If you are new here, you still may have already noticed that I am quite passionate about helping people with art quilting. Whether it's getting started in the first place, or improving your skills, or simply gaining some confidence to try it, I'm here for it! So I decided to do a short series covering the basics, probably 5-6 weeks. Nothing as involved as the free motion series, which some of you are still working your way through! (If not, sign up for my newsletter in the sidebar to get that😃)
I always like to break things down into bite sized pieces. Most of my art quilts, if you dissect them a bit, are not very complicated at all. I just have lots of tricks/secrets 😀 A whole class full, in fact, but I will share some of them here! (I've been starting to take notes for a 'next level' class too, lots of ideas!) For this series, I will share a few of my 'secrets' in these categories:
I also really like to get people to have success as soon as possible, because that's what motivates us to do more, right? For example, if you are working on something like saving money or losing weight, it's usually more motivating to continue if you have had some success. If things keep getting worse, it's more discouraging than motivating. (And as it turns out, success in something like art quilting can actually increase your confidence and motivation in other areas too, so it's a win win! It's good for our hearts and brains to create!) After next week's segment of the series, you will have enough information to make a very simple but potentially effective art quilt.
So here's this week's 'secret'. (I need a better word though, I'm not too fond of either 'tricks' or 'secrets', don't really love 'hacks' either, but I haven't been able to come up with a better idea.... anyone??) The most simple background you can do is just to find a pretty fabric that does it for you. I love the ones that look hand painted; they are great for landscapes. Here are a few examples:
I didn't add a lot to any of those, because the background fabric did all the work for me! If you have any of these in your stash, maybe dig it out for next week!
If you are already in my Simple Secrets for Art Quilting class, I've been working my way through and updating a bit and getting rid of bugs. (Like photos that magically replaced themselves with something totally unrelated...🤨😑🤷♀️)
Also, at first I really loved the format of this class, because I could keep updating it. However, I have discovered a few issues with it! The biggest one is it's so self guided that it's easy for people to forget to get in there and do it. I hoped the fb group would serve as a reminder, but if people aren't in it, or there isn't a lot of activity, then that falls by the wayside too, including for me! SOOOO..... I think I'm going to try to do a more structured version, maybe twice a year or something? It might even be just 4 weeks of a Zoom call each week, plus some emails, still working on details. I'm thinking September for the first one, kind of a back to school month anyway, right? Stay tuned for details!
Happy Sewing, Beret
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I am a homeschooling mom of three fun kids, who are now old enough that I have a little time to pursue my passion for sewing! After several years of making quilted cards and art quilts, I'm now designing kits and patterns. Some of my designs have been in Keepsake Quilting and Art Quilting Studios magazine! I teach classes online, and am starting to do more traveling and teaching. I also have many tutorials, including some on YouTube. I am blessed to live in Alaska where I am surrounded by the inspiration provided by the beauty of God's creation!
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