It's time to get your UFO’s out of the closet! If you are a student of Marilyn Belford and you have an unfinished class project because you just didn't get time to complete it or became stuck, then now is the time to join Marilyn's newest class "UFO Roundtable with Marilyn Belford".
Over the last 6 months or so I've been working on a new concept which helps quilters take the leap from traditional quilting into quilt art. One of my teacher friends described them as a "workshop in a book" which is a good way to think of it. Basically, it is a challenge project where you do your own thing following certain guidelines and using whatever you have on hand. It's a great way to use up those scraps and odd buttons, beads and charms, as well as get you started in quilt art. I call these e-books, Creative Journals.
A number of years ago, I designed a Christmas Tree Skirt for a friend. I designed it in such a way so that I could have a number of different options included. The tree skirt base is made up of blocks and wedges to form a circular design to fit the tree. There are several reasons why I have designed it this way.
So, over the summer did you go on vacation and take some great waves and waterfalls pictures? Come join Waves & Waterfalls (an online workshop I teach) and make those memories into wallhangings! Learn how to make realistic waterfalls, crashing waves, seafoam and rapids, as well! Come see how you can combine roving, Angelina fiber, bubbled up sheer fabrics, Puff Paint, fabric paint, and painted melted cellophane to really bring those photos to life! Here are my two most recent waves and waterfalls quilts -
One of the very first quilts I designed back in the early 1990's was a Bargello quilt. I had never made a Bargello quilt before but I did have this vision of one in my mind so I put it together and named it Bargello Blues. I sold the original and then many years later made a new quilt as I wrote my online workshop. This class still proves to be popular for those who are interesting in learning how to create their own Bargello designs or simply how to learn advanced Bargello piecing skills.
I'm sure you have all been wondering where on earth I disappear to with so few blog posts written in the last couple of weeks. I've been doing a spot of traveling in between moving. After tidying up some business in Anaheim, I took a road trip up to Lincoln, CA with my good friend Sue. Although there wasn't a lot to look at along the ride in the 107 F degree heat (41.66 C), there were definite highlights. I found the windmills on the hills fascinating to look at.
Have you ever wondered about Batiks and the process of it? Marjorie McWilliams is the expert in Batiking at academyofquilting.com and she has written a series of blog posts showing you the details of the process as she works on three large-scale Batiks. Check out the following links to visit "Marjie's Dye Studio".
Every art quilter needs basic skills to make their art quilts. Here are four basic skills, are you missing any?
My Elements in Fabric class will take you from where you are…..to someplace else. Someplace where waterfalls are made with MistyFuse, roving, and Angelina fiber...
Until Lee Vause introduced herself to the Academy of Quilting I had not heard of Zentangle so this was a whole new area of quilting for me. Of course, making tangle designs using free-motion stitching really grabbed my interest. As I worked with Lee to get her classes installed (she has two now, A Zentangle Journey Part 1 and Part 2) I knew this was something I would want to try at some point. The thought was put on hold for a while.