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The latest Island Batik Ambassador blog hop has kicked off! Welcome to the Beat the Heat Blog Hop. We hope you will grab a cool drink*, kick back, and enjoy these projects, all created with the latest Island Batik fabrics. Bookmark this page so you can come back daily and view the new quilts that have been shared.

*Or something warm for those of you in the southern hemisphere. ;-)

 

Friday August 2 - Blog Hop Kick off

Monday, August 5 - Blueberry Patch

Leanne Parsons
Sherry Shish

Tuesday, August 6 - Clockworks

Bill Locke
Lisa Nielsen

Wednesday, August 7 - Electric Desert

Sandra Walker
Terri Vanden Bosch

Thursday, August 8 - Enchanted Forest

Pamela Boatright
Kathleen McCormick

Friday, August 9 - Blog Round-Up Week 1

Monday, August 12 - Garden Party

Karen Neary
Carol Moellers

Tuesday, August 13 - Geared Up

Michelle Roberts
Laticia “Tish” Stemple

Wednesday, August 14 - Graphic Gems

(Debora) Anne Wiens
Gene Black

Thursday, August 15 - Kaleidoscope

Tina D Dillard
Bea Lee

Friday, August 16 - Blog Hop Round Up Week 2

Monday, August 19 - Petal Pushers

Joanne Hart
Carla Henton

Tuesday, August 20 - Quiet Shades

Connie Kauffman
Vasudha Govindan

Wednesday, August 21 - Seedlings

Vicki Schlimmer
Mania Hatziioannidi

Thursday, August 22 - Soil & Seeds

Gail Sheppard

Friday, August 23 - Blog Hop Round-Up Week 3

Monday, August 26 - Steam Engine

Maryellen McAuliffe
Jennifer Strauser

Tuesday, August 27 - Sunny Side Up

Connie K Campbell
Joan Kawano

Friday August 30 - Blog Hop Round-Up Week 4

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I've been admiring Sylvia Schaefer's work for a couple years, so when she invited me to participate in this blog hop to help launch her new book, The Quilter's Negative Space Handbook, I was excited for the opportunity.

 

Sylvia's book is a wealth of information. It contains eight full patterns which illustrate the different design techniques in each of her eight chapters. These are vibrant, modern quilts in bold colors. They utilize negative space in different, interesting ways. Below are a couple of my favorites from the book. In addition to these patterns, Sylvia walks you through the process to design in each of her techniques, with step by step diagrams, commentary on what works and what doesn't work, and multiple examples for each technique. These techniques can be used whether you design on a computer or with paper and pencil.

River of Fire by Sylvia Schaefer

This quilt illustrates Sylvia's technique of Making Shapes. I love the bold color, the use of one simple block construction in multiple sizes, and of how it makes me think of a fractal.

Every Which Way by Sylvia Schaefer

This quilt illustrates Sylvia's technique of Scattering. I love the randomness of this design as well as her choice to have soft grey for some of the arrows. I especially love the arrows that are so faint you can barely see them.

 

My Project

Sometimes when you see or experience something it affects you without you realizing it. When I received my copy of the book I flipped through it immediately. But I didn't take it all in. Then I designed my Island Batik project for this month. Our theme this month for the Island Batik Ambassador challenge is Vintage Reimagined. I like working from a traditional block and adapting it to a new design. When I came back to read The Quilter's Negative Space Handbook cover to cover, I realized that my designs fit right in with Sylvia's Extending Lines chapter. Surely, skimming through the book earlier had already influenced me.

I work in Illustrator to mock up design ideas. For this project I chose the Antique Tile quilt block.

My next step was to recolor it in four colors since I had chosen four fabrics in my initial fabric pull. Generally I work in random (and often obnoxious) contrasting colors until I settle on a layout I like. These are not indicative of my fabric choices.

From there I used three blocks on the quilt top and extended the light blue from the block above to the edges of the quilt. I tried with different background colors.

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Then I adjusted the scale of the blocks and plugged in the colors of my fabrics.

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I realized that I didn't have enough of the dark teal fabric for the size project I was creating, so I replaced the orange in my palette with red and rearranged by color placement.

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I tried these colors with my original scale.

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One other design option that came about didn't feature the Extending Lines technique, but rather another of Sylvia's techniques, Standing Alone.

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I've settled on which quilt I'm making this month, though I could see myself making another version, or further iterating on the design. I'd love to hear which of these designs catches your eye, or how you would adjust the design. (I've numbered the quilts 01-07 to make it easier to reference them in the comments.)

 

Buckles by Sylvia Schaefer

This is Sylvia's example of Extending Lines. The intersecting lines remind me of Celtic knots. I like her choice of straight line quilting and enjoy the color palette.

 

Giveaway

Sylvia and C&T Publishing have offered one digital (PDF) version of The Quilter’s Negative Space Handbook. To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter below. By entering, you agree that you are 18 years of age or older. International participants are welcome. The giveaway is open through Wednesday, March 27th, at Midnight PDT. A winner will be randomly selected and emailed to be notified. Good luck!

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Blog Hop Schedule

March 11 – C&T Publishing – blog tour kickoff
March 12 – Nicole Neblett – Mama Love Quilts
March 13 – Christa Watson – Christa Quilts
March 14 – Jessica Caldwell – Desert Bloom Quilting
March 15 – Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill – Whole Circle Studio
March 18 – Cassandra Ireland Beaver – The (Not So) Dramatic Life
March 19 – Yvonne Fuchs – Quilting Jetgirl
March 20 – Sarah Ruiz – Saroy
March 21 – Sarah Goer – Sarah Goer Quilts (you’re here!)
March 22 – Sylvia Schaefer – Flying Parrot Quilts – tour wrap-up

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Welcome to my stop on the Turnabout Patchwork Book Tour Blog Hop! I made up the quick and easy Sun Dunes pattern from the Quarter Snowball Block section of the book.

I liked the look of solids that Teresa used in the illustration of Sun Dunes in the book and ordered Kona Ash for my background. In the end, I opted to use the remnants from Woven Waves: Kona Lime, Grass Green, Glacier, Ruby, and Watermelon.

This quilt went together very quickly. It has so much potential for different looks with solids, prints, a variety of background colors... the possibilities are endless! And it wasn't super fussy about points lining up. If constructed in rows, you'd only need to focus on the points of the triangles matching. I opted to leave off the border, so my quilt top finished at 36 1/2" x 45 1/2". I love that the negative space in the background gives is a modern look and leaves a lot of room for interesting quilting.

Overall, Turnabout Patchwork is a beginner friendly book with a variety of interesting twists on common quilt blocks. Each of six chapters shows step-by-step photos of how to make the block and an initial pattern featuring the block, followed by two or three illustrated patterns using some variation of block layout or fabric placement within the block. Numerous quilts are modern in design with expansive negative space. Turnabout Patchwork is available on Amazon.

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Turnabout Patchwork author Teresa Mairal Barreu can be found at her blog Sewn Up.

Enjoy the continuation of the blog hop by following along at the following blogs:

January 28 - Blog Hop Kickoff Post

  • Teresa Mairal Barreu blog: Sewn Up

January 30 - Quarter Snow Ball

Arrowhead

Sweet Bows

Tutti-frutti

Sun Dunes

February 1 - Modern Shoofly

Flying Rainbows

Flying Butterflies

Flying Flags

Flying Confetti

February 2 - Half Square Triangles (HSTs) and squares

Rose Garden Star

Swirl

Houndstooth

Diamond Star

February 4 - Striped Fabric Block

Shells

Xs and Os

Jaws

Arrowhead

February 6 - Coordinated Strips

Peaks

Diamond and Crosses

Knots and Crosses

February 8 - Double Disappearing Nine-Patch

Holiday Trellis

Stepping Stones

Two for One

Cross