Fabric Fusion is finished after three years! I began this quilt in a class I took at QuiltCon with Weeks Ringle. The quilt is designed by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr of Modern Quilt Studio.
Fabric Fusion quilt
I used a large variety of fabrics in this quilt: batiks, florals, tone-on-tones, modern, Kaffe Fassett, and traditional prints. They all “go” together because of the values I chose. Weeks spent a lot of time with us, explaining what to look for in our stash. Those of us that brought fabrics were helped to weed out those fabrics that weren’t appropriate and to incorporate others (sometimes from another person in the class!) that were unexpected but a much more interesting choice.
Fabric Fusion quilt back
The quilt was machine quilted with a walking foot and a stretched out zig-zag.
Quilting with walking foot
First I quilted the vertical lines and then the horizontal. I like the texture that is created.
Close-up of quilting
I didn’t measure the lines, I just estimated the spacing. You can see in the detail of the back above that the quilting lines are not perfectly spaced. Do you mark your quilting lines?
Soon I will be attending Quilt Canada 2016. This year it will be held in Toronto and I decided to take some classes. Jane Sassaman is teaching a class called: Abstracting from Nature (designs class). This class requires us to bring in a live bouquet or close-up photos of flowers including leaves, buds and so on to use as a springboard to design our own quilt. The design will not be a representation of the flower, rather the finished design will be a an abstraction. I am looking forward to taking this class, I love Jane’s bold designs and her use of colour.
I looked through my photo album and pulled a few photos that I really liked in preparation for this class.
This is my favourite photo of berries.
I like how the sunlight sparkles on the leaves and berries.
I realized that these photos could also be used later in the summer for Helen Garland’s class: Quilting – Complex Design & Piecing. This one week workshop is being taught at the Haliburton School of Art + Design. Any photograph can be used in this class, but I especially like the idea of a floral piece. I talk a little bit about Helen’s process in this post.
This was an amazing tree trunk, it has so much texture!
Plate sized fungi growing on a tree.
These berries look like grapes. Do you know what they really are?
The Yorkshire Rose Quilters’ Guild of Toronto is hosting a Mini Quilt Silent Auction on Wednesday May 11, 2016 from 7-9 pm. at 2174 Danforth Ave. Toronto, Ontario.
YRQG of Toronto Quilt Auction Poster 2016
This amazing silent auction
will feature many beautiful miniature quilts
created by our talented guild members and donated to raise funds for: 416 Community Support for Women
I have donated 2 quilts to this worthwhile cause:
Grass by Doris Lovadina-Lee
Spring in the City by Doris Lovadina-Lee
Please come out to see all the beautiful mini quilts, start your Christmas shopping early and bring home a beautiful piece of art. Enjoy coffee or tea, dessert and the company of a fun group of people.
See you this Wednesday night (I’ll be helping serve coffee and cake, come say hello!)
I took the opportunity to just play during the SWO Modern Quilt retreat.
Turquoise hand dyed fabrics minimal quilt in process.
I took some hand dyed fabric scraps and let myself just stitch.
Turquoise art quilt straight line stitching
I tried adding some very narrow inserts and loved the look.
Turquoise art quilt detail of narrow line insert and stitching
I machine quilted using a walking foot and three different colours of thread.
Turquoise art quilt detail with narrow strip insert
l really like the results.
Turquoise art quilt finished
I made a few more pieces during the retreat. It is really freeing just trying new techniques without having a firm outcome in mind.