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Design & Color

Drafting Quilt Blocks
Drafting just about any patchwork design with just two “old school” tools—a ruler longer than your grid, and a ruler or triangle with a 90-degree angle. Check out Jinny's no-math method -- you’ll be amazed!
Fussy Cutting Border Prints for Hexagons

Fussy cutting hexagons can lead to some amazing special effects. Jinny shows you all the fun you can have cutting your hexies from border print fabric.

Color's Impact on Design (Stony Creek)

See how much color placement can affect the look of a quilt block or overall quilt design with twelve variations on the theme.

Computers and Color

A photograph or computer image can be a wonderful color inspiration for our quilts. Learn how Jinny uses her computer to help her build a color "palette".

Fragmenting: A Quilt Design from a Single Block

An interesting technique for creating a quilt design from a single block is something I call fragmenting. The concept is not new (the Lone Star design is a great example), but it is a fun way to develop new quilt designs.

Tessellations

A tessellation is a shape that interlocks to completely over a space. Jinny gives you a quick lesson on creating tessellations for quilts.

Soft-Edge Piecing

What happens when you let a fabric's design motifs override the boundaries of a patchwork shape?  Jinny calls the technique soft-edge piecing and it makes for some really goregous blocks.

Choosing Quilt Colors with the Portable Palette

Jinny's Portable Palette is an indispensible tool for choosing colors for your quilts. Watch the video to see Jinny put it through its paces.