Friday, July 31, 2015

Alex Anderson Workshop Tomorrow -- Woo Hoo!

Quilt Basket Rendezvous by Alex Anderson
I am SO EXCITED to be attending a quilting workshop with the legendary Alex Anderson tomorrow!  The workshop is hosted by my Bernina dealer, Lee's Creative Sewing and Vacuum of Charlotte, Hickory and Shelby, North Carolina, and we're going to be making a smaller version of Alex's Quilt Basket Rendezvous project.  I really love her version made with Kaffe Fassett prints, shown above, but my Bernina dealer says the kits for tomorrow's workshop are all batik fabrics.  This makes me pout -- I love me some batiks for applique projects, and I like to mix them with other fabrics, but I'm not a huge fan of quilts that are made ONLY using batiks.  I don't even like the idea of making a quilt using fabrics that someone else picked out for me...  But I'm not taking the class for the quilt per se, I'm taking the class so I can meet Alex Anderson!

Smaller Batik Version of Quilt Basket Rendezvous for Workshop
If it were up to me, I'd probably choose 1930s reproduction prints for this project, but I'm just going to have to make the best of whatever kit I get stuck with.

Alex Anderson
What I love about Alex's quilting books is that she is so encouraging and makes quilting accessible for total beginners.  Whereas some of my other favorite quilting authors like Harriet Hargrave, Diane Gaudynski and Sally Collins go into excruciating, exacting detail to teach mastery, Alex's books give new quilters the essentials they need to get started and achieve results they can be proud of -- without overwhelming and intimidating them with too much information.  I'm looking forward to meeting her and learning as much as I can from her class.

Also, since Bernina is providing machines for us to use in the workshop, I'm curious about which machines we'll be using -- and grateful that I don't have to pack up my beast of a 750 QE sewing machine to take to class.  If any of you in the Charlotte area are going to be in the workshop with me tomorrow, please say hello!

Happy stitching, everyone!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Crayola May Not Make a Color for Your Eyes... But Sherwin Williams Does!

When my kids were younger, we used to listen to the Kids' Place Live channel on Sirius XM in the car.  There was this one song by Kristen Andreassen that I loved, "Crayola Doesn't Make a Color for Your Eyes" and maybe that planted a seed deep in my brain that finally sprouted yesterday, when I decided to take close up photos of all of my family members' eyeballs and use the Sherwin Williams Color Snap app on my iPhone to determine once and for all just EXACTLY what color my kids' eyes are. 

Anders' Eye Color: SW6223 Still Water
How cool is that?!  As you can see, you can tap anywhere in the photo to get a whole palette of colors, each with its corresponding Sherwin Williams paint number. 

Lars's Eye Color: SW6216 Jasper
It was interesting to see that my son Lars, whose eyes look chocolately brown overall, actually has a lot of green in his eye color as well.

My Eye Color: SW 6181 Secret Garden
I was surprised to see that my own eyes, which are a yellow-brown hazel, actually have a lot of green in them as well.

Bernie's Eye Color: SW 0016 Billiard Green
Even my blue-eyed husband Bernie's eye color matched up as predominantly green, although he doesn't have any of the amber yellow coloration that Lars, Anders and I all have.

Rebecca's Mom's Eye Color: SW 6488 Grand Canal
Then I had to do my mom's eyes, which are the most beautifully vivid turquoise blue that I have ever seen.  No real surprises there, but isn't it fascinating to sort out all the different colors?  Now you have to listen to the song:


You're probably asking yourselves, "So what?"  Well, I suppose I could now paint a room to match the color of my mom's eyes, or one of my children's eyes.  That's what Sherwin Williams is hoping we do with their app.  You can see how it works to suggest paint colors to go with fabrics or carpets:

Colors from my Dining Room Carpet
Here's what the app came up with for color matches from my dining room carpet (above) and my master bedroom drapery panels (below):

Colors from Master Bedroom Drapery Panel
Not only could I use this tool to help me find paint colors, but I could also use it to find coordinating fabrics for upholstery, accessories, or whatever.  And here's the quilting application: Those dots of color are just like the color dots on the selvages of print fabrics that isolate all of the colors used in the print, very helpful for matching up coordinating fabrics in the quilt shop.  You could use the Sherwin Williams Color Snap app to create a palette of colors for a new quilt that you want to use in an existing room in your home, or snap a picture of the colors in your friend or relative's home on the sly and use it to create a quilt that coordinates beautifully with that person's personal style.  You can also use the app to create a color palette for a quilt based on a favorite photo from your travels or anything, really.  I have a Pinterest folder where I collect color inspiration photos, and here's what the Color Snap app pulled from a few of those photos:




Pretty cool, isn't it?  You can delete the colors you don't want from the palette by touching the color to select it and then touching the little trash can icon.  You can add colors to the palette by touching anywhere on the photo to select that color.  It works with pictures you take yourself with your phone, or on pictures you have downloaded from the Internet or elsewhere. 

Or you can just weird everyone out by insisting on taking close up photos of their eyeballs. 
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