Yellow Makes a Fellow Happy

Tropical Purse 001

Just a touch of yellow.

 

 

Have you ever really thought about why you like that cute little yellow house on the corner or the one yellow plant in your garden that catches your eye every day?

I think it’s because it makes you happy.  My mom did her whole bedroom in yellow.  Overdone, I thought.  Yellow wallpaper, yellow bedspread and she even had orange and yellow shag carpeting throughout the entire house.  Crazy!  But, she loved it and I am starting to see why.

I have noticed that when I add just a touch of yellow, it makes the quilt come alive and draws your eye in.

The sun gives us light and warmth and life.  The same applies as we create a quilt.  Of course not all quilts would look good with splashes of yellow but a highlight of some sort will set a quilt apart from the rest.  It could be the color red or orange or a special pattern that accentuates the color contrasts.

Okay, I admit, I am a little color crazy.  Probably over the top but it cheers me up.  Blame it on my mother.  She was unique, colorful and would wear just about any color or style.  She had eyeglasses that flared up at the corner, with rhinestones.  I miss my crazy mom.  She had Alzheimer’s the  20 years of her life but everybody still loved her.  She looked for the good in people and people saw the good in her.  I hope I am just like her.

Mom, second in from rightMy mom is 2nd in from right.

Misc. Quilting Tips

 

TIPS FROM ME;

To enlarge small art quilts; use borders and extend stitching or applique onto border.

For small art quilts:  Instead of making a sleeve, I use D Rings.  Hand stitch the D ring’s straight edge to the backing at top left and right and use the curved edge of the D ring to slide onto nail.  I found a pack of 50 for $12.95 from Country Brook Design Inc.  on Amazon.com.

 

TIPS from www.aliceinstitches.com

 

Washing Fabric:  Fold long lengths of fabric into arm-length sections and safety pin along the top before pre washing to eliminate tangling in washing machine.

When arranging fabrics by value, squint to see if a fabric jumps out at you.  It’s easier to spot a piece that is out of place.

To display your work in progress for getting a better perspective; cover your design wall with felt, flannel or pellon fleece.

Chain piecing:  Use a scrap of fabric as a starter when chain piecing.

Pin Basting your quilt layers together:  Use #2 safety pins.  Start from the center of your project and work out any wrinkles that form along the way.

Use clean pizza box lids for storing blocks or cut pieces of fabric. (I use  cardboard for separating my fused pieces. J)

Run your needle and thread through a fresh dryer sheet to eliminate tangling in your thread. (I have also heard that dryer sheets are good for getting fusing material off your iron) J

Put batting in dryer for 15 to 20 minutes before layering it with your quilt. It takes out wrinkles and will be easier to use.

Misty Fuse is an ultra thin fusible  product that is easy to quilt through and won’t add bulk.