My thanks go out to all the people who have kindly welcomed me to Quilt with Us! It is nice to be part of this group, and to see what you're all doing by way of quilting.
My big news for this week is that my highly popular online patchwork quilt design class, Darned Quilts, is now open to students at Academy of Quilting! In this class, you will learn more than you ever thought possible about fabric gradations!
Together, we make an embellished background based on a dyed or other gradation--anything so the colors change over the surface of the quilt top. Then, we cut identical shapes from the background, and drop them into similar holes so the shapes begin popping near and far in the visual field.
Next, we darn the shapes into place to create an original art quilt. I've always worked with circles because I like the unlimited possibilities for rotating the shapes in the holes, but other people have used other shapes, and created some really amazing work:
Student Work by Barb Wilke
Student Work by Cheri Norris
Student Work by Hélène LaParra
Finally, we quilt the piece--fast and furious! All work is done by machine, so you can make one of these beauties in a couple of days.