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:

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.

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 -


  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.


  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.

  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...

  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.

  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.

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


  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.

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

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

  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!

  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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