Friday, May 30, 2014

Program Details

We’ve completed three steps in the series of directed exercises designed to help you work in an improvisational style.

Month One:  Piece four blocks of your choice, using whatever color scheme you want. 

At the next meeting, we shared the blocks we pieced, and I presented the exercise for Month Two:  Using Month One’s blocks as a guide, choose a complementary color scheme and vary the scale of the prints you use. 

The discussion included illustrations of the complementary and split-complementary color schemes:

The next month, after looking at everyone’s blocks using a complementary color scheme and making suggestions (the subtitle of this program is “learning from one another”), the discussion focused on the design.  The design line is influenced by value.  Examples were provided on site, as well as the following illustrations: 

The Storm at Sea pattern here shows how the use of color can blur the block edges.  Changing the value also affects where the eye sees the block boundaries. 

The directed exercise for Months Three and Four have been merged to cover two months simultaneously, depending upon which aspect you wish to cover first. 

The next diagram shows how the proportional aspects of the blocks can be changed by splitting a block, removing elements, and repeating elements of the block.  The block can also be changed from a square to a rectangle.  All these ideas are covered in Lynn Kough’s book, Stretching Tradition. 

For June, come to the meeting with 12 to 16 blocks.  We’ll put them on the design wall, and see what needs to be filled in to accomplish the next stage….. Note:  the June timeline for this part of the program has been postponed until after the July meeting (which means more time working on blending the blocks!).

Show and Tell

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Giving Quilt Challenge details

A Guild Challenge is issued to all quilt guild members for the Giving Quilt Exhibit to be held February 7 and 8, 2015, at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center, 9039 S Saint Landry Ave, Gonzales, LA.

The rules are simple.
  • Quilts must be suitable for a child and may be   sized as appropriate for a tot to a teen.
  • Quilts must be made using a recognizable amount of Andover Fabrics Dimples Collection R7, which can be viewed to the right. 
  • Please prewash your challenge fabric to eliminate excess dyes!
  • Quilts must be donated to the children’s charity of the quilt maker’s choice.
  • Quilts must be submitted to the Giving Quilt by January 23, 2015.

Quilts will be grouped by guild at the show.  Each quilt maker is eligible for first, second, third place and honorable mention ribbons with a cash prize for the First Place quilt.  Quilt makers without a guild affiliation may also submit a quilt.
A list of past quilt recipients of all ages can be found at  Recipients are not limited to this list. To include additional charitable organizations in this list or for more information, please contact us at

The challenge fabric is available at the following shops.
All Stitched Up by Angela
1730 Front Street
Slidell, LA 70458
Borne Quilter
1507 Kaliste Saloom Road
Lafayette, LA 70508
Bright Hopes
5150 Hwy 22
Mandeville, LA 70471
Cottage Creations
7222 Bayou Paul Rd
St. Gabriel, LA, 70776
Mama’s Quilt Shop
1511 Catfish Farm Rd.
Independence, LA  70443
Mes Amis
6505 Spanish Fort Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70124
Mia’s Fabric CafĂ©34130 N LA Hwy 16, Suite 2Denham Springs, LA 70726
Red Stick Quilt Shop5664 Stumberg LaneBaton Rouge, LA 70818

The Quilt Corner
13579 Hooper RdBaton Rouge, LA 70818 
The Quilt Cupboard
1010 8th St.
Morgan City, LA 70380
The Quilted Owl
4600 Jefferson Hwy
Jefferson, LA 70121

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Program for May meeting

Last meeting, we shared the blocks completed following the homework for the first month:
Piece four blocks of your choice.  Use whatever color scheme you want.    

For May's meeting, the assignment is to produce four blocks, any size: 
 Using Month One’s blocks as a guide, choose a complementary color scheme and vary the scale of the prints you use from Month One.  I distributed information about the color spectrum as a guide in selecting complementary colors or a split complementary color scheme and how it is different from a triadic selection. 
I also unveiled details for the next assignment for those who wanted to move ahead:
Month Three:  Change the proportional aspects of the blocks while producing the third set of blocks (see book Stretching Tradition by Lynn Kough).