QDS™ Challenge 3 Designer: Kathy Kent

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I was very pleased and surprised that I made it to the third Challenge. Because my style is more of a traditional pieced quilt, I felt slightly out of place among all of the appliquéd quilts. My first reaction when learning about the theme was to think of opposites,  i.e., up/down, in/out, outside/inside, hot/cold. I took a step back and remembered a color theory class I took with Jinny Beyer, actually in 1998. I remembered the color wheel and how she explained about opposite colors attract. I went with that theme.I actually found my Jinny Beyer book, Color Confidence for Quilters, and remembered some of the key principles.

I went to my favorite quilt shops to get inspired but felt I needed to draw a design before I could get fabric. Should I do one color opposite or all? Being a scrap quilter, you can guess. This project has stretched my creativity to the max. I love it. I have been a little anxious at times. I have enjoyed sharing my ideas with my friends at the quilt shops, Fabric Hut and Sarah’s Thimble, in the area. They are anxious to see how I am progressing.

working 400px 300x225 QDS™ Challenge 3 Designer: Kathy Kentcork 400px 300x225 QDS™ Challenge 3 Designer: Kathy KentThe photos are of my husband, Jerry, redoing my design wall. It was a small area before which he redid so that the entire wall section is cork. Presently, it is still a work in progress but he promises it will be done very soon. I am hoping tomorrow. I started pinning up the first rows of the Challenge 3 quilt. This has been one great benefit of the Design Challenge!!

Participating in this quilt challenge has given me the experience and confidence to know I can go beyond what I see in quilt magazines and make quilts from my own creativity.


Click here for Kathy Kent’s McCall’s Quilt Design Star 2012 bio page.

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2 Responses to QDS™ Challenge 3 Designer: Kathy Kent

  1. Kathy–I too tend to be a traditional piecer–so am very excited to see what everyone comes up with this round!! Enjoy the process and always learn something new!!

  2. Kathy Kent says:

    Terri – I am learning a lot about myself and my taste in fabric. I think I have looked through all of my pieces of scraps trying to find the perfect fabric piece and color. I love reconnect with fabrics of the past. Kathy

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