How do you feel about secret sewing? Though I do love a good blog hop, tutorial, and such, not being able to share on social media takes some of the fun away. But that's what the last couple of weeks have held for me, and while the waiting can be unsettling, I'm looking forward to sharing it all with you .... soon!
The key topic for this issue was chosen when a follower inquired "what are low-volume squares?" - my beginning place for my recent Crosscut block tutorial. I replied by sharing most of my stash of low-volume fabrics in Illustrating Low-Volume. In a nut-shell, low-volume fabrics "speak softly." They aren't loud and bright or demanding of attention. Think subtle, often "barely there."
My first low-volume venture was Common Affection, prompted by a low-volume swap I had just participated in. At the time (2013), it was a complete stretch for me - both in fabric use and design. The Mid-Century Modern Bee helped contribute Hugs & Kisses blocks [tutorial by Little Miss Shabby], and chimed in as I worked through the finishing process. This quilt happens to be the first I ever entered in a show, where it proceeded to win in its category and then traveled around the country a bit. Let's just say it opened up some doors in more ways than one!
Chrystalised, by Lucy/Skinny Malinky Quilts, was inspired by and named after a song by TheXX. Lucy shared this about her quilt: "Some of the centre blocks are log cabins and others are from Patchwork City by Elizabeth Hartman. I hadn't really planned the lay out and decided on a wide white border quite early on to give a light feel to the quilt. I then added white strips to my blocks to reduce the uniformity as I didn't want a true rectangular centre. The mustard strips I had originally planned to have more scattered however when I placed them as they are I enjoyed the focus they gave the quilt." I couldn't agree more. [skinnymalinkyquilts]