What makes a successful pictorial collage quilt? Some may say color. Some may say subject matter. But it is really all about VALUE (the perceived lightness or darkness of fabric). In this workshop, you will learn to separate fabrics into Michael’s value scale, then fuse it and use it as your palette of “paints” to create an 18” x 18” still life collage quilt, suitable as a small wall hanging or table topper. (We will be making the coffee cup!)
Techniques of cutting fabric shapes will be explored and practiced. You will learn how to deal with layered fused fabrics. You will gain an understanding of value placement and creative ways to create shape and form with many pieces of fabric. We will discuss ways to finish your project quilt (background, quilting, binding/facing, etc.) BONUS: You will also learn how to transform your own photos into a pattern for your future pictorial collage projects.
If you have ever wanted to take a break from pieced projects to “paint” with fabric, this is the workshop to test it out! Bring your own stash or purchase a workshop kit from me.
DATE: Saturday July 17, 2021
TIME: 10am – 3pm
LOCATION: Virtual Workshop will be Live on ZOOM
Workshop Fee: $55
Due to shipping timing, the optional kit is no longer available for the July 17th workshop.
What you will need:
- Video Camera and Microphone (Internet connection for ZOOM)
- At least 7 different fabrics for the main subject. About 8” x 8” of each.
- More than 7 fabrics is highly recommended! The more fabrics you choose, the less you will need of each fabric. Scraps are GREAT!
- You will need a wide range of lights, mediums, and darks. Really look for the lightest lights and darkest darks to add to your mediums if possible.
- You may choose all monochromatic (same color family), or they can be of many colors.
- Precuts would be great! You could complete the main subject with a jelly roll or a charm pack. Layer cake and fat-eighths would be good too, but you will not need that much fabric.
- A 22” x 22” square of quilting cotton that is white or light. It can be also be basic muslin. This will provide the “canvas” for fused fabrics to be adhered to.
- A 20 x 20” square of background fabric of your choosing. The background should provide contrast. So if your subject fabrics are very busy, you’ll get best results from a contrasting solid or subdued background. If your subject fabrics are more tone-on-tone and almost read as solid, then perhaps a more active background could work.
- Double-Sided fusing to adhere to your collage fabrics. (Steam-a-Seam 2 in the regular version recommended. you will probably want five 9″x12″ sheets, depending on how many different fabrics you have. You will end up with leftover fabric with fusing for future projects.)
- Double-Sided fusing to adhere your finished collage to the background. (Steam-a-Seam 2 in the regular version recommended. You will need three 9″x12″ sheets)
- Iron and pressing surface
- Scissors for cutting small shapes.
- Masking or Painter’s tape