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Date(s) - 06/26/2022
10:30 am - 4:30 pm



Color, Contrast & Cohesion: Make Extraordinary Scrap Quilts

with Diane Harris of Stash Bandit

The three C’s—Color, Contrast and Cohesion—can make or break your quilt! Learn to control them with practical exercises as you begin a simply pieced scrap quilt. Learn why color is the least important of the three C’s. Discover ways to unify diverse fabrics and wrap your mind around the way value and contrast work together. Get comfortable with making decisions as you go, because that’s what a scrap quilt requires. Once you begin to work in this way, you might not want to go back! Choose from numerous easily pieced designs so you’ll love what you’re making. Patterns are included so there’s nothing extra to purchase (except for Ring  round the Rainbow). Get ready to be inspired!

Supply List

Fabric: A nice variety of quilt-weight cotton printed fabrics you love in lights, mediums and darks. Solids are fine, too. Since we will be working in a scrappy style, small pieces are fine but pieces about 12″ x 12″ are more useful and efficient. Don’t stress over fabric for this playtime. Whatever you have can be put to good use! You can go totally scrappy or choose a color scheme, e.g. blues and greens; red, white & blue; teal and hot pink; yellow and purple; browns and greens, etc. If you choose a specific color recipe, have lights, mediums and darks available within each color. I will bring scraps you can use to supplement your own, which is always fun!

Patterns: You will receive the pattern options before class and you can choose one you like. No extra cost, the patterns are included. [I have recently added Ring Around the Rainbow to the pattern possibilities, which is $7.99 and can be purchased from McCalls’s Quilting here: ]. The pattern is inside the Jan/Feb 2020 issue.

Tools: Sewing machine, rotary cutting supplies, general sewing supplies.

Design surface: You will want to have a design wall or vertical surface (like a wall) from which you can stand back at least five or six feet. A piece of flannel on the wall works! A design wall is important, so I will show you one way to make a portable design wall yourself, and I’ll bring one we can share as needed.

If you have a smartphone or tablet, that can be useful to help you see value. I am looking forward to unlocking the secrets of color, contrast and cohesion for you!

*Registration includes a free virtual check-in for any questions or help needed after the class

Meet Diane:

Diane Harris is a quilt designer, speaker and teacher. After 11 years as an editor for Quiltmaker magazine, she formed Stash Bandit to present energetic trunk shows and engaging classes for quilters. She is passionate about making scrap quilts and creating interesting original designs, and she never met a fabric she didn’t like. Her work is regularly featured by publications in the US and abroad. Learn more at and on Instagram, @stashbanditquilting.


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