Monday, July 11, 2016

Star Light, Star Dark QAL: Link Up - Show Us Your Fabrics!

Welcome to the second post of the Star Light, Star Dark QAL! If you're just joining us, there's plenty of time to join in - make either a baby or lap size quilt (or bigger, if you so desire)! Prizes were just announced last week. Who else is excited?!

 June 26 - October 4, 2016

Share your fabric choices and progress!
 Instagram: #starlightstardarkqal
Facebook: Quilty Habit Facebook group

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Why Should I Link Up?

There are lots of ways to participate at this stage - even if you've linked up your fabric choices on the Facebook group or on Instagram, consider linking your picture up here as well! That way, everyone can see what we're all up to! Everyone can visit your link and comment - offer encouragement and suggestions if asked. Plus, we can see everything in one place! It's all fun. :)

Also, if you're a blogger, consider writing up a blog post (and then link it up) - tell us how you narrowed down your fabric choices, what you envision for your quilt, or what you hope to learn from the QAL. Maybe even show us the rejects, aka the fabrics you didn't end up including. We've been sharing some of that in the FB group, and it's been so interesting and enlightening! It helps all of us when we can see how others interpret color. For example...

My Color Picks

I used the mosaic tool on the computer program Picasa to make this collage. Here's how I laid out my lights and darks - each picture contains light on the left side and dark on the right. And yes, I've started cutting into the fabrics (to prepare for next week's post) - don't worry, you will be starting soon, too! I chose specific fabrics to stick out against others, especially for the large and small stars. See my post about contrast for more information.

Altering your picture to black and white/grayscale (using a filter on your phone or tool like Picasa) will show you the color value contrast well. Generally, mine are separated light/dark, but some of my lighter fabrics are in the darks to serve as a contrast, and vice versa (namely in my red and orange piles). Remember that you absolutely CAN use any fabric wherever it looks good to YOU! I'm giving you permission right now to do what you want to with YOUR quilt! :)

Here's my original quilt and its grayscale version, side by side. Many of my stars clearly stand out, but not all. That was on purpose. :) Grayscale can be a very helpful tool when you start cutting so you can plan out which fabrics will go where.

This is totally random, but since I was playing around in Picasa, I tried the Pencil Sketch filter. HOW COOL is that?! I love seeing all the patterns!

Anyway... I can't wait to see what you're coming up with! Remember, your fabric choices can always change. You haven't done any cutting yet (and even then, it's just fabric, right?).


Link Up!

Quilt-A-Long Schedule

July 11: Show Us Your Fabrics Linkup (open through August 1)
July 18: Planning Your Layout and Cutting Instructions
August 1: Piecing the Large Stars
August 8: Piecing the Small Stars 
August 15: Share Your Progress Linkup (open through September 1)
August 22: What Is Alternate Gridwork?
August 29: Piecing the Top Together
September 12: Quilting Suggestions
September 19 - October 3: Final Linky Party - Link up your Finished Quilt - Prizes Up for Grabs!
October 4: Winners announced

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