Do You like Still Life quilts?

Posted by Ruth on 19 June 2015 | 0 Comments


I love making Still Life quilts. In fact, I even have an online workshop on how to make them at the which not only includes all the instructions but gives you direct access to me with helping you create your own templates for your own Still Life project.

I start out by giving instructions on how to take a good photo to create the quilt, and then how to edit that photo in GIMP to make template construction easy using the Posturize feature. There are other programs that do similar things, but GIMP can be downloaded free. Students are not committed to using these tools though. I also provide templates for several projects that can be used, however it is a good learning experience to try so you have the knowledge for future quilts and your own projects. 

The class project is based on my vase. Use this to practice and then apply to your own design.

Still Life Vase

I also include my pepper template for those who want to try it.


I think my favorite quilt though is this one which I made for a friend a few years back. I don't have a pattern for this Still Life though because it is a one-off.

Two pears made for a friend who enjoys Still Life paintings

I always enjoy teaching this class as it's lots of fun watching my students produce their pieces and become more creative when they start their own projects. Louise was one of my students in 2013 and here is her finished vase. Great job Louise!

Louise's finished vase

About Still Life: I am sure you have all heard of the Masters in art, such as Alfred Sisley, Renoir, Dario Campanelli and Monet with their famous still life paintings. In this class we will learn to transform similar still life using textiles. We begin by learning to make templates from a photo, which I have supplied or you may use your own. Step by step instructions guide you how to do this with ease using the free graphic program, GIMP. Use graduates of color to create dimension in your still life and then enhance it with thread work. Read more....

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