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Quilting with Low Volume Fabrics

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Cheryl Arkison

Quilting with Low Volume Fabrics

Cheryl Arkison

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2. Free Preview: Color Basics
Cheryl helps you evaluate the color, hue, and saturation of your print so your blend of low-volume fabrics looks great.

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Free Preview: Color Basics

So when we talk about low volume fabrics, things still matter from the art school perspective color still matters hugh saturation all those terms that we know all still matter so from a color perspective, what is the color on our low volume fabric it's the print it's the actual print itself is what gives us the color I'm gonna grab some of these this is little stack here the actual print themselves so all these theories still apply we have the intensity of the color on the fabric whether there is a tent or a toner a shade I'm going to go through all of this terminology so that you can understand it in better case but whenever we're talking about color with low volume primarily we are color talking about the color of the print on the fabric not the color of fabric itself. Okay, so because there is a print and then there is the background of the fabric, the background of the fabric still matters and we'll get into that but primarily we're talking about the color of the print that's on th...

e fabric. Okay, so hugh hugh is the color we think of when we think of when we say green what's the green that we're thinking of what's the red it's almost like the pure color of that it's the huey is what we're doing so I've got up here basically a really simple color will but those are all low volume fabrics, right? We're going from red to red orange to an orange orangey yellow yellow short choosy green green like we're moving through but these air all low volume fabrics but you still get that full color wheel in there so that's one thing to think about is what is the color? What is the saturation of the color? So how light or dark is that color on there? We've got this very pale green you know this is almost an emerald drain and this is somewhere you know I would call it a kelly green when you see them on dso that's the saturation is how intense or or pure is the color in there and that all matters too because when you put these two next to each other suddenly have contrast right and that will matter quite a bit and then there is tense tones and shades so how much white gray or black is in the color? So if you look at these four pancks, this is a very clear, crisp pink there it's got a lot of white knit the back ground fabric has a lot of white knit thiss have alot more gray, right? They're not quite in there this one actually I would even I wouldn't state has black and that its blacker but you could get darker by doing that and so these all change as well when you add those sorts of things in because it changes the look of it, they're all again low volume fabrics, this one's interesting if actually a mostly pink background with a print on it. But it's got a fair amount of whiten it and it's a very soft sort of print on fabric as a whole, so it still counts in that low volume world, it said, before low volume doesn't have to have a white base to it. It's a light based so pale greens you could have a dark green prints on a pale green base, right, but it's all about if you look at it, what is it? Does it give you that quiet energy something we'll get hung up? Well, I don't know if that's low volume does it feel though volume? Yes, then it is because for you it isthe is it low volume to the person next to you? Maybe not because it has this really bright pink on it, but that's ok, if they don't want to use that, they don't have to do your quilt. You use it right? Be confident in the fabric selection that you're making for your quilt.

Class Description

In the quilting community low-volume is synonymous with light, printed fabrics. In Quilting with Low Volume Fabrics, you’ll learn more about these ubiquitous fabrics and how to expertly incorporate them into your quilt blocks.

Cheryl Arkison will teach color theory basics and help you make more visually appealing quilt blocks. You’ll learn about:

  • Color saturation, hue, tints, tones, and shades
  • Blending low-volume fabrics of varying weights
  • Quilt block cutting and sewing techniques

You’ll learn how to achieve contrast through scale and texture by creating a monochromatic quilt block and how to add interest by adding a little pop of color.

Quilting with Low Volume Fabrics will inspire you to get the most out of your fabric stash and help you create designs that stand out.

Class Materials

bonus material with purchase

Cheryl Arkison - Low Volume Basics - Tools.pdf

Cheryl Arkison - Low Volume Basics Bonus.pdf

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Cheryl is an excellent instructor. Great clear explanations and demonstrations throughout the workshop. I also love her humor and non-judgmental approach. I very much appreciated her "value" explanation, since this can be very confusing. Cheryl also provided great tips and suggestions. This was a great experience for me. I signed up for all of her workshops and look forward to each of them. Thanks very much.

a Creativelive Student

Takes a bit to catch on as the progression develops from monochromatic, through the light, dark and medium values to backgrounds but then the click happens and wow! I also have gotten a much better understanding of value which is my own personal nemesis. I'm excited to play.

Beth Conkwright

I've already made a quilt top with low volume fabrics. You really changed my idea that quilts had to have a ton of color. I want to try using low volume for background fabric next. Thanks for such a fun class.