The long awaited Color Strata Quilt Tutorial!

I love Man Sewing Tutorials. One can’t help noticing that amazing Color Strata quilt in the background of his studio. I’m not the only one who noticed it. Rob Appell has received lots of requests : we all want to know how to make that quilt or a variation of it!

And the tutorial is now live! Yah!

You can  purchase the jelly roll that he uses in the tutorial and his book from Missouri Quilt Company and make that exact quilt. I haven’t decided whether to buy that particular jelly roll, I’m keen to create my own  colour strata: I’d need 10 colours and a background.  I would want to select the fabrics from one collection of solids so the saturation is the same eg Bella Solids or Robert Kaufman and use the colour wheel to put them in order with neutrals at one end.

What I really love about the tutorial  is this is not an exact pattern that Ron is sharing but rather a process that he has created. He gives us a creative  framework that can result in almost infinite variations while still make a cohesive whole. I like that he explains some of the theory behind his decision making like syncopated beat drawing from jazz music and why to use the thinner stripes in the middle of the quilt so your eyes are draw to the middle. Using a music analogy makes sense to me, after all music is frequency of sound and colour is frequency of light. It’s my favourite kind of quilting, similar to the quilting that Joe Cunningham teaches in this craftsy class on pattern free quilting which I really enjoyed. I find Joe is more comfortable with a much looser structure than I like, I like tighter boundaries and more rules. More rules for me don’t mean constraining my creativity but ending up with something I am happy with without having to follow an exact pattern. When the boundaries are too loose I can end up with something I don’t like at all. However I do recommend Joe’s course to gain an understanding to pattern free quilt making.

I’ll looking forward to see  more Color Strata Quilts, like jazz music, they will be a variation of a theme.

Enjoy !



Tarnya is Quilting Focus' webmaster and a beginner quilter who hasn’t ventured much outside pre-cuts and quilting in the ditch. She is excited by modern short cut quilting techniques which makes quilting so much more achievable for those who are quite short on time. She enjoys making quilts for her children who she says do not notice mistakes and feel loved by what she makes. "I appreciate how learning and improving my quilting, cross pollinates into other creative areas of my life: for example colour, balance, proportion are important to quilting, but they are also important to web design."

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