In May of 2011, I eagerly took on the role of "Artist in Residence" for the Canadian Quilters' Association. I has been a terrific experience, but, as the saying goes.....all good things must come to an end.
I have decided to move on.
Rather than another pattern/project or design, I wanted to have my last article reflect what I thought my role truly was....to encourage and perhaps inspire others to experiment, play, create, learn and most importantly, enjoy the process.
The Spring issue containing my final article is out. In it, I talk about building one's own "technique" library. I began by drawing simple outline of a feather, gave examples of how one might modify it to meet the needs of the technique they plan to use and then showed examples of ways that one simple image could be used in many, many different ways
|modified for applique|
|modified for stencil and several other techniques|
Here is a look of some of what I created using that one image (each technique used, is listed below the photo
| discharge paste & a stencil|
|liberated style piecing|
|stencil & dye sticks|
|white batting on top of cotton, layered under tulle and stitched|
|raw edge fused applique|
|outline stitched with black thread, paint added to create the colour|
|sunprinted and trapunto|
|dryer sheet cut and fused with stitching for detail|
by doing this exercise, I now have a reference, I have notes about what I liked, disliked or might want to do differently next time. It gave me the opportunity to play with a variety of quilting ideas and the next time I have the impulse to try something new....I can just grab my feather image and get to work.