I've been in a two day workshop yesterday and today - and enjoying every. single. minute! :) Sue Benner was here in Columbia, teaching her class on Floral Fusions for Milltown and Faithful Circle quilters (a joint workshop).
The theme of this class had to do with creating fused flower designs. Sue has made a whole series of this type of quilt (you can view some of them on her website). There was an enormous number of ways to personalize the designs so it was really exciting to do this kind of work with a group of 20+ talented quilt makers! :)
The photo above shows the twelve blocks I managed to create during the two days. I still have to decide what kind of layout I want to use (whether to keep the blocks whole or to cut them up into parts to be recombined;). Here are a couple closer photos for some detail:
The fabrics I used for my blocks ranged from the usual 100% cotton to silks of three different kinds (some of them things I had hand painted), linen, lace (see the black openwork?) and the sleeve of an old kimono (probably silk, too). I took the color palette from the kimono sleeve, liberally interpreted. :)
Many students chose to use elaborately cut shapes for their flower circles ... or brilliantly varied batiks ... I used simple shapes (easy for my untalented fingers to draw:) and mostly concentrated on textural contrasts - matte vs. shiny, dense vs. transparent. It was incredibly wonderful to see everyone's work - I did not see a single block I did not LOVE. :)
I look forward to settling on a layout for this and assembling the quilt top. Then I can dig into my beads and threads and paints and really embellish my flowers! :)