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Thread: Rhonda's 2nd Boston Block Hotpad Class - Fabrics and Color Choices

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    Rhonda's 2nd Boston Block Hotpad Class - Fabrics and Color Choices

    Welcome to my second Boston Block Hotpad Class

    In this lesson we are going to discuss fabrics and colors. This is only in regard to my designs. For other projects you may want to blend your colors and do other treatments.

    This is the quilt block we are going to make

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    Of course 100% cotton is the best choice as far as the type of fabric to use.
    Whether you use batiks or civil war fabrics or country prints is all up to you and what you like.

    However to make a design stand out and be noticed you need to pick your type of prints or batiks etc carefully.

    When I design I use alot of contrast in my colors. This makes certain areas of the design stand out. So choosing the right color combinations will affect how your finished product looks.
    I know alot of people are not comfortable with choosing colors. So I'm going to give you some basics to use as a guideline.

    Colors break down into different values:
    as you can see this starts light and gets a big darker as it goes til you reach the dark values.

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    Look at the design you want to make and see how many different colors you will need. In this quilt block I have designed you will see 5 different colors.

    You will need to choose:

    a light background - light enough so the colors show up against it.
    a medium red - Make sure it isn't too light
    a light red/pink - It needs to show against the background color
    a medium green -This should be not quite dark but not too light either
    a light green - light enough to show against your medium but not blend with the background

    You don't want to let your colors blend. To get the right look you need to choose fabrics that you can see seperately when they are laid side by side. If you have 2 shades of yellow and you lay them together you should have strong different values.

    You can also achieve a contrast by using fabrics that are different as in say one is a large check pattern and the other one is a leaf pattern.

    Here are some examples of what not to do:

    This one is too light and blends too much together
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    This one has been split into too many different colors
    It's too busy looking. If you want to make it a scrappy
    then make it all a scrappy look keeping the values in mind
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    This one could be okay but for me it is too much the same values
    It doesn't stand out as well as it could if you used different values.
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    Okay now here are some good color combinations. They all use strong contrast so the design will stand out.
    You can easily see each individual color apart from the others.

    Whatever color combinations you like make sure they all stand apart.
    Of course we all know about the color wheel and if you look up one online you can see what the opposite colors are. Red is opposite of Blue etc. Keep this in mind when you choose your colors.


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    Fabric amts you will need:

    Red a strip 3" x 8"
    Pink a strip 3" x 6"
    Light Green a strip 3" x 33"
    Med Green a strip 3" x 21"
    Dark a strip 3" x 24"

    2 short borders - 2" x 7"
    2 long borders - 2" x 9"

    Backing will need to be about 9" square
    I use poly batting - traditional which is really dense
    and I cut two layers.

    If you prefer to use insulbrite feel free to use whatever you are comfortable using.

    You will also need a loop. I use a new shoelace and cut a length about 2 1/2" long.

    I don't use binding so that won't be a part of this project.

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    Thanks, Rhonda, love the color combos you posted!! What a great idea,using a shoelace for the hanging loop!! Now,off to find all the colors I need, I'm going to make one in each of the color combos that you posted!!! Have a great week and see you next Friday, MAWLUV

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    Thank you! I think I have the exact shades of fabric in the green light yellow, gold, dark green, dark reddish color. I got them in a sample bag. And I know I have the blue/purple ones in the same shades in batiks. I so excited to start!

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    Thanks Rhonda. I am so looking forward to this

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    Thanks for tips on value and contrast. Looking forward to getting my templates--got your message--and will start picking out fabrics this afternoon.
    Thankful to still be here.Someone upstairs must still have a plan for me.

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    Very fine explanation on color values. Looking forward to cutting and piecing. Thanks, Rhonda.
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    Thanks Rhonda when do we get to start sewing are blocks? Is it going to be next week?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JuanitaBean View Post
    Thanks Rhonda when do we get to start sewing are blocks? Is it going to be next week?
    Next week I will be posting the Boston Block directions with tips and comments to get the best out of my shortcut method. And I will post how I put my quilt blocks together.

    Then the next week will be how to make the hotpad my way.

    The next week will be about how to make the 4 x 4 quilt block and variations of it.

    So probably 3 more classes.

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    Ok Thanks. I love your blocks

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    Thanks for taking the time to post this. Your examples make it very easy to understand. I'll give this a try.
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    thank you. you broke down the fabric explanation very nicely.

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    Thank You. You make the hardest part, picking out colors, look doable. Love your first color combo. Thats what I am going for. Looking forward to next few weeks.
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    This is beautiful! I hope to be able to follow along. I'm so psyched! I was cleaning out a room the other day and found a bunch of my quilt stuff and the little templates you sent me!!! They've been missing for about a yr. when I moved all my sewing stuff upstairs!!!! Is your 1st Boston Block hotpad still on the site? What is it listed under? THANKS.

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    Thank you....just waiting for the temp!

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    Rhonda, thank you for the pics. You are getting us off to great start.

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    I have learned so much and am so ready to get started. It is a rainy day, I think I will have loads of fun putting fabric combos together. Thank you for your wonderful lesson and examples.
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    If you are looking for the next class here is the link. I had to redo the tutorial because of problems with the pictures. so this is the new corrected version. I also included a PDF for download. I will have the last lesson in PDF form soon too. You'll find the PDF for the Boston Block lesson at the end of the tutorial.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/tutoria...ml#post6419200

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    thanks for the templates. I have been wanting to make a bunch of hot pads or placemats.
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    I WILL be posting this tute today!! I have been working on it!

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