I have been working on the Gestalt Principles in Design, and have been looking into how to adapt it to the Quilt World.
The Gestalt Principles are a visual study of the placement of objects in space, which depending on were they are placed will be analyzed by our brain differently.
Here is my interpretation of the Gestalt Principles using patchwork top set ups.
The first Principle is SIMPLICITY.
Here is my interpretation in a quilt top:
Have you seen or made quilts that are linked to this first Principles?
In the coming weeks I will talk to you about the other Principles, next week will be about Figure / Ground.
Have a nice week.
I watched the movie A Star is Born and thought that would be a cool idea to look into stars in the quilt world, there are lots of stars, that can either be made from pointy diamonds or just with half square triangles and quarter square triangles.
I had a closer look to 3 star blocks that are famous in the quilt world, and made a little video to show them to you.
I am sure you can come up with some other ones, do leave me a comment with there names and I can prepare some quilt tops with them.
Have a nice week.
Today I'm going to tell you about the journey I have started.
In September 2019, I joined a course called DCA (Digital Course Academy), at first I spent the 12 weeks (length of the course) learning and applying the techniques that I was given.
I transformed a 5 volume book that I had made during the past 6 years into an online course. But as I was doing the work, new ideas kept on appearing in my head.
I started imagining how I could teach the quilt patterns in a different way, how I could use designs such as "Storm at Sea", "Drunkard's Path" or "Hunter's Star" in a new way.
How I could explain the use of the shapes, the use of the colors, the use of the patterns to make amazing and original quilts.
It is still an ongoing work, I have started giving the videos I made, the workbooks that go with them.
For the moment you might have the feeling you are only getting fragments of the puzzle, and that is true, as I am only at the beginning of my journey.
Quilter's Newsletter Magazine - May 1984 - Issue 162
"A first quilt is a very special quilt. It introduces you to the wonderful world of quilt making where you will find many unexpected pleasures and satisfactions. It gives you a great feeling of accomplishment when you take that last stitch to know that you have produced something with your own hands and heart that is both useful and beautiful. And it offers a benchmark from which you can record your progress in future years. Every quilter looks back fondly at a first quilt - often in surprise at how beautifully it turned out for the work of a beginner.
There are many pretty quilt designs that will give the beginning quilt maker a chance to learn new skills. But, how do you choose? Let's look at some of the things that can make a difference in wether you enjoy making your first quilt or you find it such a chore that you give up before finishing it. If you choose wisely, you'll enjoy the first quilt and many more to come.
I have been using Adobe Illustrator for a while now, it has allowed me to draw my fabric prints, to prepare all my PDFs, to make my designing a pleasure.
As you probably know, practice makes perfect, the more I need to make something the better I will get at using Illustrator. But once in a while, I like to jump on Youtube and try things out, that way I learn new tools that will be useful for my own work.
I will then type: Illustrator Tutorials Logo, I love all those visual 3D shapes, then I just follow the steps and try to reproduce the designs.
Here are some of my exercises, I added my business for fun!!
I gave the famous Rubik's Cube a try, I didn't look into the colors, I will have to give another go and place the colors differently, my color range was actually selected for this other design:
We have so many tools at our reach now thanks to internet, so we shouldn't hesitate to use them to learn new things.
I wish you a great week.
Hello every one,
I did a Live on Facebook for this subject, but I thought it would be nice to turn it into a video with examples.
I love traditional blocks, but adding a little bit of eccentricity to it can be fun, and so I found a useful way to put it into action by just placing the motifs randomly on a nine patch block.
Hope this video gives you lots of ideas for you futur quilt tops.
I have prepared a new video that will take you through the color aspects of the fabric.
The subject of this video came to me as I was browsing through a social network, I saw a quilt top that unfortunately had really nice color choices but had a big mistake in it.
You will understand what it was in the video.
When starting a quilt it is important to think about how the colors are going to interact with each other.
Colors behave differently with each other.
So find out all about it in this new video.
Have a nice weekend.
I have been designing quilts for my business since 2006 and worked with the french magazine "La Pratique du Patchwork" during 4 years.
I have created easy to use workbooks to designing quilts, allowing you to understand how to choose colors, prints and quantities, as well as templates and paper piecing.
Whether you wish to make a pillow or a king size quilt. I give you all the techniques you need to reach your goal, and have a project made for a birthday, an anniversary, Christmas or just to keep for your home.
Here is a little introduction video about what I have been up to and about the workshop that I have coming soon.
Watch the video first and then click here if you are interested: Workshop Info
Have a nice weekend,
It is taking time for me to figure out how the technology is working, but I am getting there.
I am really happy to present to you this mini course, it is about the Visual Effects the placement of shapes on a motif will have on your blocks and therefore will have on your quilt tops.
I am giving you the 3 visual effects that I have come up with, I am using the pattern "Storm at sea" to set my examples so I hope you will enjoy this first adventure with me.
At the moment it is only a video, il will become a PDF workbook, but it takes time to make and I am always coming up with new ideas, so I sometimes don't know when to stop adding content to a document. I want to give you the best of what I have. The video will give you an insight of what I have already prepared. But the PDF workbook will have much more and will also have spreadsheets for you to give it a go.
So I hope you will enjoy this video.
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We have a French expression "semer des cailloux": to sow pebbles.
Usually it is used as the meaning of finding the way back, the original book is called "Le Petit Poucet" by Charles Perrault, in English it is called "Little Thumb".
I am not using my pebbles to find my way back but I have been sowing them for many years now, and my pebbles are all the projects I have been doing around the patchwork and quilt world.
I have been passionate about it for a long time, and I have been making and working on many projects and now all my "pebbles" are meeting up together.
I am regrouping all my pebbles, and even though at times that might have had no sense individually, now that they are all together my little pebbles are making a big picture.
I have been working hard for the past 3 months at changing things in my business. I use to go all over France to have a booth and connect with people in my industry by presenting my work, exchanging with women that were also...