Transparency in Modern Quilts

Do you ever look at your fabric and think, “If these two pieces got together and had a baby, what would it look like?”

Audrey Workman combined solid fabrics to create a transparent effect in this quilt block. The block is called “Hourglass at Sunset” by Kim Soper of Leland Ave Studios.

Audrey Workman combined solid fabrics to create a transparent effect in this quilt block. The block is called “Hourglass at Sunset” by Kim Soper of Leland Ave Studios.

ChattMQG member Audrey Workman does, and she encouraged you to do the same if you want to achieve the effect of transparency in your modern quilts.

During a presentation at our May meeting, Audrey explained how to create a transparent look using solid fabrics of similar weights. (Guild members can access a copy of her slideshow, as well as references and a coloring worksheet on the Member Resources page of our website.)

To start, you need to have a good grasp on color theory, because transparency in quilts is all about how fabric colors interact with each other. For your design to be believable, you need to choose fabrics that are different values of the same color — like a paint chip. Pick up a few the next time you’re at the home improvement store, perhaps they will spark your creativity.

Another way to experiment without picking up a rotary cutter is to download the Interaction of Color app for iPad. It’s an updated take on artist Josef Albers’ classic book, which is also available as a paperback.

Let’s Tackle FMQ

Mark your calendars!

This fall, we’re bringing award-winning quilter Elaine Wick Poplin (AKA @messygoat) to Chattanooga to teach free-motion quilting on a home sewing machine.

FMQ is one of the most requested topics from previous ChattMQG brainstorming sessions, and we know you’ll learn a ton from Elaine during a special two-day event scheduled September 20-21, 2019. She’ll give a trunk show Friday night (free for guild members!) followed by a 6-hour workshop Saturday. The workshop costs $60 for members and $75 for nonmembers.

More information will be posted on the blog soon, with member registration opening shortly thereafter. Stay tuned!

The owner’s mother-in-law made this quilted banner for the brewery.

The owner’s mother-in-law made this quilted banner for the brewery.

Two Quilters Walk into a Bar…

Also in May, we hosted our fifth Handcrafted Happy Hour (HHH).

This time we gathered at WanderLinger Taproom in Chattanooga, which happens to have several quilts hanging on its walls!

The owner’s mother-in-law is a quilter, and she made a custom quilted banner for the brewery.

The lighting inside the taproom was excellent, and our small group enjoyed the cool breezes floating in from the open windows. Plus, there were several tasty beers on tap!

Our next HHH event will take place in July, date and location TBA.

Basket Quilt Acquisition Touted by Tennessee State Museum

ChattMQG members got a shoutout in the Tennessee State Museum’s Spring 2019 newsletter, which highlights the museum’s acquisition of our modern basket quilt.

Retired curator Candace Adelson sent the guild a hard copy, which will be shared at our upcoming June meeting. You can also click here to read the newsletter online.

The Tennessee State Museum Spring 2019 newsletter features a writeup on the acquisition of our modern basket quilt.

The Tennessee State Museum Spring 2019 newsletter features a writeup on the acquisition of our modern basket quilt.

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