Another day to play with the Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Guild in Springfield, Missouri!
I’m so happy they chose these two workshops – there are SO MANY possibilities just by rotating units and changing the value placement, swapping backgrounds – the varieties are endless!
We started out the day with a bit of Easy Angle Ruler practice—making triangles in matching sets of 6, testing our seams.
Contrasting chains of squares were added to the triangles to quickly create our little gems, each quilter working with their own fabrics in their own color ways to bring about their own visions.
After my lecture on Thursday, Susan brought in some fabrics she thought she wanted to use for her blocks and we discussed them a bit.
I asked her where she felt she was BEFORE hearing my lecture, and she laid out these fabrics:
Okay, pretty good…but a bit tame!
Okay! Looking better!
It looks warmer, it has more depth, the background is no longer so flat and predictable. And then we talked about getting away from the whole “only a tone on tone" thing and things went from better to BEST!”
Now I’m feeling the love!
The first two columns are a great start, but they are very similar to each other, and they are only tone on tones with zero surprises…the 3rd stack --- now THIS brings in the HAPPY!!
We agreed that some happy peppy neutrals that have a bit more color and action to them, still with a neutral background are what this quilt needs to branch her out from safe and predictable to YEAH, BABY!!
All of Susan’s Squares!
Notes can be written on them if need be. I thought this was a great way to keep her pieces sorted and contained at the same time.
Blocks on the design wall!
Stitching friends having a great time!
Cutting it up!
Just like potato chips, you can’t make just one!
A great showing for a very fun day!
You will find the free pattern for Playing with Jacks and several variations to set them together in a multitude of ways under the Free Patterns Tab at the top of the blog!
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|Playing with Jacks Springfield MO 2015|
And with that, I’m off to St Louis!
Meet Me in St Louis ala Judy Garland!
Happy Friday, Everyone!