Monthly Archives: July 2013

Creating Contrast

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Whether you’re working with an already existing pattern or creating your own, one of the most important elements is the overall composition (the arrangement or organization of the visual elements). Color is not the only thing that will affect the balance, but it is a very important part and can be very impactful. An important part of creating a successful composition is relying on contrast. Contrast is the opposition of different colors, lines, shapes, textures, etc. to provide movement and intensity. You can make color work for you by intuitively incorporating prints and texture while taking into account their effect on the balance and composition.

Contrast determines visual heirarchy—in other words, the order in which we perceive what we’re looking at. Areas with higher contrast are seen and recognized first. This can be very useful when trying to highlight a particular block or area of a pattern. Have you ever had the experience of falling in love with a pattern, but when you selected your fabrics it just didn’t seem to have the same oomph? Chances are you were lacking the same level of contrast as the original fabrics shown.

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Sponsor Highlight: Sew Steady Tables

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It’s time for our next Sponsor Highlight and this week’s post features a really generous, really wonderful company: Dream World Northwest, the makers of the Sew Steady Table.  The Sew Steady Tables are portable acrylic sewing tables used by hundreds of thousands of quilters and sewers around the world.  Go ask people in your guild if they use one; you might be surprised at how many people do!
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It’s Christmas in July?

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We quilters know it takes time to get ready for any holiday, especially Christmas, so in order to give you lots of time to get your projects done, the majority of our Christmas prints come out in June/July. (Yes we know you still wait until November to actually sew the stuff, but let’s all just continue to pretend this will be the year we get it together and start early.)

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Sponsor Highlight: Arrow Furniture

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We are so pleased to have Arrow & Kangaroo Cabinets as a sponsor of our Christmas In July contest! Arrow Cabinets has been building some of the cutest and nicest sewing furniture since 1943. That’s a long time! We think that the company has been around so long because of their top-notch products and, above all else, their amazing customer service. They’re so great!!
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Color Schemes

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Last week we started introducing you to the basics of color theory with some definitions to help you understand more in-depth principles. These definitions will help you as we introduce new lessons in the coming weeks. Today, I wanted to introduce you to some basic color schemes that might inspire a new combination within your stash. Color schemes combine colors to create an aesthetic that will more often than not look appealing together. Some color schemes are simply two colors, while some involve several colors. No matter the color scheme you choose, they’re a great starting point for trying new combinations.

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Organizing Assistant!

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I have been in an organizing mood something fierce this year. I’ve cleaned out every closet, drawer, and shelf in the house. We recently redid my sewing room and I reorganized most of that stuff when we moved but I was pulling together an embroidery project when I noticed the box of embroidery threads was a nest of partially used floss. I pulled it out and my son, who was in my sewing area looking out the window, came over …

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