Thursday, February 13, 2014

My Program at H&H

On Tuesday night I had the opportunity to speak at the Hearts & Hands Guild in O'Fallon IL.  My topic was working with large scale prints. I'm told the H&H members are super talented, and from their show & tell examples, they definitely are. And what an active guild they are - so many things going on!  So I was a little intimidated to be talking to such a large and experienced group, not sure that what I had to offer would be meaningful or interesting to them.

After the technical difficulties of setting up the PowerPoint presentation and the projector were resolved, it actually went very well. Both the guild's president and their program chair told me afterward that my program was very well received.

I spoke about large scale prints, showed examples of them, and talked about how they can be used in home decor, handbags & totes, and of course in quilts, as backings, borders, or in the pieced top. A big challenge of working with large prints is finding patterns to feature them. There are a lot of examples where the prints are all chopped up, but it's much harder to find patterns that actually feature large scale prints. So I designed Big Print Beauty to fill the void.
Big Print Beauty

In my program at H&H, I talked about scale and proportion, and about contrast in both scale and value. I showed examples (EQ illustrations) of how BPB would look in other colorways using other fabric collections. Then I told them about the "formula" I use to select fabrics that will work together. Come back tomorrow and I'll share my formula; it's too much for one post today.
BPB focus print

BPB fabrics used
The pattern for Big Print Beauty is available here. Fabric requirements and instructions are given for three sizes: 60 x 75 throw without borders; 75 x 90 twin as shown; and 96 x 96 queen. The cost is $9; e-mail me if you're interested.
Linking up today with Really Random Thursday over at Live a Colorful Life.


  1. I am a member of Hearts 'n' Hands and absolutely loved your Big Print Beauty quilt. Your program was very interesting and the group I sat with thoroughly enjoyed your presentation. Thank you for coming!