My blog has been quiet for a while…. because I am working behind the scenes! I am preparing for a workshop in Kerrville Texas at the fabulous CREATIONS Quilt Shop, to be held July 8-10, 2012.Â Their blog and online shop tour is just a tantilizing glimpse into a shopping adventure!
TheÂ 2-1/2 day retreat in July (come join us!!)Â will be held in theMain Housenext door to the quilt shop, a fabulous retreat center designed and built by the owners of Creations.
Our workshop will cover different concepts and cutting techniques specifically using striped fabric, and strip-sets that can mimic printed or woven stripes. Students will design their own project after experiencing the techniques utilizing their favorite method.
The first time I stepped foot into their fabulous classroom, I was head-over-heels in love with this facility! Beautiful work spaces for 24 students!
Upstairs are different bedroom suites, each with its own theme and private bathroom facilities. Owners Julie and Kathy say: “There is room for everyone to be doing something at the same time!”
Click here to read all about the Main House, and add it to your personal BUCKET LIST!
Grab your striped fabrics and register for the workshop! See you in July at the Main House!
After cutting, I created my “palette” of fabrics – quite a range, from lights through medium and dark, in a range of colors. I don’t cut too many pieces at this point, because I will likely need to fine-tune the number of fabrics I use. I can always cut a few more as needed during the design phase.
light to medium spring green
teal, brown, green
a range of blue and purple colors from dark to light
What a great sewing time at home in my studio! During the Quick Star workshops, students request additional designs.
Pushing the envelope byÂ adding more layers, I am developing expanded designs that will become workshops in the near future. I would love to know your thoughts about this designÂ â please comment below, or send an e-mail to me at [remove spaces] jan @ jankrentz.com.
This design was created using left-over 3″ diamonds cut from undersea fish and ocean fabrics (from a Mexican Riviera cruise workshop). I arranged the loose diamonds in a fairly symmetric setting, and drafted the smaller diamonds to create a more complex outside row.Â There is currently no published pattern for this variation, and it will be offered in the near future as a workshop.
Wow, that title is quite a mouth-full! I think you’ll agree, the quilt looks great!
I added a narrow black & white striped border around the outer edges of the triangles to create a visual separation between the pieced hexagons and the lovely water-color printed & embroidered background fabric.
Using an ordinary 1″ wide roll of painter’s tape, begin applying tape at one end of a long row of loose pieces. Press firmly as you apply the tape, securing all the loose pieces to the single piece of tape. Gently lift the tape & pieces, carrying them to your sewing table.
Begin sewing ANY project by establishing an accurate seam allowance. When you resume sewing, double-check your seam allowance to verify you always sew with the same seam. This one step will insure every project you sew will fit together much more accurately. I use one of two seam allowance tools, pictured below.
Lower the needle into the scant 1/4″Â hole BY HAND. Lower the presser foot. Apply a raised guide such as stacked painter’s tape, or Q Tools vinyl tape to the right edge of the tool.
or use the Jan Krentz Corner Marking tool (designed for seam accuracy and marking tips and edges of diamonds for 8-pointed stars).
I layered six repeats (six layers) on the cutting mat, carefully pinned to keep the images aligned exactlyÂ and cut 3-3/4″ strips, selvage to selvage. After cutting the 60-degree triangles from the strips, I arranged the hexagons on my design wall, rotating the units so the colors were clustered in groupings.
Here are some detail images of the hexagons created by cutting 60-degree triangles from the Alexander Henry Harajuku Lady fabric.
When creating One Block Wonder or Stack n’ Whack designs, there are cleverÂ methods to preview your fabric motifs and see multiple repeats. I frequently use a set of hinged Quilter’s Design Mirrors when designing with multiple cuts and repeats for projects such as Lone Stars, Quick Stars, Kaleidoscopes, Mariner’s Compass, hexagonal designs, etc.
A quickÂ method to determine whether a fabric will be suitable for your “fussy cut” technique is to lay the template shape (in this case, a 60-degree triangleâsold in several sizes) on the printed fabric, and position the mirrors at one tip of the triangle.
A repeated hexagon is magically created! The reflectedÂ image is not exactly the way it will appear whenÂ physically cut, but does give you a good idea whether you’ll like the visual effect of that particular fabric before cutting. An unsuitable print won’t be excitingâsave that fabric for another project.
Here are some examples of the same 60-degree trianglesâon the left, the mirror image and on the right, six identical cuts from the same image (also known as “fussy-cut”). Both versions are enticing! However, if your printed yardage doesn’t have mirror-image motifs, you will not be able to create the images on the left.
The combinations below are the same triangles; each combination isÂ rotated to viewÂ a differentÂ tip in the designÂ center.