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Yesterday I had the fun job of teaching a brand new group of fledgling art quilters. We worked on the Teeny, Tiny Art Quilt class. This is a fast paced class that focuses on making a small abstract art quilt. I gave them a crash course on composition and then they got to work using bits of pre-fused fabric. If you want to try this yourself, here is the recipe: limit yourself to one color or just a few colors, choose 70% of one shape and 30% of another, and limit the size to about 8″ x 10″. Later you can glue it to a painted canvas, which elevates it to a piece of art!
Here’s an example of 2 felted ones I mounted on canvas:
Here is a group shot of everyone holding up their pieces:
I showed everyone how to edit their designs as they we working using their smart phone cameras. That makes it easier to see their work more objectively. Here, let me show you ….. I know Connie won’t mind if I use her fabulous piece as an example.
As you can see, she used mostly vertical pieces, which gave her piece a mostly vertical structure. Structure is the underlying organization of the elements. But there is definitely too much going on. We both agreed that the lower blue strip needed to go:
Much better! But now my eye went straight to the big blue diamond at the top, which was kind of a bullseye.
So she trimmed it down and moved it to the bottom, where it’s larger size made more sense. Next she added some 12 weight heavy thread to add some texture and accents. It’s fabulous, isn’t it?
Here are some more little gems from the class:
It was really fun to work with this group, watch them grow before my eyes and learn that they could do this.
If you and a group of friends want to learn how to make fun little abstract art quilts or any thing else art quilt related, just ask- I’m for hire :))
If you need help with your quilting project, just remember I am available for 1 hour sessions by video chat or in person. Just shoot me an email and we can set up a time: email@example.com.
Don’t be shy! Come and join my:
My New Facebook Group
Oh and before I forget- I have a new Facebook Group called Joyful Art Quilting. You can head on over there to discuss your projects in more detail and see what others are up to. It’s a fun, non-judgmental place to meet and share. Here’s the link to go join the group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1507846232658642/
WANNA TAKE A LIVE CLASS WITH ME?
If you want to take a class with me- CALL ME at 919-602-2260. I can teach for a small group of your friends, like I did a while back for my friend Joyce Marks and her quilting buddies. We had a blast and I tailored the classes to her group’s interests.
And you can always take an online class with me- see below!
OR YOU CAN HIRE ME FOR YOUR GUILD!
JUST SHOOT ME AN EMAIL AND WE’LL MAKE IT A DATE!
Here’s what one guild VP had to say recently:
I’m usually Johnny on the Spot but missed the boat last week re these BIG THANKS. Loved your presentation. Heard very positive and supportive remarks from the guests…thank you again for the well-defined and creative presentation. Look forward to seeing you again.
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Roxane is a full time studio textile artist, teacher, and author, with two girls, who are both growing up too fast! She recently appeared on Quilting Arts TV, and has taught at the Houston quilt show. She is also a BERNINA ambassador. Her work is in several private collections and she loves doing custom commissions. For more info go to http://roxanelessa.com.
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