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From SAD to GLAD...a happy 16-Patch quilt...

Long time—no blog. 

Instead of posting, I’ve been busy working on quilting projects.  So in the next few weeks, I plan to catch up on the blogging by posting pictures and patterns of some of the things I’ve been working on including my new Amy Butler quilt (made from the uneven 9-patch block,) T-shirt quilts (with a new tutorial) and my string quilt project in which I’m using my dad’s silk ties.

In the meantime, here’s a picture of my finished Kaffe Fassett 16-Patch.  

Some of you may recognize this super simple pattern because Kaffe has used it in many of his books.  In fact, he was using the 16-patch block to produce a colorful collage effect long before he had his own line of fabrics. 

The idea here is simple—pair contrasting fabrics to produce the wow effect.  You'll create a harmonious effect by using fabrics that speak to one another.  The way to achieve this effect is by pulling a secondary color from one print and using it as the dominant color in the second print.  And keep the value consistent.  Don’t use a light with a dark.  Instead use different colors with the same degree of saturation.

Kaffe didn’t add borders to any of his quilts but I felt that mine needed “something.” And that something needed to read modern.  So I created what I like to call my “slideshow” border by using left over squares from my 16-patches.  I alternated the scrappy squares with solid black and then flanked them on either side with the black inner and outer borders.  I finished with a purple binding—mostly because I craved one last color splash around the edge! 

Posted on Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at 03:40PM by Registered CommenterQuiltology | CommentsPost a Comment

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