Monday, January 18, 2010

Road to California - Days 3 and 4

The third class I took was 'Front to Back Pictoral Quilting' by Kathy McNeil..she was also one of the judges for the show. I love how detailed her quilts are..this is a link to her patterns. The default one for this class was 'Feathered Lady'..the swan..and a couple of people did do that pattern.. She covered so many topics in this class - my head is still spinning..we learned how to draft patterns, how to prepare the appliques, how to use a varieity of mediums to modify the fabric such as paint, ink, crayon and tulle..how to use the patterns on fabric as something other than what it was printed for and to look at both sides of the fabric for design opportunities...I have a different perspective on picking fabrics for landscapes now..
I chose to do my own design for this one - the Cape Blanco Light..and I wanted to do it at dusk, after the light is turned on...
For this class, I 'posterized' the picture that I used so it would print out over 4 sheets of paper..that comes out to about the size of a fat quarter (posterizing was WAY easier than tracing...)..I also made a black and white version of the picture so that I could tell where the shadows and highlights were..
This class we used a different method of applique prep than some of the others - we used Magic Sizing...you spray your piece and iron it dry to get the fabic quite crispy..then turn the edges with a steam iron..the steam makes the Magic Sizing hold the crease..in place where the turn under was a bit ornery, we used a light smear of glue stick.On some of the smaller pieces, I did do the full glue stick prep I learned in Martha Nordstrand's classes...





This is how far I got in the class in preparing my piece. the applique is designed to be done as a unit so that it can be moved around to find just the right spot after you create the background. I went to Joann's after class and picked up the fabric that is the glass (pearlized sheer fabric) and the light (gold lame' which I fused to a piece of muslin so it stops fraying)..there is also some shiny gold tulle to try to define the light pattern..
It needs the doors, the base of the building(which is the same red color but with some black netting over it to add a bit of shaddow, the foreground and some light rays - I bought some angelina fiber to experiment with and some gold Tsukeniko ink - maybe one of those will work..

In the evening of day 3, I went to Roundabout..which is 10 minute sessions by the teachers or vendors showing a technique or a product..there are a couple hundred rabid quilters, about 10 or so seats by each station and at the sound of the whistle, you run to another station to see what that person is demoing!
Kathy Kansier was showing some of her crazy quilt stuff - which I did not get to see in the class I took with her and one of the things she showed was a nifty beading tray -


So..I went home and made one for me! Its a piece of suede cloth spray basted to a piece of cardboard then inserted in a cheap picture frame - this one cost me $1 at the thrift store..the suede keeps the beads from rolling and the picture frame is small, rigid and easy to use on your lap..
Learned how to do freehand cutting with a tiny rotary cutter (Rob Appel), how to make a cabuchon around a mirror with beads, how to do free motion thread play (using tulle and Solvy) to make any embroidered object..will probably use this for shrubbery for the lighthouse foreground.. It was a fun 2 hours!

1 comment:

Rian said...

Wow Suze, great stuff! I know Rob Appel, he has the Cotton Ball up here in my neck o' the woods. Nice guy. I'm hoping to go with you next year!