Earlier this month I attended the Art Quilt Symposium in Sister, OR that the Stitchin Post sponsors every year with selected instructors. The week long workshops are primarily for art quilt construction and design. This year I attended two classes that Sue Benner taught. The construction method she teaches and also uses in her work is fusing. This was new to me as my work has primarily been pieced construction up to this point. I loved learning this mode of designing and constructing as it gave me a new freedom to apply layers of fabric to create a complex visual in the pieces that I made. Here are a few of the 18″ x 18″ small works I completed from the workshops:
The first piece that I created I could easily name “The Kitchen Sink” because I approached this piece with my all time favorite motto, “More is better!” It was totally experimental but I had such a good time and allowed myself to create in the “what if?” mode. It was very liberating. Of course the common design principals applied to make it work in my mind adding the right ingredients and knowing when to stop. This piece, as with the others, is created with a series of squares that are layered on to the composition. All the pieces are cut without straight edges and rulers. The freeform cutting gives the pieces a since of wonkyness. I added the little strips as I thought it need MORE and then I stopped. The piece is quilted with a grid pattern and finished with an edge stitching.
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