Thought I’d check in and let you know how I’m doing.

I’ve got all the blocks made for the main part of the quilt. Tonight I have started sewing all the blocks together.

By next week I will be working on the outside border, the paper piecing.

Joan, you’re getting the hang of the spiral. As far as design goes, let’s see if you can push it a little further after I do the needs assessment and can give you something specific to focus on.

(And contrary to your email, this is NOT a t——- sketch. Remember, none of that kind of language around here! It’s quit good — very clear. And good for you for figuring out how to scan and send it on the spur of the moment!)

JG 6/27/07: I’ve been playing in EQ and found a block I liked and played with it some. The attachment is what I’ve come up with. Let me know what you think, I can use some help here I know. Maybe make the block bigger so there aren’t so many small pieces, maybe recolor it, maybe start all over???

Joan in GA 2

RM: Joan this is a beautiful block and a really interesting setting! However, other than the one twist of the first square within the diamond, I don’t see my technique in it. I’ll get back to you so we can spin our heads together and come up with something.

JG: HI RaNae, I’ve been trying for several days to come up with something acceptable. I have attached this one, my latest try. Can you tell me what you think? Joan in GA

Joan orange green

RM: Joan, now you’re on the right track! I like how you combined the spirals with the Drunkard’s Path block (one of my favorites). Your checkerboard coloring in the spirals in unique and striking.

A couple of suggestions:

Once you get beyond the central drunkard’s path blocks the design becomes so busy that the spirals almost disappear. I would suggest simplifying it a bit — you will benefit both from a design standpoint and a construction standpoint. Here are some things to try:

Instead of partial spirals in the triangles on the edges, go back to using drunkard’s path or a solid piece of fabric. This would have the effect of highlighting the spiral blocks, thereby showing off how special they are. (And save you quite a bit of time piecing spiral blocks.) As the design is right now, the whole-spiral blocks get lost in the partial-spiral blocks around them.

(If you were to decide to keep spirals in the edge triangles, I would suggest rotating them so that the orange part is always in the same position relative to the whole spirals. And another approach to putting spirals in the edge triangle would be to put a right-angle triangle spiral there. The way to do this in EQ is to draw a spiral in HALF of a square block, then when you place it in the quilt, rotate the block until the spiral fill the half-square triangle.)

When you change the edge triangles to solid or drunkard’s path blocks, there will be no places where two spirals join side-to-side. Since you don’t need the fully-covered side of a pinwheel spiral to make a smooth transition to another spiral, you’ll probably be better off using a nesting spiral, because it is faster and easier to sew.

Given that spirals are new to you and you seem to be a little timid about working with them, I would definitely recommend that you go with solid or drunkard’s path edge triangles, and with using nesting spirals so you don’t become overwhelmed by this project. (Yes, I have changed a design because I was just tired of making blocks!)

About color and fabric choices: Since you have chosen to use checkerboard coloring in your spiral blocks, which highlights the individual triangles and well as the spoke, be sure to choose strongly-contrasting colors and solid or pseudo-solid (tone-on-tone, tiny prints) fabrics that clearly define the edge of the triangles. Otherwise, your triangles and your spokes will become a mish-mash of flecks of color and you won’t see the triangles or the spokes at all. Are these the colors you intend to use?

Once you have decided what to do with the edges, add a nice border that perhaps echoes the checkerboard coloring of the spirals in some way, and I think you’ll end up with a quilt you’ll really enjoy!

RM: Joan, along the lines of what I was saying in my comment below, here is an adaptation of the design you sent. The layout is exactly what you did, except I added one row. The first example has a very simple border (which makes the quilt a very usable 58″ x 76″), and the second has a more decorative border (finished size 67″ x 84″).

You asked about colors, so I used a more home-decor combination — this would be simple to adapt to your own colors, just keep the darks where the darks are, the mediums where the mediums are and the lights where the lights are.

The layout you developed has a wonderful traditional feel to it — something that many of the other quilts don’t have. It’s great to be able to show people that even though this technique is “modern” it still can look traditional.

Joan-RaNae 2

Joan-RaNae 1

joan version

JG 7-9-07: I’d like to use these colors, but if you have other suggestions, please let me know. background pale yellow, there is magenta, light. purple, light green TOT, goldish brown, two different batiks that have yellows/ rusts. I can probably scan the fabrics to you.

JG 7-12-07: I’ve reworked my quilt. I chose 7 colors. My background is pale yellow, and I’m using a brown, sage green, lavender batik, majenta batik, then 2 batiks that have some yellow/orange and a bit of purple it in. I’ts hard to see in the scanned quilt. Also the quilt shows lime green which is wrong. I added another border and thought it looked better with the brown, as the background on the outer border makes the design pop. Then a pale yellow and a sage green inner borders with majenta and purple as corner stones. Do you think the sage and purple has enough contrast or I could use limegreen and magenta in the swirl blocks?

Joan fabric

joan revised

One of my concerns is the outer border design. Do you think it is stretched too much? I’ve got 5 horozintal and 7 vertical blocks. I could make more, then of course I’d have more paper piecing to do wouldn’t I?

RM 7-12-07:  Joan, the fabrics look MUCH better than the EQ colors!  🙂

(One thing when scanning fabrics: you can adjust the brightness and contrast levels to get the color right.  You’ll probably find the instructions in the manual for your scanner.  It sounds more complicated than it is — just takes a bit of playing around to get the hang of it. Yes, I know you’re thinking “Not ANOTHER new challenge! No, you don’t have to do it now.  But you might put it on your “something I’d like to learn someday soon” list.)

As for the border — yes, you are correct, it is stretched too much.  But I think that one more block on each side would fix it, and that’s only four more blocks.

Are you excited to start sewing?

JG 8-11-07:  How odd you sent this [the spidron link]. I am on a yahoo chat group and we are getting a workshop today and tomorrow to make the spidron spiral as a table topper.

JG 8-13-07:  I thought you might want to see the results of the workshop I took today on the spidron.

Joan Garland spidron A

RM:  Joan, if you’re interested in seeing just how closely this is related to spirals, go back to the instructions for drawing a Point-to-Point spiral, and read closely the method in which you draw lines all the way around the shape, then erase one on each side.  You will see that in your spidron design, if you erase the line between the two lighter colors and make them the same color, you will have the triangle that creates the point-to-point spiral.  The spidron then is the equivalent of the spoke in the Point-to-Point spiral.

JG 9-21-07:  All finished! 

Joan Flying Tumbleweeds 1

 Joan Fly T 3

 Joan Fly T 2

Here’s some info on my quilt:

Quilt designed and machine paper pieced by Joan Garland, Braselton, Georgia. The quilt is machine quilted on a Gammill by Peggy Barkle, Lilburn, GA.

I used EQ6 to design the quilt. Size is 72 x 88. Each block is 12″ finished. The blocks include point to point swirls, a variation of Drunkard’s Path and a 7″ fan border.

Thanks for inviting me to stretch my abilities and your encouragement. I had a great time making this quilt, although sometimes I’d rather have tossed it out the window. LOL But it came out fine, which I’m very proud of.



16 Responses to “Joan Garland (Joan in GA)”

  1. joaninga Says:

    I”m home most of the day today so I’m going to try to work on this drawing in EQ. It might make it a little easier to focus. If all else fails, I’ll be drawing on very large paper to extend these thoughts in the drawing.
    Joan in GA.

  2. joaninga Says:

    JG. Thanks for your comments RaNae. I was getting a bit confused by the time I did the corners, I can go back in and change them to drunkards path blocks or try a solid ans see what that looks like.
    The colors, I used yellow and orange but can change that. I couldn’t think of 2 other colors that would contrast easily enough. I tried pink and blues but wasn’t crazy about that combination either. Do you have any suggestions? or 2 colors you think this would be good in? I tried graduating shades too but didn’t like that. I plan on using TOT when I start sewing.
    I’ll play with the border some and resend to you.
    BTW. did I send it in the correct size or was it still too large?

  3. RaNae Says:

    Joan, there are a million color combinations you could use — think about what would look good in your own home, since presumably you will USE this quilt there. And speaking of using it, if you were to make it one row longer it probably would be the right size for a top-of-bed quilt or a TV quilt. If you’re going to go to the effort of making a quilt, you might as well be able to use it, right? The way you’ve designed it, with the long vertical lines in the center, would lend itself easily to this adaptation.

  4. ksoppelt Says:

    very cool Joan (and RaNae of course) – and Joan’s less traditional than I am, so wahoo! I hadn’t really thought about combining like that yet. Now maybe we need to play with drawing my snowflakes on your EQ6 on Tuesday?

  5. ksoppelt Says:

    Joan – if you were going for the wallhanging in brights for your house, and you stay with the orange, yellows and greens, it looks like citrus slices to me! And see how it would look to do the drunkard’s path edges like RaNae did, but in the brights square?

  6. joaninga Says:

    RaNae, I can see how much different the quilt looks by just a few changes. I’ll work on that. And I like the second quilt with the borders, I hadn’t even considered using that block in the borders but it definately “makes the quilt”
    I get hung up on colors and tend to use only 2, which I can see makes for a dull quilt. I’ll try some other colors also. Would it be acceptable to you if I used your second quilt as my choice?

  7. RaNae Says:

    Sure, Joan, go ahead with that quilt design. Did I send it to you as an EQ file? If not, let me know and I will, so you can work from the templates already drawn.

  8. joaninga Says:

    No there was no EQ file. I have both EQ5 & 6, I prefer 6 but I know if you send it in 5 I can load it into 6.
    Thanks for your help, I appreciate it.
    Kathy is coming up here on Tuesday and we’re going to put our heads together and work on our projects.

  9. juliewillis Says:

    Love that green & orange design. You go, girl!

  10. joaninga Says:

    Thanks for the phone call RaNae. I agree, I definately need to put in another border to pull together the browns and magentas.
    thanks for your input.

  11. joaninga Says:

    Thanks Julie,
    I’ve been changing colors almost daily. And today Kathy & I went shopping for fabric. Everything I picked and bought got changed when we got home and started putting the colors together.
    So now I have more to add to my stash.

  12. joaninga Says:

    my printer started acting up about a week ago, it jammed and then froze up when I used the scanning part and even after on line chatting with HP helping me, I still can’t get the scanner right. That is why I decided to photo the swatches for you. I really need a new printer but that is on the bottom of the must have list.
    I can add the extra blocks on the borders, hey, 4 more won’t be a problem after doing all these anyway. I’ll redo with the extra blocks then see what the fabric calculations are on EQ. I know I have to purchase more browns and probably a bit more of the sage green.

    RM: see my post today about EQ fabric calculations

    Excited, you bet. I can’t wait to get started sewing this and actually see how it looks in real fabric. I still can’ t believe how big this is going to finish, it’s a bit larger than a twin size quilt. I’ve got a lot of bare wall space in our yet unfinished basement. And it’s got brown walls so this might look great over the white couch down there.

    RM: Then you can actually USE it!

  13. smote Says:

    Joan – thank-you for your comment on my project. I really like the teals & purple. I also really like your project, especially your border did you get it from EQ or did you design it yoursefl?

  14. RaNae Says:

    From Joan: Thought I’d check in and let you know how I’m doing.

    I’ve got all the blocks made for the main part of the quilt. Tonight I have started sewing all the blocks together.

    By next week I will be working on the outside border, the paper piecing.

  15. ksoppelt Says:

    okay Joan-keeping secrets from me? Can’t wait to see the picture when RaNae posts it, and then see it later in person!

  16. joaninga Says:

    Thanks RaNae, I’ll draw trhe point to point and try this

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