Saturday, August 9, 2014

I was thinking about what I should post on the blog and realized that I didn't post a picture of this quilt when I finished it back in February. While I was working on it, I thought a lot about my dad, who loved dalias and grew some huge ones. I miss my dad, and wish I could show him this quilt! I titled it Splendid Flame and dedicated it to Dad on the label. 

Friday, August 1, 2014

Craftsy Class

Craftsy has done it again, by creating a class with Patsy Thompson, my favorite machine quilting teacher! Her work is so fabulous and she is a great teacher. Articulate and patient in the way she presents her material, you will love her too!
I originally learned a lot from her videos, but for about the price of one video, you can take her class on Craftsy. Check out the link in the right column.
All Craftsy classes offer lifetime access available 24/7 and the teacher will help you personally if you need it.
(and yes, if you click to Craftsy, I will be compensated if you purchase a class, but whatever, I really mean it when I say Patsy is the best!)

Koi Collages

I make no secret of my admiration of Susan Carlson's work. Her collages are so impressive! I used her construction ideas in The Elephants quilt.
This small quilt is also a glued collage in the style of her work. Measuring 16x20, it is small, but I was trying out the koi to see if I would like to make it larger. I used that same idea with the Light at the End of the Tunnel, making a small version to see if I would be successful before committing to a large quilt.
This is the first piece I worked on in my new studio in our new home. I found an outline for a koi that I wanted to make. Using glue and small scraps, I put this together. I did the fish first, then started laying in the background pieces. I kept a linear, horizontal look, implying water, but I thought it was flat and not lively. I hit on adding the circles and they give a bright bubbly look that I am very happy about. I struggled a first while quilting, because I tried to go around the circles on the edge and I kept messing it up until I decided that just freely making spirals and quit fussing about them, they turned out pretty well.
So then, I began to think about what else I could do to make the koi again, but with something different, not just larger. Some time ago, a friend sent me a pic of an artist's work on a fantasy portrait of a woman with butterflies forming part of her face and neck. Of course, I was intrigued and began to think of all those butterfly prints I had been collecting for years. The two ideas came together in the collage of another koi, "Swimming the Butterfly".
This one is made using only butterflies and a few grasses for his backfin. I enjoyed the process and didn't start gluing until it was too late, so this one is covered with black tulle and hand basted, then quilted.
I hope you like them!