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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.

Find more information about Darned Quilts, and my other online quilt classes, at Academy of Quilting. I look forward to helping you make your first Darned Quilt!

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Comment by Dena Dale Crain on October 20, 2018 at 10:30pm

Thank you, Muriel!

Comment by Muriel on October 18, 2018 at 6:43pm

That is amazing work.

Comment by Dena Dale Crain on October 16, 2018 at 10:01pm

Thank you, Barb! Yes, I like to think that I teach quilters more about how to design, and that "how to do" methods are secondary to imagery. I am often surprised when students produce work I think is so much better than my own, but I also like to think that's a sign of a good teacher!

Comment by Barb/WI on October 16, 2018 at 5:42pm

Beautiful!  Looks like the students leave your class with some amazing art quilts.

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