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!

SUZ

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!

SUZ

Thursday, July 3, 2014

I'm over here....

Enjoying the sights...



London

Lentils and lace....






and long walks uphill...

Le Puy en Velay

and down dale...

Najac




Eating lots of delicious food...


and looking at pretty fabric-



way too expensive to buy!

Au revoir...

SUZ

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)

SUZ

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!

SUZ

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Shelburne Tartan...

Well, "Tartan" is what MrPnP called it,

when he saw my latest quilt top together!


As this is made from Densye Schmidt's 

"Shelburne Falls" range of fabric,

that's the name that's stuck!


I chose the pattern from here...


There is just one partial seam in each block....


right there in the centre!

But it came together fairly painlessly!

I didn't need to use "Herman" too many times!

The solid I chose is Kona "Chinese Red"....


a nice change from white or grey,

and appropriate for a southern hemisphere winter.

Though I'm not sure the Chinese made tartan fabric?


Perhaps someone else has a better name for me?

Happy sewing!

SUZ
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