This morning as I was pulling out samples for my Seeing Value Class on Saturday I was listening to KUOW. They were covering the closing of Easy Street Records on lower Queen Anne. At age 15 I got a work permit so I could work at my local record store, so their expose brought back a lot of memories.
I don’t remember my first 45, but in my rural Michigan town, taking our allowances and riding our bikes to the pharmacy to buy candy was slowly replaced with picking out something from the top 40. Sadly, dancing to 65 Love Affair sticks in my head (but was better than Jolly Ranchers on my teeth) and that the purchase of my first album “Thriller” came much later.
I figured out the last actual album I bought was Bebel Gilberto’s Tanto Tempo, maybe 9 years ago. Since my marriage and move to Seattle, KEXP and my husband have become my music libraries and I don’t think I have to fill you all in on where my mad cash goes.
So what does this have to do with quilting?
Remember the mix-tape (some of you might not)? The idea was to create a play-list of your favorite songs, and if you were good at it, you could fit all your favorites within the 45 minutes each side of the cassette allowed while creating a flow to the music at the same time.
You have a certain amount of space you want to fill or a certain size to your finished quilt. Luck would have it that unlike a cassette you can choose your length.
In the case of a value quilt you have many genres of fabric that you love and you need to create a flow to make all those personalities blend.
The common theme, instead of being music is fabric and when the value of the fabrics is precisely placed a flow is created, just like a good mix-tape.
Sometimes, just like a mix-tape, you forget to hit pause in time or in the quilt’s case, you didn’t step back to check in on how values were blending and you lose the flow. That’s what happened in the middle of this zig-zag and I just decided to leave it.
Of course mix-tapes were made for different people and the design layout of Value quilts can reflect the receiver too. Zig Zags aren’t for everyone, just like Pearl Jam.
::Seeing Value Workshop:: $85 Saturday, January 19th from 10am-4pm at the West Seattle Stitch and Sew Studio.
Learn how color value can transform your quilt making design process. Create multiple designs with your newfound knowledge of value and simple half square triangles. All levels of sewists welcome.
::Whole Cloth Quilt Finishing Class:: $85/Tuesdays, January 22nd and 29th at Make*Do*Mend in Ballard. Quilt top, batting, and a backing…baste, quilt, and bind! Learn the essential basics of finishing a quilt without piecing a thing! Create a simple crisp modern baby quilt while learning the process. Quilting designs with a walking foot will be a covered. Walking foot required.