The Value of Value

Late last year I was VERY fortunate to notice that an online class was scheduled to begin in January that seemed perfect and timely for my resolution to improve my work in 2016.

One of my most admired art quilters is teaching it (Elizabeth Barton) and the Class Title:  A Master Class in Design for Art Quilters – speaks directly to my own need to ‘polish’ my design skills and to explore alternatives.  

We are delving into a different design concept each month and in January, Elizabeth had us take a fresh look at our use of value.   After presenting a couple of possible designs to work with I settled on the following sketch – a sketch that I based on a photograph that I took after a snowfall in Minnehaha Park, Minneapolis.

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My next step was to gather fabric for possible use in this quilt.  The instruction was to use a range of at least 5  values of the same color – preferably a color that included an intense dark value such as black or brown or even navy blue.   I selected black, various grays and white.  I also wanted there to be added interest with texture.  Linen helped with that as did some thread work added later.

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Some of the fabrics that I made available for this quilt are shown above.  I used dark to light gray cotton threads for stitching plus one variegated thread to thread paint a tree trunk and add texture.  I included several of my hand dyed fabrics to the mix.

I ‘cleaned up’ my sketch, enlarged it to actual size, printed it out and created my templates.

In choosing my values for color placement I had to pay attention to how the color value would affect perception of depth and distance.  I also wanted to maintain the lonely, slightly haunted mood of the original photo.   AND to keep the overall image simple and uncomplicated.

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My teacher’s critique immediately pointed out my wobbly bench and I plan to correct that. I also plan to add more fine branches to the background and am going to include some hand stitched branches to the mix.

I think this has turned out to be a great example of how color both interprets and projects mood so vividly!   I am tempted to do this same scene, at some point, outfitted in its mid summer finery.

Class Alert – Gorgeous Autumn Wallhanging (or Table Topper)

Tumbling Leaves Wall Hanging or Table Topper

Tumbling Leaves Wall Hanging or Table Topper

Grace your Thanksgiving table with this beautiful Tumbling Leaves quilt – shown in a versatile size ready to decorate your wall or your table throughout the season.

2 sessions on 2 consecutive Saturdays from 10 AM until 2 PM

 Part 1 October 18  10-2

Part 2  October 25  10-2

Call Quilty Pleasures in Simi Valley today to reserve your spot  805-581-1577

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Quilt Clinics – For UFOs and MORE !!!!!

 

Art Quilting WorkshopYou’ve heard of Baseball or other Sports Clinics???

They are defined as :

…….- a meeting for diagnosis of problems and instruction or remedial work in a particular activity

Well now there is a QUILT CLINIC

Meeting Wednesday evenings at Quilty Pleasures in Simi Valley. (except for the 3rd Wednesday of the month)

from 5:30 until 8:30  – cost to attend:  $10.00 per session – sign up in advance

You will  have the expertise of 2 seasoned quilt teachers on hand to help you finish some of those projects that need additional assistance.

Call the shop  and reserve your spot and let’s get those project’s done!!

805-581-1577

SO EXCITED !!! We’re Going To Do a Teapot Class !!!

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Betsy and I designed and created these cute little art quilts last year in preparation for art quilt technique classes at Baron’s Sewing Center in Woodland Hills.

Now I am excited to announce that a series of Teapot workshops are scheduled in the Simi Valley at Quilty Pleasures starting this coming April.  Most of the construction of these adorable quilts is using fusibles and machine appliqué.  You will also learn how to apply fancy yarn fibers using couching techniques.  And it’s a chance to dig into your button box and gather up those bits of fancy lace and trim to embellish your creations.

There are 4 Wednesday sessions:  April 30, May 7, 14 and 28th – all 5:30 to 8:30 PM

Call Quilty Pleasures (805) 581-1577 today to sign up.  This will be a fun class.

 

The Garden Twist Quilt – a Classic Quilt Design!

The Around the Twist block has been around since 1870 and remains a popular and beautiful focus for a quilt of any size.
Here is a small wall hanging that shows one completed around the twist:

Garden Twist Sample

Class is ongoing now at Quilty Pleasures in Simi Valley Monday evenings.

We will most likely repeat this class in the fall so if you are interested please call – 805-581-1577  or leave me a message here. You will be notified when the next 5 class series is scheduled.

The quilt can be made in any size from Crib Quilt to King Size.

Paint and Bead Your Own Decorative Pillow – Back by Popular Demand

Paint and Bead Your Own Decorative Pillow

originally Posted on November 1, 2013

 

Back By Popular Demand

Make your own decorative pillow.  You will paint your own fabric and embellish it with stitching and beads.  The class is on the schedule at Baron’s Sewing Center in Woodland Hills for Tuesdays January 14 and January 21st 2014 
 6 pm until 9 pm 
(6 Hours total – 3 hours each day)

You can create your own design or fashion your pillow along the lines of this one that I made for this class.

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I started with a piece of white PFD Kona cotton and painted the background with an acrylic wash of color.  Next I painted the flowers and layered the piece with batting and lining.  Then the REAL fun began as I used thread painting to add depth and texture to the design.  Here’s where you can really let yourself experiment with color and various thread weights.  I particularly liked the look of some variegated 30 wt. thread. 

When I declared the thread painting “done” I got out my beads and went to town!  Because this will be used for “show and tell” in class I wanted to be sure to incorporate several basic beading stitches.  I used moss stitch, scatter stitch, seed stitch, bugle pathways, back stitch and stacked stitch.  

My goal was to achieve a vibrant mix of color, texture and bling.

Call Baron’s today to sign up – This is a FUN class.

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Time To Get Bitten By The Quilt Bug !

It’s time to get bitten by the Quilt Bug – definitely a LOT more fun than mosquitoes.

You’ll have a great chance to jump in with our newly scheduled Introduction to Quilting Course to be held at Quilty Pleasures in Simi Valley starting in September.  During the series of 6 classes you will learn the skills that you need to make your first quilt.

You will be making a vibrant Autumn (or theme of your choosing) wall quilt 32 inches by 32 inches featuring fabrics that you will choose at the first class meeting.

Here’s a photo of the sample we have prepared.

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Paint and Bead Your Own Decorative Pillow ! Back By Demand Jan. 14, 2014

I’ve been busy preparing for what is shaping up to be an exciting Fall schedule of teaching.  One of the new workshops planned is to make your own decorative pillow.  You will paint your own fabric and embellish it with beads.  The class is on the schedule at Baron’s Sewing Center in Woodland Hills for September 24th and October 8th, 2013.

Here is the one that I finished the other day.

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I started with a piece of white PFD Kona cotton and painted the background with an acrylic wash of color.  Next I painted the flowers and layered the piece with batting and lining.  Then the REAL fun began as I used thread painting to add depth and texture to the design.  Here’s where you can really let yourself experiment with color and various thread weights.  I particularly liked the look of some variegated 30 wt. thread. 

When I declared the thread painting “done” I got out my beads and went to town!  Because this will be used for “show and tell” in class I wanted to be sure to incorporate several basic beading stitches.  I used moss stitch, scatter stitch, seed stitch, bugle pathways, back stitch and stacked stitch.  

My goal was to achieve a vibrant mix of color, texture and bling.  Did I achieve it??

Art Quilting Takes the Spotlight in Woodland Hills

One of the most gratifying things as a teacher is that moment when your students’ eyes light up and you can see their creative juices churning.

Well that was a moment repeated many times over the past few weeks as a group of eager sewers and quilters attended our Art Quilt Intro Series.

This was an introductory series of 3 sessions at Baron’s Sewing Center in Woodland Hills.  A fourth informal class is planned this week so that the participants can put the final touches on their creations with the instructors on hand for assistance.

Art quilting encompasses a vast number and variety of techniques that are both fun to learn and valuable tools to have when planning a new piece. With limited time available it was a daunting task to select only a few of them.  We did so with emphasis on straightforward versatile techniques. We also presented methods that were fun to do and that used products that wouldn’t be too difficult to find.  The focus was on technique but each participant was encouraged to put together a piece that would incorporate these newly learned skills.

Guila Discussing Use of Discharge Paste

Betsy Demo-ing Use of Rubbing Plate with Shiva Paintstiks

Session one

We focused on preparing backgrounds; either as a first layer for additional embellishments or to serve as the composition itself.

We introduced a variety of ways to get paint onto your quilt: using fluid acrylic paints and solid oil sticks,  the group practiced applications using rubbings, stencils and stamps.

We also discussed and demonstrated Discharge Techniques- various ways of removing color from fabric. These included household bleach and discharge pastes – plain and with color added.

When we got to the “hands on” part of the class, they all took off like a shot – full of enthusiasm and creative ideas  It’s unusual to see an entire group just take off and run with their new knowledge the way these women did.  We all had a blast.

Practicing with paint and stencils, stamps

Peggy Making Art

Session Two

We turned our attention to preparing the quilts for quilting.  A very important part occurs before your first stitch and we introduced the topic of thread selection, determining function and style and so on.  During this session we also started our discussion of embellishment techniques.  We focused on fusible appliqué and methods of securing these design elements. The students also learned how to use foil as a highlighting embellishment – using glue, fusible sheets or a powdered fusible called BoNash to transfer the foil to the fabric surface.

A lot of additional designing went on during the week 2 workshop and both Betsy and I worked closely one on one with the students to help them through their design decisions and implementation.

Busy at Work on Their Quilts

Session Three 

Time to add a little glitz and glamor to our art quilts.  We discussed beautiful sparkly Angelina – how to use it, stamp it, apply it to the quilt surface and much more.  Wow, exciting stuff to stir up your imagination!

Hey, Look What I Just Made!

Angelina Wings

We also talked about and demo’d the use of glitter in your quilt. Talk about your sparkle opportunity.

Suzanne’s Sparkly Key

The little art quilts, well under way, needed to eventually be finished.  So we went over various ways to finish the ‘edges’ of the quilts and various methods of applying the ‘false’ back to the quilt.

During these classes the quilting and embellishments were done with the following quilt layers in place:  top, stabilizer, batting, muslin.  Then, later a more pleasing/interesting fabric backing was added.

We will be putting the final touches on the quilts this next Wednesday morning.

**And we are all looking forward to diving further into the art quilting world this summer.  The highly anticipated Art Quilt Camp for Quilters will be held from July 16 through July 20 from 10 AM until 5 PM each day.  Sign up now to reserve your spot!

Whimsy with a Stamp

Lola’s Quilt Well Under Way