Posted by: jbaner | November 2, 2013

Creating Dimension Class

Summer is over and everyone is back to more quilting and less gardening! This past week I had the privilege of teaching a class at Evergreen Quilt Guild. There were just a little more than a dozen of us there and I believe a fun time was had by all. The class focused on how to create dimension in creating art quilts.

I made a pattern of three petunias from a photo I took in my garden several years ago (so gardening is good…can lead to great inspiration for quilts!). I provided the pattern and then demonstrated how to make flat one dimensional fabric come to 3 dimensional life with inks and thread.

This first picture is of the petunias before any shading or thread is added:

unfinished petunias

unfinished petunias

Then after a little ink to shade in the centers of the flowers and some on the leaves and thread with the quilting, the flowers come to life! I also added some extra batting for faux trapunto to give even more dimension to the flowers and leaves.

finished petunias

finished petunias

Here are some the class participates working hard and having fun! (sorry about the out of focus picture)

Marilyn and Carolyn applying the ink and deciding on background

Marilyn and Carolyn applying the ink and deciding on background

Patty adding leaves to her composition

Patty adding leaves to her composition

Virginia finished with the shading and getting ready to quilt

Virginia finished with the shading and getting ready to quilt

Cheri adding quilting to create more dimension

Cheri adding quilting to create more dimension

I hope I have inspired some of you to venture out to try making some art quilts! I am leading an all day workshop on November 9, 2013 at Fourth Corner Quilts in Bellingham, WA on how to take an “Image to Cloth”. I will go into much more detail than this class I just showed as to how I go about taking an image and recreating it in cloth. Many different techniques will be demonstrated so that you can use what works for you in creating that art quilt you’ve always wanted to make.

The workshop was inspired by a challenge the shop has created in conjunction with Whatcom Reads program at the Bellingham Library. They have challenged any takers to read the book “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed, then from the images the book created in your mind, you are to create an art quilt of those images. This workshop will help you get started in making this wonderful challenge quilt. For more details about the workshop and the challenge please contact FCQ. Here’s a link to their website.

Happy Quilting!

Jo

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