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 was waaaay into beads before I got waaaay into quilts, so there are lots of beads in the studio. Thank goodness they take up less room than fabric 😉
A few of the bead drawers
I’ve read a bit about using beads in quilts, and I took a class with Mary Stori a few years ago.
Here are a few of my uses of beads so far. Most recently, I added a row of tiny silver-lined glass beads around the edge of a star in my quilt for the Michael Miller challenge. It took most of a day to get this done! YIKES!
I outlined the focal point of my Michael Miller challenge quilt with beads
A while back I made this little wall hanging as a shop sample for a friend, and put beads both on it and hanging from it.
There are beads on the sun, and that’s how I learned that sewing on beads can distort the quilt! I used techniques from jewelry making to create a beaded fringe for the bottom of the piece with larger beads.
And beads were used to give Overall Sam a fish in one block and a toy airplane to fly in another block when I made this wall hanging from a few years ago. The blocks are based on a pattern from Eleanor Burns.
Finally, I used beads to make fancy zipper pulls for some of my pouches.
Give beads a try! And if you don’t have enough beads, let me know…