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Tiffany Hayes joins Deb Luttrell to discuss Ombre fabrics and her recommendation on how to best utilize them using Ombre Jelly Rolls!

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Hermosa Pattern

Hermosa is a fun and bright quilt designed by Needle in a Hayes Stack with the 2-½" strip roll of Gelato by Maywood Studio. Finished size 54" x 66-½". Suggested Tools: The 90 Triangle Tool (NHS517).

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- Hey everyone, I'm Deb Luttrell with Stichin' Heaven in Mineola, Texas and soon to be in Quitman, Texas, and I'm here today with my good friend Tiffany Hayes. Tiffany is owner of a company, she's a designer for Needle in a Hayes Stack is her company. And I invited Tiffany here today to talk to us about ombre fabrics. Oh my gosh ombre fabrics I absolutely love but it's so hard for me to figure out what to do with them and how to use them. And I think at the end of this program we're going to have a better understanding of some ways to use ombre, first of all, what they are, and some beautiful projects that we're gonna end up with. So, to start with, Tiffany, why don't you just tell us what ombre fabrics are?

- Well ombre fabrics are when a color gradiates from dark to light or light to dark. So, in one bolt of fabric, one chunk of fabric, you have many gradiations of the color.

- Like this fabric, we have in front.

- Like this fabric, yes.

- In front of us. Okay, let's talk about this quilt that's behind me a little bit. You made this quilt from ombre fabrics, right?

- I did, yes. So, this one is actually made from a roll of 20 different colors of ombre fabrics. So there were two strips of each color, each ombre shade, in the roll. Okay, so, one strip made two blocks, and by block I'm gonna call this right here, a block. So when you look at this you probably think "Oh she used a "square, she can't get a square out of a strip." But this is two rectangles.

- Okay

- Two rectangles,

- I see that.

- And some squares, and some half-square triangles. But if you see, I used the darkest part of the ombre fabric for these rectangles, the lightest part for these squares, and the medium for the half-square triangles.

- And what's the name of this project?

- This is Tessalla.

- Tessalla, okay, and how did you come up with that name.

- Well I came up with the name, I--

- You visited with a guy who makes the cards right?

- I didn't.

- Oh darn.

- But it's a good story, thanks.

- Yeah, yeah you coulda done that.

- I coulda gone there.

- Tessalla.

- Tessalla, I had a thing for a while, and still do, with tessellating shapes, and although this isn't, isn't exactly a basic, simple tessellating shape, it does have two different shapes that kinda tessellate back and forth. So I didn't use it in it's organic and true form, but I did use the word "tessalla" as a kind of derivative from a tessellating shape.

- Well you can name it anything you want.

- I can right?

- It's beautiful, I love it, I really really love it.

- Thank you.

- So, let's talk about a little how you made this project. We're gonna talk about this and how you used your ombre and how, now. Ombres can be printed dark to light in the center,

- Right.

- or they can be printed--

- Right so if it's dark to light at the center, this is the fold.

- The fold.

- Comes back to dark at the selvage again.

- And there's some I've seen that have the light at the selvage and the dark in the center.

- Yes, that is true as well.

- Do you have a preference of which one you like best?

- Either of those will work. What doesn't work as well for me are the fabrics that are printed so they are dark at one selvage and flow the color all the way to light at the other selvage and they're gorgeous, and they work for projects, but for this particular project and most of the ones that I do, I prefer the ombres that are dark at the selvage and light at the fold.

- Yeah, and when you're going to a quilt shop to find your ombre, what you're gonna find, is the bolt is like this. So in the cabinet, it's gonna look like this on the bolt.

- Absolutely.

- So you can tell, you know, from that, that it's ombre. So, okay, tell us how you cut this out and some of the tips that you have for us on cutting it.

- All right, so, the first thing I did was cut a two and a half inch strip, or in this case, started with two and a half inch strips.

- Okay.

- Okay. And--

- So it was like a strip set?

- It was a strip set, absolutely. So I have one strip here and I want to move it over so you can see the side that I'm gonna start cutting at. And the first thing I'm gonna do is trim away the selvage, and here's my little trick for that. Use an extra tool.

- [Deb] I love that. Can't believe I've never thought about doing it that way. I always turn it around and I--.

- [Tiffany] Right?

- [Deb] Then I have to do it like that.

- Yeah, this is, this is easier I think. It keeps your fabric nice and steady.

- Right.

- If you could move around the table then you don't have to move your fabric. But every time we move our fabric, it wants to shift and change for us.

- It's fluid.

- It is, let's see. So we need to cut half-square triangles. In this particular quilt, in the pattern, like I said for the rectangles I will tell you to start cutting your rectangles at this end. Then we're gonna cut some half-square triangles and then squares will be the lightest for the squares on it. So I'm just gonna start here at the end, 'cause that's where we are and we're just gonna show how I cut half-square triangles out of a two and a half inch strip. So we want them to finish two inch square, right? So what's the way we normally cut our half-square triangles?

- Starting with a two and seven-eighths inch square.

- Right, so oftentimes I get comments, not often, occasionally, I get comments on my patterns, "Well you can't make a two and a half inch "half-square triangle to go down to a finished two inch "half-square triangle if you don't start "with a two and seven-eighths." and I say "Oh yes you can." You can, you just need the right tools.

- Right. So in my patterns, I actually give a paper template on the inside cover for this technique. But, you can also use my Goddess Tool if you happen to have one, and if not, something like this easy-angle ruler. And what you need is something that cuts half-square triangles that has this blunt top where the dogear is already, the first dogear has already been removed. And when you use a tool like this then you can absolutely get finished half-square triangles that measure two inches.

- [Deb] Because you cut off your dogear.

- [Tiffany] Right.

- Now you guys, I wanna tell you something. The beauty of this is that this tool, this easy angle tool is a wonderful tool to do this. But it will only do triangles. Tiffany's Goddess Tool will do three different shapes and we've got another video that explains this tool and all three shapes in detail. So I want to encourage you to go see that. And then I believe that you would more likely agree that you need to pick up this tool. It's really wonderful,

- Thanks!

- All the different shapes it does.

- All right, so, either tool will work.

- Okay.

- I'm gonna go ahead and use this one, 'cause it's got my name on it.

- Okay.

- Okay. And I do like it 'cause it has more room to put your hand.

- [Deb] Right.

- [Tiffany] You know, it gives you a little more stability.

- [Deb] Of course.

- [Tiffany] So I cut off that selvage, and I'm going to line up the tool. Because it's a two and a half inch strip, I'm going to put the blunt edge up here, the edge of the tool here, and automatically it's going to line up on this dotted line that says two and a half inch. And we are going to cut, move that away, rotate this tool around, set it down.

- [Deb] Oh so there's no waste.

- No ma'am. Cut again and travel on down for as many strip pieces as you need, for whichever pattern you're doing. I don't have just Tessalla, but I have a couple others, that use the same technique. So you'll just wanna check with your pattern. So after this, because I'm right-handed, I like to gently and easily flip my pieces so that dogear that's already been removed is at my bottom right. And this doesn't matter whether you're using The Goddess Tool or the easy angle tool. Either way, you still have to get that second dogear off of there. And you don't have to, but you might as well.

- Yeah, might as well, it sure does piece together a lot easier if you get those dogears cut off first.

- Yup, and we don't want them to stick out.

- You're gonna be more accurate,

- Absolutely.

- in your piecing.

- So now, let's pretend these are two different colors. A white one and a color one. And we're gonna put them right sides together and we're ready to go to our machine.

- [Deb] Neat.

- Right? And if you wanna check to make sure, you just use a ruler that has that quarter inch seam allowance on it and you check it, and you should see that if you're using an accurate quarter inch, you should go from point to point

- [Deb] Yep.

- And you'll have your finished unit. Which finishes, well at this point it's two and a half inch. But in the pattern, in the finished quilt, you have a finished two inch half-square triangle.

- All right, very very cool. Now, Tiffany has, well we'll have a link on the video for you to be able to purchase the tool, along with some patterns. Tiffany has got lots of patterns using ombres. She's just really a whiz at this and will give you a lot of ideas on things that you can do and different ways that you can use these beautiful ombre strips that we buy in the quilt shop. Because they're so gorgeous we've got to have 'em right? So we just need patterns, and Tiffany is a great resource for that. Again, her website is http://www.needleinahayesstack.biz. So you can go over and visit her there if you'd like.

- Absolutely.

- And if you have any questions or comments just leave them in the comment section below. We want to encourage you to subscribe to our YouTube channel because we bring lots of videos like this to you, and hopefully help you along your quilting journey. So, for today that's it. This is Tiffany Hayes and I am Deb Luttrell from Stitchin' Heaven and we'll see you guys next time. Bye.