First quilt


True to my interest in creating beautiful AND practical things, I’m making a king-sized quilt for our bed. It’s my own design. I’m noticing similarities to mosaic with hard tesserae—it’s  important to think about color, size, print v solid, when placing this soft tesserae. I’m going to free-motion quilt the negative space. See my Facebook post of August 4 (2018) for finished pictures.

New tesserae

I’m falling for fabric. In 2017 I began sewing some of my own clothes (click the Clothing tab), playing around with painting on fabric, and just recently I’ve started doing exercises from Intuitive Color and Design, by Jean Wells. She’s a world-reknowned quilter, teacher, and owner of The Stitchin’ Post fabric store in Sisters, Oregon. I bought her book years ago to learn more about color and design in my work in mosaic, and I’m increasingly pulled to explore line and color.

A couple weeks ago, I experimented with fabric, following the exercises in her book. Then I bought a walking foot and a free-motion foot and experimented with doing my own quilting. I feel a little like I’m cheating on my years-long passion for mosaic, but in a way, fabric is just a different type of tesserae.

Let me know what you think. The second photo isn’t really about tesserae; it’s just some pillows I painted.