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Part One: Planning Your Art Quilt

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Part One:

Planning Your Art Quilt

 

Port Oneida Barn

Port Oneida Barn

42" x 56"

Inspirational photo

“Port Oneida Barn” uses various light blue fabrics for the sky. Dark Green batiks were used for the distant hills. Bright and light green fabrics were selected for shadows from the trees and barn. The barn was a photo transfer onto cotton fabric. The barn was placed to the side for good composition and enhanced by free-motion machine quilting, adding lines to the barn wood, roof, doors and windows. Large trees and a small clump of birches in the distance were fused on to take viewers’ eyes in. Green fabrics were fused and cut into small chips to form leaves. The leaves were then placed and free-motion machine quilted in a circular motion.

Part One: PLANNING YOUR ART QUILT

When designing a new quilt, it has to be a subject matter that “speaks” to me or excites me. There is nothing worse than working on a scene or using a color combination you do not like.

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Part Two: Photo Gallery of Collage Quilts

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Part Two:

Gallery

 

Part Two: Gallery

The gallery is a selection of collage landscape art quilts that I have created with my collage technique. I have branched out from my Northern Michigan scenes and include designs insprred from the states of Colorado and California, some of my frequent vacation spots.

Painted Forest

38" x 28"

Complementary colors of red and green were the main inspiration to create this woodland scene. The upper half of the background – linear swirls of red, green and purple – was one large solid piece of fabric. The green trees were fused on to break up the background fabric. Then the foreground was added, along with red leaves and white stems.

Crystal Downs Golf Course, fifth tee

26" x 21"

Solid sky and hill fabrics were fused to background. The ground fabrics vary from light greens, tans and bright greens to depict this golf course scene. The tree was placed to the right side because this is a major focal point in the scene. The small, red flag tee was placed in the distance to take view into the scene and add perspective. Red leaves and grass in the foreground give color.

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Part Three: Making Your Art Quilt

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Part Three:

Making Your Art Quilt

 

Lake Collage

Lake Collage

14" x 18"

Inspirational photo

SUPPLIES

FABRICS

NOTE: Variety is more important when choosing fabrics.

Batiks and printed landscape fabrics work best.

Scraps or 1/4 yard cuts of the following (include light, medium and dark values):

Sky: 6 – 7 prints of blue and white

Water: 8 – 10 prints of blue and green

Dunes: 10 – 15 prints of white, cream, tan and beige

Dune grass: 5 – 6 prints of green and gold

Tree trunks: 4 – 5 brown, black and birch prints

Leaves: 6 green prints – 1 light, 1 bright, 2 medium and 2 dark

Various specialty fabrics: linens, gauzes, metallic, upholstery fabrics, etc.

14" x 18" for backing fabric

14" x 18" for cotton batting

1 yard (or 1 package) of fusible web

THREADS

Various machine-embroidery threads

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My Quilt Story

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My Quilt Story

Dune Birches

42" x 56"

I was born and raised in Frankfort, Michigan. I have been fascinated with sewing and textiles all my life. As a young girl, I made doll clothes, clothes for myself and friends and loved craft projects. My mother and grandmother sewed, and I had two neighbor women who also helped me with sewing projects. I completed nine years of 4-H sewing and had dreams of becoming a dress designer.

I attended Michigan State University and earned a Bachelor of Science in clothing and textiles. I also took numerous art and art history classes. After college, I became a seamstress in my hometown of Frankfort, creating a successful in-home business. I have always felt fortunate to be able to work at home and raise my three children.

After 25 years of seamstress work, I developed arthritis in my hands from overuse. The ripping of seams and working on heavy fabrics had gotten the best of me.

I did not want to stop sewing because it had been my passion all my life, so I turned to quilting. Working on lighter weight cottons did not bother my hands. Instead of ripping out, I covered mistakes with trees and thread! I had made several traditional bed quilts over the years and had taken a landscape quilt class using a McKenna Ryan pattern. I also had a stash of batik fabrics that I’d purchased over the years. I was not quite sure what I was going to do with them, but loved their “painterly” quality.

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