Monthly Archives: November 2013



I am not a big fan of applique but I got my hands on a Cow Picture Quilt kit by Malec Designs and thought I would give it a go – I might even grow to like applique, who knows?

The kit included a master drawing, instructions and freezer paper as well as 8 – 8 x 10 inch pieces of fabric.  Here is the selection of fabrics, all numbered on PostIt Notes and ready to be cut.

organization plus!

organization plus!

I think the hardest part so far has been deciding which fabric to use for the various parts of the cow’s face.

I had to trace and label all the pattern pieces onto the freezer paper and then cut them out and iron them to the right side of the fabric pieces.  Can anyone see where this might be a problem???  Don’t worry, I am very organized so all is good.

Here are some of the fabric pieces all covered up with freezer paper:

one big mess right now

one big mess right now

Then you start to glue all the pieces together with a washable glue.  Not hard to do but a little messy.  Good think I wasn’t wearing my good Onesie.  When you are done, you have something that looks like this:

ghost cow LOL

ghost cow LOL

I am really hoping at this point that I used the right fabric for each section.  Could be a very strange looking cow if I didn’t…

Stay tuned for the reveal!


Colour Theory – Part 2 – Who’s the Pushy One?


When you look at a quilt, what colour do you see first?  For example, in this little patchwork, which square do you notice first?

patchwork block

patchwork block

For me, it was the yellow and I’ve recently learned that is not surprising.  You can predict it as there is a such a thing as colour dominance and our friend yellow is the most dominant.  Warm colours, on the right side of the colour wheel (see Colour Theory – Part 1 post), are also kind of pushy.

But let’s talk about yellow for now:

It is considered a happy colour but too much of it can be disturbing.  Yellow is difficult for the human eye to process.   It will advance from its surroundings. Globally yellow denotes caution, as in amber traffic lights or yellow cards in soccer
(remind me to tell you of the time I got one).  Because of its high visibility, it is often used on school buses or police cars.  My first car was a yellow Mustang , TBar roof – everybody noticed it – I loved that car!  But I digress…back to quilting.

How to use yellow in your quilts?

Well, yellow is very effective on a black background:


but it tends to disappear on white.


It is great used as a “Zinger”:   a small amount in the right place can add punch, catch your eye and give your quilt a bouncy, energetic feel.

You should scatter it around your quilt – that is , unless you want to highlight a focal point.  If you do, a  single line of yellow will draw your eye right to it.

What about you?  How do you feel about the dominance of yellow?