Monday, September 24, 2012

Teaching Multi-Day Fusing Workshops

Over the past few years I have had the opportunity to teach multi-day workshops.  These are great for both the teacher and the student for many reasons.  Students can create large designs from their own photos and have a great finished art quilt.  They create a larger piece than my normal patterns using photos they are interested in.  My students have designed some incredible pieces that I am always surprised they get as much done on as they do during those few days.  Of course sometimes I think they stay up until midnight!  Here are a couple of pieces from students in the past. 

These students have created beautiful pieces that they will take home and stitch at their leisure.  In class designing and detail work with painting is done.  They learn to pay attention to value to give their creation depth. 
This windmill was beautifully created using various rust and brown textural fabrics.  The student added the birds to her design and the background was a gorgeous hand dyed fabric.  I'm so happy to have students spend three to five days creating these often ambitious projects.  They learn a lot and have a great finished art quilt when they are done!  Check out my schedule on my website at this link to find out when I will be having a multi-day workshop you can attend.  You can contact me for more information anytime at  Look also on my Tools page of this blog to see what you can purchase to create your own incredible art quilts like us!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Fabric Paint Sets Available

After teaching many classes and always bringing my paints with me, my students have been asking about purchasing them themselves.  So after working with Prochemical I have put together a set of nine paints that I use on my art quilts.  Using these colors will allow you to match most any color of fabric you will be using.  They also are OPAQUE paints which means you can cover the fabric with them.  I prefer to not use transparent for this exact reason.  You can see through them.  When I use fabric paints, I'm trying to blend edges of different fabrics together so they look like they are just one piece going from a light fabric to a darker fabric.  This means you have to cover the edge of one and blend it to the edge of the next one.  So we want opaque paints.  This is an example below here. 


The dark red lower petals of these poppies are blended together to look like one.  Also the detail of ripples in the petals are added with the paint.  Below is a picture of fine detail added to a design.

The fine detail I add is like the shadows under the edges of the upper windows in this picture.  I painted some of the lines on the buildings and the slight shadows over the curved windows on the big arches.  This detail makes your design very realistic. 
The boat was a piece of muslin I added and then painted all of the detial on the insides of it with the fabric paint.  Anytime detail is too small to fuse, I paint it on with the fabric paints.  Fabric paint has so many uses in our art quilts and adding this detail and shading makes creating thesee pieces very exciting for me!  Hope you enjoy it too! 
You can purchase these paints on this blog on the Page of My Tools on the tab above!  Just click there and you will see them and brushes and also my CD-ROM available for making your own art quilt from a photo.  I will be creating my DVD on fabric painting soon too!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Quilt Life Article

My piece, Port of Cassis, is the Centerfold for the current October issue of Quilt Life Magazine!  It's very exciting to see it in this way.  The photos show it well.  Also toward the end of the magazine I have a technique article on how I create my architectural pieces from photos.  You can learn how to make your own art quilts from your own photos.  I of course always have my technique CDs which show in greater detail how to do this that can be purchased from my website at this link:  My latest technique Cd shows how to create a shredded art quilt using your scraps and some tulle.  Noriko Endo, a Japanese quilt artist, started using this technique and has made beautiful art quilts with it.  Also on this CD I show how I do my bindings using glue to finish it.  I never hand stitch any of the bindings anymore.  My fingers get so sore! 

Port of Cassis, 2011, Best Wall Quilt AQS Show Paducah 2011

This piece was very fun to create but also a construction challenge.  Sometimes we don't know exactly how to get the look we know we want.  I'm very happy it now resides in the National Quilt Museum in Paducah!