Happy to say that Elizabeth Barton, one of our teachers, has recently had several quilts purchased by the City of Atlanta for their public libraries... including an abstract quilt. Elizabeth has two abstract quilt classes one of which is Abstract Art for Quiltmakers (starts Friday) that focusses on women abstract painters. The class covers a lot of ground for there are many different kinds of abstraction
Knowing what colors or fabrics to use when making a quilt is only part (but a very important part) of the way to creating a beautiful quilt. The rest comes in the creation, stitching, quilting and embellishing. Today I want to visit the quilting side of things, one of my favorite parts of quilt making.
I'm so pleased to see this workshop by Elizabeth as so many students ask me about color... Color combinations, color and contrast, value, intensity, and temperature. Now I can direct them to this in-depth class so they can learn it inside out with the help of veteran teacher/designer Elizabeth Barton. She doesn't leave any stone unturned!
Just a little time out tangling a simple drawing trying to keep my drawing skills at a reasonable level while also promoting my brain activity!!!
Amazing designs can come about when you draw in perspective and it isn't as hard as you might think. Anita Eaton teaches an online workshop for simply that, "Perspective in Quilting" and today she is offering a free short tutorial on how to draw a Flying Geese Border in perspective. If this whets your appetite for perspective creations, then wait till you see her workshop!
How exciting to see some of the students that have taken "Pets with Personality" class with Marilyn Lee using the technique taught in the class to create amazing portrait quilts! One student McCrae created this beautiful portrait of her granddaughter. Look at the wonderful array of colors she has used in this exceptional piece.
Can you write letters? Then you are able to sketch as much as you need to make a modern quilt.... and do not worry about not being able to draw like an artist!
Creating the illusion of depth by various uses of perspective is an interesting challenge when quilting. Looking at various artworks can help us learn about how to do that and how people at various times in history used perspective.
Here are three quilts I've made in the past. What do you think they all have in common - other than I made them?
Elizabeth has written classes about how to be inspired by and create designs based on abstract art. You can take one class or both...in any order...they are quite different....so the one that starts this Friday "More Abstract Art for Quiltmakers" focusses on some of the best known and most influential abstract artists.