I Really Have Been Sewing

Recent posts to the contrary, I have been giving my sewing machine a workout between a fantasy, glittery collage piece and assignments for my “Mod Meets Improv” online class.

The fantasy piece evolved from the latest bunch of sparkly scraps from the theatrical costume shop, plus some donated fabric (the birds) that was going begging.

The Costume Shop Jungle

Much of the fabric was leftover from dresses for “Dreamgirls.”

The green fabric was tricky to work with as it shreds easily. I hope to give my jungle a pillowcase finish and then outline quilt some of the birds and flowers.

My online class, taught by Elizabeth Barton, has pushed me to develop several quilt designs on paper. The class title may say improv, but if it’s a class with Elizabeth you know you’ll be designing on paper first. Some of the homework has been a bit basic for me, but the feedback has been helpful, as always.

The top row are practice pieces: floating 4 patches, curved piece grid, and half square triangles in a complementary color scheme. In the bottom row are some of my better colored pencil designs. The one on the left follows the lines of the traditional rail fence. The middle design is based on outside stairs I saw from our Airbnb in Quebec.

I’m now working on an original mod/improv design that has lots of negative space, in white of course. I’d forgotten how you need to press towards the darker fabric when you work with white fabric. Otherwise, the darker color shows and when the darker color is red, it really shows.

The class has been fine, but I’m sorry more students aren’t active in the online forum. It’s a great chance to get feedback and see what other students are up to. You can watch a video of work done in previous classes.

I’m linking to Nina Marie’s Off The Wall Friday.

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Filed under Art quilts, In Process, Modern Quilting

4 responses to “I Really Have Been Sewing

  1. Ann Scott

    Such a colorful piece (not only because of the fabrics used, but their stories). Enjoyed the video… are any of those pieces yours? A couple seemed familiar.

    • Nope, the video was made with work from previous classes. So far I haven’t seen much finished work posted from my class. I just finished quilting my jungle and have only the sleeve to sew on.

  2. Penny

    hi Joanna,
    I think the theater organization should find a prominent place to display it as the theatergoers enter to see the plays. Now that would be cool…it will be interesting to see what my Nepali students decide to do with that bird fabric!
    Penny

    • I plan to show it to the costume designer, though I don’t know if it will be deemed suitable for the theater’s lobby. I’ll look forward to seeing how your students transform that fabric.

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