Master Class Gallery

Since most of the quilts I made in 2016 were developed for my online master class with Elizabeth Barton, I’ll just run through those as my year end review. Each month we were given a theme. We were to develop sketches for three possible pieces, block out the chosen one in fabric, and complete that piece. Elizabeth commented at each step, but we were free to use as many or as few of her suggestions as we wanted.


Big Leaf 10.5" sq.

Big Leaf 10.5″ sq.


Flaming Out

Flaming Out 15.5″ x 19.5″

Heading Home

Heading Home 22.5″ x 23.5″


The Language of Pink Elephants

The Language of Pink Elephants 30.5″ x 42.5″


Tidal Marsh in Spring

Tidal Marsh in Spring 13.5″ x 31″


Unfolding 25" sq.

Unfolding 25″ sq.



Connect The Dots 19.5″ x 34″


It's All About Me

It’s All About Me 21.5″ square

Lost and Found Edges

Emeralds Islets 20" x 28" approx.

Emerald Islets 20″ x 28″ approx.


Distilled 30" sq.

Distilled 30″ sq.

I didn’t complete anything for our dominant color assignment, and haven’t finished the real piece for lost and found edges. One month we were to critique a quilt, so we made nothing of our own. Finally, December was a finish it up month, though we could either remake an earlier piece to improve on it or work to overcome a weakness in a new piece.

As with any class, you get out of it what you put into it. I’m still thinking over what I gained from this class, and will write about it when my thoughts have gelled more. I will say that the basic advice Elizabeth had for me was “keep going.”


Filed under Art quilts, Completed Projects

12 responses to “Master Class Gallery

  1. That is quite a collection of work! Do you have a favorite? I think I like Connect the Dots the most, but there are several close contenders for second. And I might well change my mind tomorrow.

  2. Very nice to see these projects together. They are each so different from the next. You have done a lot and it sounds like learned a lot too. Thanks for sharing.

    • I view it as my online quilt show. At first I wondered about the differences, but then realized that I like to try out new approaches. There’s no reason each piece should look like another, given the different subjects we were given.

  3. 46eileen

    Thanks for sharing your progress. I truly enjoyed seeing each of your depictions of the monthly theme. I particularly liked “Heading Home”. It brought back many memories of my youth. The skater’s shadow really helped show the movement across the ice. I also loved “Layers” as I have started playing with that concept myself. Elizabeth was right…keep going.

    • Heading Home was a breakthrough piece for me in that I actually put a human figure into a piece. That shadow went through a lot of changes before it ended up as it is. This year my work has become more “real;” most of my first arty pieces were totally abstract color plays. I hope my experiences with developing a piece have helped others, to know what pitfalls to avoid if nothing else.

  4. Thanks for sharing these again. It was fun to watch you work through some of these. Do you have favorites for process, or for outcome?

    My favorites are Flaming Out and Connect the Dots, but I’m not sure I could tell you why. They certainly are different from each other!

    • Flaming Out was one of the easier pieces to conceive and construct. My biggest challenge was to keep that asphalt print from overwhelming everything. Connect the Dots was wrung out of several ideas and involved lots of dead ends for ways to use the morse code. I’m fond of the pieces I made with silk organza, but then I love transparency effects. Yes, all the pieces differ from each other, but I decided not to let that worry me. They are united by lots of color (except for the value one)and little fussy quilting. The leaf, the smallest piece, actually has the most quilting.

  5. Charlotte

    What a wonderful collection. Great job and I really have seen a thought process throughout your journey.

  6. It’s fascinating to see the all in one place–I think you must’ve learned so much! You’ve explored such different elements of design and taken the assignments so seriously. I truly would not be able to pick a favorite!

I Love to Hear From You

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.