Monday, October 15, 2018

Ombre Fabrics - Make the Shading Work for You

Have you seen all the shaded fabrics in your local shops? Most often they begin with a light colour next to one selvage and by the time you are at the other selvage they are a darker value of the colour.

Wikipedia explains that Ombré is the gradual blending of one colour hue to another, usually moving tints and shades from light to dark.

Here are some examples of these types of 'shaded fabrics':

Stonehenge Gradations Ombre
by Northcott
A fusion of colours in this fabric,
but still light through dark.
Stonehenge Gradations Ombre
by Northcott

Here are more styles of shaded fabrics:

The colours don't change in this fabric.
The scale of the dots and their spacing
changes  across the width of this Jane Sassaman fabric
Here is a digitally printed fabric with a
rainbow of colours across the surface. 

A Cardinal Christmas by Hoffman
In this fabric the size of the trees and
the value change across the fabric.

Why Ombré? With just one fabric you can get the 'value' changes that are so important in your quilts.

I used two of these shaded fabrics in my recent pattern, Gradation Crossing

You can see clearly how I used the fabric for the sashing and cornerstones in my quilt. The blue parts of the block are made from the same fabric! All the different values of this colour were cut from different parts of the fabric.  The brown values in the blocks work the same way. 

Next time you are shopping for fabric in your local quilt shop, see if they have some of these types of fabrics and see where you can make that shading work for you.

And if you would like my pattern, you can buy it here.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Show 'n' Tell - Block of the Month Bonus Project

Isn't this a wonderful quilt!  Sue was in my Water Reflections Block of the Month classes at Calico Cupboard. One of the great things about this program was a BONUS project provided by the designers.

Today, just before our Fine Finishes class, Sue shared her completed quilt top. Great job - no wonder you are smiling Sue (on the left). Thanks to Deb who helped hold the quilt.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The Border Quilt - Quilt Along - Part 3

The next part for the quilt is a border of stars.

I chose 1 background (Banyan Batiks Ketan #830 Lilac Longing) and Ketan #240 Flirt and 2 Ketan Multi colours from the Tropical colourway (#1013 and #1020) for the stars.

First I made the star points using the Fast Flying Geese method. I wanted to use the Wing Clipper Ruler by Studio 180 so I followed Deb Tucker's method to make these units.

2 marked small squares
placed on a large square
(slightly towards the center)

sew 1/4" on each side of
the marked line
cut on the marked line

add more marked squares and
sew 1/4" on each side

press the triangles out

cut on the marked line

When the final triangles are pressed the pieces are a bit big so they can be trimmed to be the exact size. My star points 'squared up' perfectly with the ruler.

Next I made the stars.

I arranged them on my design wall and distributed the different fabrics around the quilt. When I sewed them together I definitely wanted those star points to match.  By turning each star a 'half turn' I had nesting steams for the points. I pressed the joining seams open so the quilt is very flat.

Here is the final result with this border added to my quilt. It has just the very BRIGHT look I was hoping for!

I have added a navy border around the quilt and I have started working on the next border. I'll show you that part in a couple of weeks.

How is YOUR quilt coming along? 

3-Day SALE - Patterns!

I need to make room for NEW titles coming in the next couple of months. 

Selected Patchworks Studio patterns are 45% off!

Sale ends midnight (Pacific Time), Friday, October 12th.
Selected patterns only. While quantities last.

(I also have 1 kit left at a very special price!)

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

New Aprons

I wanted to make some new aprons for my granddaughters and had this panel in my stash.

Arctic Snow panel by Barbara Lavallee
Northcott Fabrics
The size of each section was perfect to make aprons for the girls for our Thanksgiving celebration.

Don't they look CUTE! 
(Proud Grandpa in the background.)

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

The Border Quilt - Quilt Along - Part 2

For Part 2, I added 4 more borders to my quilt. Remember that I am changing the 'values' for my quilt. The main difference you will see in this part is my choice for the solid fabric borders.

I chose Banyan Batiks Shadows in Orange and Banyan Batiks Ketan - Champagne for the first 'checkered' border. I sewed my stripsets first and pressed toward the Orange.

I needed to cut units from the stripsets and to make it more efficient I layered two stripsets together, carefully 'nesting' the seams. 

I picked up the pairs and sewed...........OOPS!  This is NOT what I was supposed to do. Luckily I didn't sew them all and only had to unpick a few! But aren't those centre seams perfectly matched!

This is the correct way to sew them. I pressed these seams toward the Orange.

Next, I added the Orange/Champage borders to my quilt......

and then I added a Ketan dark blue border. 

I pressed toward the dark blue border. Not just because this is the dark fabric, but because all those seams in the Orange/Champage border 'want' to go that way. Why fight it!

I repeated the steps for another 'checker' border. This time I used Purple Shadows and Apricot Ketan.

Another Ketan dark blue border completes this part.

How are you doing with your quilt?  I'd love to see some pictures of what you've done so far and share them with other quilters who are making the Border Quilt.  Email me what you've got to:
info (at) daphnegreig (dot) com

Monday, September 24, 2018

Thank YOU!

Thank you to everyone who came to my Renovation Sale yesterday. It was nice to visit with everyone and share my bounty with you! A special Thank You to my daughter, Lindsay, who handled all the purchases for me.

If you missed the sale, all remaining fabrics, books and notions will be at the
Victoria Quilters' Guild Garage Sale on November 13th. 

Many of my remaining original design quilts will be included in the
at the Salvation Army Citadel in Victoria:

Friday, November 2 - 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Saturday, November 3 - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Some quilts and small wallhangings may also be added to my website as I get photographs of them.

Thanks again!

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Pumpkin Time!

Great work by students in my Mini Pumpkins class at Calico Cupboard yesterday.  We had a great time with lots of learning and sharing going on.

Pattern is Mini Pumpkins by Sew Kind of Wonderful.

I'll be doing more classes with their amazing rulers. Watch for new classes in 2019!'s the day - My Renovation Sale starts at 10 am!

10 am - 3 pm

903 Clayton Road
North Saanich, BC

Fabric ~ Tools ~ Books (art & quilting) ~ Beads & Ephemera

Fibre Art Supplies ~ Dyeing Supplies

Quilts & Fibre Art ~ & MORE!

Tell your friends and why not carpool!

Cash ~ Visa ~ Mastercard accepted

Monday, September 17, 2018

Renovation Sale - Sneak Peek

I'm almost ready.  My living room and dining room have been transformed into 2 shopping areas for my big sale on Sunday. 

Sunday, September 23, 10 am - 3 pm
(no earlybirds please)

903 Clayton Road
North Saanich, BC

Fabric ~ Tools ~ Books (art & quilting) ~ Beads & Ephemera

Fibre Art Supplies ~ Dyeing Supplies

Quilts & Fibre Art ~ & MORE!

Tell your friends and why not carpool!

Cash ~ Visa ~ Mastercard accepted

Here are a few quick pictures I took this morning. 

Includes wallhangings and quilts, big and small, some perfect for the gift giving season.

Hope to see you here on Sunday!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The Border Quilt - Quilt Along

A warm and friendly West Coast welcome! Are you ready to get started on this fun quilt designed by Jen Shaffer? Gathered all your fabrics, loaded a couple of bobbins and a new needle in your machine?

Well then.....ready, set, go!

A reminder....these are the fabrics I am using for my quilt.

I decided to 'switch it up a bit' by swapping the values for my quilt.  That's not the 'colours' - value is the relative lightness or darkness of the fabrics.

Want to know more about 'value'?  I included a tutorial when I posted about my Ripless Paper Piecing online workshop back in 2016. Scroll down to read about 'value'.

PS: This class is now 'on demand' at the Academy of Quilting so ignore the start dates - you can start any time.


Part 1

First I had to decide which fabrics to use for the centre section. I definitely want to use one of the Ketan Multi fabrics for this part. It will sent the 'tone' for the entire quilt.

I did a quick seam allowance test. I didn't just measure the seam allowance; I pressed my small test to be sure it measured correctly. Different fabrics can give you different results once the seams are pressed. For example, the seam allowance I use for my fine batik fabric is different from what I would use with a flannel fabric.

You might want to do that too. It's a good idea to prevent problems as you sew your quilt. 

I sewed the centre block. It's the perfectly correct size because Jen tells us to cut the strips the right length at the beginning!

I have to trim the block to be a rectangle and this means I will have 'bias' edges. I didn't want them to stretch so I used Best Press when doing my final pressing for the block. This starch alternative is a great way to stabilize your fabrics.

Then I trimmed the square into a rectangle. Using 2 rulers and measuring carefully....

My 12-1/2" ruler is lined up
on the corners of the centre square.
Then my 24" ruler is snuggled up and I trim the first side.

Same steps to cut the second side and
adding up the measurements to get the correct width.

Lining up with the cut side to be sure the corners are 'square'
and using the 2 rulers to get the measurement for the length.

My 24" ruler, lined up perfectly on the cut edges to make the final cut.

The centre rectangle!
I'm loving my fabric choices so far.

Finally, I added the dark blue border strips to the rectangle. Of course everything fits perfectly since I measured twice (or actually three or four times) before I trimmed the square into a rectangle, and the border pieces are cut to the exact length before they are sewn on.

The centre is DONE!

Can't wait for the next step!  Tune in on September 26th to see what I'll be using for my next border.