I signed up for a class with Ruth Powers. She does really beautiful 'picture' quilts. You start with a image -- maybe a photograph -- and turn it into a piece-able design. This is definitely NOT for making bed quilts or even lap quilts. This is ART. I have taken a class like this before but there is a lot to learn -- especially about colors, how to break the image up to get the right effect, and tricks to getting it put together.
Some of my fellow students were more experienced, and more ambitious. I chose to make something about 18x24", based on this picture of Robins at the birdbath outside my window. The picture is very fuzzy because it is blown up from a tiny piece of a bigger photo.
The first major accomplishment, which took me nearly 2 days, was to create a tracing paper pattern and a freezer paper drawing (reversed) that gets cut up to make the templates for cutting fabrics and sewing everything together.
|Freezer paper template -- marked, and numbered.|
By the end of the week I had the birds basically done. This is not exactly a speed piecing kind of project, and I had to redo one whole section because I didn't like how the colors looked.
|End of class picture from Ruth showing finished birds and auditioning birdbath fabrics.|
|Work in progress on the design wall at home.|
|Fabrics for the birdbath water (and rejects)|
I have made the water section twice -- once using the original design, and second time using more improvisational piecing to make strips that I sewed together to make a small piece of 'fabric' that I then used to cut out the whole section.
|First water version, original pieced design|
|Second water version, improvisationally pieced|
You be the judge, but I'm liking the second one. Next steps will be to move on to the edge of the bird bath and then the background. I may do some more improvisational 'fabric' construction for parts of the background.
All the best,