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Jean Cockburn retired from her professional career as an academic librarian in 2008 to become a textile artist living on Denman Island, British Columbia. She draws, quilts, embroiders, knits and crochets, makes wearable art, weaves baskets, dyes fabric, and paints watercolours. Her work has been exhibited locally in juried and group shows on Denman Island, in Courtenay, Comox, and Duncan on Vancouver Island, in West Vancouver, and across Canada with the Surface Design Association.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Quilting workshop with Barb Mortell: Half square triangles and colour values

Yesterday we had a great workshop with Barb Mortell. We learned how to make accurate half square triangles more than one at a time, and about the importance of value versus actual colour. And about glowing versus dull when working with the same values. Really interesting stuff!


This is what I produced. I know, I know - it does not look that impressive. That is because the grays are numbers 1 to 3 above, so that I was using neutrals of different values.  The purples are two mediums of which one is dull and one bright - number 4. I need to do the rest as "homework".


So it may not look like much, but I really learned a lot about making accurate half square triangles - add 1 1/4 inches to the finished size (thus for 2 inch finished, use 3 1/4 inch size), mark onto the lighter fabric in an oblong (not a square, tried it, does not work), draw a fish with diagonal lines, press together with second fabric right sides together, sew seams starting at tail of the fish - two continuous seams will do it. Cut apart, press, and then trim carefully. Lots of trimming is rather tedious, but it results in fabulous results.

List of links that Barb emailed to us after the class:

Hi,For those of you interested… here are some links to quilters making triangle quilts.
Cheers, Barb

Diamonds, lone star block
http://hopefulhomemaker.com/wp/2013/04/01/lone-star-block-tutorial/

http://katiesquiltsandcrafts.blogspot.ca/2010/12/half-square-triangle-shortcut.html

http://www.diaryofaquilter.com/2014/02/half-square-triangle-short-cuts-and.html

Bias strip method
http://loisarnold.blogspot.ca/2012/03/half-square-triangle-tutorial-bias.html

another bias strip method
http://www.carolesquiltingetc.com/2011/02/mass-production-half-square-triangles.html

PDF, printable. Bias strip method, a little different than above.
http://www.maryhickeyquilter.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/01_tips_half_square_triangles.pdf

Half Rectangles
http://themodernquiltguild.wordpress.com/2012/01/08/100-days-week-of-shapes-tutorial/

Quarter Square triangles
http://heartstringsandheirloomsfabricshop.blogspot.ca/2012/05/quarter-square-triangle-formula.html

Long leg triangles
http://quilting.about.com/od/rotarycuttingskills/ss/cutting_shapes_4.htm

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