New podcast posted: More pictures

The following quilts show different colorways. The placement of color can change to look of the quilt. All quilts were made my Amy Davidson and her patterns can be purchased on her web site.

Patterns by Amy Davidson

Circle of Friends : Homey-traditional colors

Circle of Friends ( light & brights)

Modern ( Machine Quilting)

Modern ( Brights)

Swirl Machine Quiltings

Modern ( cool colors)

Close up of ARGYLE ... placement of color determines pattern

ARGYLE ( done in lights)

Star Garden - light


ARYGLE (dark)

Did you think I forgot pictures

Here are pictures of quilts done by Amy Davison, most of them were samples made during her quilt workshop classes. Many of the quilts date back to the late 1990s. Amy loves traditional fabrics with traditional patterns. She does not use the typical blocks shown repeatly in quilt magazines. She is adventuresome in her quilt making and designs many quilt patterns that use older blocks. I will be posting more pictures in the future.



MABLENE'S MARKET in cool colors
Warm Colors- Mablene's Market


Floral with Pickey and Spike Triangles
Same pattern using reproduction fabrics ... note the change of color placement changes the looks of the quilt


Hip to be Square and Hip to be Square, Baby … are Amy’s best selling patterns. The astute placement of color changes the way the quilt blocks look. My quilt, FABRIC TALKS TO ME, uses the HIP TO BE SQUARE sashings for my quilt. The quilts below are made using different colorways. Amy had a complete slide show of quilt pictures that compared and explained the colorways.

HIP TO BE SQUARE -- cool colors

HIP TO BE SQUARE - pastel subduded cool colors

This quilt was made by Ginny a guild member.


Mad about Plaid is a pattern created by Amy Davidson and is available on her web page.
Humble Bee Quilt Works…. Amy Davidson Studio.

Amy said she is a County Girl and loves the rural, traditional pallet of colors. A quilt being like a hug, making you feel warm and comfortable.

MAD ABOUT PLAID - cool colors - made by Amy Davidson

MAD ABOUT PLAID made by a guild member

This quilt was made by Ginny one of our prolific guild members.

Color for QUILTERS by Amy Davidson, Quilt Designer

Evening Star Quilters Guild’s Blog
Amy Davidson, Humble Bee Quilt Works
Contact Amy Davidson for her patterns.


Last night, I attended a lecture by Amy Davidson, at the Evening Star Quilt Guild. Amy is a talented quilt designer from here in southeast MI. The subject….. COLOR for QUILTERS. I must say it was one of the better quilt based color lectures I have attended. I enjoyed it and I learned a lot. I will be posting pictures from the lecture and a podcast in the future.


Quick BIO:


Amy Davidson worked in various Flint area quilt shops while her kids were growing up. I have met her several times in passing because I bought fabric at the shops where she works. Amy started her pattern design business in 2004, using patterns she designed for her workshops and classes. Her design while frequently based upon traditional patterns, they are not the same old blocks. Her patterns go beyond the traditional style and by her use of color seem to shine and look distinctive. I think I own over 75% of the patterns she sells.


I met Amy again when she lectured at the Evening Star Quilt Guild a couple of years ago. She currently is a college student planning to work with computers in the future. As part of her lecture, she discussed the use of ELECTRIC QUILT, QUILT PRO and several professional photo editing software available to quilters.


Amy’s lecture, COLOR FOR QUILTERS, she hopes to take THE FEAR OUT OF CHOOSING, BUYING AND USING OUR FABRICS. Amy did talk about the color wheel but did not dwell on it. Basically, she referred to what we learned about color in elementary school. By doing that, I think Amy made color less scary. Some of the points that Amy discussed in her lecture.


Before you BREAK color rules / theory it is important to understand the rules and theory.


It is all about the contrast …. Workmanship gets lost if there is not good contrast. Value is important in designing your quilts.


Color produces a visceral response in the viewer. Color reflects moods and feelings. Warmth… Comfort…. When making a quilt is important to remember the feelings you want to convey. Amy showed a series of color pallets in a power point presentation and asked us what feelings they conveyed.


Important aspects of color are the hue, value and the saturation / intensity of the colors. COLOR IS RELATIVE TO IT SURROUNDING COLORS. Amy then showed us a series of slides of quilts ( Electric Quilt renditions of her quilts) and we discussed the impact of the colors in the quilts.


Cool colors recede

Warm colors dominate

Pure colors dominate ( Brights/ crayon colors)

Dark colors dominate …. Warmer colors dominate more than dark

ALL COLORS dominate neutral colors (except black)


The color next to your color can be changed by what colors are next to it. Amy proved her concept by putting a series of fabrics next to a swatch and we observed how the color was impacted. She also had several quilts where she did the same thing using the same color and using different elements in the quilt to change the mood of the quilt.


The amount of a color in a quilt also impacts the design. This was significant with COMPLEMENTARY COLORS GROUPS, specifically.


Equal amounts of complementary colors cause a JARRING EFFECT. She showed several slides where she showed this to be true. Most two color quilts have unequal amounts of color. One fabric is used more than the other.


AMY stated that she felt when using PRIMARY / Pure COLORS it was important to very the values. Less contrast (predominate medium fabrics/ colors) results in a color wash. Workmanship gets lost.


The more contrast (addition of lights and darks in increased amounts) the more the workmanship shows.


Amy feels it is a good idea to put out your fabric opened up in similar amounts you are going to use in your quilt. ( Splay them out on the design wall, a bed or wherever you can look at them over time.) Splaying out of your fabric allows you to see them better. Looking at just 2 inches on a bolt can fool you and cause mistakes.


ANALOGOUS COLORS : Friendly and liked by the majority The analogous color scheme uses colors that are adjacent to each other on the color wheel. One color is used as a dominant color while others are used to enrich the scheme.

Amy suggested taking the emotion out when designing by working with GREY SCALE. You can either scan the fabric or take pictures of your fabric.

COLORS need to be used in UNEQUAL AMOUNTS
Avoid using CLEAR / PURE colors with muted, greyed, subdued fabrics.
BRIGHT vs. Civil War vs. Repro
Exception scrappy quilts using small amounts of fabrics
YOU can use ugly fabrics

Investigate other sources of color
Photography … .. Nature does not make mistakes
Works of art … the great masters …. USING THE INSPIRATION OF GENIUS
Newspapers, magazines, catalogues … new colors / new designs




Recommendations : for those with PHOTOSHOP
Look up color theory in the search engine


From Caron’s Blog additional information :


Online class for PHOTOSHOP for sewing enthusiasts.
Color by a fabric dyer…. Learn color as you peruse through her wonderful fabrics.

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ONCE AGAIN WORD PRESS IS PLAYING WITH UPGRADING THEIR SERVICE….. results is that nothing works with my formatting. I am posting links and you can copy and paste them into your address bar if you want to look at the books I have reviewed. ( IF they show up.)


Newbie / beginner quilters should find this book helpful

This is Jinny’s own method of color evaluation, she does not use a color wheel, but has developed a color pallet. Her approach to color usage is her own method.

JOEN WOLFROM……COLOR PLAY …. College levels


…… Using photography to select colors for your quilts

Ann Seely and Joyce Stewart ……

Color Magic for Quilters ….

Advanced / college level coarse. Both traditional and art quilters.

Uses photography to explain and illustrate concepts. Art Quilts.



Collage level Contemporary / Modern Quilts illustrating color theory.



Ann Seely and Joyce Stewart …… Color Magic for Quilters ….

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My best friend is GLUE … (washable of course!)

Disappearing NINE patch- in progress

I am almost done with this quilt. I just need to finish one more block then assemble the quilt top. We used 6-1/2 inch blocks to make the nine patch blocks. Our fabric was a collection of everyone’s stash raid combine with donated fabric from various sources. I tried to use as much as I could of several fabrics in the same colors to provide some cohesiveness to the quilt top. I also tried to place the blocks in a light and dark pattern.

Washable Glue Stick and iron --- Just glue the seam and press.

Small dots of washable glue in the seam then let dry or press in place.

I do not know why but, I have been having the darnedest time with my seam allowance. Try as hard as I cannot get my seams to lay down flat. I have been pinning but they keep flipping. So I went back to a trick I learned from Sharon Schamber’s YOU TUBE and web site free classes. She used washable glue to keep her binding in place. She also showed using glue in other circumstance / techniques, such as applique.

I have used glue in the past and found it to work well. I have used both liquid glue and glue sticks. In my picture I have a thick stream of glue in the seam. I did this just so it can be seen. I usually use small drops then iron the seam in place. This works well to anchor the seams into place. The glue washes out in the first wash. I only use products / glue when I am having a difficult time keeping the seams flat and in place after repeated pressing. I do not use the glue as a routine method.

Special tips that fit and ELMER’S GLUE bottles can be purchased at Michael’s and sometimes JoAnn’s. I have also used Roxanne’s glue but find it to be much more expensive. If cheap works, why not use it.

OFF TOPIC, BUT A GREAT TIP….. I frequently use CRAYOLA WASHABLE MARKERS to mark my quilting lines. I am not afraid of getting my quilt wet since I soak my quilt and then block it before squaring up the quilt and putting on the binding.

Of course, you should test these products out before you use them on your MASTER PIECE QUILT.

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Show Notes for Episode 16: Charity Quilting

CITY QUILTS: 12 Dramatic Projects Inspired by Urban Views

Quilter’s Academy Vol. 3 Junior Year: A Skill-Building Course in Quilt-making [Paperback]

Harriet Hargrave (Author), Carrie Hargrave (Author)

Originally in this podcast I planned a QUILT DIARY, instead I plan to podcast after any sewing session of four hours or longer OR upon completion of a project. I am finding it difficult to podcast on a regular basis. I also feel I should not podcast unless I have done some sewing and my quilting time is limited. I hate being redundant or not having any project in progress. I think that leads to a boring podcast.

I sometimes feel I am talking to myself, because I rarely get comments. I really enjoy conversation with other quilters and had hoped to get more comments. Those comments always give me ideas for more blogging and podcast. So if you listen to the podcast please drop in and say HELLO and tell me what you are thinking and doing with your projects. THANK YOU, I think I am done WHINING .

More pictures of the ongoing charity quilting will be posted as I complete the projects. I also hope to take pictures of the projects made by the other ladies in the group. Nonnie’s Blog Nonnie’s Quilting Dream Podcast

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2 – 1/2 yards of cute fabric


Center panel with borders... quilting will make this special
Center panel with borders… quilting will make this special


This is a quilt top I designed (yeah?) similar to the comforter tops my mom use to make back in the 60s and 70s, when she worked as a draper in the workshop of an interior designer. She made custom draperies and she often made comforters ( NOT QUILTS) that matched the draperies. She assemble the comforters and then one of the other workers would finish it off.


Since we have so many quilts to make and get quilted in such a short time I have been looking for easy quilts to make. To me it is taking advantage of the fabric. YOU get a really cute fabric x 2-1/2 yards to make the center pattern. I made a small border to frame the FOCUS FABRIC. Because the focus fabric and the border was so close in value I used a gold flange to add a little detail. I then took a second larger border ( 2-1/2 yards) from a contrasting but coordinated color. I cut off the binding first thing ( 6 inches along both selvages) I then divided the remaining fabric in half and sewed on the small border details. I then sewed each panel to the side of my focus fabric.


I will be dropping off the remainder of the fabric to the quilter at our Wednesday meeting. I am hoping we have more cute yardage to be able to make more quick quilts. The quilting will make this little quilt.


Let me know what you think. Please leave comments.


Happy Quilting,

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Disappearing NINE Patch

NINE PATCH made with 6 1/2 inch blocks =


I like to put a dark block as the center with the knowledge it will be cut into quarters during the process. I think it gives a nice accent to the quilt top. We are using 6 – 1/2 inch patches made from UFOs, stash busting and donations from quilters. We are trying to make pretty quilts from the blocks. I think the biggest problem we are facing is the lack of contrast / coordinated background material. Some of the ladies are planning to buy some cream and / or black Kona fabrics to act as background fabric. I think another problem will be the lack of “masculine” fabrics ….. we have tons of pink and floral fabrics.


Basically, once you have made your nine patch block made you divide the block horizontally and vertically in half. I like to flip two of the patches catty corner then sew them back together. I have two of the small patches touching against the two large patches. To make attractive blocks I put light fabrics where they will get divided by the horizontal and vertical cuts. I use medium fabrics in the large patches that remain uncut. I think by being consistent with the value placement it helps the miscellaneous fabrics to work together. I plan to put the blocks into a light and dark alternating pattern.


Divide the 9 patch in half on the verticle and the horizontal.


Square the block to 9 inches; put dark patch in left bottom corner.


I square up the blocks to 9 inches. I consistenly place the dark quartered patch to the left bottom measurement as it is a clean cut and will give you better, exact squaring up placement. I reassemble the block, then twist the opposite caddy corner block to assemble them and sew them back together.

Twist the blocks catty corner and then sew together.


Flipped Seams …. How do you fix?


I discovered this morning that I did not get some of my seams in opposition of each other. I flipped the seam in the wrong way with sewing the blocks together. I recently saw THE QUILT SHOW with Jo Morton and she showed clipping into the seams to get a flatter block. I figured if she can do it… I can do it to fix my mistakes. I also made sure to pin better with the blocks I made today. Just because this is for charity does not mean I can do sloppy work.


Thanks to JO MOTON…. a small clip and the seams go where they need to go.


Happy Quilting,


Call for ideas . . .

Flint MI
Whaley Children’s Center.

Whaley Children’s Center is a private agency that has a tradition of caring for children and families in crisis. We provide a continuum of services to meet the social, emotional, ethical and academic needs of children and families.

We encourage children and family relationships through support service, community education and advocacy. We work to ensure that all children have a nurturing environment in which to grow.”

It has recently come to our attention that donations to Whaley Children Center has been in a decline. Most of these children have nothing. This came to our attention when some of our Gathering Group quilters volunteer at the center. We are going through our stashes and getting donations to make twin size quilts for Christmas for the children in the home. We are also actively seeking donations for backing, battings and blender* fabrics from local quilt shops. It is our goal that every child gets a quilt for Christmas this year.

(” Blender fabrics are fabrics which work well with a number of diverse style fabrics to bring a cohesive and attractive style. To my thinking it is usually a neutral fabric which provides rest to the eye in busy quilt. Most of our quilts are scrappy but we work hard to make the quilts attractive with the materials at hand. Alex Anderson talked about these fabrics in one of her podcast but she called them by a different name. I think she called them bridge fabrics.” )

Why am I telling you about this charity effort? I will probably be blogging and podcasting about this in the future as I am getting more involved in the effort. The other reason is I am going to post pictures of the quilt, periodically. I am also hoping everyone will send me some pattern ideas. We are looking for blocks that are fast to sew up and assemble. If you have any ideas send them my way.

Post in the comments or email me at :

I will be posting pictures and some notations about the project soon.

Happy Quilting

Wish List for books and DVDs…. It keeps growing……

Applique Workshop: Mix and Match 10 Techniques to Unlock Your Creativity


Laurel Anderson

Another book on my wish list. Only books that have over 50% different motifs or flowers I do not have in my collection of patterns go onto my wish list. More stylized realistic looking flowers and projects.

Flowers and Hearts by Liz Jones


By AQS Publications

Different styles of flowers and garlands then the usual applique patterns.

I bought this book at JoAnn Fabrics with a coupon.

Flower Show Quilts: Stunning Applique on a Patchwork Canvas
(That Patchwork Place) [Paperback]
Lynn Ann Majidimehr

I liked all of the projects except the Asian spider mums there were no leaves or stems so the looked like crazy spiders on a quilt rather than a flower. I am now going to have to research leaves and stems for this plant. I love the orchids, clematis and poppies and dahlias motifs and I love the projects that were used with those motifs. If anything, Ms Majidimehr, short changes the applique techniques I think she wrote this books for experience appliquers. She discusses fusible and prepared applique methods. I have numerous applique and technique books that can show me various techniques to make my projects.

She does show several machine quilting patterns that would enhance the projects. Most of the projects are wall hangings but I bought the book for the different flower motifs so I can put them into my own projects. I do not draw well but I like to design my own project and this will help me.


wip- finally got a picture taken

a week ago I sewed.. finally got a picture


I worked on my quilt about two weeks ago. I changed the colors in the chain and changed the colors of the frames. I have been working out of my stash, which is a real challenge….. Okay I bought a few quarter yard cuts, because, I was desperate. I started to make a full size quilt and now it has grown to a queen size or it will be when I add the borders.


Tell me what you really think of it.


No sewing this week as I have been down and out due to back problems. Every time I sit I get shooting pains in my leg and then my toes go numb. BUMMER, BUMMER, BUMMER. Back to the doctors tomorrow for further evaluation. I am getting so bored. Thank goodness I can lay on the bed and type on the lap top. I tried to podcast standing up but that did not work to good. I might have to use my laptop for the next podcasts. That way I can talk and lay on the bed at the same time….. IF THERE IS A WILL THERE IS A WAY.




MY first quilt … cira 1975

I never know what I am going to find when I decide to do some cleaning. I am on work leave and am not suppose to lift anything more than 20 pounds but I am driving myself crazy because I am getting so bored. I can not quilt too much at the moment because sitting at the sewing machine cause my back to spasm. So far I can wash dishes by hand ( I usually use my dishwasher) and I can iron. I have pressed all my clothes and fabric for quilting. Anyways I got tired of those projects and found a box of photos / discs that needed to be gone through and sorted. In the process I have found pictures of my first quilt.

I made my first quilt 35 years ago for my niece who was 2 or three years old at the time. I used scrap fabrics… very ugly ones.. Left overs from clothes and other projects most of them were polyester. I used a then new product, CRAYOLA FABRIC CRAYONS, to color drawings and pages from a coloring book. About 15 years ago it became a regular maintenance task to freshen the colors of the drawings and colored blocks using more fabric crayons, inks and fabric paints. The quilt has since gone through several other kids… my grand nephew and grand niece. It is well worn and shredding but instead of getting rid of it my niece a non sewer puts patches over it. The kids have a friendly argument on who is going to keep the quilt forever and ever. I keep telling them to retire that sorry old thing…but they refuse.

No my house is not any cleaner… I did not get rid of any of the pictures, even the bad ones… they all live in a new album instead of being loose in a box.

Here are the pictures.

Old Picture of a 35 year old quilt

close up

First quilt from 1975