My friend Melanie mentioned recently how much inspiration comes from travel, and I agree. While travelling in New England last summer, I came across this book in a quilt shop.
I enjoy making landscape quilts and made quite a few at one time, but donated them almost all of them to the free clinic where I worked for a while. It’s time now to make some more! I have been saving this project as a reward for getting some other things done!
My First Tiny Landscape
Karen gives very, very detailed step-by-step instructions and I must say that’s a good thing! The book is well illustrated and I had no trouble making this little village on my first attempt. Because I already had the materials, it is postcard size (4″ x 6″)! As you can see in the picture, her directions involve finishing the piece with tulle over everything to be sure none of the tiny pieces comes loose.
I enjoyed this project and like the way it came out. I must note, however, that it took all day to make one postcard 😀
I recently took a class, with Rosalie Dace, focused on the use of lines in quilts. Coincidentally, I had a guild challenge to “make something” out of some fabric we had “modified” in a class at a previous guild meeting.
Those are permanent wrinkles in the fabric, which is the desired modification. I must say that everyone else’s wrinkles were in a more regular pattern–I had trouble with the technique. However, the most frequent critique of my art quilts is that they should be “freer” with less predictable regularity, so this certainly is an “improvement” for me!
I got the piece built into a larger quilt square, layered with batting and backing, and started embellishing.
Then I wondered what else to do with it:
The center piece is a fabric”jewel” made in the same guild workshop
I decided on more lines! Here is the piece after adding more lines (sewn into the corners at irregular intervals!).
And I decided on multiple little beads instead of the big fabric “jewel”. When we shared our creations at guild, I found that other people had also set their squares on point, and one woman had then incorporated hers into a bag! Since the last thing I need is another art quilt, I think I will make this into a bag, too. And I’m thinking of attaching a tassel to that fabric jewel and hanging that on the bag as well. Stay tuned!
I recently took a class at the annual North Carolina Quilt Symposium, which this year was held in Asheville, relatively close to where I live. The class was taught by Rosalie Dace, an art quilter who lives in South Africa. The focus was on techniques for putting lines into quilts. Since she is an art quilter, there were many techniques that wouldn’t be used in utility quilts, but it was fun to try them out anyway.
Here are a couple of Rosalie’s quilts that were on display at NCQS.
Here and Now, by Rosalie Dace
African Blues, by Rosalie Dace
You can see more on her website.
And here are the items I made in class with her. The first is not intended to be a finished piece; it was just made to try out various techniques.
I doubt this next block will be part of a quilt any time soon, but it was fun to make.
Later on I’ll have pictures of quilts made by some of the other teachers. When I saw them, I wished I had been able to take more than one class!
In one of my modern guilds, several of our members have volunteered to teach techniques we want to try out. Some of these may be more “art quilt” than strictly “modern quilt”, but what matters is that the members want to learn the technique, not how it could be classified.
One member who does some fantastic art quilts is going to teach us how to use colored pencils intended for fabric. At the last meeting, she suggested that we get a head start by making a palette of the pencils we have so we won’t be wondering how the color will turn out when we do her project. I had this grid-print fabric from another project, so I used it for my sampler
After reading an article in Quilting Arts about how to use pencils on fabric, I got some textile medium to try To make the sampler above, I brushed a thin layer of fabric medium on the square, then applied pencil. The color went on smoothly while the textile medium was damp.
I haven’t yet tested how colorfast it may be. The woman who will be doing the program applied her pencils directly to the fabric (without textile medium), then brushed with water. The colors had a lovely watercolor-like appearance as they bled a little into each other. I presume the textile medium will hold the color and prevent that bleeding. That would be good for things where precise placement is needed, but of course sometimes fuzzy edges might look better. More to come!