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April 21, 2017
Simultaneous Contrast - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre


13 years ago, Cynthia Corbin said to me, "Why are we talking about color choices.  Put some fabric up on that board.  You make Visual decisions Visually".  She was right then and she's still right now. Even though, I'm a planner and I've gotten into the habit of planning out a specific palette, that doesn't mean I truly know how all the colors are going to look together until I see them together.  I mean, the color wheel says they go together -- so they should right?  Well, yes and no.


How colors appear is relative to ...

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March 24, 2017
The Value of Black & White - Part II - Off The Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

 Black and White #2, Kay Sorensen
Figure/Ground Study #3, Sandra Palmer Ciolino


So with my latest lesson on value, I've fallen in love with the monochromatic palette of White through Black.  I admit, I never thought I would.  I mean with all the gorgeous colors in the world why stick to only Black and White?  Not to mention, SHOW OF HANDS, who here became a quilter because it was just an extension of coloring left over from childhood?

That all said, I had a thoroughly fun time doing my latest Project, Cropped.  Katie asked us to crop a ...

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March 17, 2017
The Value of Black and White - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

Final Crop
I want to say a big thank you for all the comments and suggestions last week on which sign to pick.  Smart move of the month?  Ask women smarter than yourself for their opinion.

 So I especially want to give thanks to Glen, who said  " I would crop a bit further even." She was right of course - they needed to be cropped MORE.

Margaret, who said, " I think they must be very challenging to crop, because our brains don't want us to leave out any of the lettering...so we focus on keeping that in the picture ...

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March 3, 2017
Hard and Soft Edges - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

Quilt I made in Joan Colvin's Class in 2002



I won't lie.  When I opened up my latest lesson in Katie P-M's online class and saw that we were going to explore Hard and Soft Edges, I literally G-R-O-A-N-ed. I mean, hard and soft edges again???  I explored them for the first time when I was taking Elizabeth Barton's masterclass and I didn't really understand them then.  I blundered my way through the lesson and although I wouldn't say it was a failure, I wouldn't say it was a win either.  Not to ...

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February 24, 2017
The Positives about Negative Space - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

The Curves II
I love negative space!  Well, that's in the art sense, I mean.  Anybody who has been paying attention to my developing artist voice could tell you that I pretty much spend as much time and energy on the
Notice the Arrow??
negative space of a design as the positive.

So what is NEGATIVE SPACE?  Its all the space that isn't included in the subject of a piece.  So basically - think - background.  The thing that I love about negative space is that it can be as interesting as the actual foreground (think subject of the piece ...

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