Monday, November 23, 2009

All About Bill

Hi all-

I'm behind on my posting and I do have a few to catch up on. The recent fabric shortage had me in a design frenzy, but I endeaver to catch up now.

Recently Bill Kerr of Fun Quilts came to pay a visit at the Garden State Quilters.

His presentation was on the theory of "luminosity" in quilting. It was very interesting and enlightening (rrr).

I attended his workshop the next day. Here are some quilts that display luminosity that Bill brought to share with us:





Such serious students....


Here is my friend, Lori's, quilt. I love this quilt. See the luminosity the light yellow created? cool...This is a quilt I made a few years ago, and it has luminosity also. It has to do with color and contrast. It's a formula of sorts and that is what we were trying to identify and create.


Bill's such a nice person. I may be biased, but aren't most mid-westerners?


Bill gave us each a photo copy of a painting that showed luminosity. Our assignment was to create a color block that represented the proportion of color.

Here is mine:

Susan's:
Lori's:Darn - don't remember who's, sorry!

Bill suggested that we make a little quilt using just half square trianges in a broken dishes setting with this study. So here is my work in progress:

And finished. Rich suggested that I place the trianges to really represent the painting, so I did. He also called "dibs" on this piece, as he really liked it.



here is a close up of the quilting. I just did waves in brown thread.

and finally, the back, left over really broken dishes....
It was a great creative exercise. One that I really thought about, as opposed to my intuitive way of working.

Selvages:
This is my quilt project so far: (sorry, forgot to crop - nice vent)


And these are little pin cushions that I'm making to thank friends who have been extra generous with selvages.

I hope to post again tomorrow -

13 comments:

  1. I really liked reading this post, thank you for sharing.
    I think I will give it a go over christmas.
    What a great workshop.

    cheers
    Christine

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  2. I can see that it was an interesting study of luminosity and you did well with your exercise. I can see why the instructor liked your little piece.
    Love your selvage edge piece. I just recently started saving them from my fabrics and have a nice stack of them. Just haven't decided what to do with them. I never thought I would have an interest in the use of them. I think using them with fabrics like you have done is the way to go. I think a quilt would weigh a ton if it was all those strips sewn to a backing.

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  3. oh that looks like you had a great time! right up my alley!~
    your selvage zig zag is fantastic! how mighty patient you are to so and save all those bits...

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  4. Wow, super stuff! The quilts, the luminosity . . . I need to take a workshop like that. I'm not sure I am able to see colors in that way. I can tell when a quilt looks luminous, but I don't know that I can identify WHY it does. Always good to take some time to be more mindful of what we see.

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  5. What a great workshop, you're so lucky to have done this. I love the little piece that resulted. I love what you've done with the selvages.

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  6. Wow what a super workshop!! I did a lot of studying of the pictures, very interesting!!

    Crispy

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  7. The process really is fascinating; thanks so much for sharing it. I love your little quilt, too. The Weeks are so close to my guild, too. What a great lecture and class that would be. Think I'll get on that.

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  8. Interesting workshop and something to make you think outside the box.

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  9. What a fascinating post to read! Thanks for showing these exercises...very interesting to study and think about. And BTW yours is fabulous!

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  10. I love the pincushions! I've been making them also as thank you gifts for selvages but hadn't thought of the button. Nice touch!

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  11. Thanx for the post! Loved reading about the 'luminosity class'...Your piece was lovely and what a GREAT way to learn.

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