Come have fun creating a one-of-a-kind collage art quilt. Using one of the “Teeny Tiny Collage Patterns by Laura Heine, we will cover the techniques to blend fabrics and use them to create these popular art quilts. Using these smaller patterns, we will focus on analyzing color movement, building the design and foundation and tips to prepare your fabrics. We also play with fabric to spot the “perfect” eye or “nose” or even an eyelash! We end class with a discussion of finishing options.
Students may choose any of the collage quilts in the collection of Teeny Tiny Collage Patterns. There are currently 4 sets to choose from. Each set includes 3 different patterns: #1, (dress, fish, or elephant), #2 (fox, cow, or truck), #3 (flamingo, bear, trailer), #4 (sea turtle, octopus, mermaid). Students may also choose any of the smaller patterns but note the size of each because you will not get as far in class the larger the quilt. You will still learn the process, however.
Background: variety of lights and mediums. Suggestion: 3 x 5 or 4 x 6 work well. Or choose a collection of 5” squares or cut from layer cakes. Also, choose some with multiple light colors, plaids, stripes, etc.
Image (e.g., sea turtle, fox) fabrics: variety of scraps or small pieces (6”x* 8”) of florals, motifs, characters, leaves, feathers, etc. Have some in several colorways.
Some small pieces of tone on tone or low contrast prints to use in collage blending.
Binding and Backing fabrics.
Pattern Ease for foundation. Approximately, 20x23 for the teeny tiny patterns. Others use larger pieces. See pattern for your size.
Steam a Seam 2 fusible: Note for these mini quilts, the pattern recommends Steam a Seam 2 not the Lite Steam a Seam2 version. I agree.
Fabric glue. I like the Fabric Fusion. Important that the glue can withstand heat and dry clear.
Transparent Applique Pressing Sheet (medium or large). At least 17 x 25. Must be able to see through.
BLACK Sharpie pen (must be a ‘no-bleed’ permanent pen). Medium or Fine if you can read the fine through the applique pressing sheet.
Optional: Karen K Buckley medium scissors (ridged blades make cutting easier) or similar scissors. I also like the small red curved Karen Buckley scissors for cutting curved pieces.
Instructor: Kelly Zellars. Questions? Contact Kelly at Kelly.Zellars1@gmail.com (please put Collage question in subject line) or call Kelly at 704--763-8041. Also, please email her to let her know which collage you plan to do. It helps for planning. Thank you!