Jane’s zen doodle quilt.
A more challenging one-day class I teach is called Zen Doodle Quilts. In this class, students make sketches and then convert them into patterns for a fused art quilt. Everyone makes their own design and works hard in picking colors and developing the composition as they go.
Here is a good example of a successful Zen Doodle Quilt made by Jane. The placement of color and design elements are balanced and pleasing. See how her hand and machine quilting really enhance the quilt? Isn’t it delightful?
Tiny Home by Gini
Isn’t this sweet? This small quilt was made by Gini in my Tiny Homes class in Madison, WI a while back. Here’s what she says:
Just wanted to let you know that had a wonderful time at your Tiny House workshop in Madison and an even better time with all the embroidery. Your fabrics and thread make it an absolute joy – they make me so happy! I have a tendency to overthink and your approach was very freeing and spontaneous. And I haven’t messed up my iron either! …..I’m ready to start another project using the same technique.
Thanks for sharing your work with us Gini. I am so happy you did not mess up your iron!
Flowers by Janice made in Creating Graphic Imagery Class
Last week I taught a workshop at Quilter’s Affair in Sister OR called Creating Graphic Imagery. And the results were magnificent! Here you see a the beginnings of a beautiful quilt by one of my students, Janice.
Creating Graphic Imagery is a revival of a “woodcut” class I taught long ago. Students receive a color pallet of fabrics in pastel and bright rainbow gradations. The kit fabric is fused as is a piece of black background fabric.
Fused fabric shapes are cut and placed on top of the black to reveal a small black outline around each shape. This gives it the “woodcut” look that makes its so dramatic. Each quilt design was different in class because each student designed their own work and made a pattern for themselves. That’s what I call a successful class.
Toast House by Charlotte
Sometimes you come across artwork that just makes you smile. My friend Charlotte’s artwork above is from her “goofy quilt” series. (Her term for it.) They are the result of a good sense of humor and the love of making fun quilts. Here’s what she says about her house quilt:
I told my husband whenever I was sick, my mom made me cinnamon toast cut into long strips. He replied that when he was sick, his mom made him toast houses. After that, our children always had toast houses when they were ill. If you look closely at the clouds, you will see how to make a toast house of your own.
Toast House (label) by Charlotte
And here’s a clever way to label your quilt. Charlotte says: the label is from a toaster cover I embroidered when I was around 10 years old, in the mid to late 50″s. My oldest son’s only comment when I showed him, was a look of horror and he said “And you still had it?”
Art by Jacquelyn.
Isn’t this a lovely piece? It is by Jacquelyn who mentioned that she was inspired by my class called Creating Graphic Imagery. She says: Laura, I was inspired by your woodcut quilt pieces to make this floral for our guild challenge. The rules where, either black or white, with 3 analogous colours.
Jacquelyn is also a hand dyer and dyed the gorgeous fabrics for this piece. Did you notice the hand stitching too? Thank you, Jacquelyn, for making such a beautiful design and sharing it with us!
Pieced quilt by Diane.
Diane made this super quilt with some of my hand dyed fabrics called Parakeet. Isn’t it beautiful! I haven’t made a pieced quilt in years. But when you see work like this, it is so inspiring. Many of you create lovely pieces like Diane’s using my fabric and I’d love to see them. Please send me a picture and I’ll feature you on the blog too.
Thanks, Diane, for sharing your work with us.