitting and crocheting supplies  $2.99

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Investigating Color

Amy Davidson presented a PowerPoint and Trunk Show last night (May 25, 2011) at our guild meeting about “Color for Quilters.”  Lots of great information!!!  Some bits, pieces and highlights worth mentioning:

It’s all about the contrast.” 













Think of color as a mood or feeling.”













Color is relative to its surroundings.”

The same general pattern shown two different ways.

All quotes and quilt photos above are by Amy Davidson, quilter and designer 

During the discussion following Amy’s great lecture, we talked about taking photos in nature and “out and about” in the world, then taking colors from those pictures to help create our color palettes for quilts.  It got me to thinking about my fellow blogging friend Vicki Welsh.  Vicki frequently does just that!  Visit her blog at this link:

and view the photos she has pulled colors from. As you scroll down the page, you’ll see quilts she has created that utilize those color palettes.  Vicki uses Photoshop Elements to capture the color from her photos, so if you have that software, this is something you might like to try. 

Keep in mind that Vicki is one of the most talented quilters at dying her own fabric.  Check out her Etsy shop to purchase some of her great fabrics!


Speaking of the software, “Photoshop Elements,” Carla is offering a class: 

Title: Beg. Photoshop Elements for Fiber Artists and Sewing Enthusiasts
Date: June 6-June 25, 2011 (Registration begins May 26, 2011)
Length: Approx. 3 weeks  (Students will have access for 6 months once the class ends)

For more information, go to Carla’s blog at this link:

Tell her Caron sent you.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Flushing Quilt Show

Every other year, the Genesee Star Quilters host a quilt show.  The past few shows have been at Flushing United Methodist Church, and this year was no exception.  Several members of the Evening Star Quilters are also members of the Genesee Star Quilters, and it was nice to see their work on display!












I loved this piece, “One Empty Spool” by Mary Shaw. Her design source was “Reminiscing: A Whimsical Collection Collection” by Terri Degenkolb.  Nicely done, Mary!


This beautiful applique quilt by Virginia Anderson is called “Baltimore’s Country Cousins,” patter by Susan McKelvey. 

Here’s a close up of Virginia’s beautiful work.

Love, love love the colors in Shirley Mile’s quilt, below.  The background fabric is hand dyed, and I think the color choice was stunning!  The quilt is called “Baskets and Blooms in the Cottage Garden” pattern source from “Quilting in the Garden.”  The quilting was done by Suzie Berberich.

Virginia Anderson’s “Cinnamon Stitches” also caught my eye.  Isn’t it exciting to see different colors being used?  Design source from Piece of Cake, quilting by Quilting B’s of Elkton, MI.

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The border Virginia used on her quilt is perfect!


Keep up the beautiful work, ladies!