Serendipity Quilts: Cutting Loose Fabric Collage
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Save those scraps! Discover the joy and freedom of creating collage-style quilts without rules and measurements. Get hands-on instruction from an award-winning artist who believes creating with your instincts will produce gorgeous results every time.
I liked how a few of the rays were getting filled in with the overflow from the face. I decided to alternate the effect with every other ray trimmed to the original inner circle line. In another version, Bindi Sol (see page 47), all of the inner rays blend outward from the central face. Here I ignored the drawn line of the inner circle completely and trimmed to the first row of triangles instead. The outer border of triangles was tucked under those edges and glued in place. For Simple Sol
bits. The experience was liberating. I worked on a large scale with bold colors, letting the small scraps remain as I found them—straight or curved—cutting off ends only where they broke over the edge of the drawn outline. I let serendipity take over and released the picky details and control, concentrating less on color than on value—the lights and darks forming the hair and face. Since Sam’s favorite color at the time was “rainbow,” it’s appropriate that the entire spectrum of colors is
Gombessa, 70″ × 43″, 2006 Gombessa is the native African word for the fish that scientists had named a coelacanth. Previously found only in fossils, it was thought to have gone extinct with the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. In 1938, a scientist recognized the fish in a South African fish market, and the hunt was on. Since then, it has been learned that these fish have survived relatively unchanged for millions of years. Colonies have been discovered on each side of the Indian Ocean. The first
preconceived ideas of how an image is supposed to look; the trick is to let it emerge as it wants to look. Perseverance begins to pay off—I can see Sam emerging. As you can see in these details, up close the finished quilt is as abstract as I had hoped to make it. At a distance, however, an exuberant child emerges—my Samuelsaurus Rex (page 4). I now had my impressionistic quilt. I also had that fresh breath and new approach to my quilts—I was cutting loose. Cutting loose is a simple way
dogs (those sawtooth things under the presser foot) and attaching the appropriate presser foot. Set the machine for a straight stitch. The stitch length will not matter since, by lowering the feed-dogs, you are now in control of the size of the stitches, not the machine. 4. Begin quilting near the center of the design, working out as you go. Remove the safety pins one at a time as you get to them. These small projects are easy to manipulate under the arm of the sewing machine, so it’s a