A Modern Twist Create Quilts with a Colorful spin by Natalie Barnes with Angela Walters, published by That Patchwork Place ($24.99) is that book we’ve all been waiting for incorporating piecing and quilting in one place. And incorporating both techniques into one book Natalie reminds us of the one concept in quilt making that defines us differently: Community.
Natalie dedicates the book to “the girls”, Grandma Stephanie, her aunt Laura Marie and her mom Normal Rose for helping her see beauty, to say yes and be kind. She carries forward this notion of community in the introduction where she shares the story of quilters who have been there for her, and helped her with the making of quilts for the book. She speaks of her friend Rose Hughes, quilting momma’s Nancy Crow and Gwen Marston who are still leaders in this quilting community, offering us the option of piecing and quilting quilts our way. It is this same sense of encouragement and community that is an eternal part of our lives as quilt makers.
The other day we posted Choosing Fabric a focus on one way to choose colors for fabric. Natalie, who worked in the field of corporate architecture and corporate interior design for 20 plus years, gives a good explanation of color using the color wheel and one further tip for choosing fabric: use the color dots or windows on the selvage of the fabric to help choose color for our quilts this simple and easy tip is often overlooked and it doesn’t get much easier.
Photo Courtesy Martingale; Brent Kane, Photographer
The projects in the book, like the Studio Boxes above, are well presented and easy to make. Small projects like the boxes allow us to explore color and practice our quilting in one project. The boxes will look cute in our sewing studios and make great gifts for all of our quilty friends. Shown in two different colors here we can see how color can change. If you notice on the bottom of both boxes Natalie uses the same fabric: on the blue box it blends in, on the orange box it stands out more as it contrasts.
The Random Landscape place mats, add color and warmth to any table. Natalie encourages quilters to use “ugly” and “magic” fabrics/colors to add a bit of pop and zing. Often it’s that fabric that we hesitate to get or use that makes all the difference in our quilts.
These ugly and magic colors can draw our eye to the focal point of the quilt. Like the red confetti dot here on just off center in Natalie’s Circle Shuffle. The red draws our attention and leads our eye to the navy in the upper right hand corner. The navy then moves our eye to the green on the left side of the quilt. All of this color placement together gives us the opportunity to see the quilt as a whole. We can see how the color plays and rests allowing us to enjoy the parts and the sum.
Of course there’s an opportunity to win a copy of the book! Simply tell us your favorite color or colors to use in your quilts for piecing or for quilting or both. On March 15th we’ll hit that Random Number Generator and choose a winner.
UPDATE: Congratulations Tamie, commenter #19! You’ve won a signed copy of Natlie’s book!
March 1 Natalie Barnes beyond the reef
March 2 Latifah Saafir Latifah Saafir Studios
March 3 Generation Q Magazine
March 4 Julie Herman Jay Bird Quilts
March 5 Jenny Wilding Cardon Martingale
March 6 Rose Hughes
March 7 Amy Smart Diary of a Quilter
March 8 Carolyn Friedlander
March 9 Victoria Findlay Wolfe BumbleBeans
March 10 Amy Ellis Amy’s Creative Side
March 11 Angela Walters Quilting is my Therapy