RM: Valerie, I’m putting a copy of the quilt here so we can keep ideas and conversation all in the same place.

Cut up spirals

VY:  I have attached a few fabric swatch photos from eQuilter. com.  I am thinking that we could use a gradation of beiges and browns, including your fabric.  Also two medallion fabrics that I could SnW for the center.  How large is the center?  … Valerie

 Val 1

RM:  Why did it not even occur to me to use my own fabric for this?  DUH!!!!

 val 2

 val 3

RM:  It looks as though the second fabric was actually designed to accompany mine.  I’m not sure about these warm browns — I’m thinking more chocolate to dark chocolate….

val 5

RM: This could make an interesting S&W center, and perhaps used randomly in light spokes as well?

Val 4

val 6

RM:  Both of these two above could be used as centers without any S&W — just use the printed medallion.  I like the blue/brown combination in these, and I like the more “chocolatey” browns.

VY:  I am attaching two more photos that could be fussy cut into a center medallion.
(Not exactly SnW, but the same effect).  We need to keep in mind what will look great in a photo. I think it needs some color, but not garish. I really agree with you on that.

 Valerie fabric 1

RM: I like the one above, the one below feels a bit garish to me!

Valerie fabric 2

VY 9-10-07:  I am happy to report that my quilt is almost completed.  I extended the darkest purple from the center into the triangle units to eliminate the blockiness of the center square.  I would love to do more, but at this point, I think I will add borders (probably 2) and complete the quilting. This has been the most fun I have had quilting in a long time even though the center square has 169 small pieces in it.

Valerie Center

Valerie Quilt

I learned many lessons and will do better on the next one.

1. I won’t use Kinko’s copy paper again. It was just too tough to get good clean folds and the pressing was not as easy as I am used to. It was also very hard to remove the paper. Next time, I will draft the design and use a light table to trace it onto the vellum that I am used to using for paper piecing.

2. Pressing is crucial to getting these small points to match. I had to go back and remove pieces on occasion to repress a seam. It is essential to check the pressing on every seam before attaching the next pieces. There are a few places still in this quilt that I would love to redo, but we are out of time for that. I think this one is OK visually if you don’t closely examine every little point.

3. The center is a little weak visually. If I had time, I would do this over and use a stronger print in the center.

I know it isn’t brown and white as we discussed, but I just couldn’t get what I wanted with the browns. I work in a quilt store, so I was able to get 10 purples that blended from light to dark without much design on the fabric. I wasn’t as lucky with the pinks, but I think they are OK. 

RM: I love the pinks.  I’m amazed that you were able to find so many similar textures graded not only in color value, but also in scale from smaller to larger.  Quite an accomplishment!  And, the pattern in the pinks is a nice counterpoint to the minimal texture of the purples.  All your fabric choices together (including the center) make for a nice combination of subtle, elegant style.  I even like the point about halfway into the spiral where there’s a more abrupt change of shade in the purple — it creates a subtle off-balance squarishness there that adds some nice contrast and tension to the overall rhythm of the design.

VY: I hope you like it. I should be able to get the borders on in a week.  I plan to do minimal quilting. The center is enough as is, so I will just do invisible stitch in the ditch on the spirals. I might do a little more on the corner triangles if I am inspired.

RM: Valerie, if you’re looking for an area to add more decorative quilting, you might consider the dark purple band — the pieces are large here, so you don’t have a lot of bulk to contend with.  You could quilt it in a way that really emphasizes it as a frame using lighter, contrasting thread — even perhaps find a way to integrate it with the corner spirals.  Baroque swirls and curlicues are coming to my mind for some reason.  Just an idea to consider…..

VY: Good luck and thanks for this opportunity. It was great fun.

RM: Valerie I do like it — you’ve done a great job, and I’m glad you enjoyed making it!  Thank you!

Valerie done

28 Responses to “Valerie Yeaton”

  1. quilting247 Says:

    Hello RaNae,
    I have read the pages for each person to see what each one is doing. I fell in love with the brown and white example you posted on Betty Donahue’s page. Can you give me an assignment like that one? I am very comfortable with paper piecing and can draft the pattern if you have a drawing you want made.
    Thanks … Valerie Yeaton

  2. quilting247 Says:

    Hi again RaNae,
    In terms of projects, I would like to make the brown and white quilt, or something similar that you need, and also a journal cover that would be more “artsy”. I think my craftsmanship is good, which is why the brown and white quilt appeals to me, but I want to push myself on the “art” side. A smaller project like a pillow cover or journal cover would allow me to expand in the art direction.
    … Valerie

  3. RaNae Says:

    Valerie, that’s fine — I think Idrafted it in EQ5 — do you have the program? If so, I can just send you the file. As soon as I read that you liked it, I thought of the idea of doing it in shades of brown and cream that would look like different darkesses of chocolate and give dimension to the swirls — we could call it Choco-Swirl-o’-Heaven or something crazy like that. What do you think?

  4. RaNae Says:

    The pillow and journal cover sound great too!

  5. quilting247 Says:

    Hi RaNae,
    I do have EQ 5. I haven’t taken the time to learn how to use it, but I’m sure I could figure it out. I really like the brown quilt, so please send me the file and any additional color suggestions you have.
    Thank you … Valerie

  6. quilting247 Says:

    FYI .. I just received a First Place and Judges Choice award for my most recent pillow.
    … Valerie

    Congratulations — did you see my post to the main page?

  7. quilting247 Says:

    What do you visualize in the center of this quilt. I teach Stack-n-Whack, so that is one option.

  8. RaNae Says:

    Valerie, I like your idea of stack & whack — it could be used in the middle of the center spiral and as the middle of the large corner spirals as well. What about using a border print for the S&W that would also form the border of the quilt?

    I’m open to other ideas as well — Kathy Edwards is exploring Stack & Whack at the center of her design, and I don’t want to step on her toes….

  9. RaNae Says:

    Valerie, this doesn’t HAVE to be in browns — why don’t you see what you find for a border/stack & whack that you like, then choose other colors based on that? My main wish would be for something more sophisticated rather than garish…. Maybe that’s what I liked about the brown to begin with…..

  10. RaNae Says:

    Has anyone noticed that this quilt is actually an Amish Diamond-in-the-Square?

  11. quilterk Says:

    RaNae and Valerie,
    After my new Virginia Spriomaniacs got together today, I am rethinking the center and may not do Stack and Whack after all. Go ahead, Valerie, and explore it. Those with more experience than me agreed that I might/should go another direction with those centers. I’ll keep you posted.

  12. RaNae Says:

    Valerie, looks like we’re cleared for Stack & Whack centers — go for it!

  13. quilting247 Says:

    Hi RaNae, Yes, my style is sophisticated; I don’t do garish. I received the files you emailed to me. I was unable to bring the EQ6 file into my EQ5 as you suspected. I will try to get a printout at Kinkos. I could also work with the individual sections if you can break them out as separate units. I can also draft them myself if needed.

    What effect are you hoping for in the brown section? A single shade or a gradation from light to dark?

  14. RaNae Says:

    I think a gradation would be nicer. Why not start with the stack & whack fabric and work colors from there? You may even find that some of the spokes would be interesting done with the S&W fabric, though the effect would be much different that the centers….

    Were you able to view the fabric photo files I sent yesterday?

  15. RaNae Says:

    PS Kathy & Valerie — it’s okay go have 2 stack & whacks 🙂

  16. RaNae Says:

    Valerie, maybe the easiest thing to do would just be for me to print the foundation/template and mail it to you?

  17. quilting247 Says:

    It would be wonderful if you could print the foundation out for me. I would like to go ahead and select the center fabric and make it. I normally do a careful fussy cut of the 8 pieces rather than Stack-n-Whack if I only need a few blocks. It is more accurate. Thanks for the quick responses.

  18. RaNae Says:

    Valerie, I’m wondering what it would look like to use the fifth fabric down in your email as the S&W, and then use it randomly in the white spokes? Maybe I can try it out in EQ and see what happens….

  19. quilting247 Says:

    I like the 5th one as well; it has movement. It is a light fabric, so it is important that what we put around it will contrast with it.

  20. quilting247 Says:

    OK, I ordered the fabric, priority mail. Yesterday, I ordered the daisy fabric you liked, so I will make a center of each and we can choose one.
    How do I add photos and drawings to this page?

  21. quilting247 Says:

    size … If the entire piece is about 42″, then the center square looks to be half that, 21″ and the very center octagon would be about 1/3 of that or 7″. As you can tell, I am eager to get going. I might start with that (a 7″ octagon”) and try drafting the rest out from that.

  22. yogib2 Says:

    Valerie, You’ve certainly “piqued” my curiosity about what the two of you are planning. I hope we get to see some photos of your fabrics and spirals as you move onward. I will understand if it’s got to be a secret until publication RaNae, but curious minds want to know 🙂

    RM: Well, Rhonda, you’ve done your OWN share of “pique-ing”! I’m sure others are just as curious to see what YOU’RE going to come up with!

  23. juliewillis Says:

    Lovin’ the browns.

  24. purplepassion Says:

    Hi Valerie, your name is familiar. Any chance that you teach/taught at The CottonPatch in Lafayette, CA.?

  25. yogib2 Says:

    Wow! Your photos caught me by surprise as I was expecting to see the collection of fabrics you posted early on. The new combination is beautiful and has a luxurious feel to it. I smile at the thought of how many of us took a leap and traded up our original plans. Well done, all 169 plus pieces!


  26. quiltfee Says:

    Valerie, I love the center!


  27. quilting247 Says:

    Finished! And eager to do more.

    Valerie Yeaton
    Oakland, CA

    Machine quilted. I did “stitch in the ditch” following the spiral design. A simple 8 pointed star in the center, and parallel lines in the purple section to further hide the fact that the center is a square unit.

    So far the name is “Purple Spiral #1” (#1 as I plan to do more). But the name that keeps coming into my mind is “Down the Drain” because it looks like water going down the drain. Just not sure that this is a very nice name for a quilt.

    27″ square.

    The center is an 8 pointed shape and I used 1″ increments. There are 20 rounds.

    There are 8 outside triangles, four sets of two that mirror image. I decided to match one edge of the triangle units with the outside purple of the center square. This eliminated the square look of the center unit. This discovery gave me an entirely new way to approach borders in general.

    When I make my next one, I will be very careful with the pressing of each seam. At some point in the middle of the process, some of the pressing was not as precise as it should have been. (I was probably watching a movie on TV at the time.) When I discovered this, I was able to remove a few rounds and corrent the problem, but there was an offset that was so far back that I would have needed to start over (and I didn’t have time to do that.) As a result, I had to adjust each seam for the purple pieces a little each time so they would precisely cross the seams for the pink pieces. I don’t think the problem is too obvious in the final quilt, but if you look at the final corners of the purple sections, they are offset from center by about 1/4″. Look at where the purple corners are on the octagon and then look at the corners of the dark purple square. They are not lined up.

    I had to try several variations of the triangle units to get the pattern I wanted. This is another area where I would do more drafting and coloring before sewing.

    Deadlines are great! Otherwise, I would be fiddling with this forever. One of my favorite quotes (perhaps from one of you) is “Done is better than perfect.”

    This has opened my eyes to the possibilities of this technique. I want to do more and more and more. I am really enjoying watching the other quilts being developed. There is so much creativity being displayed. And definitely thinking “outside the box”.

    Thanks so much for this opportunity .. Valerie Yeaton

  28. quilting247 Says:

    One more comment: I liked drafting the design on graph paper more than working on the computer. I could draw the lines exactly where I wanted them. When I tried to draft the design on the computer, it took more time and it wasn’t as accurate because the software I have (Visio) snaps the ends of the lines to specific grid positions. I felt that I was wasting too much time trying to make the computer do something that I could do by hand faster and better.

    Valerie, a note about working on the computer (in your case, inVisio): I wish you had mentioned the difficulty much earlier. I could have told you that there is probably a function (as in most graphics programs) that lets you change the “snapping” protocol: you can tell it to snap to points in the drawing rather than points in the grid. There is probably a third protocol that lets you snap to lines in the drawing as well, which helps for getting two-dimensional objects perfectly aligned.

    However you accomplished it, the results look great, and I’m glad you had enough fun with the technique to try it again!

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