We're still not meeting in person, although we're getting close. But Zoom does have its advantages. We had a wonderful meeting yesterday with a presentation by Sandra Mollen. Her topic: Rock, Water, Reflection.
Sandra showed us a variety of beautiful quilts she has
created using rocks, water, and reflection. She broke her presentation into
four sections: Photos, Fabric, Process, and Machine Quilting.
The first category was Photos: There are many ways to search
for a suitable photograph online: Facebook Pixabay, social media, or websites.
Sandra stressed that you must always get permission in writing from the
photographer in order to use it as your own subject matter, unless you are
using a service like Pixabay or Shutterbox and then you need to check to make
sure it is copyright free. Or if you are
confident in your own photography skills, you can use your own photos. Once you
have decided on a photo, there are many methods to modify or enhance your
subject in preparation for your artistic interpretation, three of which are:
Photoshop, Artisto, and Photo Reflection—Water Effect which is her main choice.
Fabric choice was Sandra’s second topic. Her go-to’s are
batiks and her own hand-dyes. She showed several of her luscious hand-dyed
fabrics and batik over-dyes that she uses. She also has a great stash of
commercial fabrics that work in tandem with her own fabrics. In addition, to
get just the right dimension/shading/color, Sandra enhances her fabrics with
inks and paints, specifically Tsukeniko inks and pens. She prefers the inks
over paints as they do not change the hand of the fabric.
Category three was Process. Her method is to find an image
and get it enlarged to the size of the finished
quilt (she uses Vistaprint). And make sure to copy the photo in color. Next,
trace the shapes, cut them out, and choose a starting point and go for it! It’s
just that easy…for her!!
Sandra’s final category was Machine Quilting. She showed
close-ups of her quilting, which she does on her trusty Bernina, and the
quilting is as detailed as her landscape (or animal). Choosing the correct
batting is an important element, depending on how tightly you plan to quilt
your scene. And planning out your quilting in advance is essential for overall
success. Her go-to batting for water in particular is Thermore as it is thin
enough to ensure her quilts will lay flat when finished. Wool batting is used if
she wants more loft.
After this fabulous presentation, we are all now ready to
start our own landscape or animal portrait using some of these techniques.
Thank you, Sandra, for sharing your well-honed skills with us. Your work is
beautiful and you are truly an inspiration.
Show & Tell
|The Mother Weeps by Tracy Visher