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San Antonio Valentine

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Camera Canon Canon PowerShot G3
Exposure Time 1/60
F-Stop 2.2

Created in this Craftsy class

Color Play for Quilters taught by Joen Wolfrom

Learn how prize-winning quilters and top fabric designers create beautiful color combinations, movement, depth and luminosity through fabric.

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Here are some details about my project:
Category Quilting
Type Quilt
Style Traditional, Casual
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What materials did you use? 100% cotton fabrics

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What are you most proud of? I really like how the colors came together. I wasn't sure I'd be able to find the exact shades of blue I needed, but by using Joen's 3-in-1 color tool, I was able to establish that both the sky and Spencer's shirt are shades of Cerulean blue . . . so as long as I stayed with fabric in shades of cerulean, I could go a bit darker or lighter and still preserve the overall color feeling I was looking for.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? If you are using a photo as a basis for color choice, you'll probably be disappointed if you try to choose and buy fabric online. Too many variables between how a fabric looks on your monitor and how it looks in real life. Take your photo to the fabric store!

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This is my second attempt at using Joen's technique of using a favorite photo as a basis for color choices. The photo is from our Christmas trip to San Antonio (a snapshot of my kids at Mission San Jose). The pattern is "My Funny Valentine" from Sarah Fielke's Craftsy class, "Big Techniques from Small Scraps." I think I will make this into the center medallion for a lap quilt, if I can figure out how to do that.

02/16/2014 Flag

Nicely done. It's a great piece for a medallion quilt. Lots of possibilities for surrounding blocks or pieced borders. Enjoy the next part of the creative process.

02/16/2014 Flag

Very nice. I like the way you have balanced your colors. Thanks for sharing.

03/11/2014 Flag

I'm really impressed by the way you used the colours of a photo of old buildings in a modern quilt. Well done. I haven't got this far in the course yet, but I feel as if I understand the point just from seeing your photo and your quilt.

04/04/2014 Flag

Thank you! This technique was really fun to try, and I know it won't be the last time I use it!

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