Tuesday, September 17, 2013

10 Ways to Use Tonals

This post is light on images but heavy on links. And trust us, they are worth the clicks!

By now you're familiar with Ro Gregg's Marblehead fabrics, and the Marblehead Challenge. We've even shared several tutorials using these rich, textured tonal prints. 

We've got more good news if you're a tonal lover: a new collection called Leather

Whether you're a fan of Marblehead, Leather, or even our Focus II prints, the following 10 links offer up inspiration as to how you can use these fabrics. From free tutorials to plain old eye candy to books you can purchase, we're sharing links for some of our favorite ideas for using tonal prints. 

1. "Graduation" quilt by Amy Ellis, featured in her book Modern Basics

2. "Starflower" quilt tutorial, made using half-square triangles, by Jennifer Mathis of Ellison Lane

3. "Lil' Twister" quilt tutorial (tessellating pinwheels!) by Jackie Kunkel of Canton Village Quilt Works

4. "Pick Up Sticks" improvisational piecing pattern by Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons Quilts

5. "Modern Mirage" by Lee Heinrichs of Freshly Pieced (she's got another gorgeous HST rainbow quilt that you'll see in this link as well!)

6. "Tiki Temple" by Natalie of Beyond the Reef Designs (beautifully quilted by Angela Walters of Quilting Is My Therapy)

7. "Solid as a Block" quilt by Ann of A Girl in Paradise

8. "Broken Dishes" quilt by Rita of Red Pepper Quilts

9. "City Quilts" book by Cherri House. This post is an interview with Cherri by Emily Cier of Carolina Patchworks, and as a bonus you get to see several of her quilts from the book. Cherri has since put out a second book, "Urban Views," in the same vein. You can find both these books through C&T Publishing

10. Craftsy's post, "Painting with Patternless Fabric"offers seven different ideas for using solid/tonal fabrics.

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